NASCAR safety award

Talladega Superspeedway’s Andy McWilliams, second from left, is presented with NASCAR’s Security Award for outstanding performance during the 2017 NASCAR season. Making the presentation from NASCAR is Mike Lentz, director of security; Mike Helton, vice chairman; and Steve O’Donnell, executive vice president, chief development officer. Not pictured is Talladega Superspeedway’s Security Manager Alan Watson, who also won the award.

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Talladega Superspeedway’s Director of Operations’ Andy McWilliams and track Security Manager Alan Watson were presented NASCAR’s “Security Award” on Tuesday during the 18th annual NASCAR Safety and Operations Summit presented by American Medical Response.

Presented for outstanding performance during the 2017 season, the two were recognized for their effort and commitment in developing a comprehensive strategy with local, state and federal agencies to provide NASCAR fans with the safest environment for all competitors and fans who attend events at NASCAR’s most competitive track, according to a press release from Talladega Superspeedway, where safety and security are paramount year-round.

McWilliams is a longtime member of the Talladega team, coming on board in 1996; Watson joined the staff in 2015.

The three-day summit, held at the Concord (North Carolina) Convention Center, also featured numerous presentations and small-group seminars that addressed best practices in the safety, track services, medical and security functional areas, the release said.

Talladega Superspeedway kicks into high gear again in 2018 with a triple-header weekend on April 27-29 with the GEICO 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, the Sparks Energy 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series event and the General Tire 200 for the ARCA Racing Series. For ticket information, visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 855-518-RACE (7223).