NASCAR has honored two individuals who contribute to race weekends at Kansas Speedway.
Dennis Allin received NASCAR’s Medical Director Award for 2014, and Jeff Miles was recognized with the Tracks Services Innovation Award. The awards were announced on Tuesday at the annual NASCAR Summit in Concord, N.C.
Allin, who serves as the Chairman of Emergency Medicine at the University of Kansas Hospital, is usually the first medical professional that drivers see in the infield care center at Kansas Speedway and has served as the track’s medical director since its 2001 opening.
“It’s probably obvious, but in racing, there is nothing more important than the safety of spectators and drivers,” said Kansas Speedway president Pat Warren. “We are proud to have Dr. Allin as a leader in our partnership with the University of Kansas Hospital, and he has become an important member of the NASCAR medical community.”
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Miles, who has been part of the Kansas Speedway track operations team since 2001, provides unique ideas that are utilized by the Elgin Sweeper Company.
“Jeff has worked tirelessly with NASCAR to develop unique solutions to complex problems related to track clean-up that, while often not apparent to the fans, have helped make the racing safer and better for the entire industry,” Warren said.
In addition to being a part of Kansas Speedway’s track services team, Miles operates the Elgin Sweeper at other tracks throughout the year, including Daytona International Speedway.