Good News: Speedway worker gets the spotlight - | WBTV Charlotte

Good News: Speedway worker gets the spotlight

By Kristen Hampton - bio l email

CONCORD, NC (WBTV) - Norrie Baird started working in NASCAR when safety wasn't exactly up to the standards it is today.

"When I first got here we used to have one fireman in each corner with a 20 pound fire extinguisher in each car for practices," Norrie said.

Norrie is a Scotland native, but for 30 years, his home has been at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The emergency services coordinator put safety practices in place that other tracks have copied. Norrie taught emergency responders how to douse a burning race car. He's pulled more drivers out of crashes than he cares to remember.

Norrie says a lot of times, there was no time for a thank you.

Now, NASCAR has recognized the veteran with an Excellence in Track Side Services award. Norrie got a white race helmet covered with Sprint Cup driver signatures. It's just a white helmet, but to Norrie, it's his very own Championship Cup.

Send us your Good News! E-mail us at goodnews@wbtv.com

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • No students injured in south Charlotte school bus crash

    No students injured in south Charlotte school bus crash

    Thursday, March 23 2017 8:18 AM EDT2017-03-23 12:18:19 GMT
    (Credit: CharMeck)(Credit: CharMeck)

    The wreck happened around 7:23 a.m. on Park Road near Sharon Road, shutting down all lanes in the area.

    More >>

    The wreck happened around 7:23 a.m. on Park Road near Sharon Road, shutting down all lanes in the area.

    More >>
  • Tractor-trailer crash slows traffic on I-77 NB near I-85

    Tractor-trailer crash slows traffic on I-77 NB near I-85

    Thursday, March 23 2017 7:16 AM EDT2017-03-23 11:16:58 GMT
    (Mark Davenport | WBTV)(Mark Davenport | WBTV)

    The wreck happened just before 6 a.m. on I-77 northbound just past the I-85 interchange. 

    More >>

    The wreck happened just before 6 a.m. on I-77 northbound just past the I-85 interchange. 

    More >>
  • Rowan-Salisbury Schools releases details on technology recognition

    Rowan-Salisbury Schools releases details on technology recognition

    Thursday, March 23 2017 7:01 AM EDT2017-03-23 11:01:56 GMT
    Source: Rowan-Salisbury SchoolsSource: Rowan-Salisbury Schools
    Additional details have now been released for the Rowan-Salisbury Schools as the school board and district are ranked among the Top 10 Nationally as a leader in the uses of technology for student success. The award announcement was made earlier this week, but now school officials are breaking down exactly what was recognized, and what they say it means for the district. Now in the 13th year, the top-ranked school districts were announced through the annual ‘Digital School...More >>
    Additional details have now been released for the Rowan-Salisbury Schools as the school board and district are ranked among the Top 10 Nationally as a leader in the uses of technology for student success. The award announcement was made earlier this week, but now school officials are breaking down exactly what was recognized, and what they say it means for the district. Now in the 13th year, the top-ranked school districts were announced through the annual ‘Digital School...More >>
Powered by Frankly