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.