Long-time ISC Safety Official Ernie "55" Thurston Honored by NASCAR with the Jim Bockoven Lifetime Achievement Award
Display of photos and symbols of Ernie Thurston's life from Nov. 23 service at Watkins Glen Fire Department (Odessa File).
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Ernie Thurston, the Corporate Coordinator of Track Safety & Emergency Services for International Speedway Corporation (“ISC”) was posthumously honored by NASCAR with the Jim Bockoven Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was presented at NASCAR’s annual Track Services and Security Summit in Charlotte earlier this week.
Thurston, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, was a long time civil servant having worked for the Schuyler County NY Sheriff’s Department and the Watkins Glen NY Fire Dept. He joined ISC in 1989 while working for Watkins Glen International and later relocated to the Company’s headquarters in Daytona Beach. Most recently, Thurston was responsible for coordinating safety and emergency services for all of ISC’s business units nationwide. He passed away in November 2013.
“Ernie is truly deserving of this prestigious honor,” said International Speedway Corporation President John Saunders. “His dedication to the safety and care of others, including his colleagues and our guests, was unmatched. He was a big part of our family for over two decades and his contributions to our industry will be seen for a very long time.”
The Jim Bockoven Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes the contributions of an individual made to the improvement of Track Services over the course of a career spanning 10 years or more. These contributions affect the overall operations at the majority of NASCAR tracks. This honor is not awarded annually, so the recipient’s contributions must be considered to be exemplary.
International Speedway Corporation is a leading promoter of motorsports activities, currently promoting more than 100 racing events annually as well as numerous other motorsports-related activities. The Company owns and/or operates 13 of the nation's major motorsports entertainment facilities, including Daytona International Speedway® in Florida (home of the DAYTONA 500®); Talladega Superspeedway® in Alabama; Michigan International Speedway® located outside Detroit; Richmond International Raceway® in Virginia; Auto Club Speedway of Southern CaliforniaSM near Los Angeles; Kansas Speedway® in Kansas City, Kansas; Phoenix International Raceway® in Arizona; Chicagoland Speedway® and Route 66 RacewaySM near Chicago, Illinois; Homestead-Miami SpeedwaySM in Florida; Martinsville Speedway® in Virginia; Darlington Raceway® in South Carolina; and Watkins Glen International® in New York.
The Company also owns and operates Motor Racing Network, the nation's largest independent sports radio network, and Americrown Service CorporationSM, a subsidiary that provides catering services, food and beverage concessions, and produces and markets motorsports-related merchandise. In addition, the Company has a 50 percent interest in the Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway. For more information, visit the Company's Web site at www.internationalspeedwaycorporation.com.