DOVER, Del. – ServiceMaster Clean today announced the selection of Jesse Cobb as the track’s 2011 recipient of the ServiceMaster Clean Extra Mile Award.
Cobb, crew chief of the Turn 4 fire rescue team at Dover International Speedway, is the second Dover International Speedway team member to be awarded with the honor. The Extra Mile Award program was created last year by ServiceMaster Clean to recognize the efforts of track service personnel whose contributions often go unnoticed, but are vital to the success of the event.
“Jesse definitely typifies the type of leader we look for in an Extra Mile Award recipient,” said Jim Wassell, chief marketing officer for ServiceMaster Clean. “For over 35 years, he has poured everything he has into this track. These behind-the-scenes track personnel are integral to the sport of racing – without folks like Jesse, these races would simply not come off the same.”
The recipient can be any member of the track staff that works in a service-oriented position. Track management personnel select the winner. Cobb received special awards and recognition this past weekend at Dover, prior to the waving of the green flag for the AAA 400.
Cobb was a natural choice at Dover. He is in his 36th year of service at “The Monster Mile.” He joined the track services team in 1975 as a track firefighter while working full-time for Delaware Area Regional Transit (DART). Since that time he has worked his way through the ranks to crew chief of the Turn 4 Fire Truck at Dover International Speedway.
Since his retirement from DART, Cobb has also worked part time for the Speedway where he routinely staffs weekly events and assists with track preparations prior to a major event. Cobb is also the primary driver for Dover’s ServiceMaster Clean jet dryer when it goes on the road to assist at other facilities.
“Jesse goes above and beyond the normal duties of a crew chief by initiating new ideas and solutions to make our team more effective,” said Denis McGlynn, president and CEO of Dover Motorsports, Inc. “Jesse has truly embraced our mission to provide a professional and expedient level of service to our fans and competitors through our core values of knowledge, integrity and dedication.”
Cobb was joined by his wife, Ronna, and son, Aaron, for the award presentation on Sunday.
In racing, a ServiceMaster Clean caution signals a call for quick action by the ServiceMaster track services team and equipment. Debris removal and track drying must be done quickly and professionally in order to get back to racing safely. It’s the same in homes and business across North America when there’s a problem, a ServiceMaster Clean van means cleaning and restoration is being done quickly and professionally by America’s number one cleaning team.
Each award winner’s name is engraved on a plaque that will be displayed at the track where the individual works or volunteers. A personal plaque is also presented to recipients during their track’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend.
ServiceMaster Clean is in its third season as the official sponsor of caution periods at the 19 International Speedway Corp. (ISC) and Speedway Motorsports Inc. (SMI) tracks and Dover International Speedway.
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