Charlotte Motor Speedway named Senior Director of Business Development Matt Long as its 2016 Salesperson of the Year. Presented annually, the award recognizes an employee who goes above and beyond the call of duty in executing his or her responsibilities in the corporate sales department.

A Cambridge, Ohio, native and a dirt late model racer in his spare time, Long earned a bachelor's degree in Business from Lynchburg College in 2001 and an MBA in Sports Management from Ohio University in 2003. Long joined Charlotte Motor Speedway in 2005 and claimed his third Salesperson of the Year honor this fall.

Long has led the speedway's corporate sales department in billings for the last 11 years. His efforts this year included a contract renewal with Bank of America and the establishment of a new partnership with Advance Auto Parts.

 "Matt is a tremendous salesperson whose tireless efforts have expanded our corporate scope and helped grow partnerships with brands like Coca-Cola and Bank of America," said Dan Farrell, senior vice president of corporate sales for Charlotte Motor Speedway. "Matt is fully deserving of this honor thanks to his unselfish nature and his remarkable initiative."

As this year's Salesperson of the Year, Long received a trip to Las Vegas for this week's 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards, among other perks.

"It means a lot," Long said after he was presented with the award. "We have such a great staff and such an excellent team here that it adds prestige to winning such an award. It's a great honor to work for Charlotte Motor Speedway and I'm proud to have been here for 13 years."

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