On Feb. 12-13, more than 100 students gathered at Charlotte Motor Speedway for a two-day track services personnel training session to prepare for the upcoming racing season.

Personnel from facilities around the nation received hands-on safety training for all events at the speedway, which was the first NASCAR-sanctioned track to offer such classes, starting in 1991.

The sessions included classroom training and live scenarios for fire, rescue and EMS personnel. Topics covered included extrication, fire suppression, on-track EMS and track clean-up. The teaching staff consisted of instructors from nine race tracks: Atlanta Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Darlington Raceway, Daytona International Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway and Texas Motor Speedway.

In addition to re-enacting real-life race situations, students also had the opportunity to become familiar with a wide range of vehicles and equipment that had been donated from area motorsports entities including Hendrick Motorsports, Ray Evernham Enterprises, Ken Schrader Racing and the Richard Petty Driving Experience.

"We have probably the most extensive training program in the country," said Mark Stone, logistics coordinator for the Charlotte Motor Speedway track services team and retired assistant chief, FDNY Incident Management Team. "Ours is different. Here at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the track is used 320 days a year. We don't just hold NASCAR events. We also have Legend Cars, Bandoleros, and driving schools here and events at The Dirt Track and zMAX Dragway. So when we do this training, we lay out as many different types of vehicles as we're going to encounter and we put that into the training program."

Charlotte Motor Speedway not only pioneered extensive safety-training classes but was also the first track to have its own rescue truck and the first to put paramedics on the track safety vehicles.

Visit our photo gallery to see photos of the event.

Tickets for all Spring Season of Speed events at Charlotte Motor Speedway are on sale now. Frontstretch tickets with the best views of pit road and the world's largest HD video board, coming to the speedway in May, start at just $49 for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race or two for just $99 to the Coca-Cola 600.

Tickets for all races at Charlotte Motor Speedway can be purchased online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or by calling the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267).