LAS VEGAS - Dr. Dale Carrison, chairman of emergency services at University Medical Center and medical director at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, will be honored Jan. 28 at the Mel Larson Night of Champions. NASCAR driver Kyle Petty will be the featured speaker at the third-annual event, which will take place at Bally's.

In a colorful career that includes a stint as an FBI agent prior to his attending medical school, Carrison has given thousands of hours of care to racers from all over the country as well as to the citizens of Southern Nevada.

"Dr. Dale," as he is known, has practiced medicine since 1991 and has treated race fans, drivers and officials at the speedway since the facility opened in 1996. Additionally, Carrison is the chairman of the Nevada Homeland Security Commission, having been appointed by former Gov. Kenny Guinn and continuing to serve under current Gov. Jim Gibbons.

The Mel Larson Night of Champions recognizes individuals who have made contributions to the community and to motorsports. Previous honorees include Larson (2006) and NHRA team owner Ken Black (2007).

"Dr. Carrison's reach extends far beyond motorsports and Las Vegas Motor Speedway," said LVMS general manager Chris Powell. "While he has probably assisted every injured racer in Las Vegas in the past 16 years, he doesn't stop there. He has treated thousands of patients and has instructed many future doctors who look out for the health and wellness of many of the citizens of Las Vegas."

Carrison's resume is quite impressive. In addition to his roles at UMC and with the homeland security commission, he is chairman and professor of emergency medicine at the University of Nevada School of Medicine and medical director for both Mercy Air and the Clark County Fire Department. He also served as the medical director for the SCORE off-road desert racing series and oversaw medical services for the Baja 1000 for five years. In his spare time, Carrison enjoys riding his motorcycle as part of the Freddie Spencer Riding School at LVMS.

Petty, noted as one of the most engaging speakers in all of motorsports, has been a full-time competitor in NASCAR since 1981. The son of seven-time NASCAR champion and 200-race winner Richard Petty, Kyle Petty has won eight times in his 814 career starts, the fifth-most in the history of NASCAR's premier division. Kyle has posted 52 top-five finishes and 171 top-10s. Petty and his wife Pattie also have developed the Victory Junction Gang Camp for children in their home state of North Carolina.

All proceeds from the Mel Larson Night of Champions, which will include a meet and greet with Carrison and Petty, a silent auction and dinner, will benefit the Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities. This is the third year for the event in which a local community member is recognized for their contributions to racing in the Las Vegas community.

The event is named in honor of Larson, who provided much of the inspiration and guidance for the creation of Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Larson was a long-time publicist in Las Vegas and actively competed in various forms of motorsports for more than 50 years. Larson and his wife Marilyn continue to support racing and the community through many philanthropic efforts in the Las Vegas area.