Announcing The July CLS Heroes!

Three More Deserving Personal Heroes Awarded With Unforgettable Race Weekends and Grand Marshal Honors


On April 28, Chicagoland Speedway invited fans to nominate their personal heroes in hopes of being selected as a "CLS Hero." Whether it’s a soldier, police officer, fireman, teacher, coach, parent or anyone in between, we wanted to hear their story. These are the first four CLS Heroes who will serve as Grand Marshal for the Tales of Turtles 400 on Sunday, September 17. 

Here are the July Winners! 

Hero: Ines Kutlesa

Nominated by: Karen Ward

From: Joliet, IL
The story: Chief Executive Officer of Guardian Angel Community Services, Ines Kutlesa, has devoted her life to helping others. She has touched countless lives of women and children who have been victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Those who know Ines describe her as “one of the most kind and unselfish individuals”, going above and beyond to help and support victims of domestic violence.

Hero: Dylan Richardson

Nominated by: Daniel Richardson

From: Aurora, IL

The story: Dylan was like any other 7-year-old boy, he loved SpongeBob, Star Wars, baseball, riding his bike, and superheroes like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (his favorite Donatello). In July of 2007 Dylan was involved in fatal car accident. He took the brunt of the impact, resulting in severe head trauma. Despite valiant lifesaving efforts, he died 40 hours later. Dylan, however has lived on as a “superhero” saving the lives of others through his organ donation.  Dylan’s heart went to a teenage girl in South Carolina, his kidneys to a man in Kansas, and his liver traveled halfway around the world to save a young man in the United Arab Emirates. His parents have honored him by sharing his story to demonstrate the impact organ donations can have on the lives of strangers. In 2014, he was honored by Joey Gase #52 at his race. Joey has been affected by the impact of organ donation and makes a point of honoring donors on his racecar. This goes to show that sometimes superheroes can be found in the most unlikely places, like little boys in red capes.

Hero: Dale Stafford

Nominated by: Aaron Stafford

From: Mackinaw, IL

The story: Dale Stafford is a Wounded Warrior and Purple Heart recipient. Despite being disabled and experiencing pain everyday due to PTSD and along with other injuries, he continues to keep a positive attitude. Most importantly, he serves, as an inspiration for his two sons. He is an ever present source of support in their lives. Dale acts as their scout leader and is an eagle scout. His 13- year- old son speaks of him highly saying “he is a true example to us of how to never give up no matter what life gives you”.


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