Was named New Hampshire International Speedway until SMI bought the track in late
2007/early 2008 and renamed it New Hampshire Motor Speedway
PO Box 7888
Loudon, NH 03307
Phone: (603) 783-4931
Fax: (603) 783-9691
Superspeedway: 1.058 mile oval
Turns: Banking: 12 degrees; Straights: 2 degrees
Length of Straights: Frontstretch - 1500ft; Backstretch - 1500ft
Grandstand Seating: 95,491
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July 2014 Race Winner: #2-Brad Keselowski, 108.741mph, started 7th
September 2013 Race Winner: #20-Matt Kenseth, 107.573mph, started 9th
Race Speed Record: Jeff Burton, 117.134, 7/13/1997
Slowest Race Record: Ricky Rudd, 87.619, 7/1994
Oldest Winner: Mark Martin, 50 years, 8 months, 10 days, 9/20/2009
Youngest Winner: Joey Logano, 19 years, 1 month, 4 days, 6/28/2009
July 2014 Pole Winner: #18-Kyle Busch, 138.130mph, finished 2nd
September 2013 Pole Winner: #39-Ryan Newman, 136.497mph, finished 16th
Track Qualifying Record: Kyle Busch, 138.130mph, 7/11/2014
Oldest Pole Winner: Bill Elliott, 46 years, 9 months, 13 days, 7/21/2002
Youngest Pole Winner: Brian Vickers, 21 years, 8 months, 23 days, 7/17/2005
Worst Starting Spot to Win: Jeff Burton, started 38th [provisional], 7/1999
Most Wins: 4 - Jeff Burton (5 drivers have 3)
Most Poles: 7 - Ryan Newman
Most Top 5s: 16 - Jeff Gordon; 14 - Tony Stewart
Most Top 10s: 22 - Jeff Gordon; 18 - Tony Stewart
Most Lead Changes: 23 - twice, most recently 7/21/2002
Fewest Lead Changes: 1 - 9/17/2000 [Jeff Burton]
Most Leaders: 15, 7/14/1996 & 9/25/2011
Fewest Leaders: 1 - 9/17/2000
Most Cautions: 17, 7/10/1994
Fewest Cautions: 2 - 7/13/1997
Most Caution Laps: 78, 7/10/1994
Fewest Caution Laps: 10 - 7/13/1997
Most Finishers on a lead lap: 30, 7/21/2002
Fewest Finishers on a lead lap: 7 - 7/11/1993
Most Running at the Finish: 43, 9/16/2007
Fewest Running at the Finish: 30 - twice, most recently 9/17/2000
Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 300 [of 300], Jeff Burton, 9/17/2000
Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 2, Jeff Burton, 7/11/1999 & Tony Stewart, 9/25/2011
Most Wins by Manufacturer: 18 - Chevy
September 16, 2007's Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire was the first time all 43 cars that started a Sprint Cup race finished it since NASCAR mandated the 43-car rule in 1998.
Atlanta removing 17,000 seats, Charlotte 41,000 UPDATE: Atlanta Motor Speedway's parent company, Speedway Motorsports, Inc., announced Tuesday that they will remove 17,000 seats from the track's grandstands. The company anticipates using those areas for premium hospitality, advertising and other facility purposes. Their sister track, Charlotte Motor Speedway, is losing 41,000 seats.(wgxa.tv), see image of the CMS construction at Slugger Labbe's Twitter.(12-10-2014)
UPDATE: Alterations announced this week are in line with a trend of tracks removing seats. Charlotte, after removing 41,000 seats this winter, will be down to permanent seating of 89,000 in 2015, a startlingly low capacity considering its location in NASCAR's epicenter. But it's par for the course. Atlanta is removing 17,000 seats to get down to 75,000; Dover is removing 17,500 seats to get down to 95,500; and Daytona is removing its backstretch grandstands of 46,500 next spring to go to 101,500 seats. Other tracks on the circuit have made similar changes.
At its peak in 2007, International Speedway Corp.'s 12 major tracks had 1.1 million grandstand seats (not including suites). After the Daytona renovation, ISC will be down 30 percent to approximately 761,000 seats.
In 2013 alone, the following ISC tracks cut seats: Talladega (from 108,000 to 78,000), Richmond (91,000 to 71,000), Chicagoland (69,000 to 55,500), Michigan (84,000 to 71,000), California (81,000 to 68,000), Darlington (60,000 to 58,000) and Homestead (56,000 to 46,000). Any additional cuts likely will be revealed when its annual report comes out in January.
With the current Charlotte and Atlanta reductions, Speedway Motorsports has cut 101,000 seats (12 percent) across seven of its tracks since 2009, although it added 38,000 at Kentucky when it moved a Cup race to that track. SMI, which includes suites in its capacity estimates, cut capacity in 2013 at Atlanta (from 98,000 to 92,000), Bristol (158,000 to 153,000) and New Hampshire (96,000 to 95,000).
Dover listed 135,000 seats in 2009, so its reduction in recent years is 29 percent. At one point, it reduced 20,000 seats by replacing the current seats with wider ones for more fan comfort, a move done by many racetracks. Indianapolis and Pocono, privately owned, do not have to report their capacities, but Indianapolis also has removed seats.(see full article at the Sporting News)(12-11-2014)
Black Friday-Cyber Monday Special at NHMS: It's the perfect gift for the NASCAR fan in your life, and you don't have to camp outside in the cold to take advantage of this discount from New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Over the biggest shopping weekend of the year from Black Friday (Nov. 28) through Cyber Monday (Dec. 1), NHMS is offering a limited-time ticket offer. The package includes a pre-race pit pass to get up close to the action before the action, check out the cars, the concert, and the pre-race ceremonies. Of course, it also includes a frontstretch race ticket with a great view of the entire track, valued at $100. No interest payment plans are available and buyers have the option to skip payment in December. Please call Guest Services at (603) 783-4931 for more information about options.(NHMS)(11-27-2014)
North East Motor Sports Museum to be built at NHMS: The south entrance of New Hampshire Motor Speedway will begin to take on a new look once the snow melts. Speedway officials announced plans to break ground there for the future home of the 20,000 square foot state-of-the-art North East Motor Sports Museum. The museum will be built in two phases. The first 10,000 square feet will begin in the spring of 2015, while an additional 10,000 square feet will be added at a later date. New Hampshire Motor Speedway will be celebrating a quarter century of racing in 2015. Tracing its roots back to the original 1/5-mile dirt oval at Bryar Motorsports Park, the more modernized 1.058-mile oval and 1.6-mile road course of today gives the affectionately known Magic Mile its own rich history of racing that makes it the perfect locale for such a project. The speedway currently hosts everything from NASCAR's three major touring series to regional series like the American-Canadian Tour, K&N Pro Series East, and Whelen Modified Tour to local racing series like the Granite State Legends Cars, Bandoleros, and Loudon Road Race Series (motorcycles). IndyCar and the Global RallyCross Championship have also held events at the speedway over the years, as well as various car clubs, racing schools, and driving experiences. The RHPG, the parent corporation for the NEMSM, is made up of local prominent motorsports personalities, including Dick Berggren, Ricky Craven, Lew Boyd, Joe Freeman, Ken Smith, Russ Conway and Ric Mariscal to name a few. The NEMSM will be used to house the history of motorsports from the Northeast area with a plethora of displays, vehicles and racing-related artifacts. To learn more about the North East Motor Sports Museum or to donate, visit the museum website at www.nemsmuseum.com.(NHMS)(10-28-2014)
13 winners in last 13 races at New Hampshire UPDATE: Thirteen different drivers have taken the checkered flag in the last 13 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway - tied with Texas Motor Speedway for the all-time record streak without a repeat winner. And there's a better than average chance the Magic Mile takes sole possession of the record after this Sunday's Sylvania 300 as Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers #24-Jeff Gordon, #4-Kevin Harvick and #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. are all missing from the 13-in-13 stretch. Gordon owns three victories at New Hampshire, but has not won there since 1998. Harvick has one win at New Hampshire, but he notched it eight years ago. In his last two races at the track, he has finished 30th and 20th, respectively. After posting three wins, his highest total since he racked up six in 2004, Earnhardt will try to automatically advance to the Chase's Contender Round with a New Hampshire checkered flag. In 30 starts at Loudon, he has seven top fives and 13 tops 10s to his credit, but has never finished higher than third.(NASCAR)(9-19-2014)
UPDATE: #22-Joey Logano won at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in June 2009. By winning Sunday the 13 race streak was not extended. However, now the last 11 races have provided 11 different winners.(9-22-2014)
Logano wins at New Hampshire: #22-Joey Logano won the Sylvania 300 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for his 4th win of the season, 2nd at New Hampshire and 7th career win.
#42-Larson finished 2nd followed by #4-Harvick, #1-McMurray, #48-Johnson, #43-Almirola, #2-Keselowski, #18-Busch, #88-Earnhardt, Jr., and #55-Vickers.
Keselowski & Logano have now secured a spot in the next round of the chase. The remaining 12 drivers will be determined after next week's race in Dover.
7 Chase drivers finished in the top 10, but most Chase driver suffered problems during the race. #11-Hamlin finished 37th after being suffering fueling issues and being involved in an accident. #41-Busch cut a tire and hit the wall, finishing 36th. #24-Gordon cut a tire late in the race while running 6th and finished 26th. #5-Kahne was involved in an accident, #20-Kenseth spun and hit the wall, #31-Newman suffered minor damage in the wreck with Hamlin and Kahne, #16-Biffle overcame being 2 laps down. #88-Earnhardt, Jr. had to pit under green early after a tire was left loose on a pit stop. #18-Busch was involved in a wreck.
Pole sitter, #2-Keselowski, led the first 35 laps, fell back, spun out and came back to finish near the front.
There were 10 lead changes among 6 drivers. There were 15 cautions for 63 yellow flag laps. 15 cautions is the season high for this year.
The average speed was 98.697mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Penalty Report (pdf) and Lap Summary Report (pdf).
See UNOFFICIAL drivers championship points standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf).
See the UNOFFICIAL owner points standings on the Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).(9-21-2014)
Brad Park to drive pace car at New Hampshire: A six-time runner up as the National Hockey League's top defenseman, Brad Park will trade his skates for driving shoes when he gets behind the wheel of the Official NASCAR 2014 Toyota Camry SE Pace Car, leading the field for the start of the SYLVANIA 300 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday. Playing in the same era as Bobby Orr, Park is considered one of the greatest defenseman to ever play the game, finishing behind the legendary #4 for the Norris Trophy as the league's top defenseman on six separate occasions. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto in 1988 during his first year of eligibility and remains a household name among New England hockey fans. Park played more than 1,000 games in the National Hockey League, was a nine-time All-Star, and winner of the 1984 Masterson Trophy, given to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey.(NHMS)(9-20-2014)
Miller Lite extends partnership with New Hampshire: With NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points leader Brad Keselowski on hand for the "toast", New Hampshire Motor Speedway officials announced that Miller Lite will continue its relationship with the Magic Mile, extending its successful partnership for another three years. The deal keeps Miller Lite on tap as the "Official Beer Sponsor of New Hampshire Motor Speedway" through the 2017 race season. The Lite Lobster Lounge is located directly across from the infield tunnel and is the perfect place for fans to relax before or after the on-track action throughout the weekend. It features live entertainment and the home of an occasional driver appearance. True to its name, the lounge features a variety of authentic lobster dishes, along with other sandwich and salad options for the non-lobster eaters. The lounge is open to all and promotes a family-friendly environment. Of course, it wouldn't be complete without products from its official sponsor, Miller Lite.(NHMS)(9-20-2014)
Race week returns to New Hampshire Motor Speedway with plenty of activities: From a tax-free New Hampshire State Lottery giveaway to a country rock concert to skydiving flag bearers to a stunt comedian to more than 600 laps of racing, the Magic Mile has it all when it comes to on- and off-track entertainment. The weekend features the most diverse and exciting three days of racing on the NASCAR schedule. It includes four major races, featuring three different NASCAR series and the regionally-popular American-Canadian Tour. To compliment all the on-track action, speedway officials have added to the off-track entertainment experience for fans attending the largest sporting event in New England. Here's a sample the "must see" action:
" Million Dollar Giveaway: One lucky fan will walk out of New Hampshire Motor Speedway $1,000,000 richer. A total of 11 finalists were selected from a preliminary drawing held earlier this summer from non-winning NH State Lottery $20 Tax Free Million scratch tickets that were mailed into Lottery Headquarters. The 11 finalists will be on stage prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series SYLVANIA 300 on Sept. 21. There will be 11 prize envelopes to choose from, including eight (8) winners of $5,000, two (2) winners of $10,000, and one (1) winner of tax free $1,000,000.
" It's going to be a 'Helluva' show: With favorites like "Sunshine & Whiskey" and "Helluva Life," there's no doubt that country music sensation Frankie Ballard will have the fans in a frenzy for the SYLVANIA 300 - the second race in the Challenger Round of the Chase for Sprint Cup - on Sept. 21 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Frankie Ballard Band will perform for free on the frontstretch stage at 12:10pm.
" Laugh until it hurts: Stunt comedian "Wacky Chad!" brings his zany antics to the Magic Mile frontstretch. Wearing his trademark orange, Wacky Chad will reach neck-straining heights on his tall unicycle and defy gravity on an air-powered pogo stick. "Wacky Chad!" will also entertain in the Display Lot over the weekend.
" What an entrance!: Team Fastrax Skydiving Team, featuring veterans of the U.S. military, will deliver the American flag prior to the start of the SYLVANIA 300, while a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, a four-engine heavy bomber aircraft developed in the 1930s for the United States Army Air Corps, will provide the fan-favorite flyover following the national anthem.
" Zip-a-dee-doo-dah: After a very successful run in July, guests of New Hampshire Motor Speedway will have an opportunity to zip-line on property. The inclined cable, which involves a suspended harness and pulley system, will be available for adventure goers and thrill-seekers behind the F.W. Webb Bath House all weekend long.
Silver Anniversary Celebration Features Two NASCAR Dates In 2015 at NHMS: New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the largest sports and entertainment facility in New England, will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2015 by once again hosting two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekends. This evening, NASCAR officials released its national series schedules for next season, including dates for all three series at NHMS. The 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule features some major and minor date changes for several tracks. New Hampshire Motor Speedway's traditional Camping World RV Sales 301 will move to one week later than 2014 to Sunday, July 19, while the SYLVANIA 300 will again have its traditional spot as the second race of the Challenger Round in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship on Sunday, Sept. 27. The Nationwide Series (July 18) and Camping World Truck Series (Sept. 26) will again be on the Saturday docket as part of two big NASCAR weekends.
"We are certainly focused on our upcoming September NASCAR weekend, but we are absolutely thrilled to celebrate our silver anniversary by once again hosting two NASCAR weekends in 2015," said Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager of the speedway. "These anchor event weekends are the largest sporting events in New England. We are looking forward to a grand silver anniversary celebration to reflect on the proud 25-year history of this great facility and events, while raising the bar in presenting the most entertaining and jam-packed schedules of racing and entertainment to our fans."
Since 1997, NASCAR's premier stock car division has made two stops at NHMS, which has hosted a race in the Chase since the playoff's inception in 2004. Recognized as one of the most unpredictable tracks on the circuit, the Magic Mile has seen 13 different drivers roll into Sunoco Victory Lane in the last 13 races at the 1.058-mile oval. Brad Keselowski's win in July tied Texas Motor Speedway's streak for consecutive races with a different winner, and should the streak extend to 14 in September, it would set a new NASCAR record.
"The streak is a testimony to the competitive challenge our track presents to drivers. In addition to new winners, we're seeing record lead changes, more drivers than ever on the lead lap, and some great finishes," said Gappens. "We've had part-time drivers, former champions, and first-time winners end up in Sunoco Victory Lane. We take a lot of pride in the fact that anyone can win and anything can happen here at New Hampshire Motor Speedway."
Gappens also noted that he will be in discussions with both NASCAR and American-Canadian Tour officials about including their popular regional touring series (including the Whelen Modified Tour, K&N Pro Series East and the ACT Invitational races) to complete the weekend racing cards in July and September, respectively. Ticket renewal deadlines for July and September NASCAR weekends are Oct. 15 and Dec. 15, respectively. Non-season ticket holder seats are also available now. Anyone that renews tickets to both races by Dec. 15, will be enrolled in the speedway's Loud 'N Proud Perks Program. Loud 'N Proud is a free, loyalty program designed to thank our most committed fans. Tickets for this September's action-packed SYLVANIA 300 NASCAR weekend can be purchased by stopping by our Ticket Office, visiting the speedway website at www.nhms.com, or calling our Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931.(NHMS)(8-26-2014)
Patrick to Take Part in Race Day Q&A at New Hampshire: Whether it's on television or standing behind the pit wall, everyone has the opportunity to see Danica Patrick and her bright green fire suit as she stands on pit road before a NASCAR race. But not everyone has the chance to talk to Danica Patrick moments before she straps into her seat for 300 laps. That exclusive opportunity, however, is available through New Hampshire Motor Speedway's Magic Mile Club, which will welcome Patrick as a special guest prior to the Sylvania 300 Sprint Cup Series race on Sept. 21. Patrick will visit with fans and answer questions at the infield-located Magic Mile Club on the morning of the Sylvania 300 - the second race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship. Magic Mile Club passes may be purchased for $249 per person, which includes a $49 Laconia Grandstand ticket. Anyone that already has a race ticket may purchase a Magic Mile Club ticket without a race ticket for $200. The Magic Mile Club offers fans the opportunity to enjoy the ultimate VIP Hospitality experience on the morning of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. The package includes: Food and Beverage Service, Souvenir Race program, Limited Edition Souvenir, Pre-race Entertainment, Pre-race Pit Pass (a $100 value), Laconia Grandstand Ticket (a $49 value) The Magic Mile Club opens at 8:00am on the morning of the Sylvania 300 at the same time gates open. The club closes at the start of the race and fans will be asked to go to their grandstand seats at that time.(NHMS)(8-8-2014)
Keselowski wins at New Hampshire: #2-Brad Keselowski won the Camping World RV Sales 301 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in a green-white-checkered finish. It is his 13th career win, first at New Hampshire and 3rd of the season. Keselowski led the most laps at 138. The win is the 4th in a row for Ford, the first time since 2001 that Ford has won 4 races in a row. The last time Ford won five races in a row was in 1998.
#18-Busch finished 2nd followed by #42-Larson(best rookie), #20-Kenseth, #31-Newman, #15-Bowyer, #14-Stewart, #11-Hamlin, #17-Stenhouse Jr and #88-Earnhardt Jr.
Pole winner #18-Busch led 62 laps and finished 2nd (the third NHMS race in a row Busch finished 2nd).
A few Chase contenders had bad days with #48-Johnson losing a tire on lap lap 11 and wrecking, finishing 42nd. #22-Logano led 72 laps, but tangled with #33-Shepherd on lap 211 and crashed, finishing 40th. #24-Gordon ran out of fuel during the 7th caution while running 2nd and finished 26th. #4-Harvick ran out of fuel on the final restart, finishing 30th.
#24-Gordon (1 win) keeps the points lead after finishing 26th and loses some of his points lead, down to 12 points over #88-Earnhardt Jr..
#2-Keselowski now leads the Chase Grid with 3 wins and 3rd in points. #48-Johnson drops to 2nd in the grid with 3 wins, 5th in points.
There were 18 lead changes among 9 drivers. There were 7 cautions for 35 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 108.741mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial New Hampshire Race Results page (pdf) and check out the New Hampshire Penalty Report (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official New Hampshire Race & Points Report (pdf).(7-13-2014)
Last 13 races at NHMS, 13 different winners UPDATE: Over the course of the last 13 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, 13 different drivers have won, tying the record with Texas Motor Speedway from 1998 through 2007. The 13 drivers are: #41-Kurt Busch (1 win in 2014), #16-Greg Biffle (0), #22-Joey Logano(2), Mark Martin(retired), #48-Jimmie Johnson(3), #15-Clint Bowyer(0), #31-Ryan Newman(0), #14-Tony Stewart(0), #5-Kasey Kahne(0), #11-Denny Hamlin(1), #55-Brian Vickers(0), #20-Matt Kenseth(0) and #2-Brad Keselowski (3).(NASCAR)(7-13-2014)
Sprint Experience a 'no show' at New Hampshire: Sprint, the sponsor of NASCAR's premier Cup series, has recently cut back on the number of tracks at which it will host its nearly 15,000-square-foot Sprint Experience interactive display area. Race fans on Friday took to Twitter and other social media sites complaining the popular display was not at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, some blaming NASCAR or the track itself for its absence. Speedway president Jerry Gappens said the track was informed less than two weeks ago that Sprint would not be bringing the Experience this weekend. As of Friday afternoon, Sprint's web site page dedicated to the Experience still said it would be appearing at all 36 Cup race weekends this season. "As a promoter, when I got word two weeks ago I was disappointed because it creates a void in the display area that is a featured attraction for fan interaction," Gappens said. "The Sprint display has been a very popular activity for our fans for years. To have that not here, takes away from the experience. Sprint is in a very competitive business and needed to divert some of the money it took to activate it to advertising." Gappens said the track - and others coming up including Michigan, Watkins Glen and Atlanta - will still get paid for the display space. "I'd still like to see it here, though," he said.
When asked about the decision not to bring the Sprint Experience to New Hampshire, spokesperson Kimberly Meesters provided the following statement to The Observer: "We have an abbreviated schedule during the summer. It will be at New Hampshire in the fall. Some years we take it to every race. Some years we focus on the markets most important to Sprint corporate priorities. Sometimes we send it every week but send smaller footprints. It varies. We are doing 33 races this season."(Charlotte Observer)(7-12-2014)
NFL Star Driving, Air Stunt Shows, Zip-Lines, General Lee, Skydivers, Five Major Races & More at NHMS: An NFL star driving the Toyota pace car; Gravity-defying air stunt shows; zip-line thrills; the General Lee from the "Dukes of Hazzard"; the world's fastest drum solo; a 20-pound lobster named "Loudon;" a skydiving team; a record-celebration of the 200th anniversary of the National Anthem and - oh, by the way - five major NASCAR races. Welcome to New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Camping World RV Sales 301 weekend. "We've got a three-ring circus to beat this week," joked Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager of the speedway. "Fasten your seatbelts, we are ready to take you on a high-speed entertainment adventure this weekend."
On track, this could be a drama-filled week that produces several different storylines. The Magic Mile boasts a rare streak in racing, with 12 different winners in the last 12 Sprint Cup races, the longest current streak on the NASCAR circuit. Friday is highlighted by group-style knockout qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the inaugural Whelen All-Star Shootout for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Series. It's the only other all-star event in NASCAR besides the Sprint All-Star race in Charlotte. On Saturday, one of four Nationwide drivers will win a $100,000 bonus in Loudon.
The weekend features the most diverse and exciting weekend of racing on the NASCAR schedule. It includes five major races, featuring four NASCAR series. To compliment all the on-track action, speedway officials have beefed up the off-track entertainment experience for fans attending the largest sporting event in New England. Here's a sample the "must see" action:
Recycled Percussion blows the lid of pre-race
National Anthem 200th Anniversary
Patriot Games: New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman drives Pace Car.
Team Fastrax Skydiving Team will deliver the starting flag from above this weekend
On Friday, the NASCAR Whelen Modified National and Southern series All-Star Shootout General Lee, the famous Dodge Charger driven by the Duke cousins in the television series, "The Dukes of Hazzard," will be on display at the speedway.
New England tradition: The winner of this year's Camping World RV Sales 301 will receive "Loudon the Lobster" from Makris Lobster & Steak House in Concord, N.H., a 20-pound crustacean caught off the coast of New Bedford, Mass. "We'll have parachute jumpers delivering the green flag to start the race," said Gappens. "Our pre-race concert will feature a world speed record drum solo. And this weekend, we'll see a 15-year old suit up to compete in one of our major races. He can't even drive legally on the streets and this kid is faster than most adults at NHMS." Tickets are available for all three days of racing at NHMS. Ticket purchases can be made online at NHMS.com, by phone at 603-783-4931 or at any trackside ticket gate. A complete listing of activities and schedule of events is available at www.nhms.com.(NHMS)(7-11-2014)
Campers party at NHMS and Zip-lining: the NHMS Camper Appreciation Party will be held from 8-10 p.m. on Thursday, July 10. Executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway Jerry Gappens is expected to make an appearance, where he will pour beers and cook hot dogs for $1 for fans. All proceeds will go to the New Hampshire Chapter of the Speedway Children's Charities. For the very first time, guests of New Hampshire Motor Speedway will have an opportunity to zip-line. The inclined cable, which involves a suspended harness and pulley system, will be available for adventure goers and thrill-seekers behind the F.W. Webb Bath House from Thursday through Sunday.(NHMS)(7-10-2014)
NFL player to drive pace car at New Hampshire: Julian Edelman does it all for the New England Patriots. A highly-productive receiver and return man since joining the three-time Super Bowl champions as a seventh-round pick in 2009, Edelman even saw action on defense in 2011. Well, he can now add another title to the many hats he has worn: Official NASCAR Pace Car Driver. The 5-foot-10 star wideout for the Patriots will trade his receiving gloves for driving gloves as he gets behind the wheel of the Official NASCAR 2014 Toyota Camry SE Pace Car, leading the field for the start of the Camping World RV Sales 301 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 13.(NHMS)(7-8-2014)
Sta-Green named sponsor of NHMS NNS race: New Hampshire Motor Speedway officials announced that the 25th running of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Saturday, July 12 will be entitled the Sta-Green 200. Sta-Green, which is available exclusively at Lowe's stores nationwide and provides consumers with exceptional performance at an affordable price with more than 40 lawn care products available, is a perfect fit for New Hampshire Motor Speedway, which offers fans premium racing at an affordable value.(NHMS)(6-24-2014)
Some construction at NHMS: a section of grand stands are gone in turn 3 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. On turn 3 Construction from Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway: "Sporting venues like New Hampshire Motor Speedway must compete with other venues to attract fans and corporate partners. There is constant demand for new amenities and new experiences for visitors to the speedway. The construction process is underway on our new trackside hospitality area, located in the Turn 3, next to Laconia Grandstand. Some old seats from the end of the Laconia structure have been removed to make room for the hospitality footprint that will include tent chalets and mobile hospitality structures. Some of this hospitality will be in place and utilized for our July NASCAR weekend." Since the project is still in the construction process, the total number of seats being removed and replaced with the new venue has not yet been determined. For tickets and more information on New Hampshire Motor Speedway events go to nhms.com.(6-5-2014)
New Hampshire race dedicated to first responders: Before 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race winner Kasey Kahne was recently put to the test with local firefighters in Concord, N.H., New Hampshire Motor Speedway vice president and general manager Jerry Gappens made a special announcement regarding the July 13 Camping World RV Sales 301. "We are using the platform of the largest sporting event in New England to increase the awareness of the survivors and of those who protect and serve all of our communities," said Gappens, who declared that the Camping World RV Sales 301 will be dedicated to the men and women who lay it on the line every day. "It is our honor to be a part of this." For the second straight season, Gappens has reached out to corporate sponsors to buy tickets to allow first responders and their families to come to the race. Last year, over $10,000 in first responder tickets were donated from corporate sponsors. On a given NASCAR weekend, including the upcoming July 13 Camping World RV Sales 301, the speedway have close to 600 first responders on property who help protect the competitors and fans on-track, pit road, garage areas, grandstands and camping and parking lots.(NHMS)(6-3-2014)
Hendrick, Ganassi testing at New Hampshire: A six-time defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion. The current series' points leader. The winner of this year's Daytona 500. And the favorite to win this year's Rookie of the Year. All four and more will be on-track at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Tuesday and Wednesday, as track officials announced that Hendrick Motorsports and Ganassi Racing will hold a test session at the facility in preparation for the Camping World RV Sales 301 on July 13. Included in the field will be Hendrick drivers #48-Jimmie Johnson, #24-Jeff Gordon, #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., and #5-Kasey Kahne. #42-Kyle Larson and #1-Jamie McMurray will also be testing under the Ganassi Racing moniker. The grandstands will be open and free of charge to the public from 9:00am-5:00pm both days. The two-day test session will take place exactly two months before NASCAR returns to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the Camping World RV Sales 301. This will be the first of two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team tests this season at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Michael Waltrip Racing and Richard Childress Racing are also planning a combined test session in the first week of July, one week before the July Camping World RV Sales 301 NASCAR weekend. Dates and information will be released at a later time.(NHMS)(6-3-2014)
National Anthem Girl on 50-state tour to mark song's 200th Anniversary; faces largest crowd at NHMS on July 13: Our country is defined by the lyrics of our National Anthem. And our NASCAR Sprint Cup races don't run until fans, drivers and crew pay their respects to the stars and stripes. This summer, New Hampshire Motor Speedway will mark this tradition with even greater meaning as "The National Anthem Girl" performs before her largest crowd at the Camping World RV Sales 301 on July 13. Janine Stange, also known as "The National Anthem Girl" will stand before a crowd of nearly 100,000 fans on July 13 and sing "The Star Spangled Banner" as part of a 50-state tour to celebrate our nation's patriotic song. The Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway will be stop No. 41. This will be her largest live audience yet. She will sing a salute to our nation in every state by September 14, the official bicentennial of the national anthem, famously penned by Francis Scott Key. Fueled by a desire to promote patriotism, Stange began her journey across the United States singing at venues that include Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J; Madison Square Garden (New York Knicks) in New York, N.Y.; Sports Authority Field in Denver, Colo., and the Pauley Pavilion, home of UCLA Bruins college basketball. She recently appeared on the morning cable talk show, "Fox & Friends" and sang the national anthem to millions of viewers who donated funds to support her traveling expenses. In addition to singing the national anthem at the race, Stange will have a table located on the speedway grounds with special cards for NASCAR fans to sign and be placed with care packages provided by Operation Gratitude and sent to the troops overseas. This year's racing season will once against be highlighted by two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekends, including the Camping World RV Sales 301 on July 13 and the SYLVANIA 300 on Sept. 21. To purchase tickets, which now include special pricing for kids under the age of 12, call the track's ticket hotline at (603) 783-4931 or by visiting www.nhms.com.(NHMS)(5-24-2014)
Oxford Casino to Sponsor July Pole Day at New Hampshire: With the exciting new NASCAR knockout style pole position format being unveiled at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this season, Oxford Casino has anted up with a buy-in as the new official pole day sponsor. Speedway officials announced that the Oxford Casino Pole Day will be named for Friday, July 11 when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers qualify for the Camping World RV Sales 301. There is plenty of on-track action scheduled for Oxford Casino Pole Day on Friday, July 11, including the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Modified All-Star Shootout at 2:10pm; two rounds of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying for the Camping World RV Sales 301 beginning at 4:35pm; and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Granite State 100 at 6:00pm. Forty minutes from Portland and located in the gateway to Maine's Lakes and Mountains Region, Oxford Casino, which opened its doors in June of 2012, features more than 850 slot machines and 26 table games.(NHMS)(4-26-2014)
New Hampshire Motor Speedway touts viability of casino site in Loudon: Ahead of a House vote on a bill allowing two casinos in the state, the New Hampshire Motor Speedway has ramped up lobbying efforts to drive home the point: They would make a fine site for a casino. General Manager Jerry Gappens hosted a breakfast Tuesday at the Holiday Inn in Concord and talked about the site's potential use as a state fairgrounds, the proposed 20,000-square-foot Northeast Motor Sports Museum and infrastructure improvements to Route 106. He also reiterated his support for the two-casino legislation that passed the Senate in March and now faces an uncertain future in the House. Gappens will testify Thursday in support of the bill in front of the House Ways and Means Committee, he said. "If it's going to come, this would be a site that should be on the most desirable list," Gappens said in an interview Wednesday. "I'm a pro-speedway guy, and I'm bullish on this location. I think the Route 106 corridor has so much economic growth potential. It would be a good thing to bring in additional tax revenue and jobs to the area." Sen. Lou D'Allesandro, the Manchester Democrat who sponsored the legislation, said Thursday that while it's too early to discuss the viability of potential sites, he has heard chatter about possible locations. "Have people mentioned sites? Yes, they have. Heck, it's a bidding situation," D'Allesandro said. If the bill is passed into law, the process to apply for a license would be open and competitive, he added. A casino at the site could bridge the race season and the off-season between late October and April, Gappens said. The speedway is well-positioned for a casino license because of its location between the Lakes Region and cities such as Manchester and Concord. There are 18 million people within 200 miles of the speedway, and those who want to gamble visit casinos in Maine and Connecticut, Gappens said. Two out-of-state casinos are spending $100,000 for advertising at the speedway, and though the revenue is welcome, the advertisements essentially ask people to leave New Hampshire.(in part from the Concord Monitor)(4-9-2014)
Night race for New Hampshire? In response to a question on Twitter, New Hampshire Motor Speedway General Manager Jerry Gappens tweeted Thursday evening, Hey @DaleJr @Greenie9374, @nhms is working w/ @NASCAR & @NASCARonNBC on possibility of night racing for 2015. #NewEngland fans would love it.(3-28-2014)
NHMS, Toyota Renew Partnership: If there's a company that knows how to "win on Sunday and sell on Monday" at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, it's Toyota. Speedway officials announced recently that it has renewed its relationship with the popular manufacturer, retaining Toyota as the speedway's "official vehicle" through 2016. Toyota has been the speedway's partner since 2011, and has enjoyed tremendous success both on the track and throughout the Boston region marketplace. Drivers have piloted Toyota Camrys into victory lane in three straight NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races dating back to 2012, while the manufacturer continues to be a leader in American automotive production, maintaining 10 manufacturing plants throughout the United States. Last year, Toyota used the Magic Mile as its host site to launch the new redesigned 2014 Tundra with local New England dealerships. The agreement provides Toyota with the ability to use the track for annual events, new product launches, owner's events and other activities throughout the year. In addition, Toyota vehicles will be used as the "official" pace vehicle for all speedway events, including the Camping World RV Sales 301 (July 10-13) and OSRAM SYLVANIA 300 (Sept. 18-21) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekends. For more details and ticket information on events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, or to purchase tickets to the July Camping World RV Sales 301 or September OSRAM SYLVANIA 300 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekends, please stop by our Ticket Office, visit the speedway website at www.nhms.com, or call our Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931.(NHMS)(3-10-2014)
UNOH to sponsor New Hampshire return: As part of its marketing platform to promote the world's first High Performance/Motorsports degree curriculum that takes students from the classroom to the racetrack, the University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH) signed an agreement today to become the entitlement sponsor of the Camping World Truck Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 20. The UNOH 175, which will drop the green flag at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20, will mark the return of the Camping World Truck Series after a two-year hiatus.(New Hampshire Motor Speedway)(1-24-2014)
Trucks to return to New Hampshire in 2014, Cup dates announced: Anchored by its two traditional NASCAR Sprint Cup weekends, New Hampshire Motor Speedway officials announced today the return of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2014, the 24th consecutive year of NASCAR racing at the 1.058-mile oval. The Truck Series will join NASCAR's top-tier national touring series, the Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup Series as featured events next July and September. Absent from the Magic Mile since 2011, the 175-lap NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event will run on Saturday, Sept. 20, the day before the SYLVANIA 300 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship event on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 21. A 200-lap Nationwide Series event will highlight an action-packed racing schedule on Saturday, July 12. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will run the Camping World RV Sales 301 on Sunday, July 13. Ticket holders from 2013 NASCAR races at NHMS have first opportunity to renew their seats for 2014. Anyone renewing tickets by Oct. 31 will be entered into a drawing for a variety of race weekend upgrades and perks, including a chance to win the grand prize 2014 Harley Davidson Street Bob motorcycle. All remaining tickets for the July Camping World RV Sales 301 weekend will go on sale Nov. 15 and on Jan. 2, 2014 for SYLVANIA 300 weekend events. Fans may renew or purchase tickets for the 2014 season in-person at the speedway's ticket office, visit the speedway website at www.nhms.com, or call the NHMS Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931.(New Hampshire Motor Speedway PR)(10-9-2013)
New Hampshire wants night race next season UPDATE: New Hampshire Motor Speedway general manager Jerry Gappens said the track has requested a night race for 2014. NASCAR has not released the schedule. "I haven't gotten a response back from NASCAR," he said. "I plan to address it with them this weekend." While many NASCAR venues have struggled with dwindling attendance woes, Gappens said New Hampshire was close to selling out the 93,500-seat track on Sunday.(Associated Press)(9-21-2013)
UPDATE: New Hampshire Motor Speedway officials are interested in moving the track's July NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race under the lights, according to Executive Vice President and General Manager Jerry Gappens. "We do a lot with our fans; I'm all over this place during race week interacting with fans and ... that is the feedback I've gotten," Gappens said Saturday at NHMS. "I've learned one thing, New Englanders don't like 90-95 degree heat and high humidity. And I'm seeing the (ticket) numbers reflect that in renewals for July. I get letters (and) a lot of people who say they had their father or their parents with them and it was just too hot (in July)." The track currently does not have lights in place to accommodate night races. Gappens said before pursuing the matter any further, which would include receiving approval from local authorities, he wanted to put the idea in front of NASCAR officials. "They're working on sanctioning agreements and scheduling (for 2014)," he said. "But before I take any steps at this point, I want to make sure NASCAR is in agreement and our TV partners (are aware), because you've got a broadcast schedule also (that has to be considered). If NASCAR approves the NHMS move, Gappens would need to gain approval from local authorities because the original agreement when the track was built included a stipulation -- the result of a lawsuit -- that no races would be held at night. Gappens said it was likely that the move to racing under the lights, should it be approved, would take place in 2015. "I don't think it's going to happen for '14," he said.(NASCAR.com)(9-23-2013)
Rock Band O.A.R. to Headline New Hampshire Pre-Race Show: Mixing classic favorites and new hits, alternative rock band Of A Revolution (O.A.R.) will headline the pre-race concert for the SYLVANIA 300 on Sept. 22 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. O.A.R. will perform for free on the frontstretch stage at 12:10 p.m. EST as part of the pre-race festivities prior to the start of the SYLVANIA 300, the second race in NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. To see O.A.R. perform live on the New Hampshire Motor Speedway frontstretch prior to the SYLVANIA 300 on Sept. 22, purchase tickets by calling (603) 783-4931 or by visiting www.nhms.com. For an up close look from right in front of the pre-race stage, pre-race pit passes are available for $100 per adult and $50 for children 14 years old and younger.(NHMS)(9-11-2013)
NHMS First Responder Tickets Donated by Hendrick Motorsports in Honor of Sean Collier: Hendrick Motorsports has made a $5,000 donation to assist New Hampshire Motor Speedway in hosting first responders and their families during the track's July 11-14 NASCAR weekend. The donation was made in memory of Sean Collier, the MIT police officer who was killed April 18 during the Boston Marathon bombing. Collier's brother, Andrew, is a machinist in the Hendrick Motorsports engine department. The North Carolina-based race team fields the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars driven by Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kasey Kahne, and each of the four cars will carry a special decal in memory of Sean Collier during the July 14 Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
"The Collier family and everyone affected by what happened in Boston continue to be in our thoughts," said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. "Track partners like New Hampshire not only put on great events for our fans, but they're also terrific corporate citizens. What they're doing to recognize and remember our first responders will make for a very special weekend."
"It means a lot for New Hampshire Motor Speedway to honor first responders," said Andrew Collier "They're on the front lines of our communities, and it's extremely important to remind them how much they're appreciated. My family continues to be blown away by how truly amazing the NASCAR community is. This is another example of that."
Andrew Collier has started a petition to designate a federal holiday in honor of first responders. People can sign the petition at www.change.org/firstresponders. In addition to the donation from Hendrick Motorsports, several corporations have stepped up to assist in bringing first responders to the NASCAR races at NHMS. The list includes Rexel, STIHL, United Site Services, Nokian Tyres, Ruger Firearms, Petroleum Equipment, Hampshire First/NBT Bank, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Whelen and F.W. Webb. "So far, we have delivered 2,250 tickets to first responders and the program will run right up to race weekend," said Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. "We are proud of the response from our corporate partners and we greatly appreciate the support of Rick Hendrick and his organization." NHMS has also created a special T-shirt featuring the "Boston Strong" motto. The shirts will be on sale throughout the Camping World RV Sales 301 weekend with part of the proceeds going to the One Fund, supporting survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing. Good seats are still available for all weekend events, including the July 13 CNBC Prime's "The Profit" 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the July 14 Camping World RV Sales 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Tickets may be purchased by calling the New Hampshire Motor Speedway ticket hotline at (603) 783-4931 or online at www.nhms.com.(NHMS)(7-9-2013)
NHMS to honor first responders: In honor of the survivors of the Boston Marathon and in honor of the many first responders who risk their lives each and every day in their own communities, New Hampshire Motor Speedway VP and GM Jerry Gappens made a few special announcements about the upcoming race weekend, July 11-14. "We have reached out to some of our corporate partners and they are contributing money to allow us to host thousands of first responders and their families at the races," says Gappens. "So far, we have delivered 2,000 tickets and the program will run right up to race weekend. We are using the platform of the largest sporting event to get this message out; to say thanks to the first responders."
In addition, NHMS has created a special tee-shirt which will be on sale all weekend long, to raise funds for the survivors of the Boston Marathon. Emblazoned with the "Boston Strong" motto, the speedway expects to sell out of the shirts. "We will use the venue, and the 100,000 people who will visit, to be a platform for the survivors," explains Gappens. "Race fans love tee-shirts, and they love a purpose. We expect these shirts will sell in big numbers. And in addition, our chapter of Speedway Children's Charities will take steps to help the young people who have been affected by these recent tragic events."
"Our champion first responders always go the extra mile without giving a second thought to what might happen to them," explained Gappens. "Our race this summer is the 301, going the extra mile in honor of our heroes."(NHMS)(7-8-2013)
New sponsor for New Hampshire NNS race: New Hampshire Motor Speedway officials announced that "The Profit," a groundbreaking new television reality series that debuts July 30 at 10:00pm/et on CNBC, will be the title sponsor of the CNBC Prime's "The Profit" 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race Saturday, July 13. The unique race sponsorship was unveiled by Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and Marcus Lemonis, chairman and CEO of Camping World, who stars in the series. When Lemonis isn't running Camping World, he goes on the hunt for struggling businesses that are desperate for cash and ripe for a deal. In the past decade, he's successfully turned around over 100 companies. Now he's bringing those skills to CNBC and doing something no one has ever done on TV before … he's putting his own money on the line. In each episode, Lemonis makes an offer; his cash for a piece of the business and a percentage of the profits. And once inside these companies, he'll do almost anything to save the business. Viewers will get to see his personal mantra ring true: "Business success is about the three P's: People, Process and Product." Beginning July 30, "The Profit" will air on Tuesday nights at 10 p.m. (ET/PT) on CNBC. Information about the program is available at cnbc.com/the-profit.(NHMS)(7-4-2013)
New name for July race at New Hampshire: Partnering with the nation's largest retailer of recreational vehicles, New Hampshire Motor Speedway officials announced today that Camping World will be the title sponsor of the track's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, July 14. The Camping World RV Sales 301 is one of the two largest sporting events in New England, both hosted by the one-mile oval. The sponsorship is a two-year agreement. Combining the avid support of race fans who camp at NASCAR events with its far-reaching dealership network and nation's largest online camping store, Camping World continues to market its brand as the strongest in the RV business. With more than 75 locations nationwide and offering over 8,000 products and accessories, Camping World is the brand of choice for NASCAR fans and other recreational enthusiasts. Camping World has been the title sponsor of the NASCAR Truck Series since 2009 and was the previous title sponsor of four races at NHMS, including three NASCAR Nationwide Series races from 2007 - 2009 and the 2008 Camping World Truck Series race. For the past six years, NHMS has been the host site for Camping World's large display and accessories retail store which is located next to the infield tunnel during both NASCAR event weekends.
"This is a natural, tailor-made partnership," said Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager at NHMS. "We have one of the strongest RV camping bases of any NASCAR track, located in a major market (Boston DMA) and a strong platform to help market the Camping World brand and its products. They have had a strong presence here at our track for many years and I am appreciative that Marcus (Lemonis) has chosen our facility to move up to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with their marketing plans." Camping World plans to use the sponsorship to strengthen its market share and relationship with the racing community. "Camping World is involved with NASCAR on multiple levels and expanding our sponsorship to the Sprint Cup Series seems like the next logical step," said Marcus Lemonis, chairman and CEO of Camping World and star of CNBC Prime's "The Profit." "RVing is a huge part of the racing experience. We believe joining the New Hampshire Motor Speedway family will strengthen our relationship with the racing community." Tickets, starting at $29, and on-site camping spaces, starting at $100, for the July 14 Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway are available by calling the ticket hotline at (603) 783-4931 or online at www.nhms.com.(NHMS)(7-2-2013)
Speedway Motorsports sees revenues, ticket sales decelerate: The numbers don't lie. Speedway Motorsports Inc., parent company of Las Vegas Motor Speedway, has watched revenues, including ticket sales, drop annually for five years. Race event-related revenue at Speedway Motorsports' eight NASCAR tracks has also dropped each year for the past five years except 2011. The venues staging NASCAR races are in markets such as Las Vegas, Atlanta, Charlotte, San Francisco and Dallas. For the first quarter of this year, Concord, N.C.-based Speedway Motorsports continued to show sluggish revenue results. Total revenues for the first three months of 2013 were $84.2 million, compared to $84.8 million for the same three-month period in 2012. At the Speedway Motorsports tracks, admissions revenues dropped from $188 million in 2008 to $116 million in 2012. Event-related revenue also dropped, falling from $211 million in 2008 to $151 million in 2012. In all, total Speedway Motorsports annual revenues have plummeted from nearly $611 million in 2008 to $490 million in 2012. The one revenue category that saw an uptick was in NASCAR broadcasting rights revenue, which increased from $168 million in 2008 to $192 million in 2012. That's because an eight-year NASCAR broadcasting rights deal provides annual 3 percent increases through 2014, so Speedway Motorsports expects $199 million in 2013. At Speedway Motorsports' eight NASCAR tracks, total permanent seating is about 900,000, with 832 luxury suites. Las Vegas Motor Speedway has 123,000 seats and 102 suites, and sits on 1,030 acres. Speedway Motorsports has discovered that many fans are buying tickets closer to race dates, so the company has increased promotional campaigns to motivate fans to buy tickets earlier and renew season ticket deals.(Las Vegas Review Journal)(7-1-2013)
Hamlin headlines New Hampshire autograph session: Totaling 71 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wins over their careers, New Hampshire Motor Speedway officials are revved up to announce the inclusion of Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick and Casey Mears at the July autograph session during the New Hampshire 300 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend. The autograph session, scheduled from 5:30-6:15pm/et on Friday, July 12, is open to fans on a first-come, first-serve basis and will be held in the Display Lot. The autographs will be available by wristband only and supplies will be very limited. Fans may begin lining up for the autograph session at 4:00pm, and wristbands will be distributed first-come, first-serve.(NHMS)(6-4-2013)
Sylvania to Remain September Race Sponsor at NHMS: New Hampshire Motor Speedway officials announced the entitlement sponsorship extension of OSRAM SYLVANIA, which will keep the SYLVANIA 300 on the Magic Mile marquee for another five years. The deal, which was revealed at the NASCAR Sprint Media Tour, will partner New England's largest sports and entertainment facility and one of the world's largest lighting companies through the 2017 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. SYLVANIA has sponsored the fall NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at NHMS for the last decade. "This day and age, long-term business relationships are becoming more of a rarity," said Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. "Working together for the past decade, we have built a tremendous partnership together and continue to work hand-in-hand in making the SYLVANIA 300 one of the marquee events in NASCAR's 10-race, Chase for Sprint Cup playoff." The extension will take the sponsorship to 15 consecutive years, making it one of the lengthiest in NASCAR. New Hampshire Motor Speedway joins sister Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (SMI) facilities Charlotte Motor Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway as three of the five longest tenured entitlement sponsors in the sport. The SYLVANIA 300 will be the 27th race of 36 on the Sprint Cup Series schedule. And being the second race in the 10-race Chase, the September race at the Magic Mile routinely draws crowds of approximately 100,000 at the speedway, one of the largest crowds in the Chase. Tickets for both the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events are on sale now. They can be purchased by calling the NHMS ticket hotline at (603) 783-4931 or by visiting www.nhms.com.(NHMS)(1-22-2013)
Ticket Renewal Deadline Fast Approaching for NHMS Fans: With test sessions keeping NASCAR teams busy in preparation for next month's season-opening races, the Jan. 15 deadline draws near for New Hampshire Motor Speedway season and individual ticket holders to reserve their seats for the two NASCAR Sprint Cup weekends in July and September. As an added incentive for all guests who purchase or renew tickets by the deadline for the New Hampshire 300 on Sunday, July 14 or the SYLVANIA 300 on Sunday, Sept. 22, an extra 25 percent off all pre-race pit passes and camping spaces (excluding Reserved RV) will be applied. For those renewing season tickets to both NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, guests will earn a Loud'N'Proud membership, the speedway's perks program that gives its members VIP event pricing, discounts on merchandise, first priority notification on special speedway offers and much more. Loud'N'Proud members will also be entered into a chance to celebrate the start of the NASCAR season with an event at F1 Boston, which will include go-kart racing, lunch and a viewing of the season-opening Sprint Cup Series race with New Hampshire Motor Speedway officials. Tickets for both the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events are on sale now. They can be purchased by calling the NHMS ticket hotline at (603) 783-4931 or by visiting nhms.com.(NHMS)(1-12-2013)
The Gift of Lights returns at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for its second year. The Winter Wonderland winds along the grandstands, over the road course hill, and through the Hospitality Village with over two miles and two million lights.
This year's course will double the amount of lights and displays from its inaugural year and will feature several displays in the entrance to the facility, as fans prepare to drive the course.
It is open everyday from 4:30 p.m.-9 p.m. from Nov. 16, 2012, through Jan. 5, 2013. (It will open at dusk on evenings when it gets dark before 4:30.) More info at nhms.com.(11-16-2012)
Little to no damage to tracks from hurricane UPDATE: Racetracks that play host to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy do not report significant damage from the storm as of Tuesday morning. Dover International Speedway, which is less than 10 miles west from Delaware Bay and 45 miles northwest of Rehobeth Beach, Del., did not sustain any significant damage, track spokesman Gary Camp said Tuesday morning. Pocono Raceway, which is 100 miles west of New York City and about 100 miles north of Philadelphia, was without power Tuesday morning but only lost one of the steeples that towers above its grandstands, according to a tweet from track president Brandon Igdalsky. New Hampshire Motor Speedway, about 80 miles northwest of Boston and 50 miles west northwest of Portsmouth, reported no damage and no loss of power.(Sporting News)(10-30-2012)
UPDATE: Watkins Glen, a road course that covers more than 1,800 acres in upstate New York that is 250 miles northwest of New York City, suffered more than an estimated $50,000 worth of damage, according to track president Michael Printup. Part of victory lane was ripped apart, eight billboards were blown down, grandstand signage destroyed and building trim was damaged. Trees also were blown down by winds estimated at 60 miles an hour.(Sporting News)(10-30-2012)
Baby born at NHMS has died at three weeks old: Police say a baby girl born at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last month when her mother went into labor before she could reach the hospital has died. Katie Anne Hebert was just three weeks old. Laconia Police Capt. Matt Canfield said the child was pronounced dead early Monday at Lakes Region General Hospital, where she was taken by ambulance after she was found not breathing at home. Canfield said police and emergency personnel responded to a call around 11:45 p.m. Sunday to the apartment where Katie lived with her mother. Resuscitation efforts in the ambulance and at the hospital were not successful, and the child was pronounced dead at the hospital. "We are investigating as we would any untimely death, especially a child. However, we do not have reason to believe anything suspicious about it," Canfield said. Results showed nothing abnormal or suspicious, and the cause of death remained unclear, Canfield said. Toxicology tests were also performed and could take up to six to eight weeks to process. The baby made headlines when she was born at the race track in Loudon on Sept. 14 as her parents were en route to Concord Hospital.(New Hampshire Union Leader)(10-12-2012)
Soldier to be honored at NHMS: NASCAR and NHMS will honor the memory of U.S. Army Sgt. Daniel Gionet of Pelham before the Sylvania 300. Gionet died on June 4, 2006, during combat operations in Iraq. Gionet's mother, Denise, will receive a VIP experience at the track through the Honor and Remember Organization.(New Hampshire Union Leader)(9-23-2012)
Baby born at NHMS to attend Sunday's NASCAR race: A baby was born at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last week, delivering widespread media attention to the track, will make the first of many appearances at the track on Sunday. Katie Ann Hebert arrived Sept. 14 when her mother, Shawna Arnold, couldn't get to the hospital in time. Mother and daughter are expected to attend the Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire on Sunday. Arnold went into labor while on her way to the hospital and had to stop at the track in Loudon, N.H., about 15 miles northeast of Concord. Track president Jerry Gappens ran to get towels for Arnold while an on-site ambulance crew helped deliver Katie in the track parking lot. Gappens pledged to give Katie two tickets to every race for the rest of her life.(Sporting News)(9-22-2012)
NHMS to host two Cup races in 2013: New Hampshire Motor Speedway officials announced that the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will return for two races in 2013, with the first race scheduled for July 14 and the second for Sept. 22. "We are full steam ahead for our race this Sunday, but we're also tremendously honored to have the opportunity to do this all over again next year," said Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager of the speedway. "This has been an extremely exciting season and we are privileged to be an integral part in determining NASCAR's champion. It's going to be a long winter, but I think I can speak for everyone here at 'The Magic Mile' when I say we can't wait for the 2013 season to begin." NASCAR's premier stock car division has been racing twice a year at NHMS since 1997. It has hosted a race in the Chase since the playoff's inception in 2004. Anyone who renews tickets to both NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races – the New Hampshire 300 on July 14 and SYLVANIA 300 on Sept. 22 – by Jan. 15, 2013 will be enrolled in their Loud'N'Proud Perks Program (NHMS)(9-21-2012)
Baby Girl Born at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway: Talk about a speedy arrival! Speedway officials confirmed that at baby girl was born just after 3 p.m. today at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The birth is the first such arrival in the history of the track. The happy, albeit panicked family was in route to Concord Hospital from their home in Belmont, N.H. when they made an unexpected pit stop at "The Magic Mile." Baby number four was not going to wait. A family member rushed into the speedway's main office to ask for help. As fate would have it, "The Magic Mile" had the perfect combination of people and equipment to come to mom's aid. With a background in EMT services, Tom Blanchette, New Hampshire Motor Speedway director of operations, rushed to the front parking lot and helped the couple handle the unexpectedly fast delivery. "When I arrived in the parking lot, mom and dad had just self delivered the baby inside their vehicle," said Blanchette. "I called Speedway Safety Services, and contacted an ambulance crew whose members happened to be on speedway property. We helped package up the baby and we drove the family to Concord Hospital." There is a first for everything, and baby Katie is the first born at the speedway. As the crews prepare for race week, the right people and the right equipment happened to be in place for the baby's sudden arrival. "I am extremely pleased with the quick response from our speedway team," said Jerry Gappens, speedway general manager. "I also have to give credit to mom and dad for keeping their composure through this." Blanchette and the Speedway emergency crew took the family to Concord Hospital, and at last check, mom and baby were doing fine. "This will be a memory we will never forget and a great story to tell Katie when she grows up," said Gappens. "Katie will hold a special place in all of our hearts." Even though Katie will not be able to make the SYLVANIA 300 next weekend, Gappens awarded her two tickets to our NASCAR races for the rest of her life. "That little one is part of our family now. She and her parents are welcome here anytime."(NHMS)(9-18-2012)
Travis Tritt performing pre-race concert at NHMS: Known as country music's outlaw, Travis Tritt will bring his mix of bluesy Southern rock and country to "The Magic Mile" as the featured pre-race act for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series SYLVANIA 300 on September 23. Travis Tritt was one of the leading new country singers of the early '90s, holding his own against Garth Brooks, Clint Black and Alan Jackson. He was the only one not to wear a hat and the only one to dip into bluesy Southern rock. Consequently, he developed a gutsy, outlaw image that distinguished him from the pack. Throughout the early '90s, he had a string of platinum albums and Top Ten singles, including three number one hits.(NHMS)(8-2-2012)
NHMS officials release 1,000 additional pre-race pit passes for September: A record number of fans took advantage of New Hampshire Motor Speedway's ultimate pre-race experience at the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on July 15. In September, "The Magic Mile" will set a new record as speedway officials announce that they have made another 1,000 "Pre-Race Pit Passes" available for the SYLVANIA 300, the second race in NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. The pre-race pit pass allows fans to experience pit road from a crew member's perspective before the big race and stand in front of the stage for September's featured concert. Pre-race pit passes are valid until one hour prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. For more details and ticket information on events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway or to purchase tickets to the upcoming SYLVANIA 300 NASCAR weekend, please stop by the Ticket Office, visit the speedway website at www.nhms.com, or call our Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931.(NHMS)(7-28-2012)
Gate City Joins Kahne in Victory Lane: Last month, New Hampshire Motor Speedway held its "Race to Benefit Education" draft at the Legislative Office Building in Concord, N.H. On Sunday, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kasey Kahne won the LENOX Industrial Tools 301, a race that will now benefit the city of Nashua, N.H., with a $20,000 education grant on behalf of zMax and the speedway. Kahne was one of two drivers chosen by school board president Robert Hallowell to represent Nashua, one of 13 cities taking part in "The Magic Mile's" inaugural event. "What an exciting and creative way to offer education aid to our schools," said Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau. The original premise of the "Race to Benefit Education" was to hold a NASCAR-themed draft that paired 26 drivers with 13 city representatives across the Granite State, awarding $20,000 in education grants to the city that chooses the winning driver of the 20th annual LENOX Industrial Tools 301. The cities represented included Berlin, Claremont, Concord, Dover, Franklin, Keene, Laconia, Lebanon, Manchester, Nashua, Portsmouth, Rochester and Somersworth. Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager of the speedway, picked cities at random from a ping pong ball spinner, with the first pick going to Lebanon. Nashua picked fifth and chose Kasey Kahne and Brad Keselowski, who finished fifth in Sunday's LENOX Industrial Tools 301. Several Nashua employees and families from the Gate City attended the race to cheer Kahne to Victory Lane. As part of the "Race to Benefit Education," each city was awarded tickets for locals to come and cheer their choices.(NHMS)(7-16-2012)
Craven to Drive Pace Car at 20th Anniversary Cup Race: The year was 1993. Bill Clinton was president. Tom Hanks won his first Academy Award. And Alan Kulwicki was the defending NASCAR Cup Series champion. It was also the year that the Cup Series debuted at New Hampshire Motor Speedway – July 11, 1993 to be exact. On Sunday, "The Magic Mile" will celebrate the 20th anniversary of that first race with the LENOX Industrial Tools 301, which will be paced by New England's own Ricky Craven. "I watched as the track was being built – competed in its first event and celebrated a few times in victory lane," said Craven. "The 20th anniversary represents a great opportunity for all of us to reflect on the many races, and events. I'm proud to have been a member of several and I'm excited to be coming home." Craven (Newburgh, Maine) will drive the Toyota Camry pace car, leading the field around the 1.086-mile oval before the green flag drops. Craven is currently an ESPN in-studio analyst for the "NASCAR Now" show and a part-time color analyst for the Nationwide Series. Craven retired from full-time racing in the Cup Series in 2004. He finished his Cup career with two wins, 17 top fives and 41 top 10s. He also has six-career poles, including two in New Hampshire. For more details on the 20th anniversary celebration and ticket information on events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, or to purchase tickets to the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 and SYLVANIA 300 NASCAR weekends, please stop by the Ticket Office, visit the speedway website at www.nhms.com, or call the Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931.(NHMS)(7-13-2012)
National Anthem singers at NHMS: After taking part in the 3rd annual Speedway Star competition this past April, a pair of New England singers were chosen to sing the national anthem for the Whelen Modified Tour and Sprint Cup Series races this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Twelve-year-old Emma Joanis of Windham, N.H., was deemed the overall winner by a list of judges that included NHMS executive vice president and general manager Jerry Gappens, former NASCAR pit reporter Dick Berggren, WMUR/ABC 9 news anchor Jennifer Vaughn and RCA Records director of northeast promotion Dan Nelson. Joanis will sing "The Star Spangled Banner" during Sunday's LENOX Industrial Tools 301, while Jillian Marie Cardarelli (Haverhill, Mass.) will sing the national anthem during the Town Fair Tire 100.(NHMS)(7-12-2012)
Sold! President Obama's NASCAR Tickets Bought at Auction for $300: President Barack Obama might not be able to be a part of the biggest sporting event in New England on Sunday, but the tickets that were left for him certainly won't be wasted. Francine Slesinski won a two-week long auction that ended with the Chesterfield, Mass., native as the highest bidder on four tickets to Sunday's LENOX Industrial Tools 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The tickets are emblazoned with Obama's name and White House address, and were sold for $300 to Slesinski, who has attended every NASCAR race at the speedway for the last 10 years. Slesinski plans to camp at the track beginning on Thursday and will use the tickets with her husband and family. "I planned on getting tickets anyway," said Slesinski, "but when I saw those up for auction I had to get them." With all proceeds benefiting the Speedway Children's Charities, New Hampshire Motor Speedway executive vice president and general manager Jerry Gappens started the bidding at $100 back on June 27. The (4) tickets are located in Section H, Row 44 of the Main Grandstand, some of the best seats in the house. Each ticket has a face value of $110.(NHMS)(7-11-2012)
U.S. Military Personnel to Assist NHMS Officials, Volunteers During NASCAR Weekend: New Hampshire Motor Speedway officials announced the inclusion of three United States military branches. The U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army will each be represented by local units, volunteering their time to assist with everything from security to ushering during the upcoming LENOX Industrial Tools 301 NASCAR weekend July 12-15. "We are privileged to have representatives from our local armed forces join us here at 'The Magic Mile,' " says Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager of the speedway. "The sacrifices our American troops make on a daily basis are why we're able to celebrate our independence with our friends and family."
The Navy will be represented by the N.O.S.C (Navy Operational Support Center) of Manchester. They will aid NHMS Security on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of race weekend by working security detail and running traffic control. The Navy will set up a tent on the speedway base, where 25 naval volunteers will stay night and day over the course of the three days. "This is a tremendous opportunity for us to lend a hand to the speedway and show our colors," said John Camp, command chief of the N.O.S.C. of Manchester. "We are happy to lend our support and make sure this event goes as smoothly as possible."
A total of 24 members of the Hanscom Air Force Base out of Bedford, Mass., will come to the speedway on Sunday, July 15. Squadron volunteers will help usher folks to their seats before the green flag drops on the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 Sprint Cup race. Tech Sargent Wayne Briggs said there are already plans for Hanscom AFB to assist with September's SYLVANIA 300, too. The Army will have soldiers from Nashua, N.H., assist with Speedway Children's Charities volunteers on Sunday, July 15. Army personnel will work with the SCC's "Red Bucket Brigade," to collect donations from race fans during the LENOX Industrial Tools 301. "We'll do anything to help the kids," says U.S. Army Recruiter Laura Spencer. To see these military personnel in person, purchase tickets to the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 and SYLVANIA 300 NASCAR weekends by stopping by our Ticket Office, visiting the speedway website at www.nhms.com, or calling our Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931.(NHMS)(7-11-2012)
NASCAR Tickets Are 'Ready and Waiting' for President Obama at NHMS: Though White House staffers are officially calling it a "campaign visit," New Hampshire Motor Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager Jerry Gappens can't help but wonder if President Barack Obama's real motivation for visiting the Granite State on Monday is to pick up his tickets to the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on July 15. The resourceful Gappens put some tickets in President Obama's name at the "Will-Call" window in the NHMS ticket office today, just in case the "Commander and Chief" wanted to witness the largest sporting event in New England.
BUT: President Barack Obama's Campaign notified New Hampshire Motor Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager Jerry Gappens late this afternoon that while it appreciate Gappens' "generous offer" to attend next month's LENOX Industrial Tools 301, they must respectfully decline. The Obama Campaign's Official Statement is provided below Gappens' response: "Obviously we're disappointed Mr. Obama won't be able to join us for the largest sporting event in New England, but certainly understand his hectic schedule," said Gappens. "We were giving him a sincere opportunity to get in the 'Fast Lane' of his Presidential Campaign here in the political savvy state of New Hampshire. Maybe he'll return the gesture and allow me to check out Air Force One!"
Gappens decided to raffle off President Obama's unused tickets with proceeds going to the Speedway Children's Charities. Details on how fans can obtain the tickets will be released on Monday.
Obama Campaign's Official Statement from New Hampshire State Director Pete Kavanaugh: "Thank you Jerry for your generous offer. New Hampshire Motor Speedway has a proud history, and while the President will not be able to attend, we certainly appreciate the offer. The President is a supporter of NASCAR and an advocate for the American auto industry. Under his leadership he made the bold decision to rescue the auto industry, resulting in a resurgence of American manufacturing jobs that are restoring economic security. The auto rescue saved a million jobs up and down the supply chain. In New Hampshire alone 23,000 jobs depend on the vibrancy of the auto industry, and today, the America auto industry has never looked more vibrant. GM is once again the world's top carmaker. The auto industry added more than 230,000 jobs since June 2009, and 2011 was the strongest year of industry job growth since 1994. This is a stark contrast with our opponent in this race who advocated that we 'let Detroit go bankrupt' when the auto industry was on the brink of collapse. Our campaign is focused on getting the middle class to victory lane. As you get ready to drop the green flag for another great race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, we thank you again for your offer, and I can assure you that supporters of the President will be there in force." Fans can still buy tickets at nhms.com or by calling the NHMS ticket hotline at (603) 783-4931.(NHMS)(6-23-2012)
Garage Swap: Sprint Cup Series to take Center Stage at NHMS: The north end garage at New Hampshire Motor Speedway has been the home of NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series for nearly two decades. But when stock car racing's premier circuit returns to Loudon for the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on July 15, they will have a new home in the infield center garage, a move that is expected to make life easier for teams and fans alike.
"This is a culmination of about four years of planning," said John Zudell, New Hampshire Motor Speedway vice president of operations and development. "When we rearranged the south half of the infield in 2009, it started the conversation of putting the Sprint Cup Series in the center garage. This upcoming season, fans will be able to see Cup drivers in the center of the infield."
Fans will now have a garage that's far more accessible than previous years, while still providing teams more maneuverability – which is crucial given pre-race pit pass distribution has increased by nearly 300 percent. "The increase brings a lot more fans close to the pit-road activities," said Zudell of the spike in pre-race pit passes. "We've added two more crossover gates on the frontstretch that will give us more capacity to get people in and out in the rush just prior to the race."
The switch in garage locations not only benefits fans, but the teams as well. The center garage, which sits directly behind victory lane, will lessen the time it takes to get from pit road back to the garage, and vice versa. The NASCAR Nationwide Series will now use the north end garage. The process of preparing the infield for the garage swap also included a project to level the cold pit road. In recent years, pit stalls 1-28 had been level with pit road, while pits 29-43 were perched near the top of the pit wall. This meant for pits south of victory lane crews had to go up and over for a pit stop, while the others merely needed to jump down off the wall. In essence, leveling pit road has leveled the playing field for all teams. A new pedestrian sidewalk through the tunnel beneath turn 2 will also contribute to infield accessibility.
For more details and ticket information on events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway or to purchase tickets to the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 and SYLVANIA 300 NASCAR weekends, stop by thee Ticket Office, visit the speedway website at www.nhms.com, or call our Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931.(5-24-2012
F.W. Webb to sponsor New Hampshire race: Over the last three years, they have sponsored races in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and Camping World Truck Series, as well as the most posh and expensive bathroom in New Hampshire. Now, in its fourth year with New Hampshire Motor Speedway, F.W. Webb Company is piping in again. The Northeast's largest plumbing, heating, cooling and industrial supplies distributor has signed on as the official title sponsor for the July 14 NASCAR Nationwide Series race, the F.W. Webb 200. "F.W. Webb has become a key fixture here at the speedway," said Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager of NHMS. "In addition to the sponsorships, they have been an integral part of our building and renovation projects over the past four years. Through their great products and support, they are literally helping build a better New Hampshire Motor Speedway for our guests. This is a great example of a true business-to-business partnership. NHMS and F.W. Webb Company have been in partnership since signing a multi-year deal back in 2009. Since then, F.W. Webb Company has sponsored two Whelen Modified Tour races (a third this September named the F.W. Webb 100), a Camping World Truck Series race and Frank Webb's Bath House, a mammoth on-site bathhouse for race fans. It has also helped supply materials for millions of dollars in renovations throughout the speedway facility.(NHMS)(5-18-2012)
Casino in Loudon promoted: The New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Route 106 in Loudon, NH is among the largest sports and entertainment venues in New England, drawing 600,000 patrons a year, hosting the only NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events held in the region, as well as numerous other events. "This would seem to be the natural place for New Hampshire to put a casino," said the speedway's general manager, Jerry Gappens. "We're already bringing thousands of people in here regularly, and over the years, I think we've proven we can handle it." State lawmakers, in part responding to the advent of casino gambling in Maine and Massachusetts, held a hearing recently to consider amending the already controversial legislation, House Bill 593, that would allow casino gambling in the state. The amendment could double the originally proposed two casinos to four, allowing for one large casino with up to 150 table games and 5,000 slot machines, while the others could have up to 60 table games and 2,000 slots. The bill goes before a committee next week. It won't come before the full House for a vote until March, after the Legislature's winter break. In a letter to lawmakers, Gappens expressed a "strong and sincere interest" in expanding the speedway into a gambling facility on the speedway's 11,000 acres. Gappens, speaking from his speedway office Thursday, said the positive gains for the town, the region and the state make it the ideal site for a casino. "The opportunities and vision for this are limitless," he said. There is doubt whether the casino bill will pass, and both gambling supporters and opponents are scrambling to shore up votes. The House has never passed a gambling bill, and it would require a two-thirds majority to override the promised veto by Gov. John Lynch.(New Hampshire Union Leader)(2-28-2012)
Speedway official: Judge overturned jury verdict: A Superior Court judge has overturned a jury verdict that would have forced New Hampshire Motor Speedway to pay nearly $1 million in damages to the Motor Racing Network Inc., according to the speedway's general manager. "We really feel like we went through the legal system and that justice was done," Jerry Gappens, who also is the speedway's executive vice president, said Thursday night. In late September, a Merrimack County Superior Court ordered the speedway to pay Motor Racing Network $993,724 in damages for an alleged termination of a broadcasting agreement without three years' notice. Judge Richard B. McNamara had ruled prior to the trial that the agreement between the parties was not an enforceable contract, but allowed the case to go to trial solely on the issue of whether New Hampshire Speedway made a promise to Motor Racing Network, that the radio broadcaster relied on that promise and incurred damages as a result of its being broken. The speedway immediately appealed the jury's verdict to McNamara; on Thursday he reversed it, Gappens said. "I was stunned in September. I walked out of the courtroom in disbelief," he said. "I wasn't surprised today, but I'm certainly very pleased." According to court records, Motor Racing Network broadcast races at the speedway from approximately 1990 through 2008. Speedway Motorsports Inc. bought the track in January 2008 and replaced Motor Racing Network with its own radio network, Performance Racing Network, according to court records.(New Hampshire Union Leader)(1-28-2012)
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