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
Race Title Sponsors:
July - none as of 1/22/2013 (was Lenox)
September - Sylvania signed thru 2017
July 2013 Race Winner: #55-Brian Vickers, 98.735mph, started 13th
September 2012 Race Winner: #11-Denny Hamlin, 116.810mph, started 32nd
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 2013 Pole Sitter: #2-Brad Keselowski, 135.922mph, finished 4th
September 2012 Pole Sitter: #24-Jeff Gordon, 134.911mph, finished 3rd
Track Qualifying Record: Brad Keselowski, 135.922mph, 7/12/2013
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: 6 - Ryan Newman; 4 - Jeff Gordon
Most Top 5s: 16 - Jeff Gordon; 14 - Tony Stewart
Most Top 10s: 22 - Jeff Gordon; 17 - Tony Stewart
Most Lead Changes: 23 - twice, most recently 7/21/2002
Fewest Lead Changes: 1 - 9/17/2000
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.
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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