Court orders NHMS to pay ISC over radio fee: A jury in New Hampshire has ordered Speedway Motorsports Inc.’s New Hampshire Motor Speedway to pay International Speedway Corp.’s Motor Racing Network approximately $950,000 after a weeklong trial to determine whether MRN deserved a contract termination fee from the race track, according to an ISC statement. When SMI bought the New Hampshire track in January 2008, it wanted its Sprint Cup and Nationwide races on its own radio network, Performance Racing Network. But NHIS had a contract with MRN that ISC said required a three-year notice of termination. MRN ended up broadcasting the June 2008 Nationwide and Cup races from the newly named New Hampshire Motor Speedway and then PRN got the Cup race in September 2008 and all Nationwide and Cup events beginning in 2009.(SceneDaily)(10-1-2011)
New Hampshire unveils 'Moose Head Maniacs' Section: Wrigley Field in Chicago has it's beloved "Bleacher Bums," the Cleveland Browns have their passionate "Dawg Pound," Duke University's basketball team has its "Cameron Crazies" and now New Hampshire Motor Speedway has the "Moose Head Maniacs." Recognizing the passion of NASCAR fans at "The Magic Mile," speedway officials announced that they have designated a special section of seating in turns three and four to create a wicked fun fan zone for the "Moose Heads." For this Sunday's SYLVANIA 300 NASCAR Sprint Cup race, speedway officials have released 2,000 tickets, priced at $19 each for this seating section, located in the Laconia Grandstand. The package also includes a customized "Moose Heads" T-shirt and the freedom to be creative in fun fan wear. The "Moose Heads" section is not for the faint of heart, it is for the NASCAR FANatic. Fans are encouraged to face paint your favorite driver's number, don some Moose antler headgear, wear their new "Moose Head" t-shirt, colorful wigs, outlandish sunglasses or any other fun wear to showcase their passion for NASCAR racing in New England. Fans with the most outlandish costumes will be featured on New Hampshire Motor Speedway's giant video board throughout race day festivities.(NHMS)(9-20-2011)
Montgomery Gentry to Highlight Sylvania 300 Pre-Race Concert: Country award winning duo Montgomery Gentry will kick start the SYLVANIA 300 with a performance during pre-race ceremonies at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sept. 25. Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry exploded onto the country music scene 11 years ago, releasing more than 20 charted singles including hits like "My Town," "Hell Yeah," "Something to be Proud Of," "Lucky Man" and "Back When I Knew it All." Their latest single, "Where I Come From" just hit the country charts, and their new studio album, Rebels on the Run, will be in stores Oct. 4, 2011. The duo boasts both gold and platinum albums, CMA and ACM awards, a Grammy nomination and several television appearances on hit shows such as Regis & Kelly, The Tonight Show, Access Hollywood and The CBS Early Show. In 2010, Montgomery Gentry was recognized with the ACM/The Home Depot Humanitarian award for their tireless charitable efforts. The group will be part of an excitement-packed pre-race concert prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series SYLVANIA 300 on Sept. 25. Great seats are still available for the entire NASCAR weekend and tickets can be purchased by calling the NHMS ticket hotline at (603) 783-4931 or by visiting www.nhms.com.(9-20-2011)
Tracks spared hurricane damage: Hurricane Irene proved to be more than a hindrance to several NASCAR tracks over the weekend, but officials at Richmond, New Hampshire and Dover expect upcoming race weekends to go off without a hitch. Although Richmond International Raceway suffered no major damage, as of Monday morning the area around the track remained without electricity. Richmond is scheduled to host the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 Nationwide Series event on Sept. 9, followed by the Wonderful Pistachios 400 on Sept. 10. Turner said track officials are confident the facility will be ready to host the more than 90,000 fans expected to attend each evening. In three weeks, the series travels to New Hampshire Motor Speedway. According to NHMS director of communications Kristen Costa, the facility had minimal damage. At Dover, senior director of communications Gary Camp said track officials had enough lead time to stow important items. "We had no damage here at the track, fortunately," Camp said.(NASCAR.com)(8-30-2011)
Edens Edge to Perform National Anthem at New Hampshire: Officials at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and WOKQ announced that Big Machine recording group Edens Edge will perform the national anthem at the LENOX Industrial Tools 301. The country music trio features Hannah Blaylock as the lead vocalist, Dean Berner on harmony vocals, guitar, dobro and Cherrill Green on harmony vocals, mandolin, banjo, and guitar. The group composes a unique musical blend deeply rooted in country and bluegrass. The trio has opened for iconic country stars such as Ronnie Milsap and Randy Travis. At the end of March 2010, they proudly became part of the Big Machine Records label family which is also home to Taylor Swift. A select number of seats are still available. To purchase tickets please call the NHMS ticket hotline at (603) 783-4931 or by visiting www.nhms.com.(NHMS)(7-16-2011)
Tornado Victims named grand marshals at NHMS: Longtime Lenox Industrial Tools employee Tom Joseph, along with his wife and three sons, will serve as Grand Marshals for the 2011 Lenox Industrial Tools 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday, July 17. The Josephs, who lost their home in the tornados that tore through New England last month, will represent the many families whose homes were damaged or destroyed as a result of the June storms. Tom Joseph has been a Lenox employee for more than 25 years. His wife, Karen, and their three sons, Nick (19), Alex (18) and Brian (12), saw their house destroyed after tornadoes ripped through their town of Monson, Mass. The family will give the command "Gentleman, Start Your Engines" to get the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 underway. Alex Joseph, president of the Monson High School senior class, led local high school students in relief efforts in the devastating aftermath of the storms. He and his classmates delivered food and water to the tornado-ravaged neighborhoods. Lenox employees volunteered their time after the tornados to help the most impacted employee families clean up their damaged properties. During pre-race ceremonies on the start-finish line, Lenox will also present a check to the Pioneer Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross to support disaster relief efforts. Employee donations collected during the month of June will be added to a company donation of $25,000. Lenox, the leading manufacturer of premium power tool accessories, hand tools and band saw blades, has been headquartered in East Longmeadow, Mass., since 1915. The Lenox facility was not damaged by the storms, but some employees' homes, like that of the Joseph family, were significantly damaged. Lenox will have an outdoor display set up at the race, where attendees can receive details on how to contribute to the Red Cross via SMS so donations can be added to mobile phone bills. Lenox is also inviting race fans to sign a wall to pledge their support to the American Cross' disaster relief efforts.(NHMS)(7-11-2011)
A Birthday Wish 100 Years in the Making at NHMS: Rachel Gilbert of Laconia, N.H., proved that the need for speed can hit at any age, by taking a spin around New Hampshire Motor Speedway, in the tracks pace car, to celebrate her 100th birthday. Gilbert's centennial celebration got off to a flying start Tuesday, when she hopped in a Toyota Camry pace car, similar to the one that will set the field for the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on July 17. "This was such a surprise," said Gilbert. "I had such a great teacher, I loved it." Jerry Gappens, the speedway's executive vice president, general manager and driving instructor for the day was able to ride shotgun, as this lifelong race fans dream was fulfilled. "Rachel is a true pace setter," said Gappens. "We wanted to take the opportunity and celebrate this special occasion with her and her family." Her life in the fast lane accelerated as early as 1960 when she followed her husband and "the good ole' boys" to Loudon, N.H.'s, Bryar Motorsports Park. Nearly two decades later, while Gilbert's family was vacationing in Florida, they attended the Daytona 500 where she saw stock car legends Richard Petty and Bobby Allison fight to the finish. Then she was hooked. As part of this ultimate birthday celebration Gilbert and her family will receive suite passes overlooking "The Magic Mile," where they will enjoy every lap of the LENOX Industrial Tools 301. Gilbert will also have the opportunity to rub elbows with the stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series during the Sunday morning drivers' meeting. The longtime race fan was surprised with this once in a lifetime opportunity from her family and Gappens. When told she would be riding around the speedway in the pace car, she was ready to leave for Loudon immediately. Included in her birthday package was a race car cake, an official LENOX Industrial Tools 301 hat, NHMS jacket and birthday card. Her favorite driver Carl Edwards even signed and sent an official crew shirt and birthday wishes. "My mom has always been a major race fan. She doesn't miss a race on TV," says daughter Marie Anne Mills. Marie also had the opportunity to ride around the track with Gilbert. "I was more nervous than she was," she said. "This was so wonderful." Purchase your tickets for the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on July 17, the INDYCAR 225 on Aug. 14 and the SYLVANIA 300 on Sept. by calling the ticket hotline at (603) 783-4931 or by visiting www.nhms.com.(NHMS)(4-27-2011)
Perform the National Anthem at New Hampshire: New Hampshire Motor Speedway and the New Hampshire chapter of Speedway Children's Charities have the perfect opportunity for aspiring performers to belt out the national anthem, with the first-ever Speedway Star performing competition on Saturday, April 23. "The Magic Mile" and WGIR's "The Morning Buzz" will give two people the opportunity to perform the national anthem in front of thousands of screaming race fans at either the New England 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Saturday, July 16, or the F.W. Webb 175 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday, Sept. 24. Seventy-five contestants will audition in front of a celebrity panel of judges including; Roadkill from WGIR's "The Morning Buzz," Rock 101's Scorch and Adam Furious; Justin McIsaac of WHEB and rock guitarist Gary Hoey, beginning at 10 a.m. through 2 p.m., during the speedway's FANtasy Drive 2. At the end of the day six finalists will be selected and videotaped performing the Star Spangled Banner, then posted on the New Hampshire Motor Speedway website for fans to vote. The two people receiving the most votes will be chosen to perform. Registration is just $20 per person and is held on the day of the event only. All proceeds will benefit the New Hampshire chapter of Speedway Children's Charities.
NHMS' Season of Speed is fast approaching and tickets for all 2011 events can be purchased by calling the NHMS ticket hotline at (603) 783-4931. Additional information, including camping availability and prices, can be found online at www.nhms.com.(4-21-2011)
New Hampshire installing new State-of-the-Art Video Scoreboard: In what could be one of the best fan enhancements in the 21-year history of New Hampshire Motor Speedway, a new $1.2 million, state-of-the-art Panasonic scoreboard and video system will be in place when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to New England's largest sports and entertainment facility on July 17. As part of the track's on-going effort to better the race-day experience for fans, the Panasonic scoreboard boasts a four-sided video display that stands 80-feet tall. That's 20-feet taller than the CITGO sign at Boston's Fenway Park. The new scoreboard has three, 32-foot-by-18-foot TV screens on the top, providing impressive views of race action and instant replays. Below the video boards will be a scrolling leaderboard with color graphics that gives fans running positions and lap times for all 43 drivers, along with interesting race statistics and event information. Crews have worked throughout the winter months to lay the new foundation, with phase two beginning next week. Officials of "The Magic Mile" plan to unveil the dynamic new scoreboard, which will be located in the middle of the infield, in May. The season of speed is fast approaching and tickets for the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on July, 17, the INDYCAR 225 on Aug. 14 and the SYLVANIA 300 on Sept. 25 are now on sale. They can be purchased by calling the NHMS ticket hotline at (603) 783-4931 or visiting nhms.com.(2-16-2011)
NHMS Offers Low-Cost Winter Storage Options: New Hampshire Motor Speedway is offering area residents a low-cost option for protecting their motorcycles, boats, sports cars and Jet Skis from the harsh New England winter. Starting Monday, Nov. 1, "The Magic Mile" will have two storage options in the track's infield garages for those who need a winter home for their summer toys. A boat or sports car can be stored in a 10-by-28 foot space for just $300. A motorcycle or Jet Ski can be protected in an 8-by-10 foot space for a mere $100, a true value when compared to other storage options. As an added bonus, those selecting NHMS for their winter storage needs will receive two free tickets to FansFirst Pole Day on Friday, July 15. This exciting day features NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying and practice for the LENOX Industrial Tools 301, followed by a 125-lap race for NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
All stored items must be removed no later than March 31. Customers wishing to pick up items prior to that date must call (603) 513-5724 to make an appointment with a speedway representative. Please provide 24 hours notice for access to the garage area. For more information on winter storage options at New Hampshire Motor Speedway or call (603) 513-5724.(NHMS)(12-3-2010)
New Hampshire Motor Speedway Introduces the World's Softest Wrecker Bumper: In light of the recent controversy surrounding Clint Bowyer's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, officials at the speedway utilized some creative ingenuity to help ensure that "The Magic Mile" and its wreckers aren't part of any similar debate in the future. With the new "pillow-soft" bumper, speedway general manager Jerry Gappens wants to assure all future winning race cars make it to victory lane carefully. The wrecker is the exact same truck that pushed Bowyer's #33 Cheerios/ Hamburger Helper Chevy to victory lane after he ran out of gas during his burnout at the September 19th SYLVANIA 300, but with a new and improved soft front bumper.(NHMS)(10-7-2010)
New 'Granite' Start/Finish line unveiled: Inspired by the famous “Yard of Bricks” at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a new start/finish line was unveiled at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway Thursday, September 16. The “Granite Stripe” is a six-inch thick, two-foot-wide strip of New Hampshire granite that stretches across the 65-foot wide NHMS front straightaway at the start/finish line. New Hampshire is known as the Granite State. Though the new start/finish line was the idea of New Hampshire Motor Speedway executive vice president and general manager, he said he didn’t have to think hard for his idea.
“Growing up in a racing family in Indiana, I was well aware of some of auto racing’s great traditions,” said Gappens. “I knew of ‘The Lady in Black’ (Darlington) and ‘The Rock’ (Rockingham), but for me the ‘Yard of Bricks’ at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was racing’s sacred ground. And the bricks just didn’t mean something to the Indy drivers. We’ve all seen what ‘kissing the bricks’ means to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers.” When plans were being made to celebrate “20 Years of Motorsports Magic,” Gappens was looking for more than an advertising slogan to celebrate.
“New Hampshire Motor Speedway means a great deal to a lot of people in the racing community, especially racers here in the northeast. Now that the race track will play host again to two of the most prestigious forms of racing in the world – the IZOD IndyCar Series and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series -- it was important to me that we do something special and something that may create a “Magic Mile” tradition.”
Swenson Granite, located in Concord, N.H., created the Granite Stripe. It will eventually feature three engraved logos documenting the history of the track: New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Bryar Motorsports Park and the New Hampshire International Speedway logo emblems will all have a permanent home at new rock solid finish line. Special thanks to Scott Herrick of Swenson Granite for donating the granite, Mike Bussier of Granite State Curb for setting the granite, Al Brock of Brock Concrete for laying the concrete, and Sara Perry of Perry Brothers Monument for etching the NHMS logo into the “Granite Stripe.”
Tickets are still available for the SYLVANIA 300, September 16-19. Purchase your tickets now by calling the ticket hotline at (603) 783-4931 or by visiting online at www.nhms.com.(NHMS)(9-16-2010)
NHMS & RPM give tickets to employee's of Hartford Distributor: New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Richard Petty Motorsports are teaming up to make this weekend a little brighter for the employees impacted by the Hartford Distributor tragedy, by sending 250 tickets for all employees to the Sylvania 300 and four Richard Petty Motorsports NASCAR Sprint Cup Series haulers to the facility Thursday morning. One of the victims, Doug Scruton, had dreams of retiring in New Hampshire before the tragedy occurred. Scruton, 56 had worked for the company for 30 years and was months away from retirement in the White Mountains. Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway was more than willing to donate the tickets to the employees and families. "I think it is just such a positive thing to give these folks the opportunity to come out to the speedway and enjoy themselves this weekend with some exciting NASCAR racing," said Gappens. "It was just the right thing to do." The Richard Petty Motorsports haulers will make a pit stop on their way to the speedway tomorrow at 8:00 am. The employees will have the opportunity to tour and visit with the four haulers and teams.(NHMS)(9-16-2010)
The Campers Have Arrived at NHMS: “The Magic Mile” welcomed the first of many campers on Saturday as race fans gear up for the SYLVANIA 300 and the first race in the “Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.” New Hampshire Motor Speedway was up bright and early to welcome the fans in at 5:00am/et this morning with donuts and coffee. Grills are sure to be fired up and televisions tuned into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond tonight which will determine the rest of the Chase Contenders. Next week the “Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup” begins at “The Magic Mile.” Purchase your tickets now for the SYLVANIA 300 weekend by visiting us online at www.nhms.com or by calling our ticket hotline at (603) 783-4931.(NHMS)(9-13-2010)
NH Governor John Lynch declares "Race Week": It was the fastest commute in New Hampshire last week as Governor John Lynch raced to work in New Hampshire Motor Speedway's official Toyota Hybrid Pace Car this afternoon with Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager of the speedway. Governor John Lynch declared the week of September 13-19 "Race Week" for the Granite State. The week kicks off the SYLVANIA 300 festivities and the biggest sporting event in New England.
The Governor's Proclamation: "We are delighted to be here today, and I wanted to thank Jerry Gappens and Bruton Smith for their ongoing commitment to New Hampshire. The speedway is such an important factor in our economy. Each year the races bring in hundreds and thousands of visitors and hundreds of millions of dollars to New Hampshire and we again thank you for stating your commitment to the state," said Governor John Lynch at the press conference.
Executive vice president and general manager of the speedway Jerry Gappens was on hand to present Governor Lynch with a green flag signifying the start of race week and a personalized racing helmet with his name. "We would like to hand you this green flag not only to start race but to signify money and how much tourism NASCAR brings into New Hampshire. The speedway has fans from 38 states and five countries to spend money and visit our great state," said Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Come on over and enjoy all of the motorsports entertainment. Joining the cars and stars of NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series is NASCAR's Camping World Truck Series TheRaceDayRaffleSeries.com 175, NASCAR's K&N Pro Series East New Hampshire 125, the mighty Whelen Modified Tour F.W. Webb 100 and the American-Canadian Tour Invitational. Purchase your tickets now for the SYLVANIA 300 weekend by visiting online at www.nhms.com or by calling our ticket hotline at (603) 783-4931.(NHMS)(9-13-2010)
NHMS announces sponsor for NCWTS race: New Hampshire Motor Speedway announced today that The Charity Splits Company, of Joliet Ill., will sponsor TheRaceDayRaffleSeries.com 175 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday, September 18. Charity Splits has been established in motorsports by benefitting multiple NASCAR Charities and Foundations including: The Tony Stewart Foundation, Victory Junction, The Petty Family Foundation, The Greg Biffle Foundation, The Ryan Newman Foundation, The Dale Jarrett Foundation, and The Kyle Busch Foundation. This new and innovative model for charitable fundraising is a win-win for NASCAR enthusiasts. Not only do fans have the opportunity to support their favorite drivers' foundations, but this fall, they will also have the chance to get a big win for themselves, a brand new Camping World RV courtesy of Camping World of New Hampshire. Beginning August 31, the Race Day Raffle Series enters its own "Chase" format much like the "Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup." Fans can purchase raffle tickets, with proceeds from the raffle will be put into a pot for the fan's preferred foundation. [Visit RaceDayRaffleSeries.com for complete details.]
"Our goal for the 2010 Race Day Raffle Series and TheRaceDayRaffleSeries.com 175 is to raise over $1,000,000 for our foundation and charity partners, and to give away an RV to one lucky fan," stated Ryan West, Director of Marketing for The Charity Splits Company.(NHMS PR)(8-31-2010)
New Hampshire Motor Speedway Unveils A “Rock Solid” Finish Line: Indianapolis Motor Speedway has the “Yard of Bricks,” Augusta has the “Amen Corner,” and of course, Boston’s own Fenway Park has the mighty “Green Monster.” Now, New Hampshire Motor Speedway will have the same iconic item that every fan will remember. This September, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stars will have to pass “The Granite Stripe” at the start-finish line. Swenson Granite, located in Concord, is creating a brand-new start/finish line on “The Magic Mile.” A six-inch-thick, two-foot-wide by 65-foot strip of Concord Gray colored granite will grace each race start and welcome home each winner. The Granite Stripe will feature three engraved logos documenting the history of the track: The Bryar Motorsports Park icon, New Hampshire International Speedway logo and New Hampshire Motor Speedway emblem will all have a permanent home at new rock solid finish line. The Granite Stripe is being cut and prepared this month to be ready for the next race at NHMS. Advanced tickets are still available for the SYLVANIA 300, September 16-19. Purchase your tickets now by calling our ticket hotline at (603) 783-4931 or at www.nhms.com.(NHMS)(8-23-2010)
New Hampshire announces two race weekends for 2011: With anticipated crowds exceeding the Super Bowl, Final Four, NBA Finals, World Series games, and even the Stanley Cup Playoffs , New Hampshire Motor Speedway will host the three the biggest sporting events in New England during its 2011 racing season. For the 15th consecutive season, the “Magic Mile” will host two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekends. Moving from its recent late-June date, NASCAR’s elite series makes its season debut at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday, July 17 for the LENOX Industrial Tools 301. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will make its second trip to the “Granite State” on Sunday, September 25, as the SYLVANIA 300 lights up the competition for the second race in the “Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.” In addition to the two Sprint Cup Series races at NHMS, a “New Breed of Speed,” invades the track when the IZOD IndyCar Series returns after a 13-year hiatus. On August 14 Dario Franchetti, Danica Patrick, Helio Castroneves, and all of the IZOD IndyCar Series stars will bring close wheel-to-wheel action and speeds reaching up to 200 miles per hour. Gappens also announced that there will not be a price increase for NASCAR events in 2011.(NHMS)(8-11-2010)
Scheduled changes, 3 tracks loses? 3 gain dates?: SPEED's Bob Dillner reported on the July 11th SPEED Report that rumors have Auto Club Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway with second race dates going to Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Kansas Speedway and Kentucky Speedway getting a Sprint Cup race. No word how this will shake up the Sprint Cup schedule, can be figured out a few different ways. Look for Atlanta Motor Speedway to keep it's Labor Day weekend date and doubtful Las Vegas would get a summer date with the heat there.(7-13-2010)
Some 2011 schedule speculation: It appears more likely than ever the 2011 Sprint Cup slate will have a much different look than it has in recent seasons. NASCAR acknowledged both SMI and ISC have requested realignment date changes for next year, and there are reports Kentucky and a second date for Las Vegas will be part of the SMI plan, at the expense of races in New Hampshire and Atlanta, and Kansas will gain a second NASCAR weekend when Auto Club Speedway gets stripped of its February date.(CBS Sports) to see what tracks have already confirmed their dates for next year, check out my 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 'tentative' Schedule page.(7-5-2010)
Latest on police cost at NHMS: Pre-race traffic moved smoothly for the Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway according to Loudon Police Chief Robert Fiske, who said that Route 106 was reopened to two-way traffic at 12:15, 45 minutes before the start of yesterday's race. Fiske said that as of mid-afternoon there had been 72 arrests at the Speedway over the weekend, several of which were for drug possession and assault. The bulk were for disorderly conduct and public intoxication, he said. Fiske, who has been embroiled in a dispute with the speedway over security costs, said that the final tally on the weekend won't be compiled until sometime tomorrow. "We're doing everything we can to keep costs down," said Fiske, who had estimated that it would cost about $134,000 for police details at the track. Speedway Motorsports officials have said that they think $65,000 is sufficient and have threatened to pull one of the Sprint Cup races from the track if the dispute continues.(New Hampshire Union Leader)(6-29-2010)
Latest on Bruton moving race dates: Speedway Motorsports Inc. chairman Bruton Smith said Friday he plans to meet with NASCAR officials soon to discuss the Sprint Cup schedule for SMI tracks in 2011. Smith did not say whether he plans to move one New Hampshire Motor Speedway date to Kentucky Motor Speedway. "Whatever we do, we'll announce sometime in the future," Smith said. "We'll be talking to NASCAR about all these things and we need to study it carefully. We want to do whatever is best for the sport. We're in this thing together. If opportunity knocks, we want to be there to open the door." Kentucky is the only SMI track that doesn't have a Cup race, something Smith wants to change. That could mean the June race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, which SMI also owns, could move. NHMS also hosts the first Chase race in September. Smith will announce Sunday that the IndyCar Series will race at NHMS next season, which could replace the June Cup date at the 1-mile oval. There also was speculation that Smith might move one Atlanta Motor Speedway date to Kentucky. "No, I've never heard that," Smith said Friday. Smith said he will meet with NASCAR president Mike Helton this weekend and plans to meet with Lesa France Kennedy soon. Kennedy is the CEO of International Speedway Corp. and the sister of NASCAR chairman Brian France. Kennedy hopes to add a second Cup date next year at Kansas Speedway, an ISC facility. "I get along very well with Lesa," Smith said. "She and I have a good rapport. I will be talking to her next week, hopefully. We don't want to put off until next year what we can do this year."(ESPN)(6-25-2010)
Lenox to make $10,000 donation to Children's Tumor Foundation: Lenox, a leading manufacturer of premium power tool accessories, hand tools, torches, solder and band saw blades announced, in partnership with Richard Childress Racing driver Jeff Burton and the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, will dedicate this weekend's Lenox Industrial Tools 301 to Pete Dingeman, the winner of the Lenox Extra-Mile Hero Contest. The June 27, 2010 NASCAR race will honor Dingeman, who passed away last December after a life-long battle with neurofibromatosis (NF). In recognition of his heroic efforts, a decal honoring Dingeman will be placed on Burton's #31 Lenox Industrial Tools Chevy paint scheme and Dingeman's family will serve as Grand Marshals for the race.
Last year at the Lenox Industrial Tools 301, Dingeman was announced as the winner of the Lenox Extra-Mile Hero Contest. Dingeman was presented with a check for $31,000 for his charity, The Children's Tumor Foundation, with an additional $31,000 going to Dingeman for being the Lenox Extra-Mile Hero - a portion of which he donated back to The Foundation. To further acknowledge the work and life of Dingeman, Lenox will collect fan signatures in his honor throughout the race weekend and make $1 donation to the Children's Tumor Foundation for each signature - for up to $10,000.(Pro Sports PR)(6-22-2010)
Bring Your Coolers, Cans, and Snacks But NO Vuvuzelas .....: Race fans coming for this week's Lenox Industrial Tools 301 events can bring their favorite Coca-Cola products, beer, and tailgating food and snacks; but leave the vuvuzelas at home! If you've watched even five minutes of World Cup soccer, you've no doubt heard the droning sound of horns coming from the stands. The vuvuzela, a South African tradition is the long horn fans use throughout the matches. Good for soccer, not so good for "The Magic Mile." New Hampshire Motor Speedway executive vice president and general manager Jerry Gappens announced today that the track is banning those annoying noisemakers in the grandstand seating areas. In fact, Gappens will conduct a ceremonial destruction of vuvuzelas during pre-race ceremonies Sunday. "We love our fans and want everyone to have a great time here during their visit, but I think it is best to leave the vuvuzelas in South Africa at the World Cup," said Gappens. "Forget engine noise; these pseudo-instruments are truly painful to the ears!" A long standing NASCAR tradition allows fans to bring their own food and drink into the speedway. There are a few other items that are not allowed, such as glass containers and umbrellas. Just a little reminder, only coolers or items 14" and under are permitted into the grandstand area and for your safety all persons, coolers, bags and backpacks are subject to searches. Purchase tickets to the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 on Sunday, June 27 and the SYLVANIA 300 on Sunday, September 19 by visiting online at www.nhms.com or by calling our Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931.(NHMS)(6-21-2010)
Foghat to Headline Pre-Race Activities at New Hampshire: Vintage blues and classic rock band Foghat will kick start the Lenox Industrial Tools 301, during pre-race activities for a concert and will also be featured as the National Anthem performers on Sunday, June 27. The Multi-Gold and Platinum selling, 1970's rock band, whose hits include the classics "Slow Ride", "Road Fever", " Fool for the City", "Drivin' Wheel", and "I Just Want to Make Love to You" among others, continue to tour relentlessly. They are back promoting their new blues album 'Last Train Home,' that combines covers of classics such as "So Many Roads, "So Many Trains" and "Shake Your Money Maker," as well as a few new originals including their new single "Born for the Road". Not only will Foghat be on stage for the pre-race concert, but race fans can enjoy Comic Book Heroes, a guitar driven, alternative rock band as the opening act for the blues band. Comic Book Heroes will also be meeting fans at the Sprint Experience corporate display on Saturday, June 26th. Get your pre-race pit passes for front row action to the pre-race concert at the Lenox Industrial Tools 301; purchase them by calling our ticket hotline at (603) 783-4931 or by visiting www.nhms.com.(6-21-2010)
New Hampshire could move race date: The owner of New Hampshire Motor Speedway said Thursday he will consider moving next year's summer race if Loudon's police chief doesn't cut the cost for providing safety details. NHMS owner Bruton Smith said that if he can't reach a compromise with the town on security costs, he may move next June's race from New Hampshire [like to maybe...Kentucky Speedway?]. "The dates are scheduled year to year with contracts with NASCAR," said Jerry Gappens, NHMS vice president. "There is the option of doing that. Let's hope it doesn't come to that option." Gappens said Loudon charges too much to organize security, and Loudon's police chief makes too much doing it. He said Chief Robert Fiske makes $50 per hour, amounting to almost $59,000 for covering the races over five years. NHMS is asking Loudon to reduce its price tag for June's upcoming race from $170,000 to $65,000. "No, we're not prepared to do that," said Loudon Selectman Roger Maxfield. "The answer is no, we won't."
Maxfield said he thinks $170,000 to cover an influx of 100,000 people is reasonable, as is Fiske's hourly rate. "He's also in control of 80 full-time officers, so that's a large detail," Maxfield said. NHMS has suggested cutting 38 police officers from its camp grounds and replacing them with private security guards supported by a few officers.
Fiske said that plan isn't in the best interest of public safety. "The crime is consistent with a city of that size," he said. "We have alleged rapes and assaults, let alone the DWIs."(wmur.com)(6-18-2010)
New Hampshire Motor Speedway, police at impasse UPDATE: Even after the governor assembled a committee to deal with New Hampshire Motor Speedway's concerns about the cost of police and fire coverage at the track, the speedway and Loudon police Chief Bob Fiske are about $100,000 apart on the cost of covering next month's NASCAR race weekend. Fiske said he will present the Loudon selectmen tonight [Tuesday, May 11th] with a memorandum of understanding, to be signed by Jerry Gappens, the speedway's executive vice president, stating that the town of Loudon will be paid $174,500 for police and fire coverage, the same cost as the September 2009 race weekend. But Gappens says track owner Bruton Smith believes adequate coverage can be provided for $75,000. The Loudon track is the only one of eight speedways owned by Smith's company, Speedway Motorsports, that pays for police and fire coverage, Gappens said. Gappens said he considers Fiske's request that he sign a memorandum of understanding to be "an insult" to the relationship forged between town and speedway. "It makes me feel like they feel that we're not trustworthy and we're thieves," he said. "That concerns me." Fiske has said that in order to provide the same level of coverage at the track as in September, $174,500 - $134,000 of that for police coverage - is as low as he can go. That figure is already down significantly from the $263,000 the track paid for police and fire coverage in June 2009, and the selectmen are "totally supportive" of maintaining the same level of manpower, he said. Fiske said he collects about 80 officers from Loudon and towns across the state who make $43 per hour to work the race weekend. He said he knows asking Gappens to sign the memo "puts a bad taste in people's mouths," but he "can't stand" to leave the town holding the rest of the bill in order to provide adequate coverage. At the company's other speedway locations, Gappens said state and local officials provide coverage for no charge in recognition of the boon to the local economy.(Concord Monitor)(5-12-2010)
UPDATE: The only thing New Hampshire Motor Speedway and the Loudon selectmen agreed on at last night's meeting was the need to act quickly to figure out how to police next month's NASCAR race weekend. "Now we're under the gun," Selectman Steven Ives said. After months of discussion between Loudon police Chief Bob Fiske and speedway Security Director Mark Furlone, as well as the creation of a state task force to address the speedway's concerns about the cost of law enforcement coverage, the town and the track are still about $100,000 apart on the price of fire and police protection before and during the June 27 Sprint Cup race. Fiske presented the selectmen last night with a memorandum of understanding, which stated that the track will pay $174,500 - which includes $134,000 for police coverage - as it did for the September 2009 race. But speedway owner Bruton Smith has said he is capping what he will pay for police and fire for June's race at $75,000. None of Smith's seven other speedways has to pay for local emergency services, said Jerry Gappens, the speedway's executive vice president. Gappens refused to sign the memorandum, which he has called "an insult" to the relationship between the speedway and the town. "It's a slap in the face," he told the selectmen. Selectman Dustin Bowles said he will not settle for entering June's race weekend without a letter signed by the speedway verifying how much it is willing to pay for police and fire coverage. If that doesn't happen, he said, the town will demand that the speedway bond the money. "We're going to need something," he said. After the discussion, both sides agreed to address the issue again in the coming weeks.(Concord Monitor)(5-12-2010)
NHMS wants to build casino/hotel: The New Hampshire Motor Speedway wants to build a casino, a hotel and a racing museum on its Loudon [NH] track site. But the plans are contingent on the state legalizing expanded gambling this year, something that's far from certain. The speedway added its voice to the Legislature's gambling debate yesterday, during a Senate hearing on a bill that would allow slot machines and table games at six sites across the state. The news surprised many people, including Loudon town officials, other gambling advocates and casino opponents. But the entry of such a well-known - and well-funded - organization to the discussion could significantly shift the terms of the debate. "What we're basically saying is, we want a seat at the table because we know we could do a good job and be a responsible partner with the state on this," said Jerry Gappens, general manager and executive vice president of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. "We're the largest sports and entertainment facility in all of New England. We've got a great infrastructure here. And (gambling) would just complement what we already do." Gappens said that track officials were still working on their plans but that they would likely center on a new hotel-casino complex. He said the track was also in talks with the New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame about building a permanent home for that institution at Loudon. He said the track had hired consultants to design the year-round casino facility as well as assess the potential economic impact the addition of gambling would have for the track and for state revenue.(Concord Monitor)(3-6-2010)
Remaining Tix for 2010 Lenox Industrial Tools 301 on sale: With renewals completed, all remaining tickets for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series LENOX Industrial Tools 301 weekend from Thursday, June 24 through Sunday, June 27, 2010 will go on sale on Tuesday, December 1. A variety of grandstand seats, starting at just $39, are available for the first event in "The Race to the Chase 2010," the LENOX Industrial Tools 301. "Our 20th anniversary season will be a celebration for the fans," said Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. "With a weekend that features four NASCAR races, amazing entertainment, displays, and special events, we offer the best value in sports and entertainment anywhere." These seats have been released in time for fans to purchase the perfect holiday gift for family and friends. To purchase tickets to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway LENOX Industrial Tools 301 weekend, please call our Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931 or visit the speedway online at www.nhms.com.(NHMS PR)(12-1-2009)
New Hampshire Sprint Cup race sold out: Officials said today's Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is a sellout, and, with an additional 3,000 tickets being sold for the infield, a crowd of about 104,000 is expected. NHMS came up a thousand or so tickets short of a sellout for its June race. "Hopefully, we'll have the biggest crowd ever in the history of the Speedway," said Smith, who would love to see lights at the track as a major addition for next season. Yes, it's been a pretty good year at the racetrack.
"Across the board, with the economy the way it is, we're probably averaging a 7 to 10 percent decline in attendance," said Jim Hunter, NASCAR vice president of corporate communications. "But this track is holding its own pretty well. These fans are avid. There are no more avid fans than there are at this racetrack." That's a major reason, Hunter said, that he doesn't see NHMS losing one of its two annual Sprint Cup races, something that some fans feared when Bruston Smith's company [SMI] -- which owns seven other speedways -- bought the track. "When you can sell 90-100,000 tickets, to take a chance on moving it somewhere where you may sell 60-70,000 -- to me, that doesn't make any sense," Hunter said.(New Hampshire Union Leader)(9-20-2009)
"Trackside Pass" Available for New Hampshire: For the first time ever, New Hampshire Motor Speedway fans will have the opportunity to be the ultimate insider at Sunday's Sylvania 300 with the new "Trackside Pass." This allows fans pre-race pit road access; the chance to attend the Town Meeting with speedway officials Bruton Smith, Jerry Gappens, and leaders in the world of motorsports; and admission to the "Trackside Tent" and the turn one and two areas of the infield to watch the first race in the "Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup."
"Trackside Pass" guests are allowed to bring coolers (up to 14-inches), lawn chairs, and blankets into the infield. No scaffolding or platforms are allowed. The "Trackside Pass" is available for a limited time at $150 per person. Passes for minors under the age of 18 can be purchased for $50 without pre-race pit access. All minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. For more information or to purchase tickets to the Sylvania 300 weekend events, go online to www.nhms.com, or call the speedway Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931.(NHMS)(9-18-2009)
"Full House" Expected for Sunday's race at NHMS: A capacity crowd will be on hand for Sunday's Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Speedway officials announced Thursday that other than a "few" single seats and handicap accessible seats, all tickets to the grandstand seating area are gone. A limited number of backstretch, standing-room and infield "Trackside-View" tickets are available. Tickets to these areas are still available in advance by calling the speedway's ticket office at (603) 783-4931, which speedway officials are encouraging. Tickets are also available for Friday's Heluva Good! Pole Day activities, and the NASCAR Camping World East Series Heluva Good! Fall 125, as well as Saturday's NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour New Hampshire 100, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Heluva Good! 200, and the ACT Invitational. Tickets start at $20 for adults. For more information or to purchase tickets to the Sylvania 300 weekend events, go online to www.nhms.com, or call the speedway Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931.(NHMS)(9-18-2009)
NHMS Ticket Buyer Will Journey to Las Vegas: As part of New Hampshire Motor Speedway's on-going "FansFirst" initiative, anyone purchasing tickets for the SYLVANIA 300 on September 20 will have a chance of winning an exciting trip to Las Vegas for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony on Friday, December 4. The Grand Prize includes airfare, lodging, $1,000 in spending money, and two tickets to the Sprint Cup banquet. This will be the first time that this exclusive awards ceremony is being held in Las Vegas. For the past 27 years, the banquet has taken place in New York City. For a chance to experience the thrills of a NASCAR Sprint Cup championship in Vegas, purchase your tickets for the SYLVANIA 300 now. The MegaTicket package features three days of racing for $99. The SYLVANIA Speed Zone seating section offers fans a $39 Sunday ticket. With these promotions, fans have the unique opportunity to experience NASCAR racing for approximately 12 cents a lap! To purchase tickets to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway SYLVANIA 300 weekend, call the Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931 or visit the speedway online at www.nhms.com.(9-16-2009)
Josh Turner to hold concert and sing National Anthen at HNMS: Josh Turner, recently named by People magazine as one of country music's hottest stars, will be performing a pre-race concert and the National Anthem prior to the start of the SYLVANIA 300 on Sunday, September 20 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. This Grammy nominated artist has made his mark on the country music charts with back-to-back multi-week No. 1 radio singles, as well as, back-to-back platinum albums, "Long Black Train" and "Your Man," which is now certified Double Platinum. He has launched The Josh Turner Fund which is fueled by his passion to support music and the arts. The Fund awarded its first scholarship this year. To purchase tickets to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway SYLVANIA 300 weekend, call the Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931 or visit the speedway online at www.nhms.com.(9-16-2009)
New Hampshire Motor Speedway Grand Marshal and starter: NASCAR fans will get a closer look at a new era of lighting during the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway as title sponsor Osram Sylvania showcases its innovations and expertise in illumination technology. The North American lighting leader enters the chase with the company's next generation of leadership, new investments in research and development (R&D), and inspired lighting advancements for your space, your wallet and your planet. The seventh annual Sylvania 300 weekend arrives at the dawning of a lighting revolution and a changing of the guard at Osram Sylvania. The company announced earlier this year that Rick Leaman will succeed Charlie Jerabek as President and CEO effective the 1st of October. This presidential transition puts Leaman in the driver's seat; he will lead events throughout the race weekend along with Osram Sylvania Senior Vice President of Sales, Service and Logistics Tim Lesch, the Grand Marshal. The company enlisted the help of Mark Titlebaum, BJ's Wholesale Club senior vice president of general merchandise, to act as the flag dropper for the Sylvania 300. Sylvania has been the title sponsor of the Sylvania 300 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) for the last seven years and, in July 2006, signed an additional five-year contract with NHMS through 2012. For more information, visit www.Sylvania.com/Sylvania300.(PR Newswire.(9-14-2009)
NHMS pares police for race weekend: As Loudon, NH, gears up for next weekend's final NASCAR race of the year, the police department may find itself with less to do than in years past. With over one-third of its budget for security details slashed, fewer Loudon officers will be on hand. Officials at New Hampshire Motor Speedway said in interviews last week they'll utilize other forms of security, like the state police and their own team to patrol parts of the track, which has a maximum capacity of 105,000. Loudon police Chief Robert Fiske said the reductions translate to a "dangerously low" number of officers at the track. "There's a major safety concern," Fiske said in an interview.
The town's police department, which typically contracts up to 200 officers from throughout the state for full- and part-time use, was forced to re-evaluate its figures last month after the track took issue with a $265,000 bill for police details provided at a June NASCAR race. The track told selectmen the figure was excessive - up 40% from a $190,000 bill for the same race in 2005 - and agreed to pay it on the condition that fees for police and fire coverage on future races not exceed $175,000.
"The June bill was not a realistic reflection of what we needed," said New Hampshire Motor Speedway Manager and Vice President Jerry Gappens. "We had concerns and asked for an adjustment. The bill was paid in protest, but it was paid." The $265,000 was paid last month, and after some last-minute number crunching, Fiske presented the track with a $157,000 proposal for this week's 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition. The bill, which Fiske said he presented "under protest," was further reduced to about $136,000. With a few more changes, the combined bill for police and fire coverage tallied $174,000, according to Gappens.
The biggest reductions came from several areas, Gappens said, including paring back shifts the week before the race, when out-of-state travelers typically set up RVs in the parking areas. The track will man its own security until Thursday. "If we have an incident, then (the police) will respond like they would any other day," Gappens said. Additionally, the state police will take over patrolling in two of the site's campgrounds; the number of officers patrolling the grandstands will be reduced from 30 to 12, but there will be more track security and ushers, said Mark Furlone, the track's security director and a former state trooper major.
The number of shifts and officers on staff were cut in half, Fiske said, and the number of hours in a typical shift were slashed from 12 to eight. Officers working shifts in the overnight RV areas will be off the clock at 2 a.m. There will be a "handful" of people on-call, Fiske said, but if something happens, "I really doubt six people are going to be able to control a crowd of 300." The track has also eliminated 17 officers at 11 of its entrance points, where guests' bags are checked for restricted items. Instead, the track will assign about 300 uniformed workers to man those points. "We're quite well-staffed," Furlone said. "We're very conscious of the safety and well-being of our guests." The changes, according to Fiske, are leaving the town wide open to danger. Given the number of people expected to attend the three-day event, he expects something will go wrong, he said. Fiske said he's especially concerned about the lack of officers at the screening stations. Many of them are being moved to traffic detail on Route 106, which Loudon will also retain control over.(Concord [NH] Monitor)(9-14-2009)
- NHMS Looks to Reduce Carbon Footprint: New Hampshire Motor Speedway is rolling out its Green Team Initiative for the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 weekend. The Green Team Initiative is a recycling program in the RV and general parking areas at the speedway. It is a part of Waste Management's Single-Stream recycling system where items such as paper, plastic, and aluminum are all recycled into one bin and then sorted at their plant. On the grounds of the speedway, campers will see green barrels for recycling and gray barrels for other trash. The green barrels will have a large yellow sticker outlining acceptable items for Single-Stream recycling. To purchase tickets to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway LENOX Industrial Tools 301 and SYLVANIA 300 weekends, call their Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931.(NHMS)(6-28-2009)
- Toyota Camry Hybrid to NHMS race: The 2010 Toyota Camry Hybrid will serve as the official pace car for the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on June 28 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Earlier this season the gas-electric Camry Hybrid became the first hybrid vehicle to serve as a pace car for an entire NASCAR race, leading the way at both Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C., and last weekend at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. To purchase tickets to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway LENOX Industrial Tools 301 and SYLVANIA 300 weekends, please call our Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931 or visit the speedway online at www.nhms.com.(NHMS)(6-27-2009)
- Lights at NHMS still planned...but: The hope for New Hampshire Motor Speedway executive vice president and general manager Jerry Gappens is that the track could also clear the hurdle of getting lights up. Standing in the way of that is an agreement that former track owner Bob Bahre made with local officials not to run night events at the track. "In a perfect world I would love to run them on a Saturday night under the lights here," Gappens said. "I think that would be a homerun and give us more flexibility." Gappens said moving past night racing agreement is still something track officials are working on. "It's something that we need to move forward with because I think we're going to see a day when NASCAR is going to require every track to have lights just from the standpoint of the money that's involved with the TV package and trying to get the event completed on the same day that its scheduled," Gappens said. "We can put up lights, there's nothing to stop us from doing that. We can put them in and if the race is schedule for 2 p.m. and we get rain we can finish. But you can't start a race on purpose at 7 o'clock at night. I will be starting to talk to local officials about what we need to do to get to that point because I do think it's vital for the speedway."(Hartford Courant)(6-27-2009)
- NHMS Welcomes the Newest Member of Its Team: New Hampshire Motor Speedway now has a fan-friendly mascot to match its 1.058-mile oval superspeedway. The Mile Oval Moose, known affectionately as "Milo," will start his new job at the speedway this weekend and is sure to be a fan favorite. A long-time resident of New Hampshire, "Milo" loves racing and entertaining. Attracted to speed and handy with tools for every job right down to changing a light bulb, "Milo" is a natural fit at the speedway. Equipped with his own special racing helmet, "Milo" is a force of nature behind the wheel as well. Whether in the pits tuning up a car or roaming the grandstands with the fans, Milo can be found anywhere and everywhere at the speedway on race weekend; just look for the antlers. A video of "Milo's" press conference introduction with NASCAR Spring Cup Series driver Jeff Burton can be seen at NHMS.com. To purchase tickets to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway LENOX Industrial Tools 301 and SYLVANIA 300 weekends, please call our Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931 or visit the speedway online at www.nhms.com.(6-26-2009)
- New Trackside Safety Fence Up and Ready for races at NHMS: New and enhanced trackside safety fencing is up along the grandstand sides of the racing surface at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Approximately 3,400 feet of fencing was installed. The lower portion is reinforced with six strands of 5/8-inch, high-strength cable, while the upper portion consists of sixteen strands of 3/8-inch cable. "Wheel fence" arch posts also raise the overall height of the safety fence to over 21 feet. The upgrade process, which began construction in April, will be completed in time for the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 event week as planned. The new fence system is consistent with safety standards at other Speedway Motorsports, Inc.-owned and operated facilities. "This was not a reaction to what happened in Talladega," said Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway, referring to Carl Edwards' wreck on the last lap which injured seven fans. "Bruton Smith, our chairman, put this project on the top of our priority list for 2009 facility improvements, utilizing the improved technology and engineering used at other SMI facilities and installing it here."
The previous grandstand safety fence measured 16 feet in height from the track's surface, 12½ feet high from the grandstand surface side. The new fence measures 21 and a half feet in height from the racing surface, 18 feet on the grandstand side. "We are upgrading many aspects of New Hampshire Motor Speedway to Speedway Motorsports, Inc.'s standards, and this fell right in place with the infield renovations in process for the June race," said John Zudell, Vice President of Operations and Development at New Hampshire Motor Speedway". To purchase tickets to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway LENOX Industrial Tools 301 and SYLVANIA 300 weekends, please call our Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931 or visit the speedway online at www.nhms.com.(NHMS PR)(6-25-2009)
- Infield Improvements Unveiled at NHMS: A reconfiguration of New Hampshire Motor Speedway's infield will greatly increase its usable space and functionality. Infield construction began in May of this year after the necessary permits were obtained. After just two months of other structural adjustments and improvements, New Hampshire Motor Speedway is nearing the completion of its infield transformation. The most impressive of these adjustments is the expansion of the infield, resulting in an increase of over 400% in usable land. Overall, this portion of the infield has grown from one and a half usable acres to nearly seven. Fencing installation was another big project at the speedway. Interior fencing in the infield has been replaced with new, black chain link. The winner of the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on Sunday, June 28, will visit a redesigned Victory Lane, also part of the renovation. With more ornate plans in mind for the facility, Vice President of Operations and Development John Zudell said the update will serve as an "interim Victory Lane." Though physical construction only took two months, the project is the result of 18 months of rigorous planning and approval. When O. Bruton Smith, Chairman and CEO of Speedway Motorsports, Inc., purchased the track in early 2008, he immediately started planning the infield renovation project. Fans will get to experience Mr. Smith's vision during the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 weekend, starting Thursday, June 25, and can view the renovations firsthand with the Pre-Race Pit Pass, available online for $100. To purchase tickets to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway LENOX Industrial Tools 301 and SYLVANIA 300 weekends, please call our Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931 or visit the speedway online at www.nhms.com.(NHMS PR)(6-25-2009)
- Free Admission to Thursday's "Fan Fest" at NHMS: On Thursday, June 25, "Fan Fest" at New Hampshire Motor Speedway will feature free grandstand admission for NASCAR Camping World Series East Series and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour qualifying, as well as a great evening of free entertainment. One of the big highlights at "Fan Fest" will be an interview session with #9-Kasey Kahne. Greg Kretschmar, host of Greg and the Morning Buzz, and Jamie Staton, Sports Director at WMUR/ABC 9, will host this fan forum. Performing live throughout the night will be up-and-coming country-rock band Jonathan Scott and the Blazing Hearts. North American County Music Association, International's 2007 "Band of the Year" in new country music. The group from Jaffrey, N.H. features frontman Jonathan Scott. Scott is the NACMAI's 2007 "Male Vocalist of the Year" and "Male Entertainer of the Year."
"Transaurus" will be doing a preview of Sunday's pre-race show on Thursday night at "Fan Fest" chewing a car cut in half by the one and only Lee 'Hackman' Breton as a part of the LENOX Industrial Tools 2009 World Tour. Qualifying sessions will begin at 3:15pm on Thursday, June 25 as the aces of NASCAR Camping World Series East make their pole run for the Heluva Good! 125. At 4:45pm, the ground-pounding NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour stars will qualify for the New Hampshire 100. From 6:00pm to 9:00pm, the "Fan Fest" celebration will end a great opening day at the speedway. To purchase tickets to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway LENOX Industrial Tools 301 and SYLVANIA 300 weekends, please call our Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931 or visit the speedway online at www.nhms.com.(NHMS PR)(6-24-2009)
- Purse for New Hampshire races announced: Featuring one of the most lucrative payouts-per-mile in NASCAR racing, record purses totaling more than seven million dollars are up for grabs for NASCAR drivers competing in next weekend's Lenox Industrial Tools 301 events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Drivers racing in any of the week's four NASCAR series races will be chasing their share of $7,005,549 in prize money, the highest in New Hampshire Motor Speedway history. The NASCAR Sprint Cup purse is $5,423,189, up from last year's track record. The Lenox Industrial Tools 301 features the sixth-highest purse per-mile on the series schedule to date [of 17 races]. The NASCAR Nationwide Series will be racing for the $1,197,559. The NASCAR Camping World Series East at $217,884 and the remaining $166,917 is on the line in the New England 100 for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. To purchase tickets to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway Lenox Industrial Tools 301 and Sylvania 300 weekends, stop by the ticket office in Loudon, call the ticket hotline at (603) 783-4931, or visit the speedway online at www.nhms.com.(6-23-2009)
- Three Dog Night to give concert at NHMS: Three Dog Night will take the stage at the start/finish line at 12:30pm/et for a 45 minute performance. Entering their fourth decade, the music icons hold some impressive industry statistics. From 1969 through 1974, the band had 21 consecutive Top-40 hits and 12 straight RIAA Certified Gold LPs. Their latest album, released in 2004, is a collection of hit singles. To purchase tickets to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway Lenox Industrial Tools 301 and Sylvania 300 weekends, call the ticket hotline at (603) 783-4931 or visit the speedway online at www.nhms.com.(NHMS PR)(6-23-2009)
- Local Heroes invites to New Hampshire Cup race: In recognition of its Extra Mile Heroes Contest, Lenox Industrial Tools is teaming up with New Hampshire Governor John Lynch and the State to honor the everyday heroes of New Hampshire. Lenox Industrial Tools and Gov. Lynch have invited members of the state police, local police and fire departments, and the National Guard, along with up to four members of their respective families, to attend the Lenox Industrial Tools 301, on Sunday, June 28 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. A limited number of grandstand tickets, made available from a section of seating speedway officials earmarked for a charitable partnership, are being offered on a first-come basis to their respective departments for free. The donation was made as an extension of the Lenox Extra Mile Heroes program which began with last year's Lenox Industrial Tools 301, adding an extra lap to recognize those who go the Extra Mile in their community. To purchase tickets to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway Lenox Industrial Tools 301 and Sylvania 300 weekends, call the ticket hotline at (603) 783-4931 or visit the speedway online at www.nhms.com.(6-23-2009)
- NHMS Announces Improvements, New Mascot: New Hampshire Motor Speedway has announced several improvements to the track in preparation of next weekend's Sprint Cup race. A new infield area will include some environmental upgrades to Gues Meadow Brook that runs through the track. It will also have two more large screen TVs for fans to follow the action. A new, higher fence was also unveiled. Track officials said it was not built in response to a violent crash earlier this year at Talladegah where some fans suffered minor injuries. Also unveiled was Milo the Moose, the track's new mascot who will interact with the fans at all the races.(wmur.com)(6-17-2009)
- Open Casting Call to be the First New Hampshire Motor Speedway Mascot: New Hampshire Motor Speedway is searching for the next great talent to be the first mascot for the largest sports and entertainment complex in New England. The lucky winner will perform in front of over 105,000 NASCAR fans twice a year, represent the speedway at numerous civic functions, and be a part of the world of major league mascots. "There is a star out there waiting to be discovered, and we are going to find that person," said Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manger of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. "There will be no 'textgate' at this casting call! Our judging panel will make the right choice, guaranteed!" This casting call is open to anyone age 18 and over and will be held Friday, June 5th. More info at nhms.com.(6-2-2009)
- Buy a Ticket for June race at NHMS, get a ride: New Hampshire Motor Speedway is offering fans the unique opportunity to experience NASCAR racing for approximately 13 cents a lap with their MegaTicket package and LENOX Speed Zone during the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 weekend from Thursday, June 25 to Sunday, June 28. The LENOX Speed Zone is a special seating section that offers a $39 ticket for the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on Sunday, June 28. Fans will have the chance to see Dale Earnhardt, Jr.; Jeff Gordon; Jimmie Johnson; Tony Stewart; Kyle Busch; and all the stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The $99 MegaTicket package includes reserved seating for the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 in the MegaZones located in special sections of the Concord and Laconia grandstands. This amazing combination ticket, a $150 value if purchased separately, also includes general admission seating for all of the events on Friday and Saturday. The schedule for these two days includes Heluva Good! Pole qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the NASCAR Camping World Series East Heluva Good! 125, Heluva Good! Pole qualifying for the NASCAR Nationwide Series, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour New England 100, and the NASCAR Nationwide Series Camping World 200 presented by RVs.com.To purchase the New Hampshire Motor Speedway MegaTicket package or tickets in the LENOX Speed Zone, please call our Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931 or visit the speedway online at www.nhms.com.(NHMS)(5-21-2009)
- New Hampshire catch fences to be replaced: The chain-link fences at New Hampshire Motor Speedway will be replaced in time for its June race, partly in response to Carl Edwards’ airborne accident at Talladega Superspeedway. Speedway Motorsports Inc. will spend $400,000 to put up fences made of welding wire. "Let’s fix it because the sport is at risk," SMI chairman Bruton Smith said Monday. "The thing we need to do at all the speedways (is) to make sure we have the strongest (fencing) there is." Smith said he had started the process of replacing the fence before Edwards’ accident at Talladega two races ago. Edwards’ car was sent airborne into the frontstretch fence, which bowed upon contact. Although the fence held, debris from the accident flew into the grandstands and injured seven fans. Talladega’s fencing is a mix of chain link and steel cable. The Alabama track is owned by International Speedway Corp., the sister company to NASCAR. "A chain-link fence, you might think it’s strong, but it’s not," Smith said. "I had already made a decision to (change New Hampshire). We were a little ahead of the curve on that. It was not adequate. It looked bad, it was bad, and I thought, very unsafe."(Boston Herald/Associated Press)(5-5-2009)
- NHMS to Plant Trees as Part of Earth Day and "Green Team" Initiative: In celebration of Earth Day and as a part of its "Green Team" initiative, officials of New Hampshire Motor Speedway announced a plan today to plant additional trees throughout the 1,200-acre facility. Between now and the end of the day on April 30, speedway officials will plant a tree for every ticket sold to the June 28 LENOX Industrial Tools 301 in honor of the devoted race fans who support the largest sports and entertainment venue in all of New England. A wide variety of trees will be planted including red maple, white pine, gray and yellow birch, and various hemlocks. The speedway has more than 500 acres of permanently protected wildlife habitats located throughout the property. These habitats provide natural, undisturbed environments for many species of animal and plant life native to New Hampshire. "We continue to be one of the most eco-friendly sports facilities in the country," said Jerry Gappens, executive vice-president and general manager of the speedway. "This program is another facet of our on-going commitment to the ecological improvement and beautification of one of the most diverse and largest parcels of land in New England." The speedway is also working with Franklin Pierce University and Waste Management Company as part of a new "Green Team" initiative that will recycle more than half of the paper, plastic, metal, and glass waste that comes onto the property. To purchase tickets to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway LENOX Industrial Tools 301 and SYLVANIA 300 weekends, please call our Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931 or visit the speedway online at www.nhms.com.(NHMS PR)(4-23-2009)
- New Hampshire Motor Speedway Introduces $99 Race Weekend MegaTicket:New Hampshire Motor Speedway is offering fans three days of NASCAR racing for just $99 with their new MegaTicket for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 and Sylvania 300 weekends.
A $150 value if purchased separately, the MegaTicket includes reserved seating for the Sprint Cup events in the MegaZones, located in a special section of the Concord and Laconia grandstands and general admission seating for Friday and Saturday. To create the MegaZones, speedway officials transferred seating areas normally used for corporate block tickets and released them for this special fan package. The Lenox Industrial Tools 301 weekend is scheduled for June 26-28. The Sylvania 300 weekend is scheduled for September 18-20. To purchase the New Hampshire Motor Speedway MegaTicket for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 and Sylvania 300 weekends, please call our Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931 or visit the speedway online at www.nhms.com.(NHMS PR)(4-5-2009)
- Drivers to Conduct Fan Forums at Speedway Motorsports Races: NASCAR drivers and Speedway Motorsports are teaming up to bring fans closer to their favorite drivers than ever before. The new "PRN Up To SPEED" program will bring NASCAR's top names out for fan forums at the SPEED Stage during each of the 13 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekends at Speedway Motorsports' seven speedways across the country. The Performance Racing Network's on-air personalities will emcee question-and-answer sessions with some of the sport's biggest personalities at the SPEED Stage leading up to SPEED's regularly scheduled weekend programming.
"PRN Up To SPEED" will kick off Sunday at 9:30am/et, at the SPEED Stage located in the Las Vegas Motor Speedway midway. The stellar lineup will include Las Vegas-native Kyle Busch, legendary NASCAR team owner Richard Childress, and four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon. Each Speedway Motorsports track [Atlanta, Bristol, Infineon, Las Vegas, Lowe's, New Hampshire, Texas] that hosts a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race will hold "PRN Up To SPEED" sessions during their respective race weekend. The location of the SPEED Stage may vary from track to track, but at all Speedway Motorsports facilities, the stage is always located in an area where access is free of charge for fans.(SMI PR)(3-1-2009)
- NHMS June Race Tix on sale Monday: With event ticket renewals completed, New Hampshire Motor Speedway officials announced today that the limited number of tickets remaining for the Sunday, June 28 LENOX Industrial Tools 301 will go on sale on Monday, January 19 at 8:00am/et. In addition, speedway officials also announced a new, innovative interest-free payment option available for 2009 ticket orders. The "FansFirst Four Pay" allows fans to secure their tickets, camping spots, and pre-race pit passes with a 25-percent deposit. The remaining balance will be spread out over three additional interest-free payments. For more information, or to purchase tickets for all of the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 weekend events, please go online to www.nhms.com or call the speedway Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931.(NHMS PR)(1-18-2009)
- Bob Bahre Named 2009 Buddy Shuman Award Winner: Bob Bahre, long a champion promoter and supporter of stock-car racing in the New England region, collected one of NASCAR’s most prestigious and longest-running awards today in New York City.
Bahre received the Buddy Shuman Award during the 2008 NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Media Luncheon. Presented since 1957, the award annually recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to NASCAR racing. It honors the late Buddy Shuman, a pioneering NASCAR driver who died in a hotel fire in Nov. 1955. “Bob was a pioneer in NASCAR’s growth in the northeast,” said NASCAR President Mike Helton. “He’s one of the most respected men in the sport – ever.” Bahre, 80, is the former owner of New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Oxford Plains Speedway. A resident of Paris Hill, Maine, he purchased what is now New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 1989 and re-opened it – following reconstruction and renovations – in 1990. NASCAR events have been held at the track since July 1990. Bahre also owned and operated Oxford Plains Speedway from 1986-’94. He’s also renowned for his collection of vintage cars, which he shares with the public each summer during a Founder’s Day festival in Paris Hill. As New England’s largest sports facility, New Hampshire Motor Speedway includes a 1.056-mile oval track and a 1.6-mile road course and room for 105,491 spectators. A new chapter in the track’s history began in Nov. 2007, when Bahre and his son Gary sold the facility to Speedway Motorsports Inc. More recognition is forthcoming: Bahre will be inducted into the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame on Jan. 25, 2009.(NASCAR PR)(12-4-2008)
- Bob Bahre Named To Hall of Fame: New Hampshire Motor Speedway founder Bob Bahre will be inducted to the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame on Jan. 25, 2009 at LaRenaissance Banquet Hall in East Windsor, Conn. Bahre, generally acknowledged as the man who brought “major league’ auto racing to New England, is also recognized as having saved Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway. He lifted the track to prominence with the Oxford 250, long one of the richest short track races for late model stocks in America. He changed the face of the sport in 1990 when he built the mile oval in Loudon — today New Hampshire Motor Speedway. At the time it was the first superspeedway built in the world in 20 years. Tickets to the ceremony are on sale in Nov. at near1.com.(Union Leader)(10-16-2008)
- Lights planned for NHMS, no reconfig: Speedway Motorsports Inc. plans to add lights at New Hampshire Motor Speedway as soon as possible, which would reduce the number of Chase tracks without them to three. SMI chairman Bruton Smith said before Sunday's Chase opener that the only obstacle is getting out of an agreement former owner Bob Bahre made with a group of neighbors that there never would be night racing at the 1.058-mile track. "We will overcome that,'' Smith said. "I feel confident about that. As soon as we do that we will erect lights here.'' Smith believes it should be mandatory for all Chase tracks to have lights to give the best opportunity to get races in on the scheduled date. Had there been lights at New Hampshire on Sunday, officials wouldn't have been under such a tight deadline to get the race started before mid-afternoon. New Hampshire, Dover, Talladega and Martinsville are the only Chase tracks without lights. "I want to make sure we never lose a race,'' Smith said. "Like today, if we had to start at 6 o'clock or 7 or 8 o'clock we could do so. That's the whole thing in a nutshell. And it's good for the fans. We've got to be constantly better for these fans.'' Smith said plans to shorten New Hampshire from just over a mile to a ¾-mile track have been scrapped. "The track is very raceable,'' he said. "A couple of engineers looked [into it]. We look at a lot of things. I don't see that happening.''(ESPN)(9-14-2008)
- McCain to visit NHMS on Sunday UPDATE: Republican presidential candidate and Arizona Sen. John McCain is scheduled tomake a brief appearance at Sunday's event. McCain and his wife Cindy, (there is no information yet as to if she will accompany her husband to Loudon Sunday) are no strangers to racing — McCain was the grand marshal of the 2006 Sylvania 300 and Cindy McCain is a trained racecar driver. "We've done a lot of events like this," said speedway media spokesman Fred Neergaard. "We prepared twice for President Bush — once when he was the governor of Texas and once when he was president." State Police Lt. George Brown said no information is available about when McCain will visit, but helicopters flying overhead and an enhanced police presence are already present at the track.(The Citizen), The trip will reportedly include McCain taking a lap around the NASCAR race oval before the Sprint Cup playoff series is to begin in New Hampshire. It was not known whether running mate and AK Gov. Sarah Palin would be with McCain.(Nashua Telegraph)(9-11-2008)
UPDATE: John McCain thanked NASCAR for its support of the military as he spoke during the prerace drivers meeting Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. McCain was a couple of minutes late, and the drivers and crew chiefs remained in their seats waiting for him after their prerace instructions had ended. When he arrived with NASCAR President Mike Helton, the drivers and crew chiefs gave him a standing ovation. McCain was joined by Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, a major supporter of the candidate. “I just want to say thank you [for the ovation], but most of all I want to thank you for your support for the men and women in the military,” McCain said. “It’s remarkable. It’s uplifting to these young people. When I am in Iraq and Afghanistan, they’re watching you. You are their role models. You are their heroes. And they are ours. So I just want to say that NASCAR and the heroes and the competitors and the teams are supporting the men and women who are serving in the most exemplary fashion – I thank you, God bless you and God bless America.” Security was extra tight for the drivers meeting with everyone attending being checked with a metal-detecting wand. McCain then toured the garage area. The NASCAR hauler was equipped with several cameras pointed in various directions in the garage.(SceneDaily)(9-14-2008)
- Broadway Midway Debuts During the Sylvania 300 Weekend: For the first time at any major NASCAR race, the "Broadway Midway" will bring the atmosphere of an old-fashioned state fair to the biggest sporting event weekend in New England, the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway from this Thursday through Sunday. Several all-time favorite amusement rides will be part of the speedway exhibitor and display area located just outside turns one and two. The featured ride at any fair, the Ferris Wheel, will be the main attraction. Riders will be offered a breath-taking view of the speedway infield. Other rides will include the "Traffic Jam," the "Twister," and the "Round Up/Cyclone" The Broadway Midway will be open Thursday, September 11 through Saturday, September 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and on Sunday, September 14 from 9:00am to 2:00pm. Wristbands can be purchased for $5 each day and will allow guests the opportunity to enjoy unlimited rides for that day. All proceeds from the sale of Broadway Midway wristbands will benefit the local New Hampshire chapter of the Speedway Children's Charities.(NHMS PR)(9-10-2008)
- The Only Showers at NHMS will be in the Campground! With a continued focus on improving fan amenities, New Hampshire Motor Speedway officials have quadrupled the number of portable shower facilities located throughout the speedway camping areas for the Sylvania 300 this weekend. As part of their "Fans First" guest enhancement program, the shower facilities will be offered to speedway campers at no charge instead of the $10 per shower that had been charged in the past. The shower facilities will be open Thursday, September 11 through Sunday, September 14 from 6:00am to 10:00pm daily.(NHMS PR)(9-10-2008)
- Diamond Rio Headlines Sylvania 300 Pre-Race Spectacular: Award-winning recording artists Diamond Rio will headline a spectacular pre-race show at the SYLVANIA 300 on Sunday, September 14 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. In addition to a sizzling, 45-minute concert, the band will also perform the National Anthem for the more than 105,000 guests in attendance at the speedway and a live TV audience of millions on ABC. Often recognized for their charitable contributions, Diamond Rio has received the coveted Minnie Pearl Humanitarian Award. They are well known for their role as the National Spokespersons for Big Brothers Big Sisters. To be a part of the start of the "Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup" and to enjoy the classic hits of Diamond Rio, please call the Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931 or visit online at www.nhms.com.(NHMS PR)(9-9-2008)
- New Hampshire to keep two dates: It's now official. New Hampshire Motor Speedway will have two Sprint Cup events in 2009. NHMS officials said ticket renewals for the June 2009 event are in the mail and renewals for the September 2009 weekend will go out soon. Speculation has swirled around the one-mile oval since Speedway Motorsports Inc., led by Bruton Smith, purchased the track in November 2007 for $340 million. Many NASCAR followers thought Smith might move one of the New Hampshire Cup dates to the SMI facility in Las Vegas. The speculation increased with Smith's pending purchase of Kentucky Speedway, with some people believing Smith might move a New Hampshire race to Kentucky. Neither scenario is happening. The race on Sunday was the 27th consecutive sellout of a Cup event at NHMS, which has 91,000 grandstand seats. The track sold the final 3,000 tickets during the past four days. "We sold standing-room only tickets here today," Smith said. "If we add a race at Las Vegas, we will get it another way. I love the people here. They remind me a lot of the fans at Bristol [Motor Speedway] for their enthusiasm and their love of racing. It's like a religion here. I should have paid [former owner] Bob [Bahre] more, but don't tell him that." Smith said he still is studying ways to improve the speedway. He wants to add lights and a larger area for campers, but he said he has no plans to add a drag strip.(ESPN)(6-30-2008)
- Sellout at New Hampshire: Today's race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is a sellout. As a matter of fact, it has been 27 straight years that there has been a Sprint Cup race sellout here at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. There's standing room only on the backstretch.(Portland Press Herald)(6-29-2008)
- Elephant Race Removed from Pre-Race Show Line-up at NHMS: Due to last-minute permit issues, the elephant race scheduled as part of the pre-race activities Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway has been cancelled. "We didn't know until late yesterday that there were pachyderm permits required to move an elephant across state lines, and apparently, there are some health certifications required as well," said Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager of the speedway. "We're disappointed, but we simply don't have the time to comply properly with all the federal procedures. Even without elephants frolicking on the frontstretch, race fans will still see
the most entertaining pre-race show in the history of the track Sunday with the Kansas concert and motorcycle stunt show."(NHMS PR)(6-28-2008)
- Limited Number of Tickets for New Hampshire: A limited number of grandstand tickets are available for Sunday's LENOX Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor
Speedway. Tickets start at $60. Guests who purchase tickets by Wednesday will be eligible to win a $500 Sunoco gas card, watch the SYLVANIA 300 from a luxury suite, or have their mortgage or rent paid until December, 2008. Once all grandstand seats are sold, standing-room tickets will be made available before the start of Sunday's LENOX Industrial Tools 301. "There seems to be some confusion by race fans that we are already sold out for Sunday," said Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager of the
speedway. "Though we are close to a sellout, we do have a limited number of tickets remaining, and we want to get that message out and encourage people to buy their tickets from our box office and not scalpers." Tickets are also available for Friday's Heluva Good! Pole Day activities, and Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series Camping World 200 presented by RVs.com, which includes the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour New England 100. Tickets start at $25 for adults. For more information, or to purchase tickets to the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 week events, go online to www.nhms.com or call the speedway Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931.(6-24-2008)
- Record Purse Totaling Nearly $7 Million Posted for New Hampshire week: Featuring one of the most lucrative purses per-mile in NASCAR racing, drivers competing in the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 week of events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway will race for their share of a record purse that totals close to $7 million. The posted prize money of $6,977,328 awaits competitors among four NASCAR touring divisions. The purses for all series have increased from last June's races, and are the highest in New Hampshire Motor Speedway history. "Our NASCAR Sprint Cup purse is the sixth largest, per-mile, on the series schedule to date," said Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general
manager for the speedway. "They are racing in the seventh largest market (Boston) for a big payout in front of very loyal New England race fans. I can't wait for the green flag to drop next weekend!" Competitors participating in the NASCAR Sprint Cup LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on Sunday, June 29, will race to claim their take of $5,383,710. For more information, or to purchase tickets to the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on June 29, and the SYLVANIA 300 on September 14, go online to www.nhms.com or call the speedway Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931. All ticket holders for the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 who purchase a ticket prior to Wednesday, June 25, 2008 will be eligible to win a $500 Sunoco gas card, watch the SYLVANIA 300 from a luxury suite, or have their mortgage or rent paid until December, 2008.(NHMS PR)(6-24-2008)
- New Hampshire Motor Speedway Introduces New Tram System: Race fans visiting New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 Week activities will find it easier to navigate around the 1,100-acre complex with the introduction of a new Disney-like tram system. The tram system, similar to that offered to visitors at Walt Disney World, will move guests from the parking and camping lots to grandstand area, providing a more efficient route to and from the races. This system, which features 10 trams and a designated route around New Hampshire Motor Speedway property, is being implemented as the initial step in New Hampshire Motor Speedway's efforts to place 'Fans First', according to speedway executive vice president and general manager Jerry Gappens. Manufactured in Iowa by Featherlite, and sponsored by Nationwide, the five tandem trams seat 65 guests each, and will run continuously throughout the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 event weekend, starting on Friday, June 27. The trams will follow three different routes, which will service almost every corner of the New Hampshire Motor Speedway property. It is estimated that over 20,000 fans will be shuttled in the trams each day. In addition, more than 60 buses will be used to shuttle fans from outer parking areas as well. For more information on the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on June 29, and the SYLVANIA 300 on September 14, please visit us online at www.nhms.com or call our Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931.(NHMS PR)(6-22-2008)
- Fans Will Notice Improvements at New Hampshire Motor Speedway: At first glance, fans attending the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 might not recognize New Hampshire Motor Speedway, but one look up and there is no doubt that they will know where they are. New Hampshire Motor Speedway is undergoing a new and improved look. Fans who pass the speedway are sure to notice the obvious improvements to the signs facing Route 106. The Main, North and South entrances are now marked with bigger and brighter signs, including modern, electronic message boards on two of the signs. Branding of New Hampshire Motor Speedway is evident on elevator towers, along the face of the VIP Suites and the main entrance. In addition, a new design is featured on the infield tunnel entrance and exit. Inside the property, upgrades continue. The grandstands will be identified with larger banners, making it easier for fans to find their seats. The bathrooms and concessions stands are now color-coded for easier identification. Additionally, 200 portable restrooms will be available during the event weekends. Routes around the property have been paved and redefined for more efficient traffic flow, and to enable lanes for the new tram system. New directional signage has been erected to guide guests out of the property after the race. The cosmetic enhancements are impressive, but less obvious changes will also make for a more enjoyable experience. Upgrades have been made to the PA system and the television compound to improve the fan experience. Besides being responsible to its guests, New Hampshire Motor Speedway also recognizes its need to be a good neighbor in the community. In an effort to be more 'green', all of dumpsters on property have been replaced with a new sealed system that keeps waste contained and is eventually transported off property. There is no doubt that New Hampshire Motor Speedway has transformed from the inside out. But no matter what it looks like, New Hampshire Motor Speedway's main focus still remains the same - to give the fans the best possible experience every time they come to visit. Tickets are still available for the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on June 29, and the SYLVANIA 300 on September 14. For more information, visit online at www.nhms.com or call the speedway Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931.(NHMS PR)(6-21-2008)
- Pit Passes remain at New Hampshire: A limited number of Pre-Race Pit Passes remain available for fans to purchase prior to the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on
Sunday, June 29, 2008. For the first time in speedway history, a limited number of pit passes are being made available to ticket buyers. Pre-Race Pit-Passes are $100 each, and guests must be at least 18 years old to access the pits. To purchase a Pre-Race Pit Pass, or for more information on tickets for the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on June 29, and the SYLVANIA 300 on September 14, go online to www.nhms.com or call the speedway Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931.(NHMS PR)(6-20-2008)
- Two SMI presidents deny tracks may lose race dates: The presidents of two Speedway Motorsports Inc. tracks firmly dismissed the notions that their facilities could lose Sprint Cup dates in order to provide Kentucky Speedway with one. New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway have been mentioned as tracks that could lose a race, but NHIS President Jerry Gappens and AMS President Ed Clark shot down the idea that SMI Chairman Bruton Smith would ever do that. In fact, both presidents said they are planning to finalize sanctioning agreements with NASCAR on Friday morning for two races each in 2009. "Bruton has not given me any, any indication at all that he's looking to change anything," Gappens said. "...I don't think this will have any impact. I think there's more to the puzzle that he's got to finish completing to do some of the things he's thinking." Clark vehemently denied that his track, which has struggled with attendance recently, would have a date moved elsewhere. "I'm tired of people bringing that up, because I get so sick of answering it, I'm about to scream," he said. "You can go ask Bruton, you can ask me – there is no chance. It is not going to happen."(SceneDaily)(5-23-2008)
- Bahre Makes Large Donation To Loudon: Bob Bahre has sold his NASCAR racetrack in Loudon, but he's not forgetting the track's neighbors. Without fanfare, Bahre gave Loudon selectmen $450,000 this month and asked them to split it between a half dozen churches, the town library and students struggling to afford college. He said he didn't want them to make a big deal about where the money came from. Bahre helped many community organizations in the 20 years he ran the New Hampshire International Speedway before selling it last fall for $340 million. Library trustees and church elders are considering how to spend the money, and Merrimack Valley High School predicts the gift will help up to 15 of their students attend college in the fall.(wmur.com)(5-1-2008)
- New Hampshire Motor Speedway Launches New Internet Site: New Hampshire Motor Speedway has a totally new look on the worldwide web. NHMS.com maked its debut Wednesday with a design that is informative and fan-friendly. New features include a fan forum, where guests can share their experiences at the speedway, offer suggestions, and make new friends. Audio, video, and photo galleries will offer an inside look at the activities and growth at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Interactive weekly polls will track the pulse of the fans on today’s most important racing questions.(NHMS PR)(4-17-2007)
- NHMS Tix Renewals Completed, all remaining tix on sale now: With annual ticket renewals and upgrades complete, all remaining tickets for the June 29 LENOX Industrial Tools 301 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) are now on sale, first-come, first-serve. "Our renewal rate is at an all-time high thanks to our loyal fans, and because last year's race featured an exciting duel in the final lap," said Jerry Gappens, Executive Vice President and General Manager of New Hampshire Motor
Speedway. "NASCAR Sprint Cup racing is well-received here in the Northeast. All 26 of our Sprint Cup Series races have sold-out in advance. We want the general public to know that, if they act quickly, there is a window of opportunity to secure tickets to the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 from our box office at face value." The New Hampshire Motor Speedway ticket office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling Guest Services at (603) 783-4931 or by visiting the Speedway online at www.nhms.com.(NHMS PR)(2-27-2008)
- Speedway Motorsports Completes Purchase of New Hampshire Facility: Closing documents were completed today [1/11/2008], finalizing Speedway Motorsports, Inc.'s purchase of New Hampshire Speedway, Inc. d/b/a New Hampshire International Speedway, from Bob and Gary Bahre for $340 million in cash. The completed purchase was announced today by O. Bruton Smith, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. Smith also announced, to better align with other SMI-owned speedway brands, New Hampshire International Speedway was being renamed New Hampshire Motor Speedway. "New Hampshire Motor Speedway is a wonderful addition to our strong portfolio of tracks and provides the opportunity for our company to expand into a new market," said Smith. "Bob and his staff have made this a smooth transition since we announced our agreement in Texas on November 2. We look forward to many successes in our operation of the New Hampshire Motor Speedway." Earlier, Smith announced the promotion of long-time SMI executive Jerry Gappens to Executive Vice president and General Manager of the facility, which hosts two NASCAR Sprint (formerly NEXTEL) Cup Series events each year. Gappens has relocated from Charlotte, N.C. and has assumed his new duties at the Speedway.
"Thanks to the support of our loyal fans, dedicated sponsors, and wonderful employees, the Speedway has grown more than Gary and I ever could have imagined," said Bob Bahre, former Chairman of the Board. "We are looking forward to working with Bruton, Jerry, and their team and fully supporting them in their efforts to take this to a higher level for our fans." Bahre will remain associated with the facility he built as a consultant. Located on approximately 1,100 acres, the multi-use complex is the largest sports facility in New England and features a 1.058-mile oval speedway, with chairback seating for 92,000 spectators, and a 1.6-mile road course. The Speedway hosts the only Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide (formerly BUSCH) Series and Craftsman Truck Series events in the six-state New England region. Both Sprint Cup Series races regularly sell out and exceed the NFL Super Bowl in attendance. With the addition of New Hampshire Motor Speedway, SMI will own race tracks in the Northeast, Southeast, Southwest, and West, including four of the nation's top-10 metropolitan markets. Speedway Motorsports, Inc. will promote 13 NASCAR-sanctioned Sprint Cup races in 2008 and nine NASCAR-sanctioned Nationwide Series events. Combined seating for the seven SMI facilities will exceed 850,000 permanent seats. Tickets for all NASCAR events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, including the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on June 29 and the SYLVANIA 300 on September 14, are available online at www.nhms.com or by calling Guest Services at (603) 783-4931.(NHMS PR)(1-11-2008)
- July NHIS race gets an extra lap: It’s time for NASCAR to open the record books. Today, Lenox Industrial Tools and New Hampshire International Speedway (NHIS) announce they have gone the EXTRA MILE – literally – with the creation of the Lenox Industrial Tools 301. For the first time in history, the length of a Sprint Cup Series race will be 301 laps. The EXTRA MILE was added in honor of Lenox customers – users and suppliers of industrial tools – who perform physically demanding jobs, yet receive little recognition. To celebrate their efforts, Lenox announces the EXTRA MILE HERO program. Lenox will conduct a hero search throughout 2008. Ten finalists will be chosen to receive a cash prize and a matching donation to a charity of their choice. One grand prize winner will have a chance to win one million dollars to split with their selected charity. Finalists will also be honored at the 2009 Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at NHIS. “Our goal here at New Hampshire International Speedway is to always go the extra mile for our guests,” said Jerry Gappens, Executive Vice President and General Manager of New Hampshire International Speedway. “This is a great way, through our partnership with Lenox, to acknowledge everyone who goes
the extra mile each and every day. If you look at the history of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, how many times have you heard the second place driver say, ‘If I only had one more lap?’” Tickets for the June 29 Lenox Industrial Tools 301 are on sale now, buy calling Speedway’s Guest Services at (603) 783-4931 or visit www.nhis.com.(12-14-2007)
- New NHIS owner may have to comply with legal agreements in place: A legal agreement limiting alcohol sales and banning concerts, night racing and drag racing at New Hampshire International Speedway could tie the hands of the track's new owner. Earlier this month, Texas racing magnate O. Bruton Smith announced the purchase of the Loudon track from owner Bob Bahre for $340 million. Smith says his company will review the commitments Bahre made to neighbors and looks forward to a friendly relationship with them. Those commitments include a legal agreement negotiated with residents of neighboring Canterbury that limits alcohol sales and consumption in the track, bans certain types of events and requires noise and traffic mitigation during big events. The group, Concerned Racetrack Neighbors, negotiated the deal with Bahre and the Loudon Planning Board in 1989. They say they reached the agreement amicably, and its provisions were attached to the deed and plan to make sure it would carry over to subsequent owners.(AP/WCSH6.com and more at Concord Monitor)(11-14-2007)
- LMS's Gappens heading to NHMS [NHIS]: Speedway Motorsports Inc. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bruton Smith has promoted Jerry Gappens to the position of Executive Vice President and General Manager at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. On Nov. 2, Smith announced Speedway Motorsports Inc. had reached an agreement to purchase New Hampshire International Speedway from Bob and Gary Bahre. The $340 million transaction should close early in the first quarter of 2008, and the name of the facility will become New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Gappens, 46, has worked in the motorsports industry for 25 years and brings a successful 15-year track record of promoting SMI events to Loudon,
N.H. Most recently, Gappens served as senior vice president of events and marketing for Lowe's Motor Speedway, SMI's flagship facility located near Charlotte, N.C. Gappens was responsible for promoting a wide array of annual events hosted at the multi-use motorsports complex, including three Nextel Cup race weekends and three major car shows. A Windfall, Ind., native, Gappens joined LMS in 1993 as publicity director. He was promoted to director of communications in 1995 and named vice president of promotions and public relations in 1996. In 2002, Gappens was honored as NASCAR's Most Valuable Public Relations Representative. He was promoted to senior vice president of events and marketing at LMS in
2005. Prior to joining Lowe's Motor Speedway, Gappens worked as an account executive for Sales Consultants, a national contingency search firm in New Jersey. He also worked with National Speed Sport News, a leading weekly motorsports publication, for eight years and served as a pit reporter for ABC Sports' coverage of the Indianapolis 500; various CART, NASCAR and IROC races; and the Monaco Grand Prix Formula One event. Active in various civic and charitable organizations, Gappens has served on several boards in the Charlotte region, including the Charlotte Visitors and Convention Bureau, Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce, UNC-Charlotte Athletic Foundation, Speedway Children's Charities and the 600 Festival. Gappens, who will relocate from Charlotte to New Hampshire, has two sons, Denny (22) and Wes (21). In 2008, New Hampshire Motor Speedway will host two NASCAR Sprint Cup races, the Lenox Industrial Tools 300 on June 29 and the Sylvania 300 on Sept. 14. Ticket information can be obtained by calling (603) 783-4931 or online at www.nhis.com.(LMS PR)(11-14-2007)
- Statement from Bob Bahre about the NHIS sale: Bob Bahre, Chairman of the Board of New Hampshire International Speedway (NHIS), on the agreement to sell NHIS to Speedway Motorsports, Inc. "Gary and I would like to thank all of our employees and loyal fans for their continued support of New Hampshire International Speedway over the past 18 years. Our success is due to their dedication and to the loyalty of our corporate partners including SYLVANIA, LENOX Industrial Tools, and Camping World. We look forward to working closely with Bruton Smith and his team during the upcoming transition and for years to come."(NHIS PR)(11-3-2007)
- Statement from Brian France, NASCAR Chairman and CEO concerning New Hampshire being sold: Today’s announcement that Speedway Motorsports Inc. has purchased New Hampshire International Speedway is yet another indication that the NASCAR industry continues to grow and thrive. Capitalizing on NASCAR’s national appeal and growth, the Bahre family created a passionate fan base and developed a valuable venue that has hosted the largest sporting events in New England including 26 consecutive sellouts. The success of NHIS, and the desire of the Bahre family to sell, made the track very attractive to SMI and several other interested buyers. SMI has a highly regarded record for hosting some of the most successful and enjoyable race events in all of NASCAR, and there’s no doubt that will continue. While we don’t have any details about SMI’s plans for NHIS, all sanctions for 2008 have been signed and finalized. As a result, there will be no location changes to the 2008 schedule that was released last month. This is important to the fans, competitors, broadcast partners and sponsors who have already made plans for the 2008 races. Looking beyond 2008, NASCAR will continue to consider requests by any track operator, including SMI, to relocate race dates. Under NASCAR’s “realignment” plan, we have worked with track owners to relocate race dates to meet the needs of our growing national fan base. Ultimately, any change must meet NASCAR’s objectives and serve our fans. The industry owes Bob and Gary Bahre a debt of gratitude for their leadership and commitment to NASCAR. All of NASCAR wishes the Bahre family well during this time of transition. They will always be considered pioneers in NASCAR.(NASCAR PR)(11-2-2007)
- OFFICIAL - SMI buys New Hampshire track, renames it: Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE:TRK) has agreed to purchase New Hampshire International Speedway from Bob and Gary Bahre for $340 million in cash. The agreement was announced today by O. Bruton Smith, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. The acquisition is expected to close in the first quarter of 2008. To align with other SMI-owned speedway brands, the track will be renamed New Hampshire Motor Speedway following completion of the acquisition. The speedway, which opened in 1990 and hosts two Nextel Cup Series events each year, is located about one hour north of Boston in Loudon, N.H. According to the latest census numbers, the population within 200 miles of the speedway is more than 18 million people. The venue is easily accessible via Interstate highways from all metro areas in the northeastern United States and eastern Canada. Located on approximately 1,100 acres, the multi-use complex is the largest sports facility in New England and features a 1.058-mile oval speedway, with chair-back seating for 92,000 spectators, and a 1.6-mile road course. The speedway hosts the only Nextel Cup Series, Busch Series, and Craftsman Truck Series events held in the six-state New England region. Both Nextel Cup Series races regularly sell out and exceed the NFL Super Bowl in attendance. "This is a wonderful opportunity for our company to grow our business as we continue to invest in this sport and the motorsports industry," said Smith. Smith added that he has offered Bob Bahre the opportunity to remain associated as a consultant with the track that he built. In addition to the major NASCAR races, the track hosts several regional professional racing series, including the NASCAR Grand National Division, NASCAR Busch East Series and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. Amateur series events complete the schedule with SCCA sports cars, motorcycles, World Karting Association go-karts and racing schools. New Hampshire Motor Speedway will join a strong portfolio of SMI facilities. The company also owns and operates Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn., Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.; Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.; and Texas Motor Speedway in Ft. Worth, Texas. With this acquisition, the company will own race tracks in the West, Northeast, Southeast and Southwest, including four of the nation's top-10 metropolitan markets. The breakdown includes: the sixth-largest market (Infineon/San Francisco); the fifth-largest market (Texas/Dallas-Ft. Worth); the seventh-largest market (New Hampshire/Boston); the ninth-largest market (Atlanta); the 25th-largest market (Lowe's/Charlotte); the 41st-largest market (Las Vegas); and the 92nd-largest market (Bristol/Tri-Cities). Speedway Motorsports, Inc. will promote 13 NASCAR-sanctioned Sprint (formerly NEXTEL) Cup races in 2008 and nine NASCAR-sanctioned Nationwide (formerly Busch) Series events. Combined seating for the seven SMI facilities will exceed 850,000 permanent seats.(SMI PR)(11-2-2007)
- SMI buying NHIS? UPDATE 3: There is talk of an announcement on Thursday that will go a long way toward determining if Lowe's Motor Speedway will remain in its present location or go on the road to a neighboring community, as Smith has threatened. It all started in August, when Smith announced plans for a mega-drag strip complex on land adjacent to Lowe's Motor Speedway. SMI and city / county government had been discussing an economic package that could offer as much as $2.4 million for the construction of the strip, plus address the reported $200 million in improvements to LMS that Smith has been contemplating. On Friday of last week, Concord City Council reversed its earlier zoning decision, but that doesn't mean Smith will necessarily stay put. The announcement on Thursday will likely give the answer. Compare Smith's likely success in his quest to both improve his product by adding a drag strip and get help with needed improvements to infrastructure with the International Speedway Corp.'s failure to build a racetrack on Staten Island in New York City. Smith, if he chooses to make the improvements to the current facility, will have come out of the ruckus with tax incentives and possibly even a road (Speedway Boulevard) named in his honor. Thursday's rumored announcement will tell the tale.(NASCAR.com) and have heard that Smith could be buying the New Hampshire track, which could be the announcement....from a Charotte Observer article in part: [Bruton] Smith did give a couple of interviews on Charlotte radio stations on Wednesday [Oct 31]. He told WBT-AM (1110) and WFNZ-AM (610) that he has a “big” announcement planned for 2pm Friday. Presumably, that would come at Texas Motor Speedway, the track he owns near Fort Worth where NASCAR’s top three series will be racing this weekend. What (David Poole) called Smith to ask about Wednesday was whether he’d made a deal to buy New Hampshire International Speedway. Smith told (Poole) he has heard that John Henry and Jack Roush, the owners of Roush Fenway Racing (and, in Henry’s case, of the Boston Red Sox) were interested in buying that track. Smith said he has also heard that George Gillett, Ray Evernham’s partner, might want it. Or that Kentucky Speedway owner Jerry Carroll wants it. What (Poole) asked him, though, was whether he’s bought it, or has a deal to buy it. He tried to change the subject again, then finally said, “It’s unfortunate that you weren’t able to get up with me for a comment today.” But he also said that I might be able to reach him later this week [at Texas].(11-1-2007)
UPDATE 2: sources with knowledge of the deal indicated last night that O. Bruton Smith, CEO and chairman of Speedway Motorsports Inc., had entered into an agreement to purchase New Hampshire International Speedway from Bob Bahre, the track's 80-year-old chairman who is among a rare breed in NASCAR: the independent track owner/operator.
A press conference is expected to be held tomorrow at Texas Motor Speedway, one of six SMI-owned racing venues that stage 10 Nextel Cup events. With the acquisition of NHIS, that stands to grow to 12 Cup dates. Efforts to reach Bahre last night were unsuccessful. Reached last night, NHIS spokesman Fred Neergaard said, "There's nothing new to report." An SMI source, however, indicated Smith had reached an accord with Bahre, but was not clear as to the terms. SMI's racing empire includes Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., and Las Vegas Motor Speedway, which host one Cup event, and Bristol Motor Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., and Texas, which host two Cup dates. Texas won its second Cup date as part of a lawsuit settlement stemming from a complaint brought by Francis Ferko, an SMI shareholder, against NASCAR and International Speedway Corp. Smith acquired his first Texas date and Bahre his second NHIS date after they partnered in 1996 to purchase North Wilkesboro (N.C.) Speedway and split its two Cup dates. NASCAR, though, must approve and sanction all dates and race locations before any changes are made to the schedule. NASCAR, which has released its 2008 Sprint Cup schedule, has signed agreements with tracks for all 36 races next season. It had long been speculated that if NHIS were to be sold to Smith, it would take him no time to strip the track of its Cup dates. But, the SMI source suggested, that may not be the case. While NHIS could lose its July date to Las Vegas, SMI could salvage NHIS's spot on the NASCAR schedule by swapping Chase dates with Texas, thus making it the start of the Chase.(Boston Globe)(11-1-2007)
UPDATE 3: Buying a track with a Nextel Cup date and moving a race to Kentucky Speedway was one way owner Jerry Carroll thought he could get NASCAR's top division to his Sparta facility. Among the tracks Carroll pursued was New Hampshire International Speedway, but that no longer is an option. New Hampshire International Speedway chairman Bob Bahre confirmed to Carroll during a phone conversation Thursday that he has sold the Loudon, N.H., facility to O. Bruton Smith, chairman and CEO of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. Bahre's track annually hosts two Nextel Cup events.(Cincinnati Enquirer)(11-2-2007)
- Kentucky: no talks about buying NHIS: Kentucky Speedway co-owner Jerry Carroll visited New Hampshire International Speedway with other track officials and local basketball legend Oscar Robertson on Sunday. Attending the Nextel Cup Series race, Carroll said, was unrelated to his interest in buying the track from its longtime owner, Bob Bahre. "There were no, absolutely no talks about buying the track," said Carroll, who offered to buy the New Hampshire track last year. "I think Bob Bahre knows we have an interest. Our agreement is when the time comes, he can give me a call." Purchasing a track with a Nextel Cup date and moving a race to the Kentucky Speedway is one option Carroll has considered to get NASCAR's top division to the 1.5-mile track in Sparta [KY]. The speedway's federal antitrust lawsuit against NASCAR and International Speedway Corp., filed in 2005, remains headed toward a March trial date. Buying another track would not change Carroll's opinion about the lawsuit. "Absolutely not," he said. "The lawsuit's not so much about getting a race. The lawsuit's about an even playing field." The five-person contingent that visited New Hampshire International Speedway on Sunday included Mark Cassis, the Kentucky Speedway's executive vice president and general manager. The group flew to Concord, N.H., in a chartered jet and from there took Bahre's helicopter over to the Loudon, N.H., track.(Cincinnati Enquirer)(9-20-2007)
- Kentucky Speedway looking at buying Loudon track, move Cup race: Kentucky Speedway officials are interested in buying New Hampshire International Speedway and moving one of the track's two Nextel Cup dates to the Bluegrass state. Jerry Carroll, the chairman of Kentucky Speedway, visited with NHIS owner Bob Bahre during Sunday's race. Carroll isn't Bahre's only option. John Henry, the owner of the Boston Red Sox and part-owner of Roush Fenway Racing, has had discussions with the 80-year-old track owner. "The way he's talking he's probably interested in doing something," Carroll said. Carroll believes Kentucky deserves a Nextel Cup event, reminding the sold-out crowd of 70,000 for the track's last Busch Series event was as many as the Labor Day Weekend Cup race at California Speedway. ESPN.com)(9-17-2007)
- NHIS sale to Roush-Fenway possible? UPDATE 2: New Hampshire International Speedway's president, Bob Bahre, confirmed to FOX Sports today that he and Boston Red Sox owner John Henry have had discussions in the past month about the sale of the Loudon track to Henry's Roush Fenway Racing. No deal has been made.(Union Leader)(9-10-2007)
UPDATE: Fenway Sports president Mike Dee said buying the track in the future had been discussed, though not at length, between the Henry camp and that of Bob Bahre, who owns the track. "I won't deny that it has come up. But at this stage of the game, [portraying] that it's a live and intense discussion is grossly exaggerated. We're obviously new to the sport," Dee said. "I think that he's probably at a very early stage of understanding what he's going to do with it, and we're at an earlier stage of figuring out whether we're interested."
Dee downplayed the discussions, saying that Bahre and Fenway Sports speak regularly about the business of racing. Beyond that, there is much Fenway Sports doesn't know about operating a race track, particularly how to wring revenue out of a facility that hosts major NASCAR races just twice a year. "I don't know the economics of the business enough. You can look at it and say if they had 15 races, it'd be better than two. I'd like to tell you that it was in my wheelhouse in terms of core competencies, but I haven't looked at it at all," he said.(Boston Globe)(9-11-2007)
UPDATE 2: A day after speculation spread that Roush-Fenway had interest in buying NHIS from Bob Bahre, ESPN reported there was another potential suitor expressing his interest. Bruton Smith, whose Speedway Motorsports, Inc., owns six current Cup tracks, told the network that while nothing is imminent he'd like to buy the Loudon facility at some point in the future for the purpose of moving the first Chase race to his track in Las Vegas.(Concord Monitor)(9-13-2007)
- NHIS streak of sellouts in jeopardy UPDATE Sold Out: Despite a history of selling out its NASCAR Nextel Cup races months in advance, New Hampshire International Speedway announced that it still has about 300 tickets remaining for Sunday’s Lenox Industrial Tools 300. Despite a major television and radio advertising campaign this year, the speedway is in jeopardy of seeing its sellout streak snapped for the first time since NASCAR’s premier division started racing here in 1993. NHIS chairman Bob Bahre said the main reason behind the slump in ticket sales stems from NASCAR’s decision to schedule the race on July 1, rather than the traditional mid-month date. Bahre theorized that the Granite State’s usual post-Fourth of July tourism boom had helped fill seats in the past, and that the vacationers might not be able to adjust for the earlier date. But Bahre made it clear NASCAR isn’t to blame for the lack of demand for tickets. “NASCAR asked us and we agreed to move the date,” Bahre said, noting that NHIS is blessed to have two Nextel Cup dates each year when some tracks are struggling to get one. “NASCAR’s been damn good to me.”(Boston Herald)(6-28-2007)
UPDATE: NHIS officials announced yesterday that Sunday’s race is sold out. Despite slow ticket sales, the sellout marks the 25th consecutive for the speedway since 1993, the first year the track held a NASCAR event. “We’re very fortunate,” NHIS chairman Bob Bahre said. “You see a lot of other tracks on TV and they’ve got empty seats.”(Boston Herald)(6-29-207)
- Hinder to Perform a Pre-Race Concert at NHIS: TNT and New Hampshire International Speedway are joining together to present a special pre-race concert for LENOX Industrial Tools 300 ticket holders on Sunday, July 1 featuring Universal Records artist Hinder. Hinder has recorded a new version of the rock classic "Born to Be Wild" as the signature song for the 2007 NASCAR on TNT Summer Series coverage of Nextel Cup racing. This Oklahoma City, Oklahoma based group gained national attention in 2006 with their smash hit "Lips of an Angel" from their multi-platinum debut record, "Extreme Behavior". Tickets for the LENOX Industrial Tools 300 are available online at www.nhis.com or by calling Guest Services at (603) 783-4931.(NHIS PR)(6-25-2007)
- NHIS to have same dates in 2008, tix still for sale: per an interview with NHIS owner Bob Bahre by the Concord Monitor's Dave D'Onofrio:
Q) Tickets for July at NHIS are still available.
A) Is the sellout streak in jeopardy? You gotta remember, were almost two weeks ahead this year and a lot of people are screwed up on their vacations. I think were down right now to, I'm guessing, less than a thousand. We'll get it sold. We've never advertised before. Never. This year we did to let people know, because one problem we had is that people always thought we were sold out. I said to our guys, get ads in so they know we aren't sold out. Everyone always thought you couldn't buy a ticket, and this year since we've advertised we picked up a lot.
Q) Will the dates of the NHIS races remain the same for next year?
A) It's already set. It's the 29th of June, I believe. We've got the sanction for up here all done for next year. The second race is the same week, too.
Q) Is Loudon at risk of losing one of its Cup races?
A) As long as I'm here, I know there'll never be a date gone. I know that.(Concord Monitor)(6-18-2007)
- NHIS owner blasts Waltrip over track flap: New Hampshire International Speedway chairman Bob Bahre denied published reports today that NASCAR had threatened him to keep him from selling his track to Kentucky Speedway. “Absolutely no truth to that,” Bahre said. “NASCAR never said a word to me about not selling to (Kentucky Speedway).” Bahre said he has been approached numerous times by Kentucky Speedway officials to sell the track in the hope they could obtain one of NHIS’ Nextel Cup races. In an attempt to convince NASCAR to take a Cup date away from NHIS and give it to Kentucky Speedway, Bahre said former three-time Cup champion Darrell Waltrip, who was a paid consultant of the Kentucky facility, blasted NHIS after Adam Petty and Kenny Irwin lost their lives in practice-related crashes in Loudon in 2000. “(Waltrip) ran us into the ground when (Petty and Irwin) got killed here and that bothered the hell out of me,” Bahre said. “I have no respect for Darrell Waltrip.” Bahre noted that Waltrip deemed NHIS unsafe for NASCAR and that he said races should not be held there until the track was made safer.(Boston Herald)(5-8-2007)
- LENOX Extends with New Hampshire Intl Speedway: LENOX Industrial Tools, a leading manufacturer of premium power tool accessories, hand tools, torches and band saw blades announced it has extended its sponsorship of the LENOX Industrial Tools 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway (NHIS). For years to come, the summer NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at “The Magic Mile” will be known as the LENOX Industrial Tools 300. The announcement was made during a luncheon at The Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers in Boston, Mass. After much success with the race entitlement last year, LENOX, based in East Longmeadow, Mass. (just 150 miles from New Hampshire International Speedway), decided to join the track with a long-term partnership. In addition to the race entitlement, LENOX will also have another presence. Jeff Burton, the driver with the most Nextel Cup Series wins at NHIS, will race a special white and blue #31 in the event with LENOX Industrial Tools Chevy as his primary sponsor. LENOX is also an associate sponsor on Burton’s Richard Childress Racing car throughout the 2007 season. Advance tickets for the LENOX Industrial Tool 300 are on sale now, please call Speedway Guest Services at 603-783-4931 or visit the track website at www.nhis.com for more information.(Pro Sports Management & Marketing/LENOX PR), no terms were released.(1-25-2007)
- Cup race sold out at NHIS: New Hampshire International Speedway has no tickets remaining for Sunday's Sylvania 300 NASCAR Nextel Cup race, NHIS public relations director Fred Neergaard said Friday. Tickets are still available for the qualifying and Modified race Friday and the New Hampshire 200 Truck Series and Busch East events Saturday. It is the 24th consecutive Nextel Cup sellout for NHIS. The track currently has 91,000 grandstand seats, not including suites.(SceneDaily.com)(9-15-2006)
- NHIS to Host “Imus In The Morning” Show: New Hampshire International Speedway (NHIS) in cooperation with 93.3 FM The Wolf will host the “Imus In The Morning” radio show from the Speedway's Hospitality Courtyard on Friday, September 15 from 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. The Imus Show opens the SYLVANIA 300 event weekend at “The Magic Mile”, the first race in the “Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup”. This nationally syndicated radio program, famous for its major political and sports guests, is also televised live each day on MSNBC. For a donation of $20, fans of the show will be able to purchase a ticket to experience the antics of host Don Imus and his morning crew live and in person. All proceeds will benefit “The Imus Ranch, A Working Cattle Ranch for Kids with Cancer”. (nhis.com)(9-12-2006)
- Bruton to buy New Hampshire? UPDATE Denied, Sponsor signs, not many seats left for Sept.: One unconfirmed rumor making the rounds in the Cup garage is that Bruton Smith is trying to buy New Hampshire International Speedway, and if he's successful, he'll move the NHIS Chase date to Las Vegas.(FoxSports)(7-16-2006)
UPDATE: Bob Bahre, the 79-year-old chairman of NHIS, said his 1.058-mile oval is not up for sale, despite speculation to the contrary. ``Now my son [Gary, 43, NHIS's president], since he's been sick a few years back, he'd never want to run it alone, I'll tell you that now," said Bahre, who remains one of NASCAR's independent owners, along with Dr. Joseph Mattioli, chairman and CEO of Pocono Raceway. ``I'm going to be 80 next year, but if I were to die tomorrow, he'd probably sell it before the funeral." Asked if Gary didn't like racing, the elder Bahre said, ``No, no, he likes it. He loves it. He loves this track. We've been at it together forever, since he was a little kid of 7 years old. He loves racing, it's not a question of that. It would just bother him to be alone doing it." . . . According to Bahre, about 1,700-1,800 tickets remain available for the Sept. 17 race (Boston Globe)(7-16-2006)
- Sponsor Re-ups for Sept NHIS race: Sylvania extended its sponsorship to 2012 on the September 17 race here [New Hampshire] — first race in the Chase for the Nextel Cup. “I think that what (Sylvania) did today shows how strong NASCAR is everywhere,” said NHIS CEO Bob Bahre. “I don’t think there is any Nextel Cup track that has that vote of confidence from a blue chip corporation,” added track spokesman Meade. NASCAR president Mike Helton made no guarantee that New Hampshire’s Sylvania 300 will remain the opener of the 10-race Chase, post-season for the series. He said the sanctioning body evaluates the schedule year-to-year. “We’re working on ‘07 as we speak,” said Helton. As is standard operating procedure here, Meade reiterated that this track’s two Nextel Cup races are “not in jeopardy.” The Sylvania most likely solidified New Hampshire’s September race on the schedule. There is no long-term deal on the July race. “NASCAR certainly realizes we are in the number five market (television) in the United States,” said Meade, “ and every Cup race has been sold out.” Bahre said, “You won’t see any empty seats here.”(Union Leader)(7-16-2006)
- Loudon Cup race is sold out: Sunday’s race at New Hampshire International Speedway is sold out, and so is the popular Governor’s Breakfast on Friday morning at the speedway. This year’s breakfast guests for the 400-seat charity event are Kasey Kahne and Scott Wimmer. Organizers said the event has had “exciting” growth over its five years and they are already planning for a 500-seat tent for next year. Not sold out is action at the speedway today, tomorrow or Saturday [Busch Race](Union Leader), ticket inof at NHIS.com.(7-13-2006)
- July NHIS gets a title sponsor: LENOX Industrial Tool, a leading manufacturer of premium power tool accessories, hand tools, torches, and band saw blades has secured the title sponsorship of the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race at New Hampshire International Speedway on Sunday, July 16th. This summer classic at “The Magic Mile” is now the “LENOX Industrial Tools 300.” The race on July 16th begins at 2:10 pm EST. Qualifying for the LENOX Industrial Tools 300 is Friday, July 14th, at 3:00 pm. Roush Racing’s Jamie McMurray, driver of the No. 26 Ford Fusion, will sport the red, white and blue colors of LENOX for the July 16th race as well as the NASCAR Cup races at Chicago (July 9) and Kansas City (Oct. 1).(NHIS PR)(6-22-2006)
- NHIS 1st race July 1st in 2007 UPDATE other sched changes?: many New Hampshire International Speedway ticket holders got their renewals for the first NHIS 2007 race, and the date is July 1st, the race is usually the third weekend in July. With the 4th of July on a Wednesday in 2007, the Pepsi 400 is scheduled to run on July 7, 2007. No word on the NHIS race date in September 2007.(6-16-2006)
UPDATE On the schedule front, there are indications that next year's Cup slate will have a different look to it. New Hampshire's first race will be moved up two weeks to July 1st and rumors in the garage have a second Las vegas race and a possible Kentucky Speedway date showing up on the calendar.(RacingOne)(6-20-2006)
- NHIS races get flooded out: Sunday's LRRS races at New Hampshire International Speedway were flooded out, with track officials ordering an evacuation early Sunday morning. Racer B.J. Worsham of Old Westbury, New York (LRRS #31) filed this report, with photos taken by Brendan Guy of New York City (LRRS Novice #189): "It started raining during Friday's Open Practice, around 4:30 p.m., and basically rained non-stop for the rest of the weekend, occasionally going to a drizzle only. "Riders camping in the infield were awoken by loudspeakers at 5:45 a.m. Sunday, saying we had to evacuate. Water in the tunnel was 4+ feet and we exited by driving backwards up T10, and out through the upper parking road. To get an idea of the speed of the flood, when I woke up, the garage floor was dry; 90 minutes later there was two inches of water covering it." See pictures and more to the story at roadracingworld.com and see more about the flood at the Concord Monitor.(5-16-2006)
- DoD presents "Seven Seals Award" to New Hampshire: New Hampshire International Speedway (NHIS) has been presented with the prestigious "Seven Seals Award" by the Department of Defense and the N.H. Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). The "Seven Seals Award", representing the Seals of the seven components of the U.S. Military Reserves, is the second highest award that can be bestowed upon an employer within each state. The award was presented to NHIS for their "meritorious leadership and initiative in support of the men and women who serve America in the National Guard and Reserve". NHIS is a proud employer of members of the Guard and Reserve. They have shown unfailing support for our troops. During the SYLVANIA 300 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race, the uniforms of Sgt. Brian Mckay and Sfc. Mark Jacques, who are members of the Speedway's Track Safety team and are currently deployed to Iraq, were draped over a chair at their stations as a reminder of their dedication to our Country. Ernest Loomis, the State Chairman of the N.H. ESGR Committee, assisted by a delegation of Military Officers representing each of the Reserve Components that included Colonel Angela Maxner, Army National Guard; Major Don Starkweather, Air National Guard; Lieutenant Commander Jack Vannatta, U.S. Navy Reserve; and Captain Mathew Dilullo, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve; presented the Award to Bob Bahre, Chairman of the Board of NHIS, and Gary Bahre, President of NHIS. Loomis thanked the NHIS Officials for their many years of cooperation and assistance.
ESGR is a Department of Defense volunteer organization, who provides free education, consultation, and if necessary mediation for
employers of Guard and Reserve employees. ESGR's goal is to support America's employers who share their employees with the nation to ensure our national security. For their support, the ESGR and the Officer delegation give a heartfelt thank you to the Bahre Family, the NHIS staff and their fans.(NHIS PR)(12-9-2005)
- NHIS Garage Area Floods: The weekend flooding affected the garage area at New Hampshire International Speedway, which was covered with several feet of water due to a backup in Gues Brook south of the track. "I doubt that there was any serious damage," NHIS spokesman Ron Meade said yesterday. He said track officials will assess the situation today after the water has receded.(Union Tribune see a picture there and see images at neviperclub.org)(10-10-2005)
- Sylvania 300 Weekend Features "Imus in the Morning": The SYLVANIA 300 weekend will feature a live broadcast of the "Imus in the Morning" show on Friday, September 16 from 5:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. This nationally syndicated radio program hosted by Don Imus will be on location in the Hospitality Courtyard at "The Magic Mile." "Imus in the Morning" is also simulcast daily on the MSNBC cable television network. A limited number of tickets for this live broadcast are available through NHIS Guest Services at (603) 783-4931 or through The Wolf 93.3 FM at (603) 228-9036. Tickets are $20.00 per person with all proceeds being donated to the Imus Ranch. The Imus Ranch is a 3,000-acre working cattle ranch located in New Mexico, fifty miles northeast of Santa Fe. The ranch provides children with serious illnesses the opportunity to enjoy the great American cowboy experience.(NHIS PR)(9-13-2005)
- NHIS Salutes New Hampshire: New Hampshire International Speedway (NHIS) salutes the State of New Hampshire's Division of Travel and Tourism Development and Division of Economic Development for joining NEXTEL in hosting the New Hampshire NASCAR Day on Wednesday, August 24 in downtown Concord, N.H. This celebration will feature the NEXTEL Racing Experience display and an appearance by Greg Biffle, the driver of the #16 Roush Racing Army National Guard Ford. The NEXTEL Racing Experience
will give fans the chance to try their skills in a state-of-the-art driving simulator and also have the opportunity to win one of several great prizes.(NHIS PR)(8-23-2005)
- 78 Arrests at NHIS: Police Chief Bob Fiske said a concerted effort by local and state police to crack down on partying in New Hampshire International Speedway's parking lots over the weekend resulted in 78 people being arrested by noon yesterday. Fiske said the arrests were up sharply from last summer's race, when about 20 people were arrested, and were the result of a "zero tolerance policy for out-of-control behavior." He said most of the arrests were for disorderly conduct, although there were some arrests for drug possession. He said the bulk of the arrests took place on Speedway property, where as many as 30,000 race fans were staying in campers over the Nextel Cup race weekend. Police increased their presence inside the Speedway property after partying got out of control in July 2003, when portable toilets were tossed into a bonfire and several of the track's private security personnel were injured in scuffles with race fans inside the track's parking areas. Fiske said his department, which swells to about 100 officers for the weekend, was assisted by 40 state troopers in patrolling the track's parking areas Friday and Saturday night. Fiske said there appeared to be fewer RVs at the track this year than last, when 8,000 were in the track's parking lot.(New Hampshire Union Leader)(7-19-2005)
- Damage at NHIS from storm/winds UPDATE: Apparently high winds struck at the New Hampshire International Speed Thursday afternoon and damaged several corporate displays including the Nextel Experience, the US Army display and the Chevrolet display. Power was out at the track as well.(PRN's Garage Pass Radio Show)(7-14-2005)
UPDATE: Torrential rains, vivid lightning and a loss of electrical power left New Hampshire International Speedway disabled yesterday afternoon, forcing the cancellation of race qualifying for today's NASCAR Whelen Modified and Busch North Series races. Qualifying for the NASCAR Modified series began at 2:20 p.m., and only a couple of cars were able to complete their trial circuits before the rains arrived. Within 30 minutes, severe rain and wind rattled metal roofs and doors of the NHIS garages and tore up several crew tents on pit road. Infield tunnels flooded with 2 feet of water. Visibility was less than 100 feet as marble-sized hail pelted the track. Power to the speedway was knocked out at approximately 3:30 p.m. and had not been restored by the early evening. Yesterday's storm did not affect today's NHIS schedule, leaving both sessions of Busch Series and Nextel Cup practice as scheduled.(New Hampshire Union Leader)(7-15-2005)
- NHIS selling to ISC? UPDATE 2 Denied: Is International Speedway Corp. adding to its track holdings? Sources say an announcement that New Hampshire International Speedway will join the ISC family could be made in July, but NHIS public relations director Fred Neergaard denies a sale is in the works.(Sporting News)(6-13-2005)
UPDATE: It's a story that refuses to die, despite denials: that the France family's International Speedway Corp. is buying the Bahre family's New Hampshire International Speedway, in Loudon, N.H., 90 minutes north [west] of Boston. That story has been going strong, off and on, since 2001, and it's always denied. The newest twist, though, could involve Bruton Smith, the France family's biggest rival promoter. Smith and Bahre, long at odds, going back to the sale of North Wilkesboro Speedway 10 years ago, are now talking to each other on a regular basis [Jayski Note: if so, maybe they can work together to bring some sort of racing back to N. Wilkesboro?]. The so-far unasked question: if the Bahres were interested in selling, might there be a bidding war between the Frances and Smith?(Winston Salem Journal)(6-27-2005)
UPDATE 2: Despite numerous inquiries to track officials, New Hampshire International Speedway is not for sale. ``There is absolutely nothing going on with anybody, and there is no truth whatsoever to any of these rumors,'' track chairman Bob Bahre said yesterday. With Bahre and his son, track president Gary Bahre, battling health problems, speculation has been rampant about NASCAR parent company International Speedway Corp. acquiring the Loudon track. ``It's all 100 percent rumor. I get calls every once in a while with offers. I'm not going to deny that,'' the elder Bahre said. ``That's part of the business.'' Bahre said he has fully recovered from injuries he suffered in a 2003 car accident, and he said Gary's health has improved dramatically from a serious respiratory illness diagnosed in the late 1990s. Spokesman David Talley wasn't aware of any plans for International Speedway to purchase NHIS. ``We are always looking to expand our portfolio,'' he said, ``but I haven't heard that.''(Boston Herald)(7-7-2005)
- Test Dates for NHIS in June: New Hampshire International Speedway will host three NASCAR test sessions in 2005.
On Monday, June 27, the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour teams will test on the 1.058 mile oval at "The Magic Mile." Both series will be preparing for their first visit of the 2005 season on Thursday, July 14 and Friday, July 15. The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and NASCAR Busch Series teams will have the opportunity to test from Monday, July 4 through Wednesday, July 6. With NASCAR impounding the cars after qualifying, teams will be seeking to find the right balance for success during the New England 300 weekend on July 15 through 17.
On Tuesday, August 30 and Wednesday, August 31, the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series teams will have one final chance to perfect their set-ups for the September 18 SYLVANIA 300, the first race in the 2005 "Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup."
The Main Grandstand will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on all test days. There will be no charge for admission to the
grandstand area. (NHIS)(5-4-2005)
- All Teams Get a Check at NHIS: Kudos to Bob Bahre, president of New Hampshire International Speedway, who presented "tow money," a consolation check of $20,000, to the cars that weren't able to try to qualify for Sunday's race because qualifying was rained out. "I remember when we were racing midgets, and my wife and I didn't have enough money to stop at McDonald's on the way home from the track," Bahre says. "Nobody leaves here without a check."(FoxSports/Sporting News)(9-20-2004)
- President Bush at the New Hampshire race UPDATE 2 will NOT be at the race: President Bush is expected to make a campaign stop to court valuable "NASCAR dad" votes at the Sylvana 300 in Loudon, NH's New Hampshire International Speedway.(Union Leader)(9-14-2004)
UPDATE: President Bush's visit to New Hampshire International Speedway this weekend isn't likely to change the fans'experience. Law enforcement officials say some areas will see a beefed-up security presence, but in most areas, all will remain the same. On Thursday, a half-dozen bomb dogs will begin scouring the concessions stands. Long before the races start, metal detectors will be erected to greet ticket-holders. Every guest, along with bags and coolers, will also be subject to search. Law enforcement officials won't publicly discuss the details of the security measures, but they and the Bush-Cheney campaign office both say the president is coming for a visit. Speedway officials, however, still refuse to acknowledge what seems more than likely. According to law enforcement officials, about all that will change this weekend is the number of officers - a few more, at about 125 - specifically near the tunnel entrance to the track. Bush will fly in via helicopter and land in parking lot I, before being ushered into the track, law enforcement sources said. He is expected to announce "Start your engines!" from the media building, located inside Turn 3, they said. Then he departs for an "Ask President Bush" event in Derry, while his family plans to stay at NHIS for the race. After the event, he is supposed to stay at his compound in Kennebunkport, Maine. The only thing that might deter the trip is Hurricane Ivan, the remnants of which could leave the state soaking on Sunday, possibly canceling [actually postponing NOT cancel] the race.
Yesterday, New Hampshire officials said two areas at the track were of the most concern for security: the campground, where 30,000 people sleep in their RVs, which have not been searched, and the air. Officials said there will be a three-mile no-fly zone in effect, but it would take only a few seconds for someone with less than the best of intentions to fly over the track.(Concord Monitor)(9-16-2004)
UPDATE 2: President George W. Bush's Sunday campaign trip to New Hampshire has been postponed. The President instead will visit the Gulf coast areas hit hard by Hurricane Ivan this weekend. The President had planned a Saturday afternoon stop at the New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon, where he was expected to start the NASCAR Nextel Cup race before a crowd of about 100,000. He then planned a campaign rally in Derry. The Derry event may be rescheduled for Monday afternoon.(Union Leader)(9-16-2004)
- President Bush at New Hampshire: It is more than a rumor that President Bush will return to the state for the NASCAR race at New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon on Sept. 19. He is scheduled to attend the start of the race — with its 100,000 spectators — before going to another event.(Union Leader)(9-5-2004)
- Fans Not happy with NHIS camper fees: NASCAR fans have mixed reactions to a new camping fee for New Hampshire International Speedway’s NASCAR races. Racing fans previously could park recreational vehicles on the track’s 1,000-acre property at no charge, but this year were required to pay $100 in advance or $125 at the gate. Busch Series and Nextel Cup races are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at the speedway. Track spokesman Ron Meade said about 1,700 RVs already have arrived. Some fans called the new camping fee too high. Track officials changed the fee policy after being overwhelmed by more than 8,000 large vehicles last year. Meade said about 5,000 fans had arranged for RV parking in advance for this weekend. “We were hopeful that charging a fee would give people a second thought about bringing their mobile homes,” Meade said. “Because car parking is still free.” Not all tracks charge camping fees. Some RV parking is free at South Carolina’s Darlington Raceway. But fees at other tracks are more than double New Hampshire’s.(Union Leader/AP)(7-21-2004)
- Race at NHIS gets a Sponsor: Siemens, one of the world's largest electronics and engineering companies, today announced a major agreement with the New Hampshire International Speedway (NHIS), New England's largest sports facility, to sponsor the four July 2004 NASCAR races at NHIS. The events will be named the Siemens 300 (the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup
Series race), the Siemens 200 (the NASCAR Busch Series race), the Siemens 125 (the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series race), and the Siemens 100 (the NASCAR Featherlite Modified Series race). The Siemens 300 is the nineteenth of 36 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races in 2004, and routinely draws crowds of 101,000 guests which is the Speedway's capacity. Bob Bahre, the Chairman of the Board of New Hampshire International Speedway, said, "We're very pleased to have Siemens join us in bringing the excitement of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series; NASCAR Busch Series; NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series; and NASCAR Featherlite Modified Series to millions of race fans world-wide. Siemens is a leader in technology, as well as, a vital part of the world business community. We could not have asked for a better corporate partner for our July races." Siemens AG is one of the largest global electronics and engineering companies with reported worldwide sales of $80.5 billion in fiscal 2003. Founded more than 150 years ago, the company is a leader in the areas of Information and Communications, Automation and Control, Power, Transportation, Medical and Lighting. For more information on Siemens in the United States: www.usa.siemens.com.(NHIS PR)(7-14-2004)
- Good News - Bahre Back in Action: Bob Bahre, the 78-year-old chairman of New Hampshire International Speedway, was back at his track to preside over this weekend's Loudon Classic motorcycle race meet. And he was feeling no pain, certainly none from the multiple injuries he suffered Jan. 29 in a single-car accident. "I'm feeling pretty good now," said Bahre, who spoke for the first time about his accident yesterday by telephone from NHIS. "I was in the hospital four days short of two months." And, by Bahre's account, that was too much time. Way too much. "I was in the house for two more [months] working with physical therapists and I just finished up with them," he said. "I had a nurse who had to give me a shot once a day in my stomach, but I'm done with that, too. So I'm feeling good. I'm just very fortunate that the good Lord was riding with me." Bahre does not remember the accident. All he can recall was the lunch meeting he had with a business associate, Kenneth Hoyt, who led Bahre home to Maine from Alton, N.H., in a two-car caravan. "I was tired as hell when I left to go home," said Bahre, who sustained a head injury in addition to a cracked vertebra, broken ribs, and a broken right ankle. "I must have fallen asleep at the wheel, but I don't really remember. I guess I hit this big tree." Bahre, who was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident, was taken by ambulance to Bridgton, Maine, and later airlifted to Maine Medical in Portland. "I can't say enough about those good people who helped me there," Bahre said. "I was very, very fortunate they were there to help me. They weren't there just to do a job. They were trying to do their best to help me." Bahre's wife, Sandra, and their son, Gary, president of NHIS, spent the next 3 1/2 weeks near his side. "Gary and Sandra saw how much they were doing for me at the hospital," said Bahre. "Gary sent down about 100 pounds of chocolate to all the nurses and right after I got out [in March] he sent them another 100 pounds. We're going to take care of all of them and host them at our July [NASCAR Nextel Cup] race." Tuesday, Bahre returned to Maine Medical to visit to the staff that treated him.(Boston Globe)(6-19-2004)
- NHIS Tix on Sale: Tickets for the NASCAR Busch Series New England 200 and the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series New England 125 at New Hampshire International Speedway are now on sale. Both events are scheduled for Saturday, July 24 as a part of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series New England 300 weekend. Fans attending this great day of racing will enjoy the added bonus of seeing the final two rounds of practice by the stars of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series as they prepare for the New England 300 on Sunday, July 25. Reserved seat tickets for the New England 200 and the New England 125 on July 24 are available for $50 and $55 dollars. Tickets for children ages 11 and under are $5. General admission tickets are also available for $35 in advance, $40 at the gate on raceday. For more information, please call Speedway Guest Services at (603) 783-4931 or visit the Speedway's Web Site www.nhis.com to purchase tickets online.(NHIS PR)(4-6-2004)
- Bahre Recovering: The owner of the New Hampshire International Speedway is continuing to recover from an accident in late January in Maine. A track spokesman says Bob Bahre is in therapy and that the recovery is "going to take some time." Bahre broke his ankle, injured ribs and a vertebra, and suffered a concussion when he drove off the road in Brownfield. Investigators say he fell asleep and that the airbag and seat belt saved him from greater injury. Bahre, who's 76, was on is way from the speedway to his home in Maine when the crash occurred.(wmtw.com/AP)(3-1-2004)
- NHIS Track Owner Injured UPDATE: New Hampshire International Speedway Owner Bob Bahre was seriously injured in a car accident Thursday night when his car went off the road in Maine. According to track spokesman Ron Meade, Bahre suffered a fractured vertebrae, a broken ankle, a concussion, rib injuries and has been in and out of consciousness. "They just got him out of an MRI and they have him stabilized, but as you can imagine all the swelling, it's pretty serious," Meade said. A hospital spokesman said Bahre is listed in stable condition but he remains in the Intensive Care Unit at Stevens Memorial Hospital in Maine. Bahre's family told Meade that Bahre went off the road and crashed into a tree, totaling his Chevy Blazer. Police extracted Bahre from his car. Meade said Bahre lost a lot of blood, but he was probably saved by wearing a seat-belt and the Blazer's air bag. Bahre, a self-made multimillionaire in his late 70s, is credited with bringing big time auto racing to New England with his racing empire in Loudon. He also owned and operated Oxford Plains Speedway in Maine from 1964 to 1986.(Concord Monitor/AP)(1-31-2004)
UPDATE: Bob Bahre was in intensive care in a Maine hopsital after he was seriously injured in a car accident Thursday when his car went off the road. Bahre, who is in his late 70s, was listed in stable condition Sunday at Stephens Memorial Hospital in Norway, Maine, a hospital spokesman said. According to track spokesman Ron Meade, Bahre suffered a fractured vertebrae, a broken ankle, a concussion, rib injuries and has been in and out of consciousness. Bahre was following another vehicle to his home in Paris, Maine, after a day at the speedway when his SUV went off Route 160 in Brownfield at 2 p.m. Thursday and hit a tree. The airbag and seat belt probably saved Bahre from greater injury, Cpl. Tim Ontengco of the Oxford County Sheriff's Department said. Bahre, who said he was fatigued, apparently fell asleep coming off a curve, Ontengco said. "I asked him what happened. He said he was kind of tired and fatigued because he had been at the speedway all day and he was driving back" to his home in Maine, the investigator said. After the crash, the speedometer was stuck at 49 mph, the speed the SUV was traveling, Ontengco said. (Concord Monitor)(2-2-2004)
- RV Parking Fees Announced at NHIS: Recreational vehicles and towed campers will be assessed a weekend parking fee by New Hampshire International Speedway for the two 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series weekends. Speedway officials announced the fee in response to the overwhelming RV numbers this past year. The large number of motor homes and campers entering the Speedway ’s more than 1,000 acres of parking for the July 2003 New England 300 weekend were unexpected. The volume of RV’s caused the Speedway to direct hundreds of autos to off-site parking areas where fans were bused to the track. The fees will be used to offset the costs of increasing camping area lighting, increased RV services, and added security requirements. Car parking will remain free. The RV fee will be $100 in advance and $125 at the gate. Speedway Guest Services is mailing RV fee information to all current ticket holders, and information on the NHIS RV policy may be found at the NHIS web site.(NE Racing site)(12-31-2003)
- No Lights at NHIS: New Hampshire International Speedway owner Bob Bahre said Sunday he would not consider installing lights at his 1.058-mile speedway, which has dates next season in July and September. "We're not considering lights at all right now," Bahre said. "Last night was nice, but for the last two weeks here, it's been in the mid-30s to 40s every night. There's no way in hell you'd have people sitting in the grandstands in that." Bahre, who formerly owned the Oxford Plains Speedway, a short track in Maine, said his affinity for short-track racing would not allow him to consider lights for his summer date. "I think it would hurt the short tracks and the guys that are coming along," Bahre said. "Every person here (in Winston Cup) started on the short tracks and you can't very well run the risk of putting the short tracks out of business."(NASCAR.com)(9-16-2003)
- SAFER at NHIS: When cars careen into the corners at the New Hampshire International Speedway next month they'll be met by safer walls, thanks to the completed installation and inspection of Steel and Foam Energy Reduction [SAFER] barriers in each of the Loudon track's four turns. The soft-wall technology comes to New Hampshire on the recommendation of the NASCAR-sponsored Midwest Roadside Safety Facility, which looked at the layout of the track and considered the danger of the corners based on speed information. The facility also studied similar figures from every other track remaining on the Winston Cup's 2003 slate, and earlier this summer suggested NHIS and Virginia's Richmond International Speedway install the SAFER barriers. Both tracks heeded the recommendation.(see full story at the Concord Monitor)(8-27-2003)
- New Hampshire 2004: being told by folks that they have gotten renewals for the 2nd 2004 race at Hew Hampshire International Speedway, the date? September 19, 2004. See my 2004 Unofficial Schedule page for more, 26 of 36 races are 'confirmed.(8-9-2003)
- NHIS will install SAFER for Sept race: New Hampshire International Speedway (NHIS) has announced plans to install the SAFER barrier. "We are very pleased to announce that following Dr. Dean L. Sicking's recommendation to NASCAR, we will be installing the SAFER (Steel and Foam Energy Reduction) barrier at New Hampshire International Speedway," said Bob Bahre, Chairman of the Board. Dr. Sicking, the Director of the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility (MwRSF) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has developed the barrier that will be attached to the outside walls at NHIS. The SAFER barrier will cover all four of the track's turns. "It is our plan to have the SAFER barrier in place for the NASCAR Winston Cup Series Sylvania 300 weekend this September," Bahre stated. The NASCAR Winston Cup Series Sylvania 300 weekend, from Thursday, September 11 through Sunday, September 14, will also feature the New Hampshire 200 for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series; the New Hampshire 125 for the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series; and the New Hampshire 100 for the Featherlite Modified Series, NASCAR Touring.(NHIS PR), see the story about Richmond installing SAFER below and for past news, see my Softwalls/SAFER page.(7-3-2003)
- July NHIS date: been told many folks have gotten their renewels for the July race at New Hamphire International Speedway: July 25th.(6-10-2003)
- No SAFER for NHIS in July: New Hampshire International Speedway owner Bob Bahre was hoping the Steel and Foam Energy Reduction [SAFER] barrier system would be in place for Loudon’s first NASCAR Winston Cup race of the season, the New England 300, on July 20. But it’s not going to happen. The earliest the Magic Mile could see the SAFER system in place would be for its second race (the Sylvania 300 in September), according to Jim Hunter, NASCAR’s vice president of corporate communications. Although NHIS was hoping to get the walls in place for the New England 300, Bahre doesn’t want to rush things. He said he will do anything to improve the safety conditions at the track, but wouldn’t put the walls in until he gets NASCAR approval.(Foster’s Sunday Citizen )(6-6-2003)
- No SAFER at New Hampshire this year? It does not appear as if the energy-absorbing SAFER barrier will be in place at New Hampshire in July when the Busch and Cup series race there. Jim Hunter, NASCAR vice president, says analysis of a crash test done on the barrier earlier this month should be complete within two weeks. Hunter says installation of the SAFER barrier should take 60 days. If so, there wouldn't be enough time to install the barrier for the New Hampshire race, which is less than two months away. If that happens, the next race that might have the barrier could be the Richmond race in September. The barrier helps reduce the amount of energy a car -- and its driver -- experiences in a crash. Less energy should mean less severe injuries. Series officials had hoped to have the barrier at Richmond before the Busch and Cup series raced there earlier this month. Jerry Nadeau suffered head, lung, rib and shoulder blade injuries in a crash there and has been hospitalized since. Nadeau's crash reportedly registered a G-force spike of more than 150 Gs in the accident -- the hardest accident recorded since NASCAR began using crash data recorders last year. The hardest wreck previously had been Kyle Petty's crash at Bristol this year. That crash registered a G-force spike in the mid-80s.(News and Record)(5-26-2003)
- Richmond, New Hampshire may get SAFER barrier AND: Jerry Nadeau's life-threatening crash during practice at Richmond and a record number of cautions in the Busch Series and Winston Cup races there raised questions about the progress of the SAFER wall system. A final test of the model for tighter-radius tracks was scheduled earlier in the week with NASCAR officials and engineers at the University of Nebraska. Though it will take 4-6 weeks to analyze the data, insiders say positive results are expected and that it is likely the SAFER system will be installed later this year at Richmond and New Hampshire -- tracks where straightaway speed is high, the corners are tight and require hard braking and there is little room or time to correct a car that gets out of shape. The SAFER system is used at Indianapolis, where data showed the energy-absorbing barrier reduced the impact of Winston Cup crashes by about 30%.(Sporting News)(5-6-2003)
AND Tuesday morning, engineers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are expected to crash-test a modified version of the impact-absorbing SAFER barrier wall on a full-scale replica of the tight turns found at Richmond International Raceway — site of an accident that caused serious injuries to driver Jerry Nadeau on Friday. Although the test comes only four days after the crash — Nadeau is listed in "serious but stable" condition at a Richmond, Va., hospital with head, lung and rib injuries — it is no rush job. The test was scheduled before the wreck, and Dean Sicking, director of the university's Midwest Roadside Safety Facility, says his team isn't feeling any additional pressure to move the project along. They already were moving as quickly as possible to adapt the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's barrier to fit other tracks. Sicking has heard accusations that NASCAR is dragging its feet on the project, but says that isn't true. "NASCAR has been encouraging us, pushing us as hard as they could," he says. "We don't see that at all."(USA Today)(5-6-2003)
- Turns 3 &4 Repaved at New Hampshire UPDATE: repaving of the turns have begun at New Hampshire International Speedway on Monday with turns 3 and 4 taking 700 tons of asphalt. On Tuesday turns 1 and 2 are scheduled to be done. Supposedly in the near future, after the pavement cures, #24-Jeff Gordon and #20-Tony Stewart will test the new surface.(4-29-2003)
UPDATE: New Hampshire International Speedway was repaved again this week, well in advance of the Winston Cup race set for July 20. Track owner Bob Bahre said he had all four turns resurfaced this time. "I think it's going to work out well," he said. Bahre ordered the resurfacing even though the second Cup race at the track last September was contested without complaint. NASCAR's Busch series will provide the first test of the new surface, racing there July 19.(ThatsRacin.com/AP)
AND been told they ground out and repaved th three 12 foot sections of the turns from the bottom up and they paved into the straightaways so the transistion will be 'squared and even' and not angled, they may also be a Goodyear Tire test there before the Cup race in July.(5-2-2003)
- New Hampshire Paving UPDATE: hearing that they will be doing a test strip at New Hampshire Intl Speedway this coming weekend and if all goes well and it takes, paving could take place next week.(4-17-2003)
UPDATE: If the weather cooperates in Loudon, N.H. this weekend, repaving may begin on the one-mile oval owned by Bob Bahre. The New England 300 is July 20.(FoxSports)(4-18-2003)
- New Hampshire to start repaving soon: hearing that repaving of the turns at the New Hampshire International Speedway will start the week of April 14th.(3-26-2003)
UPDATE: As the New England racing season approaches don’t expect things to let down in Loudon anytime soon. Things are starting to come into full swing once again as the Magic Mile begins its repaving process in the corners of the New Hampshire International Speedway 1.058-mile oval. "Our original schedule was to do it some time in April," Ron Meade, NHIS’s director of new projects, said about repaving the corners, "and our basic intent was to repave the corners. I understand we’re going to get more snow. This time of year in New England is unpredictable, so we’re going to have to see how it goes." Here’s a quick history lesson about the past makeovers the NHIS racing surface has endured in recent history. NHIS widened the lower turn areas between turns 1 and 2 and between turns 3 and 4 in March 2002 to create a second groove that would make for safer, more exciting racing. Then in June cracks were found on the Magic Mile surface and NHIS owner Bob Bahre was forced to fix the problems with just three weeks for the surface to cure before the first Winston Cup race. Some said there was not enough time before the heavy Winston Cup cars came to town. During the Winston Cup race in July marbles built up in turns 3 and 4. Several drivers blamed the marbles for causing most of the 14 caution flags to fly. The Magic Mile isn’t getting a full blown facelift this year. It will be just getting some minor cosmetic surgery. "I don’t see paving as a safety issue," Meade said. "The Bahres always put safety to the forefront, but again this isn’t really a safety issue. It’s one of those things that has to be done." Completing the repaving process early in the spring will probably give the asphalt plenty of time to cure, but people will probably find something to complain about. So don’t automatically expect a ringing endorsement from the naysayers just yet.
There might be big news soon as the new Steel and Foam Energy Reduction walls are still awaiting approval from NASCAR. The SAFER barrier system, or as some people call them softwalls, are designed to lesson the impact of a crash. Bahre has made it known that if NASCAR deems the SAFER walls ready for action he will put them in. "I understand NASCAR is still evaluating them," Meade said. "I haven’t heard anything about them recently. There have only been about a dozen crash tests as I understand it and as you know there’s more than a dozen ways to crash a car. So NASCAR isn’t going to rush and they are going to do what makes sense and what is safe. You can be sure though that the second they give the okay New Hampshire International will be right there."(Foster's Online)(4-7-2003)
- NASCAR not interested in moving NHIS races: Despite all of the problems at NHIS, sources said NASCAR is not interested in moving a Cup date from that venue. And published reports said tracks such as Kentucky Speedway, looking for a first Winston Cup date, or Kansas or California (Fontana), looking for a second date, might rent one from NHIS owner Bob Bahre. Bahre repeatedly said at Daytona he is not interested is renting a date.(Boston Herald)(2-23-2003)
- Bahre not giving up a date, NHIS paving news: Bob Bahre, who owns New Hampshire International Speedway, says officials from Kentucky Speedway have come to him to discuss "leasing" a Winston Cup date, but Bahre says he has "no intention" of giving one up. "The July race is sold out, and the September race is almost sold out, so why should I take something away from the people who have been supporting us," Bahre said. Bahre said his plans to repave his one-mile track [thought it was just the corners?] were delayed by an early onset of winter, so he'll have to start the repaving operation in late March or early April.(Winston Salem Journal)(2-11-2003)
- NHIS gets a title sponsor for Sept race UPDATE: Osram Sylvania today announced a major agreement with the New Hampshire International Speedway (NHIS). Terms of the five-year agreement call for the industry’s innovation leader to provide sponsorship for the September Winston Cup Series race at NHIS. The event will be named the SYLVANIA 300. New Hampshire Governor Craig Benson joined Charlie Jerabek, president and CEO of OSRAM SYLVANIA, and Bob Bahre, chairman of NHIS, in making the announcement.(NHIS Site)
AND Financial terms were not announced. Sylvania bills itself as one of the world's largest lighting companies, but the printed announcement of the deal contained no mention of plans to light the track. The Concord Monitor reports that track owner Bob Bahre has an operating agreement that limits his racing hours to daytime because of noise concerns from area residents. Area officials told the paper that they had not heard of any plans to change the agreement.(Winston Cup Scene Daily Newsletter)(1-30-2003)
UPDATE: Bahre said he has “no intentions” of holding night races. Zoning restrictions in Loudon prevent him from starting a race after 7:30pm. Both of New Hampshire’s races will be carried live by NBC this summer and will likely start between noon and 1:30pm/et. Bahre said a sponsor is actively being pursued to claim title of the July Winston Cup race in the Granite State. Asked if a million dollars a year would do the trick, Bahre laughed and said, “You’d be a little light.” Bahre reiterated that his two Winston Cup dates are totally secure, but said he was surprised that NASCAR recently went public saying he could sell one of his dates to Kentucky. He said he is not interested in giving up a Cup race.(Union Leade)(1-31-2003)
- New Hampshire Announcement? UPDATE 2: hearing that there will be some sore of announcement at the Park Plaza in Boston on Thursday, Jan 30th dealing with New Hampshire Intl Speedway and Media Alert-Sylvania. Supposedly it will give a boost to NASCAR and will have a direct impact on the Winston Cup races held at NHIS for years to come. Not sure what it is, maybe nameing rights to the track (like Lowe's Motor Speedway), doubt it would be for lights at teh track as teack owner Bob Bahre has promised locals around the track that he would no do that.
UPDATE: It appears that New Hampshire International Speedway has landed a sponsorship deal for at least one of the two NASCAR Winston Cup events for the future. Charlie Jerabek, president and CEO of OSRAM SYLVANIA, and Bob Bahre, president of NHIS, will be announcing the details of a multi-year agreement for New England’s largest sports facility next Thursday. The press conference, which will be held in Boston, will give a boost to the world of NASCAR and will have a direct impact on the Winston Cup Series races held at the Magic Mile for years to come. Ron Meade, Director of New Projects, would not comment on the details of the announcement Friday evening.(Foster's Online)
UPDATE2: Night racing at NHIS? It is not out of the realm of possibility, especially with NHIS set to make a major announcement with Sylvania Thursday, reportedly on a multiyear agreement. The speculation is that Sylvania will come aboard as a major event sponsor, but with NASCAR looking to air more races on prime-time television, it would seem to make sense for NHIS officials to hammer out a quid pro quo deal with Sylvania to outfit the track with lights. One of the track improvements Bahre expects to make this season is to resurface Turns 3 and 4, which have long been a source of frustration for drivers and track officials. "We'll do it the first of April," said Bahre, who reported that the Loudon track was blanketed by about 2 feet of snow. "We'll let it cure for about four months before the first race in July. It should be enough time." Last year, Bahre expanded the racing groove of his track and resurfaced it, but problems arose shortly after a Busch Series race in May.(Thatsracin.com)(1-26-2003)
- New Hampshire Repaving in the spring? UPDATE: hearing the turns/corners at New Hampshire Intl Speedway will be ground down and resurfaced in the spring of 2003. It was reported in Sept by the Boston Globe the work would be done, but not sure when.(12-4-2002)
UPDATE: The repaving of the much-maligned corners at New Hampshire International Speedway, which was scheduled for this fall, has been postponed until the spring. Bob Bahre, chairman of the board and co-owner of the Loudon oval with his son Gary, said late last week that they decided to put off the work, originally slated for early November, until early April. The Bahre's track has been repeatedly criticized during the past few years because its long (1,500-foot) straightaways and tight, low-banked corners do not make for competitive Winston Cup races. Part of the problem is that since the track opened it 1990 and held its first Winston Cup race in 1993, the highly aerodynamic Cup cars are creating so much horsepower and downforce, the drivers find it nearly impossible to make a pass stick. The 3,400-pound cars and the radial tires have repeatedly done a number on the various compounds of asphalt the Bahres have used. The Bahres remain steadfast in not making any further changes to their track because they believe it is a different challenge from other tracks on the NASCAR circuit.(Boston Herald)(12-15-2002)
- NHIS Corners to be ripped up and redone: It was reported by many drivers that the NHIS track was coming apart in the third and fourth in the same spot. Next year those problems will be rectified, according to Bahre, who plans to rip apart the turns and rebuild them.(Boston Globe), was even mentioned in a NASCAR show last week that they may concrete the turns, like Martinsville.(9-16-2002)
- NHIS Coolers: Fans attending the New Hampshire 300 weekend at New Hampshire International Speedway from September 12 to September 15 are reminded that all coolers brought to the Speedway should not exceed the standard 14 inch measurement as per the usual Speedway policy. .All coolers brought on Speedway property are subject to inspection. The Speedway will also continue the policy of not allowing glass containers in the grandstand areas. The Speedway's free RV & Camper areas will open on Sunday, September 8 at 12:00pm. for those guests possessing tickets to the New Hampshire 300 weekend. Guests will be asked to present their tickets prior to entering the NHIS RV & Camper areas. The Speedway's free RV & Camper areas will be open 24 hours a day for our guests' convenience. As always, all RV's and Campers must be self-contained.(NHIS PR)(9-9-2002)
- NHIS Owner admits mistakes, but says no changes for Sept, but could repave for 2003: New Hampshire International Speedway owner Bob Bahre acknowledges his track was at least partly to blame for conditions during July's New England 300 Winston Cup race. After that event, most Winston Cup drivers claimed that turns 3 and 4 were coming apart, causing multiple accidents. Tony Stewart called NHIS "a sandbox." Jerry Nadeau went a step farther, calling it "the worst racetrack I've ever raced on." At the time, Bahre defended his track, implying that the drivers who hadn't won were crybabies. He said that the drivers' tires, not his track, were to blame. The tires were coming apart and making things slick, he claimed. But Bahre has since changed his mind about NHIS's condition. He acknowledged this week that when turns 3 and 4 were repaved in June to fix minute cracks, the pavement was not given enough time to cure. As a result, the turns became slick during the race due to the heat, Bahre said. Bahre admits that problems remain with his track. It isn't 100 percent now, he acknowledged, and won't be next month either. Turns 3 and 4 haven't been repaved because they wouldn't have enough time to cure. Instead, Bahre said, Pike Industries used rubber tire rollers to pack down the turns during two or three hot days since the July event. "I don't think we'll have a problem," Bahre said. "I really don't." Meanwhile, Bahre will repave his track during the off-season. Again. This time, the entire track will get new pavement, not just turns 3 and 4.(Concord Monitor)
AND The owner of New Hampshire International Speedway said Wednesday he plans no changes for the Sept. 15 Winston Cup race. Bob Bahre, who defended the track after drivers complained the July 21 Winston Cup race was dangerous, said the only thing that has been done since then was to roll the track on a few hot days. “I don’t think we’ll have a problem,” Bahre said. He said he probably would repave at least part of the 1-mile oval after the September race.(ThatsRacin.com/AP)(8-21-2002)
- No Changes at NHIS: The owner of the New Hampshire International Speedway plans no changes to his course for another race in September despite harsh criticism of drivers, who called Sunday's Winston Cup race unsafe. "I'm not going to change anything," Bob Bahre said Monday. "I think the thing is in good shape. I talked to NASCAR Sunday night after the race and they said don't do anything before the September race. We'll see how it comes out."(Sporting News/AP)(7-23-2002)
- NHIS and softwalls: Since the deaths of Adam Petty and Kenny Irwin in separate crashes here in 2000, New Hampshire International Speedway has been a focal point for NASCAR's discussion of safety issues. Several drivers criticized NASCAR for not having some kind of energy-absorbing barrier for the track's outside walls before the race in September 2000, after Petty had died in April and Irwin in July. As the Winston Cup circuit returns to New Hampshire this weekend, two years after the crash in which Irwin died, there still have been no changes to the walls. But in two weeks, when the circuit goes to Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Cup cars will see a new generation of "soft wall" called the SAFER barrier in the four turns. New Hampshire International Speedway owner Bob Bahre has said he will install a SAFER (steel and foam energy-reducing) system at his track as soon as he gets approval from NASCAR, but the sanctioning body is proceeding cautiously.(See full story at ThatsRacin.com)(7-19-2002)
- Coolers and Camping Info for NHIS: Fans attending the New England 300 weekend at New Hampshire International Speedway from July 18 to July 21 are reminded that all coolers brought to the Speedway should not exceed the standard 14 inch measurement as per the usual Speedway policy. .All coolers brought on Speedway property are subject to inspection.
The Speedway will also continue the policy of not allowing glass containers in the grandstand areas.
The Speedway's free RV & Camper areas will open on Sunday, July 14 at 12:00pm for those guests possessing tickets to the New England 300 weekend. Guests will be asked to present their tickets prior to entering the NHIS RV & Camper areas. The Speedway's free RV & Camper areas will be open 24 hours a day for our guests' convenience.
As always, all RV's and Campers must be self-contained.
For race and ticket information, please call Speedway Guest Services at (603) 783-4931.(NHIS PR)(7-15-2002)
- NHIS Deal: Race fans attending the New England 300 NASCAR weekend on July 19-21 at New Hampshire International Speedway will receive something extra when they purchase their tickets. Bob's Stores in conjunction with Timberland footwear will provide a 10% discount for any sale or regular priced Timberland Pro Series item at their 34 stores in the Northeast. All the ticket holder needs to do is show their NHIS ticket back at a Bob's Store by August 20 to receive this discount.(NHIS PR)(7-11-2002)
- Cracks fixed at NHIS: Hairline cracks in the new surface on Turns 3 and 4 at New Hampshire International Speedway were fixed last week, says track owner Bob Bahre. Back in March, both of the lower turn areas, between Turns 1 and 2 and Turns 3 and 4, were widened by 12 feet to create more racing room on the tight, 1.058-mile track. Many BGN drivers gave the improvements a thumbs-up after their race there in May. But the cracks were noticed recently, and Bahre moved to correct the problem. “Turns 1 and 2 were fine, but the test in the oil mixture on 3 and 4 didn't come out right,” he says. So the old section was ground out and resurfaced. The repairs forced cancellation of a Winston Cup test session, and the new asphalt has less than three weeks to cure before the Cup race there July 21. Bahre doesn't anticipate problems. “When the Cup cars come up here, you'll see a lot more passing after about 25 to 30 laps because of the new groove and the apron,” he says. . . . (Sporting News)(7-1-2002)
- Cracks found at NHIS, testing cancelled UPDATE: An upcoming test session for Cup teams was canceled at the New Hampshire International Speedway after it was learned that hairline fractures were found in the newer portions of the track. There will now be no testing prior to next month’s Winston Cup event which is slated to begin July 19. NASCAR rules do not allow testing to be done seven days prior to a race. That means Winston Cup teams will not be able to practice on the newly reconfigured track before the race weekend. In April, both of the lower turn areas on the superspeedway were widened by 12 feet between Turns 1 and 2, and Turns 3 and 4 on the 1.058-mile oval, with the hopes of adding the second groove. The goal was to create more racing excitement with cars having more room to pass and opening the possibility of side-by-side racing. In recent years, NASCAR drivers had complained that it was too difficult to pass on the one-groove speedway. After May’s BGN race event, most drivers sung the praises of the changes. Fans were also treated to a more exciting brand of racing on the "Magic Mile" as cars were able to race side-by-side. But the hairline cracks were found recently in the newer racing groove between Turns 3 and 4, perhaps as a sign of stress or from an inferior mix of asphalt. In order to remedy the situation, Pike Industries of Belmont will repave the areas of the track in question in order to fix the cracks. Hopefully three weeks time will be adequate for the new pavement to cure before the Cup, CTS, BGN North, and Featherlite Modified Series races in July.(The Citizen)(6-26-2002)
UPDATE: New Hampshire International Speedway owner Bob Bahre said yesterday, "I don’t see any problems," said Bahre of how the resurfacing will effect the upcoming Winston Cup weekend. "We’re already done resurfacing it and we have to let it set for two weeks. There’s three weeks left until the race so we’re fine," as the track completed resurfacing on its track between Turns 3 and 4 on the 1.058-mile oval. Despite the recent resurfacing project Bahre is confident the track will be ready for the Cup Weekend which starts on July 19. In recent days hairline cracks were found in the new racing groove between Turns 3 and 4, perhaps as a sign of stress or from an inferior mix of asphalt. The discovery of the cracks led NHIS to cancel a NASCAR Winston Cup test session. In order to remedy the situation, Pike Industries of Belmont acted quickly. On Sunday Pike started grinding out the old areas of the track that were in question in order to fix the cracking. On Monday the work was completed at 4 p.m.— leaving just three weeks for the track surface to cure. Hopefully three weeks time will be adequate for the new pavement to cure before the 600 miles of racing scheduled for the traditionally busy July NASCAR weekend. In addition to the 300 mile Winston Cup event, NASCAR’s Craftsman Truck, Busch North, and Featherlite Modified Series will be in action. The resurfacing will still have an effect on next month’s Winston Cup event. There will be no testing prior to the New England 300 because of the resurfacing in Turns 3 and 4. NASCAR rules do not allow testing to be done seven days prior to a race. That means Winston Cup teams will not be able to practice on the newly reconfigured track before the race weekend and whoever can figure out the changes first will have a clear advantage during the race.(The Citizen)(6-27-2002)
- 2003 New Hampshire Date? hearing from readers that NHIS has sent out renewals for the July 2003 race and the date listed for the Cup race is July 20, 2003, this year it runs on July 21st, the same weekend.(6-11-2002)
- No 'soft' wall at NHIS next month: NASCAR officials have asked the New Hampshire International Speedway to hold off on installing new "soft walls" until further testing determines they are as safe as possible for stock cars, track owner Bob Bahre said.
That means the walls will not be in place for next month's Winston Cup race, and they may not be installed in time for September's race, either, Bahre said. The new walls, which consist of concrete padded with large foam blocks, already have been used in the Indianapolis 500. But stock-racing cars are heavier and act differently when hitting walls at high speed.
"The engineer in charge of this wants to hold off on it, make a few changes," Bahre said. "We're gonna do what's right. NASCAR's anxious to get going on it. But he wants to develop something different." Bahre has already built up the track's apron and added a groove. He had hoped to install the soft walls, at a cost of about $300,000, before the New England 300 on July 21. At the Indy 500 earlier this year, where the soft walls where used for the first time, drivers raved about them. One car slammed head-on into a soft wall at 220 mph during a practice, but the driver escaped with minor injuries.(ThatsRacin.com/AP)(6-10-2002)
- New Hampshire wants SAFER walls: Bob Bahre wants to make his New Hampshire International Speedway the second track to install the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's new impact-absorbing wall, but he doesn't expect to get the go-ahead from NASCAR officials in time for the July 21 Winston Cup race. "The way it's going now, we won't have it done for the first race," Bahre says. Indy officials, with support from NASCAR, worked with the University of Nebraska to develop the SAFER (Steel and Foam Energy Reduction) system, which pads concrete walls with large foam blocks covered by metal guardrails. It earned positive reviews during its first real-world test in May for the Indianapolis 500. Despite several high-speed wrecks, nobody was seriously injured. Although Bahre is ready to begin construction, he says he does not believe NASCAR officials are dragging their feet on approval. A system that was designed for a 2.5-mile oval might need modifications to fit his 1-mile track.(USA Today)(6-6-2002)
- New Hampshire to Add Softwalls? NHIS Owner Bob Bahre said he wants to install the steel and foam energy reducing (SAFER) barrier, already in place in the turns at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, at his track in time for the Winston Cup race there on July 21. "If NASCAR says yes, we’re going to do it," Bahre said. At Indianapolis, 4,240 feet of the concrete wall is fronted by 20-foot sections of the barrier, which is made of steel tubes backed by stacks of closed-cell polystyrene foam in a way designed to absorb some energy generated in racing crashes. NASCAR worked in conjunction with the Indy Racing League and the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, led by Dr. Dean Sicking, to develop the SAFER barrier. Jim Hunter, NASCAR vice president for communications, said NASCAR wants to make sure the SAFER barrier is proper for use at tracks where stock cars compete before giving the go-ahead for installation. "NASCAR’s position is we’re listening to the experts and watching to see what happens at Indianapolis," Hunter said. "We want it to be right. The current generation that is up at Indianapolis is probably as close as we’ve ever been. It is designed for open-wheel cars, which are lighter than our cars and trucks…and there are some answers that Dean Sicking says he still needs to get about the application of the barrier for stock cars." Bahre said he will talk to NASCAR officials this weekend when the Grand National series races at his track, but doesn’t expect them to keep him from installing the barriers unless results at Indianapolis demonstrate a problem with the walls.(ThatsRacin.com)(5-8-2002)
- New Hampshire to get 'soft walls'? Bob Bahre, who owns New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon, said he's ready to install the soft walls as soon as he gets the OK from Daytona Beach [NASCAR], according to NASCAR sources. Drivers interviewed yesterday pointed to the first turn at Pocono as one obvious place for the new technology, and Ward Burton pointed to both long corners at Texas Motor Speedway as ripe for the soft walls. Burton said his crash there was more than 50 Gs.(Winston Salem Journal)(5-4-2002)
- NHIS finishes construction: The modifications to New Hampshire International Speedway have been completed. This change adds an additional racing groove to The Magic Mile. The Speedway has cancelled the open NASCAR test session for the NASCAR Busch Series, Busch North Series, and Featherlite Modified Series teams on Tuesday, April 30 and Wednesday, May 1. After consulting with Pike Industries of Hooksett, N.H., Speedway officials decided to allow the new paving additional time to cure before the Busch 200 & 125 on May 10-11.(NHIS PR)(4-25-2002)
- NHIS Corner Images: check out NHIS Repaving for NASCAR for images of the work being done to the track.(4-22-2002)
- New Hampshire starts work: Crews from Pike Paving in Tilton started work Monday on the New Hampshire International Speedway second racing groove project, which will extend the racing surface toward the infield area. Existing pavement in the corners was removed and work started in the new subsurface for the pavement, which will be laid down later this week. The change in the corners will not alter the 12-degree grade of the racing track but will create more opportunities for passing and side-by-side racing, which NHIS officials are hopeful will create more exciting racing. The asphalt to be used in the turns comes from Trinidad, where the hottest tar pits in the world are located. Track officials said it was sent to Germany for pre-treatment and only recently arrived, in pellet form, in New Hampshire. The new surface will get its first test runs April 30 and May 1 during an open NASCAR test session for the NASCAR Busch Series, Busch North Series and Featherlite Modified Series teams. The speedway opens its season with a NASCAR Busch Series and Busch North Series doubleheader on May 11.(Union Leader)(4-17-2002)
- New Hampshire to Add a lane UPDATE: NHIS track owner Bob Bahre thinks he has a solution to the single-file NASCAR racing sometimes seen at so-called "flat" tracks such as his New Hampshire International Speedway: He plans to give drivers more room to pass each other. Bahre is planning to extend the bottom of each New Hampshire turn by 12 feet, essentially adding another racing lane. Bahre is optimistic the project will make passing easier and says it certainly won't hurt competition. "Let's say it doesn't work at all," he says. "It won't be any worse." In recent years, drivers have complained that it is difficult to pass on tracks such as New Hampshire, which has relatively flat 12-degree banking in its turns. Construction will begin next month and is scheduled to be completed in time for the May 11 BGN race.(USA Today)(3-27-2002)
UPDATE: New Hampshire International Speedway will widen both the lower turn areas of the 1.058 mile superspeedway in early April. This change will add an additional racing groove to "The Magic Mile". The Speedway has scheduled an open NASCAR test session for the NASCAR Busch Series, Busch North Series, and Featherlite Modified Series teams on Tuesday, April 30 and Wednesday, May 1.. For the NASCAR Busch Series and Busch North Series teams, this will be an ideal opportunity to prepare for the May 11 NASCAR Doubleheader.(NHIS PR)(3-28-2002)
- NHIS rumor resurfaces: once again hearing rumors about a sale of the New Hampshire International Speedway, supposedly some sort of announcement is forthcoming. This rumor has been afloat most of the 2001 season and has been denied by the Bahre's who currently own the race track(12-1-2001)
- Tires at NHIS: Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company announced today that the tires normally used at Martinsville will be the set for the delayed race at New Hampshire International Speedway. The tire codes used at Martinsville are D-5692 for the left side tires and D-5704 on the right side.(SpeedVision)(10-13-2001)
- New Hampshire 300 Update: Been asked a few questions, got some answers about the lineup for the postponed New Hampshire 300 on Nov 23rd. Since the NHIS race was postponed, no qualifying attempts were made. Therefore, teams will obtain another provisional at the 32nd event of the year which will now be Phoenix, rather than Talladega (which would had been the 32nd race before the postponement). And the field for NHIS has been set. Should any team fail to show up at this event, NASCAR will not fill that team's vacancy. Therefore, a team doesn't show up (like the #27 that has suspended operations), NASCAR would start the race with less the 43 cars normally run in a Cup race. Any teams that have replaced drivers ( like the #4, #7, #12 and #31 teams) or will replace drivers in the timeframe between now and Nov 23rd, the new driver will start in the car, the field is set on Owners Points NOT Drivers Points, but will have to drop to the rear at the start of the race(10-3-2001)
- NHIS Schedule: The schedule has been announced for the New Hampshire 300 at New Hampshire. The event, originally set to run on September 16, has been rescheduled for Friday, November 23. On track activities will begin on Friday, November 23 at 8:30am/et, as the NASCAR Winston Cup Series teams will have a 45-minute practice session. Pre-race activities will commence at 11:00am/et with the NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver introductions starting at 11:30am. At 12noon/et, #24-Jeff Gordon and #28-Ricky Rudd will lead a field of 43 starters to the green flag for the start of the New Hampshire 300, the final event of the 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season. The starting line-up for the New Hampshire 300 was determined by the NASCAR Winston Cup Series Owner Point Standings prior to September 16 in accordance with the 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Rule Book. Speedway gates will be open
at 6:00am/et on Friday, November 23. All reserved grandstand tickets originally issued for the September 16 event date will be honored. For additional race information, please visit the Speedway's website at www.nhis.com or please call Speedway Guest Services at (603) 783-4931.(NHIS PR)(10-2-2001)
- Jarrett comments on NH in Nov UPDATE 2 Helton comments: Dale Jarrett implored NASCAR to rethink its decision to race in New Hampshire on Nov. 23. "As good a tire as Goodyear makes, there’s no way we can make that hard tire hook up on that track in that kind of cold weather," Jarrett said. He also said he did not want to be away from home on Thanksgiving, calling it an important respite and a holiday that was meaningful to him. He proposed instead, that the New Hampshire race be held midweek between the events at Lowe’s Motor Speedway on Oct. 7 and Martinsville, Va., on Oct. 14. "Is there anyone who wants to go up there on Nov. 23?" he asked.(Gaston Gazette)(9-22-2001)
UPDATE: NASCAR vice president for communications Jim Hunter said that NASCAR has no plans to reconsider its decision to run the New Hampshire 300, postponed from last weekend, on Nov. 23 - the day after Thanksgiving. "As much as I hate to miss Thanksgiving with my family, I plan to be in New Hampshire," Hunter said. "We made that decision after thinking things through. We thought it was the best overall decision knowing that a lot of people are going to be inconvenienced." Hunter said NASCAR would continue to look at its scheduling options and how it might be able to avoid a similar problem in the future. The final 20 races of the 2002 season, however, are scheduled for 20 consecutive weekends just as they were this year.(That's Racin')(9-22-2001)
AND see a column at the Winston Salem Journal: NASCAR Mutiny? - Winston Cup teams are rebelling against new date for Loudon race and Practice? Winston Cup series director Gary Nelson he expects teams competing in the one-day season finale Nov. 23 at New Hampshire will be allowed some practice time earlier that morning. Several drivers have been critical of NASCAR's decision to hold the race on Thanksgiving weekend, after postponing the event last weekend following terrorist attacks Sept. 11 in New York City and Washington(That's Racin')(9-23-2001)
UPDATE 2: NASCAR President Mike Helton, growing tired of increasing criticism from race team members regarding the rescheduled New Hampshire race now planned for Thanksgiving weekend, tried to put the talk to rest during Sunday's prerace driver and crew chief meeting. "We will be racing on Friday, Nov. 23 in New Hampshire," Helton said sternly. "We had to make a decision and we are sticking to it."(That's Racin')(9-24-2001)
- NHIS-TMS Swap? UPDATE 2: A source Wednesday night confirmed that Bruton Smith contacted Bob Bahre, owner of the New Hampshire track, over the weekend to offer to hold what is now scheduled to be the season's final race at Texas Motor Speedway, which is owned by Smith's Speedway Motorsports Inc. Smith would share the revenue from the race with Bahre, compensating Bahre for the loss of the date at his track. Smith, meanwhile, would get a second 2001 Cup race for his Texas track in the bargain. The discussions apparently haven't gone beyond the initial overture from Smith, and the chances of such a swap being made would appear remote. Smith and Bahre each got Cup dates for their tracks by buying 50 percent interest in North Wilkesboro Speedway and their standoff over that has kept the North Wilkesboro track idle. Since the new date for the New Hampshire race was announced, there have been many rumors about what might happen instead of Winston Cup going to New Hampshire on Thanksgiving weekend. Early this week there was talk that this weekend's race at Dover might switch with the postponed event. There has also been talk about a possible swap between Rockingham and New Hampshire and even some talk that the New Hampshire race would be canceled outright. By all appearances, however, New Hampshire International Speedway is progressing with plans to host the race in November. The track's public relations office sent e-mails to media representatives Wednesday asking them to reconfirm their plans to cover the event.(That's Racin')(9-20-2001)
UPDATE: Texas Motor Speedway owner Bruton Smith is trying to work out a financial agreement to purchase the rescheduled Nov. 23 NASCAR Winston Cup race at New Hampshire and move it to TMS, sources confirmed Wednesday. Smith, president of Speedway Motorsports Inc., which is the parent company of TMS, is negotiating with New Hampshire International Speedway chairman Bob Bahre about making the switch. Smith could not be reached for comment Wednesday evening. TMS general manager Eddie Gossage was contacted and said he had no comment.(Dallas Morning News)(9-20-2001)
UPDATE 2 - NO SWAP: New Hampshire International Speedway owner Bob Bahre said Thursday he has received an offer from Speedway Motorsports Inc. owner Bruton Smith to move Bahre's rescheduled race to Texas Motor Speedway, but Bahre said he has declined. Bahre confirmed he received two phone calls from Smith about the offer, which would include Smith sharing the revenue from a Texas race with Bahre, compensating him for the loss of the date at his track.(That's Racin')(9-20-2001)
- NHIS Sold? to be reconfigured? lose a date? UPDATE 2 DENIED: hearing rumors once again that NHIS is going to be bought up by ISC (who owns Daytona IS and many other tracks NASCAR competes on) re-design NHIS into a more competitive track or move one of the race dates to another track(7-29-2001)
UPDATE - IMS to buy, 2nd Indy or Chicagoland Date? Word is the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation has purchased New Hampshire International Speedway from the Bahre family. IMSC, whose principal Tony George has long been an ally of NASCAR chairman of the board Bill France and the International Speedway Corporation, whose board France also heads; may take one of NHIS's NASCAR Winston Cup race dates and move it to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, already the site of the lucrative Brickyard 400. Sources said the lone remaining Winston Cup event at NHIS would be held in the fall. The New Hampshire 300 -- the second Cup race at NHIS following the July 22 New England 300 -- is scheduled Sept. 16, 2001. Prior to the running of the July event, rumors of a sale were flying following reported "inventory" visits by several ISC higher-ups. At that weekend it was also noted by Bob Bahre, who built and operates the 1.058-mile NHIS with his son, Gary, that the annual NASCAR Busch Series event at NHIS would more than likely be moved to be held in conjunction with one of the Winston Cup events in 2002. Another possibility is raised by the partnership of IMSC and ISC in the operation of the Chicagoland could also be considered for a second date(NASCAR.com Buzz - for some reason NASCAR.com removed the story from their site, they now have a column up denying THEIR rumor)(8-15-2001)
UPDATE 2 Sale Denied: A New Hampshire International Speedway spokesman on Wednesday denied an Internet report that the track was being sold to the owners of Indianapolis Motor Speedway. "I spoke to (track owner) Bob (Bahre) this morning and he said that's the first he's heard of it," said Fred Neergaard, public relations director at NHIS. "He said it is 100 percent false." The Bahre family owned track in Loudon, N.H., is a frequent subject of sale rumors. This latest one was reported on NASCAR.com and included speculation that the Indianapolis track's owners would take one of New Hampshire's Winston Cup dates to Indianapolis Motor Speedway or Chicagoland Speedway, in which the IMS company and International Speedway Corp. are partners. ISC is the company that owns tracks like Daytona, Talladega and Darlington and is a sister company to NASCAR. The Bahres, father Bob and son Gary, also own half interest in the track in North Wilkesboro, which sits idle because Bruton Smith's Speedway Motorsports Inc. owns the other half and the neither Smith nor the Bahres want to run that track without controlling interest.(That's Racin')(8-15-2001)
- NHIS BGN race moved to September: Race car fans will only have to travel to Loudon for two weekends next year: The New Hampshire International Speedway will hold its BGN race, normally a May event, in September, the day before the New Hampshire 300. Owner Bob Bahre said the track moved the event to save fans and NASCAR inspectors the hassle of traveling to Loudon three times a year. In addition to moving the BGN race, the May Busch North Series race was eliminated entirely because the other two race weekends of the year already had Busch North Series events scheduled. NASCAR has not released the official schedule for next year, but Bahre said the speedway had already signed its contracts with the organization.(Concord Monitor), no exact date given for the BGN or Cup races(7-31-2001)
- NHIS Sold? to be reconfigured? lose a date? UPDATE: hearing rumors once again that NHIS is going to be bought up by ISC (who owns Daytona IS and many other tracks NASCAR competes on) re-design NHIS into a more competitive track or move one of the race dates to another track(7-29-2001)
- NHIS Testing: New Hampshire International Speedway on Monday, June 25th, will hold a NASCAR Open Test Session from 9:00am to 5:00pm/et. The testing session is open to teams from NASCAR Winston Cup Series; Busch North Series, NASCAR Touring; and Featherlite Modified Series, NASCAR Touring.(NHIS PR)(6-14-2001)
- NHIS Later Start? Night Races at Dover? NBC and NASCAR, going after a larger West Coast audience, have moved the starting time of the Loudon, N.H., race next month to 2:00pm/et, and more such late afternoon starts appear to be coming. With the success of Fox' prime time coverage of last week's Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte, more prime-time Winston Cup events may be in the cards. Dover executives are looking at Saturday night races in the future(need to install lights), trying to capture some of the excitement of Bristol's night action(Winston Salem Journal)(6-5-2001)
- NHIS to get sealed: On Monday following the BGN race today, Slurry Paving, Inc. of Richmond, VA, will apply a coat of sealer to the 1.058-mile New Hampshire International Speedway identical to the material applied to Richmond International Raceway prior to the 2001 Pontiac Excitement 400. The race track had its surface ground by a laser-guided milling machine in the weeks preceding this weekend and was called "the smoothest it's been since it was originally paved" by NHIS multi-divisional veteran Steve Park(NASCAR.com Buzz)(5-12-2001)
- Plates at New Hampshire: NASCAR has no plans to use restrictor plates during Busch Series events this weekend at New Hampshire International Speedway, and it has not made a decision on whether it will use them in the Winston Cup race July 22.(SpeedVision). Back in February it was reported that "Helton also said that restrictor plates won't return to New Hampshire, where NASCAR used them for the first time last year. "We've got some other things we're looking at to do in general on the race cars," Helton said without elaboration(see below for the full story)(5-11-2001)
- New Hampshire does some work: NHIS officials coated the entire track with sealant. According to track owner Bob Bahre, the procedure is done every three years to help preserve the track and give drivers better handling in the corners. The coating comes following the deaths of NASCAR drivers Adam Petty and Kenny Irwin last season. Both drivers were killed in practice crashes when their cars slammed into the wall in the track’s third turn. Despite the deaths of the two drivers, Bahre said the procedure had nothing to do with the accidents. After the NASCAR test sessions in April, a few of the drivers said they thought there were a few bumps on the speedway. NHIS brought in an engineering firm from Kansas City experienced in racetrack profiling to check the speedway. They detected some insignificant bumps over the tunnel and in Turns 3 and 4. Although the bumps were slight, NHIS officials had them removed(Foster's Online). No word or mention on the rumor that the walls were being confiured in some of the turns(see my Track News and Link page for past news)(5-9-2001)
- NHIS configuring Walls? The outside wall at the entrance to the first and third turns at New Hampshire Speedway is being redesigned, according to NASCAR sources, for next weekend's Busch race at Loudon. That's where Adam Petty was killed one year ago(Winston Salem Journal)(5-5-2001)
- No Changes in the Restrictor Plate UPDATE 3: NASCAR president Mike Helton said Monday that its unlikely NASCAR will give Winston Cup cars a larger restrictor plate - with 1-inch openings instead the 15/16ths of a inch the cars tested with last month - once Daytona 500 preparations begin. Ray Evernham said over the weekend that he suspected the larger plates might be used if speeds aren't a little higher than those in the 182 mph range seen in testing. ALSO, NASCAR does not plan to put restrictor plates on the trucks that will race at Daytona on Feb. 16th. That could change, however, if the trucks go faster than they're expected to in practice and qualifying(That's Racin')(2-6-2001)
UPDATE: NASCAR officials, sources say, will announce tomorrow(Friday) the use of larger restrictor plates for Winston Cup cars at the Daytona 500(Toronto Sun)(2-8-2001)
UPDATE 2: ESPN2's RPM 2Night reports that NASCAR won't make any changes to the restrictor plate until after the Budweiser Shootout on Sunday (Feb 11th 2:00pm/et), using the race as a test for the courrent rules....BUT from Speed Magazine - Team owner Ray Evernham mentioned that NASCAR might change the size of the holes in the restrictor plates this weekend at Daytona. NASCAR president Mike Helton said he had no intentions of changing the size of the holes, currently at 15/16 of an inch, to a 1-inch hole. "I don't know where that came from," Helton said. "We're pretty happy with the package. It's unlikely (we will change). It's not out of the question." Helton also said that restrictor plates won't return to New Hampshire, where NASCAR used them for the first time last year. "We've got some other things we're looking at to do in general on the race cars," Helton said without elaboration(Speed Magazine)(2-9-2001)
- NHIS not to be sold: Bob and Gary Bahre flatly denied any sale of the track was being discussed with IMS owner Tony George. The Bahre's share ownership of the track 50/50. The meetings that took place with Tony George were to discuss bringing open wheel racing back to NHIS. George wants to be sure NHIS will come back in should a CART/IRL unification ever take place. The Bahres also want open racing to return to their track and will work with George to get it done should the opportunity present itself(Boston Herald)(9-10-2000)
- Track Lawsuit (NHIS) UPDATE 2 Dismissed...not??: The former owner of Oxford Plains Speedway and a group of investors filed a 14-count lawsuit against New Hampshire International Speedway owner, Bob Barhre and NASCAR in U.S. District Court late Friday, alleging that the defendants’ behavior caused irreparable harm to the local motorsports facility. According to court documents, Michael A. Liberty and his partners accuse Robert Bahre of Paris and NASCAR, a racing organization based in Daytona Beach, FL., of violating anti-trust laws, racketeering, fraud, interference with advantageous relationships, conspiracy, breach of contract and breach of duty. The suit alleges that the conduct ultimately forced Liberty to sell his majority ownership to William Ryan Jr. in November 1998, three years after the dissolution of the American-Canadian Tour, and absence of an organizational sanction effectively ended “competitive stock car racing” at OPS. The release did not specify what the plaintiffs are seeking. The essence of the suit claims the defendants have restrained competition in stock car racing and specifically set out to cripple OPS(Lewiston Sun Journal/Boston Globe-AP)(4-24-2000)
UPDATE dismissed: The lawsuit pitting former Oxford Plains Speedway owner Michael A. Liberty and his team of investors against NASCAR and New Hampshire International Speedway chairman Robert Bahre has been dropped. A clerk at the U.S. District Court in Portland confirmed this week that the case was “voluntarily dismissed” on Aug. 21, four months to the day it was filed(Lewiston Sun Journal)(8-25-2000)
UPDATE 2 not dismissed? The National Speed Sport News is reporting: Michael Liberty's lawsuit against New Hampshire Int'l Speedway switched venues. Liberty, the former owner of Oxford Plains Speedway in Maine, alleges NHIS owner Bob Bahre conspired with NASCAR to benefit NHIS at the expense of Oxford Plains. Liberty, who filed suit in Federal Court in April, moved the suit from federal to state court. Bahre had never been served with the federal lawsuit. In refiling the suit in Cumberland County Superior Court, it was also modified not to include charges of racketeering and antitrust. Liberty's attorneys claim those charges were drawing attention away from the main charges of breach of contract and fraud.(9-5-2000)
- NHIS Purse: The Posted Awards for the NASCAR Winston Cup Series Dura Lube 300 Sponsored by Kmart at New Hampshire International Speedway on September 17 have reached a record total of $2,924,681.(NHIS PR)(8-24-2000)
- NHIS Grand Marshal: David Hall, President of The Nashville Network (TNN) has been named as Grand Marshal for the Dura Lube 300 Sponsored by Kmart Cup race at New Hampshire on September 17. TNN has televised mant NHIS events since the track opened in 1990(NHIS PR)(8-20-2000)
- NHIS Sponsor: Dura Lube and Kmart will return as the name and title sponsors for the fall Cup race at New Hampshire on September 17. The event will be known as the Dura Lube 300 Sponsored by Kmart. This marks the second consecutive year that Dura Lube and Kmart will sponsor the race(NHIS PR)(8-17-2000)
- NHIS and George? Although there have been no indications that a sale is imminent, sources close to the situation insist that Indianapolis Motor Speedway president Tony George has offered Bob Bahre $180 million for New Hampshire International Speedway(Gaston Gazette)(7-21-2000)
- Bahre to Sell? Bob Bahre, the Maine promoter who built and owns New Hampshire International Speedway, is talking with Tony George about George's buying the track, according to NASCAR sources. George, the president of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and NASCAR's Bill France, whose family owns controlling interest in the International Speedway Corporation, have several joint business ventures, including joint ownership of the new Chicagoland Speedway(PitNow)(7-10-2000)
- thatlook.com 300 thatlook.com and New Hampshire International Speedway announced a marketing partnership that will include sponsorship of the track's NASCAR racing events for this upcoming July 7-9,2000 weekend. "We are pleased to have our first dot com company join us as name and title sponsor of the thatlook.com 300 NASCAR Winston Cup race as well as our entire race weekend here at The Magic Mile," said NHIS President Gary Bahre. thatlook.com is an experienced national service group assisting individuals to obtain affordable and convenient elective cosmetic surgery to improve their physical appearance(NHIS PR)(7-5-2000)
- NHIS Grand Marshall: Well-known television broadcaster Ken Squier has been named the Grand Marshall for the July 9 New England 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway. A life-long friend to motorsports, Squier has gained national acclaim as the voice of CBS’s auto racing coverage. Squier is a partner in the television production firm World Sports, owns a group of five radio stations in Vermont, and also owns the Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Vermont(PR)(7-4-2000)
- NHIS Lawsuit Story: Nasty turn at NHIS - Rival charges Bahre with fraud, files suit by Allen Lessels(5-15-2000)
- Fayetteville Observer: Lawsuit win carries big cost for Smith by Thomas Pope(4-29-2000)
- Track Lawsuit: The former owner of Oxford Plains Speedway and a group of investors filed a 14-count lawsuit against New Hampshire International Speedway owner, Bob Barhre and NASCAR in U.S. District Court late Friday, alleging that the defendants’ behavior caused irreparable harm to the local motorsports facility. According to court documents, Michael A. Liberty and his partners accuse Robert Bahre of Paris and NASCAR, a racing organization based in Daytona Beach, FL., of violating anti-trust laws, racketeering, fraud, interference with advantageous relationships, conspiracy, breach of contract and breach of duty. The suit alleges that the conduct ultimately forced Liberty to sell his majority ownership to William Ryan Jr. in November 1998, three years after the dissolution of the American-Canadian Tour, and absence of an organizational sanction effectively ended “competitive stock car racing” at OPS. The release did not specify what the plaintiffs are seeking. The essence of the suit claims the defendants have restrained competition in stock car racing and specifically set out to cripple OPS(Lewiston Sun Journal/Foster’s Sunday Citizen/Boston Globe-AP)(4-24-2000)
- NHIS News UPDATE: hearing that WMUR channel 9 sports reported that the lawsuit brought against the town of Loudon by Canterbury residents was ruled in Loudons favor so New Hampshire International Speedway can proceed with their 9000 seat expansion(many readers) -- UPDATE: A County Superior Court judge yesterday threw out a claim that adding 9,000 seats to the New Hampshire International Speedway would increase noise. She also disagreed with Canterbury residents who said the track has not worked with area communities to control traffic. The decision clears the way for the speedway to erect the 9,000-seat grandstand, which could be ready this spring. The seats will be custom-made at a factory in New York, said track owner Bob Bahre(Concord Monitor(NH))(12-17-1999)
- Mufflers at NHIS??? To stop the noise of speeding cars at New Hampshire International Speedway and address traffic, Canterbury residents have come up with three possible solutions: equipping cars with mufflers, enclosing the track with a dome or scaling back the number of events. Within 10 years, residents do not want to hear a sound from the speedway. They're willing to get to that point gradually. Initially, they want 106 days of quiet during the 214-day season; by 2005, 160 days; then, the full 214. Oral arguments in the case were delivered yesterday at Merrimack County Superior Court before Judge Kathleen McGuire. Canterbury residents filed the lawsuit in December 1997, arguing the Loudon Planning Board had not adequately addressed noise and traffic problems caused by the track when it approved the 9,000-seat expansion. A decision on the case could take up to 60 days(Concord Monitor)(12-9-1999)
- More NHIS News: on Wednesday, Dec 8th, a Superior Court judge will listen to all sides of expansion of the New Hampshire International Speedway dispute and render a decision. When that decision will come is anyone's guess. Optimists hope it will take a few days, while the more cautious anticipate that it could take up to two months(Concord Monitor)(12-7-1999)
- NHIS News: State environmental regulators and the owners of the New Hampshire International Speedway reached agreement Friday on a wetlands permit that will allow the expansion of parking areas. The speedway wants to fill about 10 acres of wetlands in its current parking areas, that would free about 40 acres of land for additional parking(Foster's Daily Democrat)(12-6-1999)
- NHIS AP Story: Speedway blasts state over holdup in expansion. A lobbyist for the New Hampshire International Speedway has accused state environmental officials of dragging their feet in approving a planned expansion(Boston Globe)(12-2-1999)
- NHIS Sold? UPDATE 2 NOPE: hearing that New Hampshire International Speedway has been sold to ISC(Daytona/Frances)? But have seen no confirms or stories on it(10-15-1999) -- UPDATE: folks from NHIS are saying this is not true(10-17-1999) --UPDATE 2: sources tell me that track owner Bob Bahre has denied the rumor that NHIS is for sale BUT The owner of the mile track in Loudon, Bob Bahre, is reportedly negotiating a sale with the Daytona-based and NASCAR-affiliated company that will soon control a majority of the tracks on the Winston Cup circuit. ISC’s merger with Penske Motorsports earlier this year put the tracks at Rockingham, Michigan and California in a consortium that already included Daytona, Talladega, Darlington, Watkins Glen, Homestead and Phoenix. ISC is also building a track near Kansas City and is partner in a company that is developing a Chicago-area facility. ISC is believed to be interested in the Richmond track as well(Gaston Gazette-one day link)(10-22-1999) -- UPDATE: NHIS Chairman Bob Bahre said Oct 29th there was no truth to rumors that he was looking to sell the track. The rumor apparently started because Gary Bahre, Bob's son, has been diagnosed with a rare lung disease. Gary has fought the disease and has returned to work and says he is doing well and that he and his father have no intentions of selling the track (Winston Cup Scene)(11-5-1999)
- NHIS Road Approved: New Hampshire International Speedway has permission to build a new access road on the north side of the property and NHIS officials say it could be completed in time for the July 11 Winston Cup race. Also in the same story: NHIS has a new public relations director. Fred Neergaard of Concord, N.H., takes over this week for Lorraine Faford, who held the post for the last five years. Faford is moving to Portland, Ore., to pursue other opportunities in the public relations field Neergaard ran NHIS's infield media center during race weekend before his promotion(Providence Journal)(6-11-1999)
- NHIS/Kentucky more: Reports emerged Saturday(5/15) that a Kentucky businessman is willing to dismantle and
relocate NHIS with Bob Bahre retaining ownership and continuing to operate it. What is interesting, is that there is a 68,000 seat speedway being built in that state and the mysterious businessman reportedly has no connection to that facility. Bahre says that he has no plans to move the track (well, the grandstands etc.) and wants to stay on Route 106 despite a costly legal battle with Canturbury over a 9,000 seat addition(Left Turn Speedletter/Nashua Telegraph)(5-20-1999)
- Kentucky/New Hampshire? Lost in all the hubbub over a Kentucky-based operation trying to woo New Hampshire International Speedway to the Bluegrass State was a merger signed earlier this week between International Speedway Corporation and Penske Motorsports that puts 10 major tracks and 14 Winston Cup races under the ISC banner(Concord Monitor) Didn't see the story about Kentucky/NHIS but what I hear is that Owners of the Kentucky track are rumored to be trying to buy the NHIS and move one or both of it's Cup dates to the Kentucky Speedway, but I have seen no stories to this effect myself(5-18-1999)
- NHIS News: The Manchester Union Leader reported this weekend that the management of the NHIS in Loudon has asked NASCAR for a date change. Track officials would like to move their annual BGN event from a stand-alone event in May to a companion event with either of the Winston Cup Series races held at the track in July and September. In recent years, the May BGN race at the track has been plagued by bad weather and poor attendance. Track officials have also requested the same change be made for the track's annual Truck race held in August(PowerTeam Page)(5-11-1999)
- NHIS Seats: In part from the Concord Monitor - The state(New Hampshire) should have the authority to build a road in Canterbury leading into the New Hampshire International Speedway(Loudon) - regardless of what Canterbury wants - according to many lawmakers who testified yesterday at a legislative hearing. The speedway, an upstanding corporate citizen that draws tourists into the state, deserves an exception to the principle of local control, according to Sen. Fred King, a Republican from Colebrook who sponsored the bill. The five-lane road would widen and straighten a small, curving road that extends from Route 106 toward the track, linking the highway to a proposed 876-car parking lot. The new road would ease gridlock during summer races, according to the bill's supporters. In January, Canterbury Planning Board members approved the project, but required the track to study how cutting down trees and leveling a small hill to build the road might affect noise levels. A recent decision by the Loudon Planning Board to approve a 9,000-seat expansion of the speedway's grandstands is being appealed to the Loudon Zoning Board by more than a dozen residents(18 from what I hear) of Canterbury and nearby towns. See the resy of the story at: Lawmakers seek alternate path for NHIS road (Thanks Steve and Angie)(3-25-1999)
- Loudon Seats: A few readers emailed me that they got their 1999 confirmations and enclosed was the following - "NHIS had hoped to be able to increase the seating capacity in 1999. We had the necessary approvals from the town of Loudon for 9000 new seats. Unfortunately some neighbors from the town of Canterbury have brought suit
to block the expansion. We are, however anticipating the additions in 2000 which we hope will help us fill more change requests."(3-13-1999)
- New Hampshire Seats: The town's(Loudon) recent decision to allow a 9,000-seat expansion at the New Hampshire International Speedway broke the town's own zoning ordinances, according to an appeal filed yesterday with the Loudon Zoning Board of Adjustment. See complete story at Loudon residents appeal NHIS vote(Concord Monitor)(2-12-1999)
- Loudon more seats: A little more than a week ago, the Loudon Planning Board approved another expansion at New Hampshire International Speedway. That means as soon as the snow melts, work will start on the construction of about 9,000 more seats, bringing the speedway's total to 91,000. See the rest of this story at If NHIS builds it, the fans will come(Concord-NH Monitor)(2-5-1999)
- The New Hampshire 300 is now the Farm Aid On CMT 300. Title sponsorship of the
upcoming Winston Cup race at New Hampshire International Speedway was announced today. See the rest of the story at TNN's Motorsports Site.(TNN)(8-6-1998)
- "Canterbury officials say expansion plans for the New Hampshire International Speedway shouldn't be given final approval until noise and traffic studies are done. Canterbury Planning Board Vice Chairman Dan Crean says the studies are needed, especially because of the track's goal is to eventually expand to 110-thousand seats. The officials say their goal isn't to stop the expansion, but to work with Loudon and track officials to ensure it doesn't adversely affect neighboring towns. The track presented a preliminary site plan for the expansion to the board yesterday. That would bring the track's seating capacity to 91-thousand in 1999. It already has received approval for adding four-thousand seats next year."(Chaz Hinkle via the New Hampshire News)(11-21-1997)
- From a reader: "The September Loudon race(that replaced the N. Wilkesboro race} tickets have been printed. These tickets to the inaugural September race feature Enoch Staley on them. It is printed right on the ticket that this race is dedicated to Enoch Staley, NASCAR Pioneer - Founder of North Wilkesboro Speedway. This shows alot of class from the guy who has kept his promise to the Staley family, that he would never allow Bruton Smith to gain control of their track"(but took one of the dates from the track)(7-20-1997)
- Rich from NH tells me: For the Louden WC race at NHIS, all traffic coming from the south on Rt. 106 will be required to use the new entrance, unless they are employees or have a valid handicap sticker. There will be a new 1.6 mile access road which is 5 lanes wide that goes on the perimeter of the parking areas! If coming from the north on Rt.106 it will be the same as in the past entering the north gate, but all RV's will be required to use the new south entrance. Hope this helps(7-1-1997). More info on NHIS traffic... this year... the parking will be first in, first out. In pass years, they filled the back parking lot first, so the first people into the track ended up being the last to be able to leave. Now it will be the first cars in will be in the front lots(thanks Cheryl)(7-2-1997)