Sep 21, 2013, 9:35 PM EDT
New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s summer NASCAR weekend may undergo a big change if track officials get their way. Citing fan feedback, NHMS executive vice president and general manager Jerry Gappens has revealed that they’re interested in turning their July event into a night-time race.
According to NASCAR.com’s Kenny Bruce, such a move would not only require NASCAR’s approval but also the approval of local authorities; the original agreement when the track was first built included the stipulation that there would be no night races.
But Gappens is hoping he can get around that matter in order to ensure that New England’s punishing summers stop having an adverse effect on his track’s box office.
“We do a lot with our fans; I’m all over this place during race week interacting with fans and…That is the feedback I’ve gotten,” Gappens said Saturday according to Bruce.
“I’ve learned one thing, New Englanders don’t like 90-95 degree heat and high humidity. And I’m seeing the [ticket] numbers reflect that in renewals for July. I get letters [and] a lot of people who say they had their father or their parents with them and it was just too hot [in July].”
Should NHMS gain the approval of both NASCAR and the locals, Gappens believes that the track would be ready to host night racing in 2015.
Video from NASCAR America
- NASCAR AMERICA: Assessing Tony Stewart’s return at Atlanta (VIDEO) 0
- Feelin’ free: Frustrations end for Chase-bound Kahne, IndyCar champ Power 1
- Honda preps for first simulations, expresses confidence it can match Mercedes 4
- Kenseth clinches Chase berth; Bowyer falls out of Grid with one race to go 1
- Kasey Kahne rallies in last 2 laps to win at Atlanta, makes Chase 1
- Tony Stewart’s comeback hopes end with rough 41st-place finish at Atlanta 2
- Tony Stewart the obvious fan favorite during pre-race introductions at Atlanta 3