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New Hampshire Motor Speedway eyeing night race in summer

Sep 21, 2013, 9:35 PM EDT

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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.

  1. ryanwithegroup - Sep 21, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    Reblogged this on ryanwithegroup and commented:
    Wow another night race may be on the way. I love night races they are so much more inspiring to me. Anyways this is a good idea for the time of year it is because the heat in July is so hot just for people buying a ticket to watch the race. Think about the people down around the track in the pit. It is probably twice as hot. I am glad to see NASCAR is thinking about safetey for everyone.

  2. dan46778 - Sep 22, 2013 at 2:12 AM

    Dover international speedway so put up lights too

  3. indycarseries500 - Sep 22, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    It won’t help beyond the first race, they’ll lose more money on this than they did on IndyCar.

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