Friday, March 28, 2014

New Hampshire Motor Speedway seeking to add night racing

   Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway, hinted in on Tweet on Thursday that his track could have a night Sprint Cup Series race in the 2015 season.

   The 1-mile paved oval located in Loudon, N.H., currently hosts races in July and September and both are held on Sunday afternoon.

   The Observer on Friday asked for comment on the potential of night racing at New Hampshire and the following statement was provided attributed to Gappens:

   “Night racing requires an agreement from a number of stakeholders, and if we do it, we want to do it right and with community support. A recent survey shows Loudon residents support lights, and it has been the top request from our fans for years," Gappens said.
   “The first step is to get approval from NASCAR and NBC. We started dialogue in September and I am awaiting an answer. We are hopeful, with the collective work of everyone involved, that the future of New Hampshire Motor Speedway will indeed be bright."


  1. I went to a race at NH and had a really nice time. I doubt, however, that I would have gone if it had been a night race. The reason is that one does not get back home, after an evening race which ends at say 11:00, until way, way past midnight. While the TV experience and ratings, which is what this is all about (money), may be enhanced, the attendee experience, in my opinion, would be diminished. One race fan's thoughts.

  2. Due to Heat in July, Nite Race would be awesome