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New Hampshire Motor Speedway Hopes For NASCAR Night Race As Soon As '15

New Hampshire Motor Speedway execs hope to "build lights around the track to allow for night racing, perhaps as soon as next year," according to Dan Seufert of the New Hampshire UNION-LEADER. NHMS Exec VP & GM Jerry Gappens said that he and other speedway officials have "spoken publicly several times about the hope of erecting lights for the track" -- a $3-5M investment -- because fans "have asked for it." Fans in surveys have "complained about watching races in July’s daytime temperatures." Town officials said that they have "not been approached by the track for night lights yet." Loudon Planning Board Administrative Assistant Donna White said that before NHMS would "make such a request, a judge would have to 'undo' a stipulation forbidding night racing in the speedway’s original operating agreement." Gappens said, "Obviously, it is something we are exploring, but I have no new updates to share at this time" (New Hampshire UNION-LEADER, 4/2).
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