NASCAR

Newscast
10:08 am
Sun July 13, 2014

NASCAR Race Prompts Lane Closures And Changes Today

Lane changes and detours will be common around Concord on Sunday to deal with traffic congestion from the NASCAR race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.  The race in Loudon starts at 1 p.m. Sunday, but officials anticipate the most congestion will occur late afternoon and early evening.  The Exit 14 ramp on I-93 northbound will be closed from 5 to 11 a.m. Sunday. That same exit ramp and the Exit 15-East ramp on the southbound side of I-93 will be closed from about 3:30 p.m. until 10 p.m.  Route 106 --leading to and from the track --ill have lane changes to accommodate traffic flow.

NH News
9:16 am
Tue July 8, 2014

N.H. Forest Rangers To Take Precautions With NASCAR Fan Firewood

A section of tree showing the serpentine galleries of the emerald ash borer larvae.
Credit Wisconsin Dept. Of Natural Resources via Flickr CC

New Hampshire's forest rangers are cautioning visitors to this weekend's NASCAR race: If you're camping, buy the firewood locally or have a certificate showing it's been heat-treated.

They're trying to slow the spread of the emerald ash borer, an invasive species that has destroyed millions of ash trees over the past decade. It's been found in some areas of New Hampshire.

Rangers will inspect firewood coming into New Hampshire Motor Speedway from July 9-11. The campground at the speedway is the largest in the state and the race attracts more than 100,000 fans.

Read more
Word of Mouth
9:30 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Word Of Mouth 07.27.2013

Credit Leo Reynolds via Flickr Creative Commons

Our favorite content, curated in one amazing hour of radio. This week, the science behind J.K. Rowling's unmasking, a guy who played Mr. Darcy at a Jane Austen Summer Camp, the Libertarian festival for Seasteaders, a new telescope technology that will send balloons into space, regular folks drive NASCAR cars, and a musician who writes songs based on the New York Times column, "Modern Love."

Read more
Word of Mouth
10:08 am
Mon July 22, 2013

In The Fast Lane: The Richard Petty Driving Experience

Logan Shannon

On July 14th, Brian Vickers led a group of professional NASCAR drivers to take the sprint cup at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon.  Less than a week later, a group of men and women with absolutely no racing experience took to the same track, in the same six-hundred horsepower stock cars, in hopes of hitting the same high-octane speeds as the pros.  The Richard Petty Driving Experience is a payed sports adventure that lets NASCAR fans get a taste of life in the fast lane… Producer Taylor Quimby was with them in Loudon last Friday, and brought us back this audio postcard.

Read more
NH News
10:17 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Creating A Community of Fans At N.H. Motor Speedway

Dennis Joyce of Walpole, Massachusetts camps out for NASCAR races all over the country.
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

This past weekend, thousands of people braved clogged roads and crowded parking lots to watch NASCAR racing at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon.  But a small group of fans pitched tents in a grassy parking area for the duration. 

Camping on track grounds has been going on for a long time, but this is only the second summer it’s been legal.   Amanda Loder talked to some residents of this temporary village, and produced this audio postcard.

Read more
Sports
7:00 am
Sun July 14, 2013

N.H. Motor Speedway Hosts Today's Sprint Cup Series Race

Today is the big day for racing at New Hampshire Motor SpeedwayNASCAR drivers will compete at the Loudon track this afternoon in a Sprint Cup series race.  While thousands of people have been taking in events all weekend, a group of hardcore fans is camping at the track.  Dennis Joyce is a Loudon regular.  He says he prefers NASCAR over all other sports.

Read more
Sweetness And Light
4:08 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Americans Hit The Brakes On NASCAR

Drivers practice for the Budweiser Shootout at the NASCAR Nextel Cup Daytona 500 at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona, Fla.
Jamie Squire Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 21, 2012 12:25 pm

Individual sports are always volatile, and after being the next big thing, NASCAR's popularity has stalled.

A lot had to do with the economy. In a sport that depends on sponsorships and rich owners — like those good buddies Mitt Romney kicks tires with --– NASCAR was especially vulnerable.

And as for fans, when it became cutback time, they had to think twice about gassing up those big old RVs and driving a far piece to sit in those ear-shattering stadiums.

Read more
Word of Mouth
10:00 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Word of Mouth 2.25.2012

Photo by atelier tee via Flickr Creative Commons

Part 1:

Read more
Word of Mouth - Segment
11:11 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Racing Dreams: Kids Grow Up So Fast

Fondly described as Talladega Nights meets Catcher in the Rye,  the new film Racing Dreams chronicles a year in the life of three 'tweens' who dream of becoming NASCAR drivers. They compete in the "little league" of professional racing, the World Karting Association’s National Pavement Series.

Read more