It’s race season again at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. No, NASCAR hasn’t come early. It’s time for the Formula Hybrid Competition, which started out as a small-scale event but now attracts engineering students - and car industry officials - from around the world.
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.
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.
Today is the big day for racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. NASCAR 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.