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Elwell Wins Motorcycle, Spreads Ashes
Paul Elwell from Massachusetts has been selected as the Grand Prize winner for his 2016 season ticket renewal at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. On Nov. 11, Elwell visited Heritage Harley-Davidson in Concord to claim his brand new 2015 Road Glide.
Before picking up the prize, Elwell and his son Cameron made a sentimental trip to the Magic Mile to spread the ashes of his late father-in-law at the Granite Stripe start/finish line.
"That was pretty emotional," Elwell said. "When he went to the races for more than 10 years, I had promised him many times that I would get him on the track.
"I've done many things with Richard Petty, and driven the track when they've had the track open to the fans, and walked pit road and all the pre-race things. I never got that opportunity (with him) and he passed away three years ago. (NHMS Director of Marketing) Chris Lockwood was gracious enough to take us down to the start/finish line and let me fulfill that promise and let me spread some of his ashes, so now he'll always be there."
Elwell has been a season ticketholder since the track first opened in 1990 and has missed just one Cup race at NHMS. While he appreciates the motorcycle culture, he's not a rider himself and plans to sell the bike to a friend and use the money to help his family extend an upcoming vacation.
"Everyone I know that has a bike, there's just something about their personality, it's in their blood," he said. "It's just not my thing.
"But, next year, our family's taking a big, big Disney cruise for two weeks. We're going to Ireland, and we had talked about if we came into a little extra money, we'd add on to the trip. So, the proceeds from the bike are going to take my family to England and France, so it's going to be quite an adventure."
Elwell says that his favorite memories of NHMS are those that involve bringing new fans with him and getting them hooked on the sport. He'll be in attendance again when NASCAR returns to NHMS in 2016 on July 17 and Sept. 25.