On the Gas with Gappens: July 2011
No lockout here!
Did you see the latest in the paper? The NFL’s owners and players union recently committed to meeting four days in a row. The football lockout began March, 12 and continues as I write. Then, last week, the NBA follows with its own lockout. As a fan of all sports, it’s severely disappointing to me that the Patriots may not take the field or the Celtics take the court later this year. That’s just wrong.
As we place the polish on the first major race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, I can’t help but feel tremendous pride that we have everything in place to give the fans what they want. No lockouts. No fight over revenue sharing. No arguments over television contracts. The schedule is set and we promise to put fans first. We’re ready to roll out the red carpet and host some great racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this season.
This year, fans can witness every major race moment at “The Magic Mile” with our new $1.2 million dollar Panasonic scoreboard. Whether live or instant replay, the action will play out right in front of you. We’ve replaced the old scoreboard so you can now keep track of all 43 drivers. Furthermore, three huge TV screens will broadcast all the action and we have good reason to believe there will be plenty of action in July.
Think back through the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season so far. The term riveting rivalries comes to mind. At Infineon Raceway, Brian Vickers created one of the most memorable got you back moments when he spun Tony Stewart. The Old Spice No. 14 Chevrolet was left propped up on safety tires at turn 11. Who can forget the Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch post-race fight at Darlington? I’ll never forget watching Harvick’s empty car being pushed out of the way by Busch. Then, Busch found himself on the wrong side of Richard Childress’ temper and fist! And we’re all expecting the Juan Pablo Montoya and Ryan Newman rivalry to heat up again soon. Those two can’t help themselves. I’ve spent time with both of them; they are tough customers who don’t back down from a fight. I’m certain we’ll be talking about new rivalries once the haulers leave Loudon.
The drivers will accommodate with on-track action. And NHMS will accommodate with amenities such as the scoreboard, the new F.W. Webb Bath House, and some other new things you’ll like upon your arrival.
My point is this: as we watch the NFL and now NBA lockout with frustration, we can take heart that racing season is underway and on its way to New Hampshire, where we always put Fans First. We can’t wait to see you trackside.