Due to last-minute permit issues, the elephant race scheduled as part of the pre-race activities Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway has been cancelled.

"We didn't know until late yesterday that there were pachyderm permits required to move an elephant across state lines, and apparently, there are some health certifications required as well," said Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager of the speedway. "We're disappointed, but we simply don't have the time to comply properly with all the federal procedures.

"Even without elephants frolicking on the frontstretch, race fans will still see the most entertaining pre-race show in the history of the track Sunday with the Kansas concert and motorcycle stunt show."