Clint Bowyer might be from the Midwest, but there's no denying that New England, particularly New Hampshire, is a home away from home for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver. Speedway officials announced this morning that Bowyer, a two-time Magic Mile winner who enters the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship as the No. 8 seed, will visit with fans at the annual WOKQ FanFest.
Bowyer, who is in his second season with Michael Waltrip Racing, will answer questions from hosts Jose Castillo and Mark Ericson on the FanFest stage at 7 p.m. Admission to all events, including FanFest, on Thursday, Sept. 20, is completely free of charge.
Bowyer spent last Wednesday in Concord, N.H., for a NASCAR Winner's Circle event. Bowyer scaled a rock wall with fans, pulled a 7,500-pound engraved granite block out of a quarry and took Governor Maggie Hassan for a burnout as they celebrated what Hassan officially proclaimed as "Rockin' with Clint Day" across the Granite State.
Another burnout is possible on Sept. 22, as the driver of the No. 15 5-hour Energy Toyota Camry was the first driver in New Hampshire Motor Speedway history to kiss the Granite Stripe, the Magic Mile's start/finish line, at the 2010 SYLVANIA 300. Bowyer was also a winner of the 2007 SYLVANIA 300.
"I always like coming back here to New Hampshire because this is where some of the best fans in our sport are located," said Bowyer. "The fans are supportive, knowledgeable and we are always excited to come to this track because we feel like we have a good chance to win every time we unload."
Bowyer will be the latest in a long line of drivers that have taken part in this unique fan-driven event, including Matt Kenseth, Jeff Burton, Denny Hamlin, Michael Waltrip and July FanFest drivers Joey Logano, Sam Hornish Jr. and Kyle Larson.
FanFest provides fans with a jumpstart to an exciting weekend of NASCAR racing that includes the Whelen Modified Tour F.W. Webb 100, K&N Pro Series East North American Power 100, Bond Auto Parts ACT Invitational and Gifford's 25 on Saturday, and the Sprint Cup Series SYLVANIA 300 on Sunday.
Other entertainment scheduled for WOKQ FanFest includes a balloon artist, raffles, caricatures, face painting, as well as surprise appearances from other NASCAR drivers.
Chelsea Bain will put on a free concert slated for 9 p.m. Past concerts to have performed at FanFest include the country music duos Steel Magnolia and Trailer Choir as well as country icons Brett Eldredge, Chuck Wicks and Jamie Lee Thurston.
FanFest begins at 5:30 p.m. and will also include the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Hauler Parade beginning at 6 p.m. This exclusive opportunity allows fans to see the colorful rigs that bring their favorite driver's car to the track for race weekend.
For more details and ticket information on events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway or to purchase tickets to the SYLVANIA 300 NASCAR weekend, please stop by our Ticket Office, visit the speedway website at www.nhms.com, or call our Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931.