The Granite State is officially revved up for NASCAR in New England, thanks to New Hampshire Motor Speedway executive vice president and general manager Jerry Gappens and N.H. Governor John Lynch.

The two participated in an R/C car challenge in front of the N.H. State House this afternoon, racing on an oval track to kickoff race week.

Piloting the No. 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet it took a mixture of skill and sheer determination for Governor John Lynch to narrowly win the first ever R/C challenge against Gappens.

"It was a hard fought victory and I want to thank Jerry for an exciting race," said Governor Lynch. "I'm looking forward to the next battle on the track."

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Behind the control of Joey Logano's No. 20 Home Depot Toyota, NHMS executive vice president and general manager Jerry Gappens raced to a respectable second place finish.

"There is room in Sunday's LENOX Industrial Tools 301 for a driver with the skill set shown by the Governor today. I tip my hat to him," said Gappens.

Campers from the Concord, N.H. YMCA daycare program were on hand to cheer the drivers and try a few laps as well. To celebrate the action-packed week, Gappens gave four free tickets to Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series New England 200 race to each YMCA camper.

The R/C cars were autographed by Gappens and the Governor and were donated to the YMCA summer program.

Tickets are still available for all of the NASCAR events. To purchase them please call the NHMS ticket hotline at (603) 783-4931 or by visiting www.nhms.com.