Jerry Gappens, the executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway, wanted to be sure that Danica Patrick and JR Motorsports knew how much he wanted them to compete at the NASCAR Nationwide Series New England 200 on Saturday, June 26.

Jerry made a surprise visit to the JR Motorsports Press Conference in Mooresville, N.C. this morning armed with 20 pounds of live lobsters to personally invite Danica and her team to race at the Northeast's largest sports and entertainment complex, New Hampshire Motor Speedway.  The New England 200 will be held during an open weekend on Danica's IndyCar racing schedule.

"I wanted Danica, Kelley Earnhardt, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. to know how much the race fans in the Northeast are looking forward to seeing her compete," said Gappens.  "I brought along a little enticement (the lobsters) to show everyone what a wonderful overall experience it is to race at ‘The Magic Mile', and I think it may have worked.  Tony Eury, Jr. (Danica's Crew Chief) is excited to feed his team fresh New England lobster."

For more details on a possible visit by Danica to New Hampshire Motor Speedway or to purchase tickets to the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 and SYLVANIA 300 weekends, please stop by our Ticket Office, visit the speedway website at www.nhms.com, or call our Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931.