With more than 15 years experience promoting events for Speedway Motorsports, Inc., Jerry Gappens was promoted to Executive Vice President and General Manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) in January, 2008 by SMI Chairman Bruton Smith. The company acquired the motorsports facility from Bob Bahre and put Gappens in charge of the day-to-day operations.  

Known for his creative and innovative promotions, Gappens has worked in the motorsports industry for 25 years.  Before his promotion and move up to New Hampshire, Gappens served as senior vice president of events and marketing for Charlotte Motor Speedway, SMI's flagship facility in North Carolina. Gappens was responsible for promoting a wide array of annual events hosted at the motorsports complex, including three NASCAR Sprint Cup race weekends and three major car shows.

Gappens resides in Bedford, N.H. with his wife Lucy and daughter Ella. Two adult sons, Denny and Wes reside in North Carolina active with their careers in architecture and business marketing.