As the country celebrates Independence Day, New Hampshire Motor Speedway officials announced today that the speedway will host a unique service dedicating a grandstand seat to the thousands of Americans who are or were a prisoner of war and for those who are missing in action during the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 pre-race ceremonies on Sunday, July 17.

The POW/MIA empty chair and plaque will be located in “The Magic Mile” main grandstand area, a special reminder of those who serve and protect America. The POW/MIA chair will be part of several special pre-race activities and dedications. 

“We are very pleased to honor those who serve and protect our country each day,” said Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager of the speedway. “We hope that fans take the time to come out and see the POW/MIA chair and recognize the sacrifices the American troops make.”

The idea for the chair was made possible through numerous veteran groups throughout the region.

“This is such an honor,” said Blue Kelloway a Vietnam veteran.  “This chair is a true representation for those who gave everything for us. “They will now be able to be represented by that chair and to remind us of their sacrifice.” 

The LENOX Industrial Tools weekend features five different races from five different series including; the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series LENOX Industrial Tools 301, the NASCAR Nationwide Series New England 200, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East New England 125, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour F.W. Webb 100 and the NELCAR Legends Tour. 

Purchase your tickets now by calling the NHMS ticket hotline at (603)783-4931 or by visiting www.nhms.com.