Jul 16, 2015 4:10 PM
Fans pour into NHMS; Lucky few get to challenge stock car driver
LOUDON - As fans start to pour in at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for their first big race weekend of the year, some were lucky enough to challenge a stock car driver.
Thousands of campers and RVs have already setup at the speedway and claimed their spots to watch Sunday's 5-hour ENERGY 301 at 1:30 p.m.
“It’s pretty friendly," fan Tony DeLeo said. "Everybody knows everybody, talks to everybody. We don’t get that in Connecticut."
The first race is Friday at 6 p.m. featuring the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
That race will total 70 laps and 74.06 miles.
On Saturday, fans will get to watch the Andy Blacksmith 100 Whelen Modified Tour at 2 p.m. and the NASCAR XFINITY Series Lakes Region 200 at 4 p.m.
One of the XFINITY series drivers, Ryan Reed, took a detour off the big track and decided to challenge fans at a go-kart track on Thursday.
“This is more of a short-track feel, we use a lot of brake," Reed said. "And you really have to manipulate the car as a driver. I think it’s just – this track is one of the few tracks that the driver can dictate a lot of what happens inside the racecar.”
The weekend will conclude with the highlight on Sunday - the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 5-hour ENERGY 301 at 1:30 p.m.
“It’s a lot better than seeing it on TV because you’re actually in the atmosphere," said fan A.J. Coppola. "You see the cars go by, you smell the fuel, burning tires. It’s great.”
Sunday's Sprint Cup series race will total 301 laps at 318.46 miles.