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NASCAR fans in favor of night racing in Loudon
Jared Orsis of Milton, Vt., cheers on the drivers at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday. (DAN SEUFERT/Union Leader Correspondent)
“It’s a little too hot,” said Betty Benoit of Hinsdale. “But it’s too hot every year.”
“It’s nice and cool at night, and the track gets cooler and the races are better,” said Travis Gould of Newport, who regularly attends night races at smaller tracks in the state.
“This is a sort of ’follow-the-leader’ track, it’s hard to make passes, and the hot track makes it harder,” said Ron King of Newport, an amateur stock car driver who was in the stands Sunday to watch the NASCAR race.
“The cooler track would keep the drivers from sliding around so much,” Benoit said.
Though the track would have to overcome significant legal obstacles for night racing, speedway officials have expressed hope to build lights around the track to allow for night racing, perhaps as soon as next year.
Some local residents have expressed opposition to the idea, though residents approved of the idea in a poll taken last year.
“I think everyone would rather have night races,” Benoit said.
Police chief Robert Fiske, who reported a relatively crime- and incident-free week and weekend in town, said night racing would present “a challenge.”