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Fans drive hours to reach canceled race

LOUDON, N.H. -- Several thousand fans gathered at New
Hampshire International Speedway in campers and mobile homes,
having driven in for a weekend of auto racing.

Then came word that NASCAR's Winston Cup race would be postponed
because of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and
Pentagon.

"They are still pulling people out," Bill Nonan, a New
Hampshire fan, said Friday from a hill overlooking the track. "We
still like to see racing, but next week is another week."

The New Hampshire 300 was rescheduled for Nov. 23.

Bruce Brown of Adams Center, N.Y., wanted the race to go
forward.

"That means they win and we can't allow that in our country,"
he said. "I understand it's in memory of the people who are
suffering and who died, but they are Americans first, and they
would want us to keep going."

Friends in a caravan of three pickups hauling trailers from
Maine heard the news on the radio as they approached the track
after a five-hour drive.

"I called this morning before we left and they said 'No
problem,"' said Dina Warren of Pittsfield, Maine, five hours away.
She said she understood why the race was called off, but was upset
fans had such short notice.

"It would be terribly, terribly embarrassing for people who
stayed here to watch a race and celebrate on such a weekend,"
Jackie Reardon, of East Hampton, Conn., said, standing near an
American flag at half-staff.

Beverly Richardson of 7 Corp., which sells NASCAR memorabilia,
drove 18 hours from Virginia. She said businesses would lose a lot
because of the postponement.

"But out of respect, we need to let (victims' families) hear
that we are behind them all the way," she said.