New Hampshire general manager talks about loss of race date

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The general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Thursday urged fans and small businesses to give him time to fill in the gaps now that one of its two NASCAR races is moving to Las Vegas.

New Hampshire has hosted two top-tier NASCAR races a year for two decades, traditionally in July and September. But Las Vegas officials on Wednesday approved a sponsorship agreement with Speedway Motorsports Inc. to shift the September race to Nevada in 2018.

David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of the New Hampshire track, said Thursday that the July race will be bigger and better, and the track will explore new opportunities for other months, such as music festivals. He described hearing from fans and even an old high school friend who described the news as a "gut punch."

Gov. Chris Sununu said that he was disappointed by the news but that the speedway will remain a premier event venue for the state.

-- Associated Press --