Bahre Sells New Hampshire Track To Burton Smith

BOSTON (TICKER) -- The home to New England's only NASCAR races is being sold, a move that leaves the future of racing at New Hampshire International Speedway uncertain, according to a report on the Boston Globe's web site on Thursday.

Sources have told the newspaper that NHIS chairman Bob Bahre has agreed to sell his track to O. Bruton Smith, who is the CEO and chairman of Speedway Motorsports Inc.

A spokesman for the speedway was unable to confirm the report.

"I have nothing to report at this time," NHIS public relations director Fred Neergaard told PA SportsTicker on Thursday.

An announcement is expected to come Friday at Texas Motor Speedway, site of this weekend's Nextel Cup race. Texas Motor Speedway is owned by Smith's SMI group.

SMI owns several race tracks that host two Nextel Cup events each, including Texas, Bristol Motor Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway and Lowe's Motor Speedway. SMI also owns Infineon Raceway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway, which currently host one Nextel Cup race each year.

The Loudon races at New Hampshire play a key part in deciding NASCAR's Nextel Cup champion. The July date is the first of 10 races that serve as a prelude to the "Chase for the Nextel Cup" which incidentally kicks off at New Hampshire in September.

New Hampshire has sold out 26 consecutive races, according to the Globe.


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