(Press Release from New Hampshire Motor Speedway)
Much like the presidential election, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship can’t be won in New Hampshire, but it certainly can be lost here. On Tuesday, Joey Logano, the No. 3 seed in the 16-driver playoff Chase Grid, made a series of campaign-style stops in the Granite State as he met with students, fans and media to bolster support for his upcoming playoff race at the Sept. 27 SYLVANIA 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Logano, a native of Middletown, Conn., and “incumbent” winner of the SYLVANIA 300 – the second race in the Chase’s opening Contender Round – visited “The Pit” at Manchester Community College, where he offered his “I’m In It to Win It” campaign theme. He also dropped by historic Robie’s Country Store in Hooksett and finished at the State House in Concord. Logano was one of 16 drivers taking part in NASCAR’s “Chase Across North America”, a multi-city media tour involving all championship contenders.
“This is my home track. I always love coming here and having won this race last year, I’m excited to come back in a couple weeks to defend our title,” said Logano. “Nothing would be better than to win again here and move on to the next round and one step closer to that championship.”
Logano began his day at “The Pit”, the student center atrium at Manchester Community College. With students and fans on hand, New Hampshire Motor Speedway executive vice president and general manager began by stumping for Logano, pitching the driver’s New England ties, multiple NASCAR records (including being the youngest driver to ever win – 19 years old at NHMS on June 28, 2009) and his impressive resume. Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas also praised the young driver’s achievements and offered a little campaign advice before turning it back over to the driver.
“I appreciate your kind words and advice,” said Logano. “There’s a lot of history here in New Hampshire and in this area and it would be great to make a little of our own in a couple weeks.”
The next stop on the trail was the famed Robie’s Country Store, a staple stop for all presidential hopefuls. The store, which stands more as a museum than an actual operational retail store, has sat between Concord and Manchester on the bank of the Merrimack River since 1887. Logano was given a tour of the store by N.H. State Senator David Boutin, who showed Logano everything from presidential photos to candidate buttons and signage.
“You can’t come to New Hampshire and ask for votes without stopping here,” joked Logano, showing a genuine enthusiasm of the rich history of the store and its extensive memorabilia. “This was very cool. I honestly didn’t know a lot about it before today, but I’m glad I was able to see it in person; so much history.”
The final stop of the afternoon was in the city capitol of Concord, where Logano visited the State House and met with Assistant Secretary of State David Scanlon, one of the protectors of the NH Presidential Primary. State Senate President Chuck Morse and N.H. Governor Maggie Hassan also popped in during Logano’s visit to offer some campaign advice and show Logano framed pictures of historic primary moments in the Granite State’s history.
“This is pretty amazing,” said Logano, who officially signed his name onto the Chase Grid in the same office that presidential hopefuls will soon sign their names for the N.H. Primary. “I’m not sure how many votes I’d get, but maybe I’ll throw my hat in and run (for president) while I’m here.
“Actually, I think I’m good. I’ll just stick to running for a championship.”
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