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"Granite Stripe" Joins Other Iconic Motorsports Landmarks

- Justin St. Louis on 16 Sep 2010

New Hampshire Motor Speedway vice president Jerry Gappens (center) unveils the new PHOTO: New Hampshire Motor Speedway vice president Jerry Gappens (center) unveils the new "Granite Stripe" start/finish line with fans. (NHMS/Laurie Thiboutot photo)

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(From track press release)

Inspired by the famous “Yard of Bricks” at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a new start/finish line was unveiled at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Thursday, September 16.

The “Granite Stripe” is a six-inch thick, two-foot-wide strip of New Hampshire granite that stretches across the 65-foot wide NHMS front straightaway at the start/finish line. New Hampshire is known as the Granite State.

Though the new start/finish line was the idea of New Hampshire Motor Speedway executive vice president and general manager Jerry Gappens, he said he didn’t have to think hard for his idea.

“Growing up in a racing family in Indiana, I was well aware of some of auto racing’s great traditions,” said Gappens. “I knew of ‘The Lady in Black’ (Darlington) and ‘The Rock’ (Rockingham), but for me the ‘Yard of Bricks’ at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was racing’s sacred ground. And the bricks didn’t just mean something to the Indy drivers. We’ve all seen what ‘kissing the bricks’ means to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers.”

When plans were being made to celebrate “20 Years of Motorsports Magic,” Gappens was looking for more than an advertising slogan to celebrate.

“New Hampshire Motor Speedway means a great deal to a lot of people in the racing community, especially racers here in the northeast. Now that the race track will play host again to two of the most prestigious forms of racing in the world -- the IZOD IndyCar Series and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series -- it was important to me that we do something special and something that may create a 'Magic Mile' tradition.”

Swenson Granite, located in Concord, N.H., created the Granite Stripe. It will eventually feature three engraved logos documenting the history of the track: New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Bryar Motorsports Park and the New Hampshire International Speedway logo emblems will all have a permanent home at new rock solid finish line.

Scott Herrick of Swenson Granite donated the granite, Mike Bussier of Granite State Curb set the granite, Al Brock of Brock Concrete laid the concrete, and Sara Perry of Perry Brothers Monument etched the NHMS logo into the “Granite Stripe.”


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