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Danielle Cyr Named Director of New Hampshire Chapter Of Speedway Children’s Charities

Cyr will continue serving in her role as Marketing Manager for New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

LOUDON, N.H. – Danielle Cyr, marketing manager for New Hampshire Motor Speedway, has been named the Director for the New Hampshire Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities, the official charity of NHMS.

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“Danielle has done outstanding work for our speedway over her years here,” said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “I’m thrilled she’ll be sharing her talents with the charity as we look forward to a new season of fundraising for children in need throughout New England.”

Cyr will oversee all events for the New Hampshire Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities as well as the distribution of all fundraising dollars to children in educational, financial, social and medical need throughout New England.

“I am excited to expand my role with New Hampshire Motor Speedway and have the opportunity to help children in need not only in New Hampshire, but throughout New England,” said Cyr. “I’m looking forward to working with the Speedway Children’s Charities board of directors, the local community and the other SCC chapters throughout Speedway Motorsports to achieve many successes in 2021 and beyond.”

Cyr joined the New Hampshire Motor Speedway team as the Marketing Manager in 2017. In this role, she manages media advertising, works closely with the Ticket, Corporate Sales and Communications departments to promote the speedway’s events and partners while identifying and targeting key markets and implementing key marketing initiatives.

Prior to joining NHMS, Cyr spent two years in the Marketing Department at nearby Gunstock Mountain Resort in Gilford, N.H. where she managed all on-property events, handled media buys and planning and helped build the brand in the local community. Before that, she ran the Campaign for Charitable Giving at the State of Connecticut’s Department of Transportation, where she was a Connecticut Careers Trainee and then a Transportation Planner in the state’s Bureau of Public Transportation from 2006-2014.

Cyr graduated with a B.S. in Marketing from Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Conn. She resides in Laconia, N.H. with her boyfriend Shawn.

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Gift of Lights Opens Thanksgiving Night

The 10th annual Gift of Lights presented by Eastern Propane & Oil is open nightly Nov. 26, 2020 through Jan. 3, 2021 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with 3.5 million lights.

LOUDON, N.H. – The family holiday tradition of driving through 2.5 miles of dazzling Christmas light displays at New Hampshire Motor Speedway continues this year with the Gift of Lights presented by Eastern Propane & Oil. The 10th annual event is open every night from Thanksgiving Thursday, Nov. 26 – Sunday, Jan. 3.

This year, the 2.5-mile drive-thru light show is even brighter with 3.5 million lights, a new 150-foot RGB Tunnel of Lights and new scenes including the Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks, Mother Goose, Jack Be Nimble, Deer Beach Vacation and a package wrapping machine. Over 650 hours go in to setting up more than 520 displays and 80 different scenes each year, which also includes the popular 12 Days of Christmas scene and the fan-favorite 130-foot long infield entrance and exit Tunnels of Lights made up of over 25,000 lights.

“Pack the kids up, bring some hot cocoa, turn up the Christmas music and escape to the winter wonderland that’s been created right here in Loudon, New Hampshire,” said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “This event has always been a special way for families to spend time together, but this year, it’s the perfect way to keep your family safe without sacrificing an annual holiday tradition, and it helps those in need as well.”

Helping the community is a major part of what makes Gift of Lights so special. A portion of all admissions proceeds benefit the New Hampshire Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities (SCCNH), which raises money for children in need throughout New England.  As the official charity of the speedway, SCCNH has raised $220,476 from the Gift of Lights since 2011 and has distributed over $1.8 million supporting more than 808,000 children throughout New England since its inception in 2009.

Other local organizations that benefit from Gift of Lights are the Loudon Food Pantry and Loudon Firefighters Association, however, COVID-19 restrictions will prevent in-person donations this year. Monetary donations can be made to either organization following the instructions in the Help the Community section of the Gift of Lights page on the NHMS website.

Santa Claus may quarantine at the North Pole this year, preventing him from being on-site at Gift of Lights, but theme nights allow visitors to get in to the holiday spirit. Attendees can save $10 per car at the gate with Christmas car decorations (Nov. 30), wearing cozy pajamas (Dec. 1), bringing the family pet (Dec. 7) and styling in crazy Christmas sweaters (Dec. 8).

Tickets and Hours of Operation:

Admission is available for purchase online at or in-person at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for $25 per car. Show hours are 4:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 4:30 p.m. until 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, depending on the weather.

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Man on a Mission: Preece Wins Islip 300 at Riverhead

By Kyle Souza / Photo: My Race News

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. — Ryan Preece drove to the front, pitted, then drove to the front again when it mattered most. 

The Berlin, Connecticut, native, who now lives down south competing in the NASCAR Cup Series for JTG Daughtery Racing, won the 4th annual Islip 300 at Riverhead Raceway on Saturday night. The win gave the driver of the No. 6 TS Haulers Modified a check of $7,000  — his second win in the prestigious event in just four years. He outran one of the most talented Modified fields Riverhead has seen in years — with a mix of track regulars, Whelen Modified Tour drivers, Connecticut SK Modified champions and more.

Preece has been running Modifieds part-time on top of his Cup schedule. He rode inside the top-five for the first 195 laps, before pitting for fresh tires under a caution — while leader Justin Bonsignore elected to stay out. Preece charged back through the field, took the lead back, and drove away from the field in the final laps.

The Islip 300, a race that stems from the old Islip Speedway history, has become the top Modified race of the season at the New York bullring. 

Craig Lutz finished second, while NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Bonsignore, Kyle Soper and track champion Tom Rogers Jr. rounded out the top-five.

Bonsignore and Lutz pitted for tires on lap 219, and a late flurry of cautions briefly slowed their chances to get back to the front. Lutz got through to second and was just five car lengths behind Preece, but lost ground in the final stages, and finished 1.95 seconds back. Rogers Jr. celebrated his fifth NASCAR Modified championship at Riverhead prior to the drop of the green flag.

Soper, the 2019 winner of the Islip 300, led the field to the green and led much of the first third of the race. Once he slid back, it was McKennedy, Preece and Bonsignore who paced most — dicing inside the top-five. Early exits from the race included Eric Goodale, Ronnie Williams and 2017 race winner Dillon Steuer. 

Bonsignore, who sealed his second Whelen Modified Tour title at Thompson in October, swept the two tour races at Riverhead last year — but the tour didn’t race at Riverhead due to COVID in 2020.

Track regulars John Fortin Sr., Roger Turbush and John Beatty finished sixth through eighth, while Keith Rocco and Matt Galko finished the top 10. Rocco, who earned his fourth career SK Modified championship at Stafford Motor Speedway this season, is now the NASCAR all-time leader for the most Division I track championships. 

Riverhead Raceway’s 2020 season has now concluded — two months later than a normal year due to COVID-19. The finale of the season aired live on RiverheadRaceway.TV.

RESULTS: Islip 300, Riverhead Raceway, November 14:

  1. Ryan Preece
  2. Craig Lutz
  3. Justin Bonsignore
  4. Kyle Soper
  5. Tom Rogers Jr.
  6. John Fortin Sr.
  7. Roger Turbush
  8. John Beatty
  9. Keith Rocco
  10. Matt Galko
  11. Max Zachem
  12. Michael Rutoski
  13. Ed Brunnhoelzl III
  14. Jon McKennedy
  15. Dave Sapienza
  16. Artie Pedersen III
  17. Justin Brown
  18. Matthew Brode
  19. Dave Brigati
  20. Chris Young
  21. John Fortin Jr.
  22. CJ Lehmann
  23. Dylan Slepian
  24. Anthony Bello
  25. Dillon Steuer
  26. Ronnie Williams
  27. Eric Goodale
  28. Jimmy Rennick Jr.
  29. Brian Webber