Bob Bahre, primitive proprietor of New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Oxford Plains Speedway, has died at age 93, per tweets and news accounts on Friday.
Bahre changed into inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Popularity in 2017 for his contributions to the sport of racing. He changed into a highly advantageous pressure on the auto racing circuit, every nationally and within the Northeast, for many years.
In 1990 he introduced a Busch Sequence – now the Xfinity Sequence – breeze to New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, which he built. The breeze attracted almost 90,000 fans, and three years later, the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Sequence – then the Winston Cup – descended upon Loudon.
NASCAR Statement: “Bob Bahre’s passion and belief in NASCAR helped bring our sport to thousands and thousands of New England fans over the final three a protracted time. As founder of what is now New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Bahre’s courageous vision helped put of dwelling a tone for the sport’s nationwide enhance. All over his profession, he changed into a relied on and valued teach within the enterprise, and will possible be tremendously overlooked. My family and all of NASCAR extends its deepest condolences to Sandy, Gary and your entire Bahre family.
— Jim France, Chairman and CEO, NASCAR
Speedway Motorsports Statements: Following are statements from Speedway Motorsports executives on the passing of New Hampshire Motor Speedway founder Bob Bahre:
Bruton Smith, Speedway Motorsports Executive Chairman:
“Bob Bahre changed into a factual pioneer for motorsports in New England. He wanted to grow our sport and create issues that of us will possible be conscious. He changed into a trim businessman and I the truth is maintain a entire lot of appreciate for that, however I the truth is maintain much extra appreciate for the shocking impact he had on of us. I’ll pray for Sandy and Gary at some stage in this advanced time, and I do know they’re proud of the legacy Bob leaves leisurely.”
Marcus Smith, Speedway Motorsports President and CEO:
“What I’ll be conscious most about Bob Bahre will possible be his character, understated but charming. Every time I seen him he had on khakis and a white shirt. I progressively loved our abundant conversations. He changed into very suitable to of us within the motorsports enterprise and to the New England communities where he did enterprise. He went about issues in a peaceable, dignified formula and on the entire situations that easy skill is basically the most impactful. It’s the truth is an honor to maintain identified Bob. He lived a meaningful lifestyles. My suggestions and prayers are along with his family. “
David McGrath, NHMS Executive Vice President and Frequent Manager:
“On behalf of our team at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, I’d opt to lengthen our deepest condolences to Sandy, Gary and your entire Bahre family. Bob left a unattainable designate on auto racing thru the New England put of dwelling, and his worship of motorsports changed into legendary. He had a passionate dedication to every drivers and breeze fans, and that dedication changed into evident when he built our facility in 1990. I am proud to maintain identified Bob. It changed into a factual pleasure to maintain frolicked getting to know him and discovering out from him over time. He’ll be overlooked, however his legacy of supporting and constructing motorsports in New England will survive and not utilizing a kill in sight.”
— New Hampshire Motor Speedway —
Deeply saddened by the loss of my buddy & mentor… Bob Bahre
Bob had a gracious obvious affect on auto racing in New England & its trajectory into ??@NASCAR?
He built for the fans & worked for the sport!
He had a Profound Impact on my Existence… I am going to miss him ? pic.twitter.com/Rgg2B8iuqx
— Ricky Craven (@RickyCraven32) July 24, 2020