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May 14, 2006

Sunday Races At NHIS Flooded Out

Sunday's LRRS races at New Hampshire International Speedway were flooded out, with track officials ordering an evacuation early Sunday morning.

Racer B.J. Worsham of Old Westbury, New York (LRRS #31) filed this report, with photos taken by Brendan Guy of New York City (LRRS Novice #189):

"It started raining during Friday's Open Practice, around 4:30 p.m., and basically rained non-stop for the rest of the weekend, occasionally going to a drizzle only.

"Riders camping in the infield were awoken by loudspeakers at 5:45 a.m. Sunday, saying we had to evacuate. Water in the tunnel was 4+ feet and we exited by driving backwards up T10, and out through the upper parking road. To get an idea of the speed of the flood, when I woke up, the garage floor was dry; 90 minutes later there was two inches of water covering it.

"As I left at 7:45 a.m., track manager Bette French told me 'It was worse in October,' but I hit more heavy rain as I traveled south, so I don't know when it ended.

"Pictures of the front straight speak for themselves."