Jul 16, 2017 8:43 PM
LOUDON — Spectators from across the northeast and beyond came to cheer on their favorite drivers at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway this Sunday.
Denny Hamlin took home his first victory in nearly 28 races with the Overton's 301 NASCAR series. This win sent the Joe Gibbs Racing team racing to victory lane for the first time this season.
Hamlin accepted his trophy, surrounded by his racing team, sponsors, wife and daughter. In addition to the Overton trophy, the winner of the magic mile is given a giant lobster, an age old tradition at NHMS. This year, Hamlin was also the recipient of a crate of Georgia peaches, part of a SuperBowl bet between racetrack owners.
Looking forward to playoffs, Hamlin said, "we still have a lot of work to do."
Coming in second place at Sunday's race was Kyle Larson, followed by Martin Truex Jr.
When NH1 asked fans who they were hoping to see pull off a win, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Chase Elliot seemed to be at the top of their list.
One fan wearing a hat made completely out of beer cases raved about his time at NHMS.
The race kicked off with New England Patriots offense coordinator Josh McDaniels riding in the pace car.
Before the race, some of the drivers expressed their excitement to be returning to NHMS, saying how much they enjoyed the track and the crowd that it draws every year.
Whether they camped the whole weekend or stayed for just today, fans from New York to Canada and beyond all spoke good things of their time at the speedway.
"I've been here all weekend and it's been awesome." said a New Hampshire woman.
Another exclaimed, "I love it!"
This year will be the last time you can watch a NASCAR race in September at Loudon, the series will be moving to Las Vegas for the annual fall race.
Miss New Hampshire Lauren Percy spoke to NH1 and revealed that many of the workers for Sunday's event were from non-profit organizations and the speedway will be donating to all of the non-profits represented through out the weekend.
Even if the driver they were rooting for didn't win, fans are leaving the track sun-burnt, happy, and ready to sit in traffic.
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