New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s Founder, Bob Bahre Passes Away

“On behalf of our team at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, I’d like to extend our deepest condolences to Sandy, Gary and the entire Bahre family. Bob left an incredible mark on auto racing through the New England region, and his love of motorsports was legendary. He had a passionate commitment to both drivers and race fans, and that commitment was evident when he built our facility in 1990. I am proud to have known Bob. It was a true pleasure to have spent time getting to know him and learning from him over the years. He will be missed, but his legacy of supporting and building motorsports in New England will live on forever.”

— New Hampshire Motor Speedway —

New Hampshire Motor Speedway will honor track founder Bob Bahre during pre-race ceremonies before Sunday’s running of the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301, officials announced today. A pioneer in motorsports across New England, Bahre passed away last week at the age of 93.

Bahre owned and operated Oxford Plains Speedway in Maine for several decades before founding New Hampshire International Speedway (now New Hampshire Motor Speedway) in 1990. He ran NHIS until its sale to Speedway Motorsports in 2008.

In recognition of his significant influence on motorsports in New England and beyond, Bahre was inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame in 2017. Sunday, before the green flag falls on the 30th anniversary running of the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at “The Magic Mile,” the speedway will honor Bahre with infield signage, a moment of silence and recognition before the invocation.

— New Hampshire Motor Speedway —