The New Hampshire Motor Speedway is experiencing a dramatic uptick in ticket sales,Kinetic to manufacture new gearboxes.Seat renewal sales for September's Sylvania 300 race are up 19 percent over this time last year, with sales for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 in July up 4 percent, according to the release."We haven't seen this level of sales activity this early in quite some time said Jerry Gappens, the speedway's vice president and general manager.Our fans and our families have been struggling for quite a while in this economy," he said.
Sales of camping spaces and pre-race pit passes are also up, according to the company.When times are tight for fans, one of the first things people cut from their budget is vacation and summertime extras. We are thrilled to see them coming back in big numbers," Susan Colby, the track's vice president of guest services, said in the release.Seat renewal sales will continue through Wednesday, at which time ticket sales will open to the general public, according to the release. Scott Fowler was laid off about two years ago, and while he found some gigs on the side, the Pembroke mechanic had trouble finding full-time work.
So he decided to go into business for himself.Scott's Integrity Automotive opened Nov. 1 at 12 Integra Drive, Unit 6, in Pembroke as a repair shop serving both foreign and domestic vehicles. Fowler who went into auto sales after closing his previousConcord shop, Grace Automotive, about a decade ago said he wasn't afraid to strike out on his own or return to repair work.It's what I know to do the 45-year-old said Friday, and I thought, if I'm going to do it, I'm not going to work for somebody else. I'm tired of that."
It's a one-man show for now, though his wife, Carla, said they're hoping to hire one or two shortly as the business builds up. That's our goal.And Scott Fowler said business is going well as he approaches the three-month mark.It's been steady, he said. I've been keeping busy every week."