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Medfield Senator: Explore Bringing NASCAR to Massachusetts

James Timilty was inspired by the success of the New Hampshire Motor Speedway and filed legislation that would explore the possibility of bringing NASCAR to the Bay State.

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File photo.
State Sen. James Timilty, a Democrat whose district includes Medfield, wants to explore the possibility of bringing NASCAR to Massachusetts.

"Given the enormous popularity of the sport across the country and here in Massachusetts as well, it is worthwhile to have a solid understanding of what the costs and benefits might be to the Commonwealth," Timilty said in a statement. "The New Hampshire Motor Speedway has incredible success in hosting NASCAR races and I think it is important to take a look at the possibility of attracting those tourist dollars and other associated revenues to Massachusetts."

Timilty, a Walpole resident, introduced an amendment to the Senate's economic development bill that directs the Massachusetts Sports Partnership to compile a report about the possibility of Massachusetts hosting a NASCAR race.

The report would be due on July 1, 2015. It would explore potential host venues, costs and revenues, and how local laws or ordinances would affect such an event.

Should Massachusetts host a NASCAR race?
W. David Stephenson July 03, 2014 at 07:55 AM
OMG. Can't think of anything that Massachusetts needs less than NASCAR. If I wanted to live in Alabama I'd move there!
Leonard Smith July 15, 2014 at 04:21 PM
I think this is a great idea. NASCAR is a fun family event that would bring good money to the area and a great time. If anything it would bring 1 or 2 races a year. The Alabama comment shows that you do not know much about the sport and you should learn more about instead of just thinking its just a "redneck" thing. I went to my first race a few days ago in Loudon New Hampshire and had a blast. All types of people attend and everybody is friendly. Don't be afraid of something you don't know much about :-)

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