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Attleboro 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.

File photo.
File photo.
State Sen. James Timilty, a Democrat whose district includes Attleboro, 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?

mark July 09, 2014 at 10:28 AM
Interesting info here about NASCARs environmental impact and sustainability: http://green.nascar.com/ The 'about' section is a good place to start. I'd love to see a full blown NASCAR event come to Mass. There would be huge economic benefits. Sadly, I don't think it's a reality. I cant think of a venue that comes close to the size needed.
mark July 09, 2014 at 10:37 AM
FWIW, I grew up not far from a small town track. Used to love to hear the sound of the cars in the distance on the weekends. It's all in a persons perspective. Not to mention, seems that most of the newer race tracks are built near airports where 'sound' is already there - or in valleys were sound does not escape as easily.
deb of see-attleboro July 11, 2014 at 09:00 AM
mark: I checked the link. Evidently NASCAR is doing what it can to mitigate any environmental damage and/or negative impact on the quality of life for residents. However, there is only so much they can do. It is the nature of the beast. The question remains whether the costs are worth the economic benefits. I am convinced they are not. The greater and/or common good is not served by NASCAR. It is solely for entertainment purposes. There are times when the folks have to be inconvenienced to benefit society as a whole. IMO, motor sports, fall far short of benefits to the greater or common good. And elites such as Senator Timilty should know better.
paul July 12, 2014 at 01:38 PM
NASCAR has no room on their schedule for a Massachusetts race, and Massachusetts has no track NASCAR ready.

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