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"The last two nights I literally woke up at four o'clock in the morning," said the executive vice president and general manager of NHMS. "My wife kept asking what's wrong and I kept telling her my brain is working, just thinking if I forgot anything. This week I took two or three tours of the entire property making sure the lawn was mowed, the paint was fresh and the weeds were pulled out. You can definitely tell I'm excited right now."
"Every day I'm anxious to get to the speedway and meet with my team," said Gappens. "There's still lots of work to do. Getting everything done is like wrestling an alligator. Just when you think you have it in a good headlock, the tail comes around and hits you hard from behind. Your work is never really done and my job is to make sure our fans leave here with smiles on their faces."
"We're ahead of last year's pace by three or four percent," said Gappens. "Today (Wednesday) we had just under 4,000 tickets left. I can tell you we're confident we're going to sell out, especially by Sunday when we tend to sell at least 900 tickets on race morning."
"We took it to heart and we installed new drainage," said Gappens, noting the five-lane road leading to the campgrounds and parking lots have been sealed and re-painted to solve the problems.
Earlier this week Gappens told the New Hampshire Union Leader that "If I were the King of NASCAR, the only thing I would have done differently, since the race did have manipulation at the end with the last laps, I probably would have added Jeff Gordon.
Gappens said t-shirts will be on sale this week to raise funds for the Speedway Children's Charities and survivors of the Boston Marathon.
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