Vendors ready to serve NASCAR fans this weekend
By KATHLEEN BAGLIO HUMPHREYS
Union Leader Correspondent | July 10. 2014 12:00AM
Josh Davis, food operations manager for New Hampshire Motor Speedway, transports chicken fingers in his truck. His son, Jack Davis, will be helping to sell popcorn in the stands on Sunday for the Spring Cup Series race. (KATHLEEN BAGLIO HUMPHREYS/Union Leader Correspondent)
Preparations are underway to ensure there’s enough food and beverages to feed more than 90,000 mouths while vendors are bringing in souvenirs and products to offer NASCAR fans.
Tony Bedek, executive chef at NHMS, said, “It takes a lot of planning. Months out we start to plan for the two big races that come in.”
“We’ve been doing this for a while, so have it down to a science with purchasing just enough to make it with a little bit of leftover,” added Bedek.
“If it’s really hot, food sales may be down, but drink sales will be up,” said Davis.
“We have staff ready to feed a hundred thousand people on Sunday,” said Davis, who hires about 150 employees.
“It’s busier than you can imagine and very challenging. We are restocking the restaurant and concession stands to about 2 a.m. to prepare for the next day, with Sunday being the big show,” said Wilkinson, as he was setting up his camper for the week.
Young legs are ideal to run up and down the bleachers to sell food during the race. Eleven-year old Jack Davis will be selling popcorn on Sunday. “I sell popcorn in the stand, and I don’t mind runs up and down the stairs to costumers.” He can carry about 12 boxes at a time.
All those RVs require services, such as ice, water, trash removal and septic pumping. Ice is a hot commodity for the campers in July. Ernie Peidsey III from Allard Ice was cruising the rows of RVs and selling ice for $3.50 a bag to hot costumers.
Theresa Berry was happy to have ice to make ice coffee while sitting by her RV home.
Camping World will be on hand with a large tent full of RV gear, accessories plus new and used RVs for sale.
“At NHMS, people will have an opportunity to watch a boatload of exciting car races from modify cars to Nationwide Series to Cup Series, which all have souvenirs,” said Hawk.
“There will be personal appearances by some drivers to do autographs on Souvenir Row from Friday through Sunday. Visit the souvenir trailers for information or call the Speedway for times,” said Don Hawk senior VP of business affairs with Speedway Motor Sports, Inc.
Service information will be available in the parking lot. AAA Insurance will have drivers signing autographs from its booth.