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Johnson, New Hampshire Motor Speedway set to honor New England's first responders

The New Hampshire Motor Speedway will honor and welcome first responders from the Boston Marathon bombings and the Newtown school shootings at the July 14 New Hampshire 301.The announcement at a "Champions Event" luncheon Thursday at a Boston bar next to Fenway Park was made by the track's general manager, Jerry Gappens."We're going to honor first responders from throughout New England," Gappens said at the event, which featured NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson and retired stars from the four local pro sports teams. "If you think about the swift and capable response that they brought to us in Boston that day, and they answer the call every day, they really go the extra mile."And our race in July is 301. And the reason that it's not a 300 is because we talk about people going the extra mile, and there's no better illustration of that than what they do."Gappens — who took a cue from Charlotte Motor Speedway, which honors military personnel — said the track has joined forces with corporate sp...

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