Lakes Region’s Eric Grant Band to Perform NASCAR Weekend

LOUDON, N.H. (June 27, 2012) – Already packed to the brim with exclusive entertainment, “The Magic Mile” is making its annual WOKQ FanFest even bigger. New Hampshire Motor Speedway executive vice president and general manager Jerry Gappens announced this morning on WOKQ’s “The Morning Waking Crew” show that local country group, the Eric Grant Band, will perform on July 12.

Hailing from the Lakes Region in Laconia, N.H., Eric Grant Band recently appeared on TLC’s “On the Fly,” a reality TV show produced for Southwest Airlines. The show began filming from when the band took off from Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in Manchester, N.H., to Nashville, Tenn., where they recorded their first full-length CD “Country as It Gets,” set for release on Friday, June 29 at the Lakes Region Casino in nearby Belmont, N.H.

EGB joins an elite list of acts to have performed FanFest, including Steel Magnolia, Trailer Choir, Brett Eldredge and Chuck Wicks.

EGB has headlined stages of all sizes throughout New England and has been the opening performance to national acts such as Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Phil Vassar, Joey and Rory, Keith Anderson, Lonestar, Sugarland and the Zac Brown Band.

EGB will take the stage in the Broadway Midway at 9 p.m.

FanFest begins at 5:30 p.m., and will include the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Hauler Parade beginning at 6:30 p.m., an exclusive opportunity that allows fans to see the colorful rigs that bring their favorite driver’s car to the track for race weekend.

Other entertainment scheduled for WOKQ FanFest includes a Q&A with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver A.J. Allmendinger, Balloon Artist, Raffles, Caricatures and Mini Tech 101, as well as surprise appearances from other NASCAR or Global RallyCross drivers.

FanFest provides fans with a jumpstart to an exciting weekend of NASCAR racing that includes the Whelen Modified Tour Town Fair Tire 100 and Nationwide Series F.W. Webb 200 on Saturday, July 14, and the Sprint Cup Series LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on Sunday, July 15.

Also running on Saturday will be the SYLVANIA Silverstar ZXE Global RallyCross Championship, which is making its New Hampshire Motor Speedway debut. GRC drivers – which includes the likes of 10-time gold medalist Travis Pastrana, 2011 X Games Rally Racing gold medalist Liam Doran, two-time World Rally champion Marcus Gronholm and Dave Mirra, the most decorated X Games athlete of all-time – will practice on their specially-built course from 8:30-11 a.m. prior to FanFest on July 12.

For more details and ticket information on Eric Grant Band and WOKQ FanFest at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, or to purchase tickets to the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 and SYLVANIA 300 NASCAR weekends, please stop by our Ticket Office, visit the speedway website at, or call our Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931.