PORTLAND (AP) – The owner of the New Hampshire International Speedway was still hospitalized in Maine following a serious car accident earlier this month.

Bob Bahre, 76, was driving home from the track in Loudon when he apparently fell asleep and hit a tree.

Bahre was transferred from Stephen’s Memorial Hospital to Maine Medical Center in Portland last week. He was under special care and being watched very closely.

, according to a hospital spokeswoman. Track spokesman Ron Meade said Bahre suffered a fractured vertebrae, a broken ankle, a concussion and rib injuries.

Bahre bought the small track in Loudon in the early 1990s and turned it into a speedway that now is host to two NASCAR Nextel races each year.



Ski-Slump

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LACONIA, N.H. (AP) – Though weeks of subzero temperatures stalled this season’s ski business, New Hampshire resorts are optimistic about the rest the winter months.

At Gunstock Ski Area, General Manager Greg Goddard said the resort recorded its worst January in a decade with attendance 30 percent less than last year. However, Goddard said the cold temperatures have allowed for extensive snowmaking and better quality skiing.

Alice Pearce, executive director of Ski New Hampshire, said season ticket sales are still very strong. But she also noted that skier days have been down 15 to 20 percent from last year.

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