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What time does the NASCAR race start today? TV schedule, channel for New Hampshire race

What time does the NASCAR race start today? TV schedule, channel for New Hampshire race

For anyone who’s asking “What time is the NASCAR race today?” the answer is that it’s in NASCAR’s preferred window for races.

The Cup Series is in New Hampshire this weekend for the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301. The event is scheduled for a mid-afternoon start.

NASCAR is holding the majority of its 2021 Cup Series races in the daytime; the next night race will be Aug. 28, for the regular-season finale at Daytona.

Below is all you need to know about the schedule for Sunday’s race at New Hampshire:

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What time does the NASCAR race start today?

  • Race: Foxwoods Resort Casino 301
  • Date: Sunday, July 18
  • Time: 3 p.m. ET (TV time)

The green flag for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is scheduled to drop at 3:18 p.m. ET.

There is a good chance the start of the race will be delayed. The National Weather Service’s forecast for Loudon, N.H., on Sunday is for showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Skies will be mostly cloudy and the high temperature will be in the high 70s. There is a 60 percent chance of precipitation.

MORE: New Hampshire lineup, starting order set without qualifying

What channel is NASCAR on today?

  • TV channel: NBCSN (TSN in Canada)
  • Live stream: NBCSports.com | fuboTV (7-day free trial)
  • Radio: PRN

NBCSN’s programming will begin at 2:30 p.m. with the “Countdown to Green” prerace show, followed by race coverage beginning at 3 p.m. ET. Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte will call the race and provide analysis. Marty Snider and Dillon Welch will be the pit reporters.

NASCAR live stream for New Hampshire race

Anyone who has a cable or satellite subscription can stream Sunday’s NASCAR race from New Hampshire live via NBCSports.com or the NBC Sports App.

For those who don’t have a cable or satellite subscription, there are five over-the-top (OTT) TV streaming options that carry NBC and NBCSN — AT&T TV, fuboTV, Hulu, Sling and YouTubeTV.

Below are links to each:

NASCAR Cup Series 2021 schedule

Below is the remaining schedule for the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series regular season and playoffs, beginning with Sunday’s race at New Hampshire, the 22nd race of the season.

NASCAR Cup Series 2021 regular season

Date Race Track Time (ET) TV Radio
July 18 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 New Hampshire Motor Speedway 3 p.m. NBCSN PRN
Aug. 8 Go Bowling at The Glen Watkins Glen International 3 p.m. NBCSN MRN
Aug. 15 Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard powered by Florida Georgia Line Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course 1 p.m. NBC IMS
Aug. 22 FireKeepers Casino 400 Michigan International Speedway 3 p.m. NBCSN MRN
Aug. 28 Coke Zero Sugar 400 Daytona International Speedway 7 p.m. NBC MRN

NASCAR Cup Series 2021 playoffs Round of 16

Date Race Track Time (ET) TV Radio
Sept. 5 Cook Out Southern 500 Darlington Raceway 6 p.m. NBCSN MRN
Sept. 11 Federated Auto Parts 400 Richmond Raceway 7:30 p.m. NBCSN MRN
Sept. 18 Bass Pro Shops Night Race Bristol Motor Speedway 7:30 p.m. NBCSN PRN

NASCAR Cup Series 2021 playoffs Round of 12

Date Race Track Time (ET) TV Radio
Sept. 26 South Point 400 Las Vegas Motor Speedway 7 p.m. NBCSN PRN
Oct. 3 YellaWood 500 Talladega Superspeedway 2 p.m. NBC MRN
Oct. 10 Bank of America ROVAL 400 Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course 2 p.m. NBC PRN

NASCAR Cup Series 2021 playoffs Round of 8

Date Race Track Time (ET) TV Radio
Oct. 17 Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 Texas Motor Speedway 2 p.m. NBC PRN
Oct. 24 Hollywood Casino 400 Kansas Speedway 3 p.m. NBCSN MRN
Oct. 31 Xfinity 500 Martinsville Speedway 2 p.m. NBC MRN

NASCAR Cup Series 2021 playoffs Championship 4

Date Race Track Time (ET) TV Radio
Nov. 7 NASCAR Cup Series Championship Phoenix Raceway 3 p.m. NBC MRN

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Vermont earns sweep over New Hampshire in 2021 Lions Twin State Soccer Cup

HANOVER, N.H. – Vermont left New Hampshire with some well-earned bragging rights on Saturday night.

The Green Mountain State swept the boys and girls games during the annual Lions Twin State Soccer Cup held at Hanover High School.

The Vermont girls scored twice in the second half in a 3-2 win over New Hampshire. Meanwhile, the Vermont boys struck for a 5-1 triumph over the Granite State.

New Hampshire remains in front in the all-time series — 19-14-5 on the girls side and 19-18-9 in the boys matchups.

More: Lions Twin State Soccer Cup returns on July 17: Updated Vermont rosters

Details from Saturday’s two games:

GIRLS GAME

Hazen’s Macy Moeller converted U-32’s Caroline Kirby feed into a 1-0 halftime lead for the Vermont seniors.

After New Hampshire’s Rachel Gizzonio leveled the game at 1 five minutes into the second half, Burlington’s Payton Karson and Willa Clark notched unassisted goals as Vermont regained control.

Mikayla Milford cut the New Hampshire deficit to 3-2 in the game’s final five minutes.

Fair Haven’s Emma Ezzo (three saves) and Colchester’s Olivia Moore (six saves) split time in the Vermont net.

Olivia Zubarik of Champlain Valley was awarded team MVP for Vermont. Moeller (12th man) and Ezzo (sportsmanship) were also honored.

BOYS GAME

After New Hampshire tied it up early in the second half, Vermont put on a finishing clinic to pull away for the wide-margin victory.

Colchester’s Adolphe Alfani led the way with two goals and an assist while Mount Mansfield’s Will Hauf also tucked away a pair of tallies for Vermont. Chance Rose of Milton, Will Paulson of BFA-St. Albans and Duncan Chamberlain of Burr and Burton each had assists.

The fifth goal came via an New Hampshire own goal.

In net, Isaiah Schaefer-Geiger stopped seven shots and Peoples’ Dylan Haskins made five saves 

Alfani picked up MVP honors for Vermont. Sam Hogg of Burlington received the 12th man award and Twin Valley’s Izaak Park earned the sportsmanship honor.

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Kyle Larson looks to capture his first Foxwoods 301 victory at New Hampshire

Kyle Larson had big shoes to fill replacing NASCAR legend and seven-time Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson as the flag-bearer for Hendrick Motorsports.

But heading into Sunday’s 3 p.m. running of the Foxwoods Resort & Casino 301 at New Hampshire, Larson holds a dominant position in the Cup Series driver standings. The Elk Grove, Calif., native will be at the wheel of the No. 5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet.

Larson’s driver stats this season are comparable to Johnson in his prime years. In 21 starts, Larson has four wins, five second-place finishes, and 12 stage wins — with 11 in the top five and 14 in the top 10. He tops the driver standings with 826 points.

In 10 Cup Series starts at NHMS, Larson has not taken the checkered flag but has four top five finishes and five in the top 10.

Three-time NHMS winner Kyle Busch is the second-hottest driver on the circuit. Busch, in the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, is a teammate of last year’s runner up and three-time NHMS winner Denny Hamlin.

Busch, in his 19th Cup Series season, has posted top three finishes in the last four races and six top five placements in the last eight. Busch secured his place in the NASCAR playoffs with wins at Kansas and Pocono. In 29 races on the Magic Mile, Busch captured two of his three wins in the last five years along, with 11 top five finishes and 16 in the top 10.

“New Hampshire has been a pretty decent place for us over the years, so we are looking forward to going back there for another win,” said Busch. “To be fast at Loudon you have to have good brakes and you have to roll the center and get that good forward bite off the corners.”

Busch endured his worst race in Loudon last August after blowing a right front tire and making contact with the wall early on, putting the race under caution. He exited the track, entered the infield garage area for repairs and never returned.

“Last year I ran three laps then ‘boom’ and then I went home,” lamented Busch. “I had tire failure, but typically we run well there and we we’ve got a strong package for there.”

The Bell tolls

Christopher Bell, operator of the No. 54 DeWalt Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, captured his third straight Xfinity Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Saturday’s running of the Ambetter Get Vaccinated 200. There was no Xfinity race at NHMS in 2020.

Bell captured all the stages, led 151 laps and took the checkered flag in a runaway with extended stretches of green flag racing in the second half of the race. Bell finished 6.241 seconds ahead of runner up Justin Allgaier in his first Xfinity race of the season. Bell has been a fixture on the Cup Series this season and will compete in Sunday’s Foxwoods 301.

“What I’ve figured out is that I’ve had really fast race cars at this track,” said Bell. “I just love being here with Joe Gibbs Racing and the last three times I’ve been here have been amazing.”

A.J. Allmendinger took the lead after the second caution and engaged in relentless duels with Bell and his Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Harrison Burton.

Bell took the lead on lap 44 to rob stage one from Allmendinger just as the race went under caution. Bell led just two laps in the stage, then capturing stage two, leading for 39 laps, and was in first place at the midway point.

Preece’s pieces

Ryan Preece made a strong inside move off the final to slingshot past Ronnie Silk and Justin Bonsignore and take the checkered flag in the Whelen Modified 100.

Preece, the operator of the No. 6 Riverhead Raceway Chevrolet captured his first career win on the Magic Mile followed by Bonsignore and Silk. Defending champion Bobby Santos of Franklin placed eighth.

“This has been that one track that has really eluded me,” said Preece. “It’s been so tough because I’ve been in position before and things didn’t work out and I’ve come so close.

“When they both broke it in there, I just saw my opportunity to go under them and it was really cool.”

Bonsignore, reigning modified tour champion, enjoyed the pole after registering the top qualifying time (29.271) and best speed (130.122), but he gave up the lead to Preece after the first caution. Preece, Bonsignore, Andy Seuss and Jon McKennedy jockeyed in a four-car race through the first half of the event that featured several lead changes.

Bonsignore took a substantial lead on Preece after the midway point and enjoyed a good stretch of clean air green flag racing before the second caution on lap 73. Silk took the lead when the racing resumed and held on through two late-stage cautions.

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Windham election audit team submits report to New Hampshire officials

A highly anticipated report about an audit of the 2020 election in Windham, New Hampshire, has been submitted to officials in the state.

One of the auditors, Harri Hursti, confirmed to the Washington Examiner on Monday that his team “submitted it yesterday,” more than six weeks after the audit concluded. The team’s findings may become public as early as Tuesday.

‘STILL A LOT OF WORK TO DO’ AS WINDHAM 2020 ELECTION AUDIT CONCLUDES

The portion of the audit that included the handling of ballots concluded on May 27. However, the audit team’s work did not stop there.

“Now, we have captured the data,” Hursti told observers at the time. “Now, we have to go back to do the analysis, and there might be something in the data, which we now have, which we haven’t yet understood.”

The three-person audit team — made up of Hursti, Mark Lindeman, and Philip Stark — initially found that as many as 60% of ballots with machine-made or handmade folds were improperly counted by scanning machines rendered by the town Windham. The ballot papers were made correctly, but the problem was due to the machines “forcefully” folding the paper in the wrong position.

The results of the audit cannot alter the official results of the Rockingham County District 7 House of Representatives race, according to S.B. 43, and it must uphold the recount. The hand tally of ballots also looked at the contests for governor and U.S. senator.

After the 2020 state House race results for the town were particularly close, the hand recount was requested. That resulted in four winning Republican candidates in Rockingham District 7 gaining around 300 votes and the top-finishing Democratic candidate losing around 100.

On April 12, Gov. Chris Sununu signed S.B. 43 ordering the audit.

The audit has been celebrated by former President Donald Trump, along with the audit in Arizona’s Maricopa County, as part of what he deemed the “incredible fight to seek out the truth on the massive Election Fraud which took place in New Hampshire and the 2020 Presidential Election.”

On Sunday, Trump claimed the Windham audit found “horrible things.”

“In New Hampshire, they found horrible things in New Hampshire with respect to voting,” he told Fox News’s Maria Bartiromo.

In May, auditors emphasized their initial findings did not point to widespread fraud and won’t change the winners or losers of the races.

“The original count, the recount, nothing has ever been changing who gets elected,” Hursti told CNN at the time. “This is an exercise of finding what caused the error, but the four winners have all, from day one, remained to be the same four winners. This has never threatened that. And, again, if there would have been a widespread fraud, which would have been uncovered [in] this, it would have come out. There was none.”

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The final report from the Forensic Election Audit team was due 45 days from the completion of the forensic audit. The New Hampshire secretary of state, attorney general, and the Ballot Law Commission are expected to issue additional reports within 45 days of receiving the audit team’s findings.

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Original Location: Windham election audit team submits report to New Hampshire officials

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Five things to watch as NASCAR Cup Series comes to New Hampshire Motor Speedway – Nascar

Kyle Larson has dominated the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season so far, but will that dominance carry over to New Hampshire Motor Speedway, where he’s never won, for the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 on Sunday afternoon?

Here are five storylines:

Hendrick’s Hot Shoe: Despite a flurry of NASCAR Cup Series regulars claiming wins early in the season — 10 drivers in the first 11 races — the summer stretch has belonged to Larson.

Larson claimed three consecutive runner-up finishes in May (Darlington, Dover and Circuit of The Americas) before clicking off four consecutive wins (Charlotte, Sonoma, Texas and Nashville). In doing so, the Hendrick Motorsports standout has not only cemented himself as a 2021 championship favorite, but proven that he’s a threat on any style track.

Larson will have his work cut out for him to keep that momentum going at the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301, where he’s never won and led only 16 laps in 10 career starts.

Happy Again? Coming off of a career-best nine-win season last year, Kevin Harvick and his Stewart-Haas Racing team haven’t been able to rekindle the magic in 2021, going winless so far this season.

But if there’s anywhere the 45-year-old veteran can get things turned in the right direction, the Granite State just might be the place. In 37 career visits to the 1.058-mile track, Harvick has earned four wins in Cup Series competition, tying him for most all-time at the track with Jeff Burton.

While he’s safely in contention to make the playoffs, a fifth NHMS victory would not only lock Harvick into the postseason but could be just the shot of confidence his team needs to make a run at his second Cup Series title.

Turf Wars: Northeast natives will be in the field battling for the win when the race goes green on Sunday. Joining New Jersey’s Martin Truex Jr., who considers NHMS his home track despite not being from New England, and fellow Connecticut natives Joey Logano and Ryan Preece this season is rookie of the year contender Anthony Alfredo. While all four drivers consider “The Magic Mile” their home track, only Logano has found his way to victory lane at NASCAR’s top level, winning a famed Loudon the Lobster in 2009.

Truex Jr.’s seven top-five finishes in 27 starts at New Hampshire, combined with three wins already this season, suggest fans shouldn’t count him out if he’s in contention in the closing laps.

And with a win in the Camping World Truck Series at Nashville earlier this year — his third victory across NASCAR’s top three series — Preece will be carrying a lot of confidence on Sunday.

Chasing a Championship: Fan favorite and defending NASCAR Cup Series champion Chase Elliott is among the drivers looking to take home his first Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 trophy this weekend, but to do so, he’ll need to change his luck.

In seven career starts at NHMS, Elliott’s best finish in his Hendrick Motorsports No. 9 machine was fifth place in 2018.

Despite starting on the second row last year and leading nine laps, the young driver ultimately fell to a ninth-place finish.

Playoff Implications: As the NASCAR playoffs loom, the action is heating up around the cut line, with several big-name drivers fighting for their shot at the championship, but by no means safely in contention heading into the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301.

Harvick, Austin Dillon and Tyler Reddick are all fighting to stay inside the top 16 spots while Chris Buescher, Matt DiBenedetto and Ross Chastain are on the outside looking in.

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Sununu Tests Waters for New Hampshire Senate Bid

Washington Examiner: “Sununu, the GOP’s coveted 46-year-old recruit, is undecided about mounting a 2022 bid after three successful gubernatorial campaigns in just four years (New Hampshire still limits its chief executive to two-year terms.)”

“But gradually, Sununu is dipping his toes into the national political waters and feeling out a race against Hassan, suggesting however much the governor might legitimately ‘hate’ Washington, waging the potentially decisive battle for control of an evenly divided Senate intrigues him.”

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Iowa, New Hampshire fight to stay atop the 2024 GOP nomination

DES MOINES –  Iowa’s caucuses have led off the presidential nominating calendar for half a century, and if Iowa GOP chair Jeff Kaufmann has his way, the race for the White House in the 2024 election cycle will once again “start right here in the Hawkeye State.”

“We are the first-in-the-nation caucus state – period. End of story,” Kaufmann emphasized in an interview with Fox News.

GOP CHAIRS FROM FOUR EARLY VOTING STATES OPPOSED NEVADA DEMOCRATS PUSH TO UPEND PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY CALENDAR

As the 2020 presidential election fades into the rearview mirror and the very early moves are already underway in the 2024 White House race, the quadrennial battle by the four states that lead off the primaries and caucuses – Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina , and Nevada – has already begun.

A display in a conference room at the Iowa GOP’s headquarters, in Des Moines, Iowa on July 15. 2021.

So far, the early 2024 nominating calendar drama is coming from the Democrats, with former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a longtime senator from Nevada, late last year igniting a push to move his state to the lead-off position. A bill passed by the state’s Democratic legislature and signed into law by Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak last month would change the state’s caucus to a primary and move it to the first Tuesday in February in presidential nominating years. 

GOP CHAIRS IN EARLY VOTING PRIMARY AND CAUCUS STATES TEAM UP TO PROTECT THE NOMINATING CALENDAR

Nevada is currently third in the Democrats’ nominating calendar, trailing Iowa’s caucuses and New Hampshire’s primary. It’s fourth in the Republican schedule, trailing Iowa, New Hampshire, as well as South Carolina’s primary.

But Nevada’s new law needs the backing of the national parties – the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Republican National Committee (RNC) – to come to fruition. If Nevada moved up the date of their contest without the national parties signing off on the move, it could face sanctions and the loss of convention delegates. 

FILE – The Iowa Caucuses exhibit in Des Moines, Iowa

For years, the knock against Iowa and New Hampshire – among some Democrats – has been that the states are too White, lack any major urban areas and aren’t representative of a Democratic Party which has become increasingly diverse over the past several decades. Nevada and South Carolina are much more diverse and have larger metropolitan areas than either Iowa or New Hampshire. 

That’s less of an issue for Republicans. Kaufmann and the other early voting state GOP chairs – Steve Stepanek of New Hampshire, Drew McKissick of South Carolina, and Michael McDonald of Nevada – last month jointly issued a statement that made crystal clear their opposition to drive by Nevada Democrats.

SOME DEMOCRATS TRYING TO STOP IOWA, NEW HAMPSHIRE, FROM KICKING OFF PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATING CALENDAR

The four GOP chairs have been teaming up all year to protect their cherished status. They held a hospitality session at the Republican National Committee’s (RNC) spring meeting in Dallas, Texas to drum up support among fellow national committee members and state party officials for keeping the existing nominating calendar.

Stepanek, who called the session at spring meeting “a last minute quick reception,” told Fox News that “we’re doing a much more in-depth reception at the RNC summer meeting (next month in Nashville, Tennessee) that is being put on by all four states. We’re all in unison working together to preserve the calendar and the order within the calendar exactly as it is.”

Stepanek shared that at next month’s meeting, the RNC will announce who will sit on the committee being put together on the presidential nomination process.

And he said the mission of the four chairs “is to make sure that all of the other members of the RNC recognize the importance of the primary calendar as it exists right now and that they endorse the primary calendar as it exists right now.”

A sign outside the New Hampshire state capital building that marks the state’s century long tradition of holding the first-in-the-nation presidential primary, in Concord, New Hampshire.

Kaufmann and Stepanek are also talking with their Democratic counterparts in their states, as the fight to protect the current calendar crosses party lines in Iowa and New Hampshire.

NEVADA’S MOVE TO HOLD FIRST PRIMARY SPARKS 2024 CALENDAR FIGHT

“Iowa Democrats and Republicans don’t agree on much, but we do agree in keeping Iowa first in the nation. I have had conversations with Jeff Kaufmann and will continue to be in communication with him going forward,” Iowa Democrats chair Ross Wilburn said in a statement. 

Wilburn highlighted that the Hawkeye State kickoff caucus “adds an important voice to the conversation.”

Longtime New Hampshire Democratic Party chair Ray Buckley emphasized that “anytime anyone comes after New Hampshire, we take it seriously and we prepare and we will do so again,”

“We will, I think, successfully save the primary again,” Buckley predicted. But he acknowledged that “it takes a lot of time, work, and relationships.”

When it comes to the GOP nominating calendar, Stepanek was equally confident, saying “I believe that the RNC, in my opinion, will not change the calendar.”

But he added that “we have to hope for the best and plan for the worst.”

Early traffic by the potential 2024 GOP presidential nomination contenders to Iowa and New Hampshire has been picking up in recent months. Former Vice President Mike Pence, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem – who are considered potential White House hopefuls – are in Iowa on Friday, as they speak at the annual summit of an influential social conservative group. And another possible contender – Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas – is in New Hampshire on Saturday to help fundraise for Granite State Republicans.

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Kaufmann spotlighted that he’s asked every potential 2024 contender who’s visited Iowa so far this year “whether the carve out system and specifically from our perspective the first-in-the-nation caucus” should remain untouched. 

He touted that “every one of them have not only been a yes, they’ve been absolutely enthusiastic.”

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‘Divisive concepts’ ban is New Hampshire law. Will it affect the way teachers discuss race and diversity?

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CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire’s Republican lawmakers have inserted, and the governor has signed, a state budget that prohibits the teaching of so-called “divisive concepts” related to race and gender by public schools, state agencies and contractors. But what exactly does that mean?

Though the term divisive concepts no longer appears in the language attached to the two-year $ 13.5 billion state budget, many of its themes are repackaged into several lines of legislation beginning on page 154 of the 220-page bill, according to civil rights groups and educators. 

“One of the central problems with this bill is its ambiguity in what constitutes a banned so-called ‘divisive’ concept,’” said Gilles Bissonnette, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire. “One part of the bill aims to permit ‘workplace sensitivity training’ while other portions of the bill ban speech aimed at addressing ‘unconscious racism’ in the workplace. Similarly, one part of the bill purports to protect academic freedom while another portion bans the teaching on so-called divisive concepts. Frankly, the bill is indecipherable and internally contradictory.”

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The biggest area of concern for opponents of the budget language is its potential impacts on education. The law allows for teachers found in violation to be brought before the state Board of Education for disciplinary proceedings and potential loss of their educators’ credentials. Guidance on how the provision of the law will be enforced is still being formulated at the state department of education, as well as in the state attorney general’s office, according to numerous sources interviewed for this story.

“(The budget) comes across draconian because if a teacher violates it, they can be hauled in front of the state board and lose their license over a law that is confusing to say the least,” said Oyster River Superintendent James Morse, a former member of Republican Gov. Chris Sununu’s Advisory Council on Diversity and Inclusion. Morse was among 10 members who recently resigned from the council in protest over the “divisive concepts.” 

“It’s a fundamental affront to academic freedom in teaching in terms of teachers making decisions on how they apply the curriculum set by the school board,” he continued.

Morse said the budget language is “an intrusion into local education matters,” where school boards set their districts’ curriculums, such as teaching American history and including “racist elements” that plague the nation’s past and present. 

Megan Tuttle, president of National Education Association of New Hampshire, said the budget allows potential bad-faith complaints to the Department of Education or attorney general that could put teachers’ “livelihoods at risk.” She did not rule out the possibility of mounting a legal challenge on behalf of member teachers.

“What educators are trying to do is be honest in education, but because our profession has been politicized to this point, it’s concerning to say the least,” Tuttle said. “History always has different views, but the historical facts don’t change. (Teaching history) now runs the risk of losing the critical thinking piece if we are unable to teach history in its truest form.”

Bissonnette said educators and other public employees will be inclined to “self-censor” and not engage on topics of race, “out of fear of being the subject of a complaint.”

“This is the real danger of the bill and it may very well be the point of it – namely, to cause people to censor themselves in having important conversations on race,” Bissonnette said.

Opinion: Attacks on race education are attacks on spiritual and democratic growth

The governor’s view

Ben Vihstadt, spokesperson for Sununu, said the purpose of the language is to give parents greater ability to report cases of discrimination against their child to the state. He reiterated the term “divisive concepts” does not appear anywhere in the budget language. 

“The governor has always acknowledged that elements of racism exist in our communities,” Vihstadt said. “Nothing in this budget prevents schools from teaching any aspect of American history, such as teaching about racism, sexism, slavery, or implicit bias, as long as those discussions are done without prejudice or discrimination against any student.”

Republican state Sen. Jeb Bradley, the Senate majority leader, amended the original “divisive concepts” language contained in House Bill 544 to make it more palatable to the Senate and governor in the state budget. He pointed to the amended legislation’s specific language stating the provisions of the budget are, “not to be construed” as prohibiting academic discussion and exploration on historic and present issues of race and discrimination.

“The legislation is crystal clear,” Bradley said. “People are trying to create an alternate narrative that this is censorship, that it tries to discourage conversations of past racism, current racism or prohibit anti-bias training. It does none of that, and anyone making those assertions either hasn’t read the legislation or is willfully misrepresenting it.”

The notion of divisive concepts was introduced by New Hampshire House Republicans in House Bill 544, which defined as divisive assertions that New Hampshire or the United States were “fundamentally racist or sexist” or that “by virtue of his or her race or sex, members of any race are inherently racist or are inherently inclined to oppress others, or that members of a sex are inherently sexist or inclined to oppress others.”

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The bill, originally touted by House Republicans, prohibited the propagation by public employees, private businesses and current and prospective state contractors of these so-called divisive concepts, including, “an individual, by virtue of his or her race or sex, is inherently racist, sexist, or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously,” and “an individual, by virtue of his or her race or sex, bears responsibility for actions committed in the past by other members of the same race or sex.”

House Bill 544 was tabled in the current legislative session. However, members of the the governor’s Council on Diversity and Inclusion, the Manchester chapter of the NAACP and the state teacher’s union believe many similar themes from HB 544 found their way into HB2, the state budget.

“The language of this bill is scary, it’s scary for educators, public employees; all of us who want to have, who need to have, deep conversations about the issues really affecting New Hampshire,” said state Rep. Jim Maggiore, D, who resigned in protest from the governor’s Council on Diversity and Inclusion. “We’re not just talking about race, ability, gender and sexual orientation; it’s everything that touches our lives. (With this budget), what we’ve said is we’re going to put a gag order, and put up a time limit on history, and only talk about a historical context that is undefined.”

Sununu previously said the diversity council was entering a “transition period.” He accused the ACLU of “trying to insert politics” into the council’s work. ACLU-NH Executive Director Devon Chaffee has said publicly the mass resignation was started by others. 

Strengthening anti-discrimination law? What the language says

Sen. Bradley, a Republican, introduced the amended language in the budget to the Senate. He said the new language serves only to enhance the state’s existing anti-discrimination law. The language in the budget now only applies to public employees, such as state workers, educators and law enforcement officers after numerous private businesses came out against HB 544.

Bradley points to language that states the budget, “declares that practices of discrimination against any New Hampshire inhabitants because of age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, marital status, familial status, mental or physical disability, religion, or national origin are a matter of state concern, that discrimination based on these characteristics not only threatens the rights and proper privileges of New Hampshire inhabitants but menaces the institutions and foundation of a free democratic state.”“The budget strengthens anti-discrimination laws, it’s a very different approach than HB 544,” Bradley said.

The state budget also contains language stating educators cannot teach, “That people of one age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, marital status, familial status, mental or physical disability, religion, or national origin cannot and should not attempt to treat others equally and/or without regard to age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, marital status, familial status, mental or physical disability, religion, or national origin,” in part. It also allows public employees to opt out of any trainings where these components would be purportedly taught without fear of being disciplined.

Teaching CRT at West Point: Gen. Mark Milley fires back against GOP criticism of critical race theory

Opponents of the budget language say these components make the entire section of it contradictory. They believe the budget language was construed in a similar vein to legislation adopted in other states that have recently passed provisions against teaching public school students so-called critical race theory, a law school theory examining how racism is institutionalized in American law.

Superintendent Morse of Oyster River rejected the notion that critical race theory is being taught in any of the state’s public school districts. He said he believes this language in the budget will be ultimately litigated in court.

“It’s a collegiate legal theory that has nothing to do with K through 12 education. We’ve been teaching diversity and equity in our curriculum for at least five years,” Morse said. “Do we want to live in a world where we don’t address the significant social issues of the day where there are all kinds of examples of racism, sexual bias and gender discrimination happening?”

Critical race theory being taught in schools is the most recent conversation that is causing a divide among parents, administrators and government officials. These discussions have been a part of state legislation deciding whether it was fit for K-12 grade levels.

Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida has called critical race theory the practice of “teaching kids to hate their country and hate each other.” Guidelines considered by the Board of Education prohibits teachers from expressing their personal views.

Similarly a dozen or so states — including Iowa, Louisiana, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Rhode Island and West Virginia – have introduced bills that would prohibit schools from teaching “divisive,” “racist” or “sexist” concepts.  

Vihstadt, Sununu’s spokesperson, said the governor would have preferred not to have language around so-called divisive concepts included in the budget, but did not want to veto the entire budget over its inclusion.

“The governor believes that it should have been taken up as a standalone bill, but he chose not to veto an entire state budget and risk shutting down government because this was the route the legislature chose to take,” Vihastadt said.

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‘Affront to democratic values’

Numerous stakeholders aren’t buying what Bradley and Sununu are selling in the way they portray the language of the law.

JerriAnne Boggis, executive director of the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire, said the budget is an “affront to democratic values.”

“The Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire is displeased by the passing of a state budget and bill that impedes the ability for New Hampshire’s citizens to engage in open and honest conversations about racism and other forms of systemic oppression,” Boggis said in a statement. “It silences the voices of many people in our state, banning from public schools and state agencies specific types of conversations about histories of inequality and their continuing legacy. This is a step backwards, not a step forward.”

James McKim, president of the Manchester NAACP, called the inclusion of “non-fiscal items” such as the modified divisive concepts language, the abortion ban after 24 weeks and school voucher program, “disturbing, surprising and disappointing.”

He said the budget language makes New Hampshire “unwelcoming” for young people looking to start their careers here, especially younger people of color, for a state with one of the oldest populations in the country.

“We really need to continue the dialogue if we are to get past the divisions we face in our country today,” McKim said. “Having these honest conversations will not deepen our divisions, it will only help heal them.”

Contributing: Emily Bloch and Alia Wong.

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NASCAR at New Hampshire: Starting order, pole for Sunday’s race without qualifying

The starting lineup for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway was set by applying the statistical formula NASCAR is using for the majority of the series’ races in 2021.

Drivers’ starting positions for the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 (3 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) were based on four factors:

  • Driver’s finishing position from the previous race (25 percent)
  • Car owner’s finishing position from the previous race (25 percent)
  • Team owner points ranking (35 percent)
  • Fastest lap from the previous race (15 percent)

NASCAR is conducting qualifying and practice for just eight Cup Series races in the 2021 season. The remaining sessions will be held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course in August and at Phoenix for the season-ending Championship 4 race in November.

Below is the starting lineup, which was set without qualifying, for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race on New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s 1.058-mile oval.

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Who won the pole for the NASCAR race at New Hampshire?

Kyle Busch, who has won three times at New Hampshire in the Cup Series, will be on the pole for Sunday’s race. This is his first pole win of the season. He finished second to his brother, Kurt Busch, last weekend at Atlanta and his Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota team is third in the point standings after 21 races.

To his outside on the front row will be JGR teammate Martin Truex Jr., whose No. 19 team is seventh in the standings. Truex came home third at Atlanta. 

The second row will feature the Chevrolets of defending series champion Chase Elliott (third) and Kurt Busch (fourth).

Series points leader Denny Hamlin will start sixth. The driver of the JGR No. 11 car is still seeking his first win of the year. 

NASCAR starting lineup at New Hampshire

NASCAR used a mathematical formula to set the starting lineup for Sunday’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the Foxwoods Casino Resort 301. Thirty-seven cars were entered for the race.

Start pos. Driver Car No. Team
1 Kyle Busch 18 Joe Gibbs Racing
2 Martin Truex Jr. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing
3 Chase Elliott 9 Hendrick Motorsports
4 Kurt Busch 1 Chip Ganassi Racing
5 Alex Bowman 48 Hendrick Motorsports
6 Denny Hamlin 11 Joe Gibbs Racing
7 Ryan Blaney 12 Team Penske
8 Tyler Reddick 8 Richard Childress Racing
9 Christopher Bell 20 Joe Gibbs Racing
10 Kyle Larson 5 Hendrick Motorsports
11 Brad Keselowski 2 Team Penske
12 Kevin Harvick 4 Stewart-Haas Racing
13 Austin Dillon 3 Richard Childress Racing
14 Matt DiBenedetto 21 Wood Brothers Racing
15 Joey Logano 22 Team Penske
16 William Byron 24 Hendrick Motorsports
17 Chris Buescher 17 Roush Fenway Racing
18 Bubba Wallace 23 23XI Racing
19 Chase Briscoe 14 Stewart-Haas Racing
20 Ross Chastain 42 Chip Ganassi Racing
21 Cole Custer 41 Stewart-Haas Racing
22 Aric Almirola 10 Stewart-Haas Racing
23 Michael McDowell 34 Front Row Motorsports
24 Erik Jones 43 Richard Petty Motorsports
25 Ryan Preece 37 JTG Daugherty Racing
26 Corey LaJoie 7 Spire Motorsports
27 Anthony Alfredo 38 Front Row Motorsports
28 Ryan Newman 6 Roush Fenway Racing
29 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing
30 Justin Haley 77 Spire Motorsports
31 Daniel Suarez 99 Trackhouse Racing Team
32 BJ McLeod 78 Live Fast Motorsports
33 Garrett Smithley 53 Rick Ware Racing
34 Cody Ware 51 Petty Ware Racing
35 Josh Bilicki 52 Rick Ware Racing
36 Quin Houff 00 StarCom Racing
37 James Davison 15 Rick Ware Racing

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