Track executive arrested, charged with lewdness with 19-year-old


Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway, was arrested last week and charged with lewdness after being caught by Manchester, N.H., police with a 19-year-old woman in his car.

Manchester Police state that detectives observed the female enter Gappens’ SUV and then followed the vehicle into a parking lot where they “allegedly observed an act of lewdness take place in the vehicle.’’

Gappens, 53, is scheduled to appear in 9th Circuit Court on Feb. 25. Kendra Johnson, 19, is scheduled to appear in court Feb. 26.

Gappens has been at the track since 2008. A Speedway Motorsports Inc. spokesman had no comment for MotorsportsTalk.

Gappens’ attorney, Tom Reid, issued a statement: “Mr. Gappens acknowledges using poor judgment that has resulted in a misdemeanor charge that is both embarrassing and devastating to him and his family, and for that, he sincerely apologizes.

“He regrets his actions. While he made a bad decision, he did not, in my opinion, engage in conduct that violates the referenced statute or any other criminal law. Mr. Gappens cooperated fully with the police, and we hope to have this difficult situation resolved soon.”