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Unexpected Pit Stop: NH Mom Gives Birth At Loudon Speedway

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LOUDON, NH (CBS) – A New Hampshire family made an unexpected pit stop as they raced to the hospital on Monday.

They were driving past New Hampshire Motor Speedway on the way to Concord Hospital where mom was planning to give birth.

The baby had other ideas.

Tom Blanchette, New Hampshire Motor Speedway director of operations, who reportedly has a background in EMT services, and happened to be in the right place at the right time as speedway crews prepare for race week, was able to help.

“When I arrived in the parking lot, mom and dad had just self-delivered the baby inside their vehicle,” Blanchette said in a press release. “I called Speedway Safety Services and contacted an ambulance crew whose members happened to be on speedway property. We helped package up the baby, and we drove the family to Concord Hospital.”

The baby, reportedly named Katie, is believed to be the first ever born at the speedway.

Blanchette and the Speedway emergency crew took the family to Concord Hospital, and at last check, mom and baby were doing fine.

“This will be a memory we will never forget and a great story to tell Katie when she grows up,” said Jerry Gappens, speedway general manager. “Katie will hold a special place in all of our hearts.”

As a birthday gift, the crew reportedly gave Katie two lifetime passes to the speedway.

“That little one is part of our family now. She and her parents are welcome here anytime,” Gappens said.

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