LOUDON, N.H. – July is full of exciting events, but the highlight of the month will certainly be when NASCAR races into town for the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 weekend July 20-22.
“It’s time for the big show,” said David McGrath, New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s executive vice president and general manager. “We’ve been working hard with new partners like Foxwoods Resort Casino to make this year’s NASCAR weekend even bigger and better, and we’re so excited to celebrate with our fans.”
NASCAR weekend starts with Cape Cod Café Pizza Pole Day and the Modified All Star Shootout on Friday, July 20. Cape Cod Café Pizza Pole Day will set the table for a weekend full of racing. As has been the case in recent years, the qualifying will again run as a three-stage elimination format. The day will also include the Modified All Star Shoot Out – a 40-lap shootout between some of the best drivers on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. One ticket provides access for the entire day, with kids (12 and under) getting in for free.
Saturday, July 21 is Tripleheader Saturday. The NASCAR Xfinity Series Lakes Region 200 race will run as the feature event with entries expected from some of the biggest names in the sport. NHMS’s mile oval sets up the modifieds to put on one of the most exciting races in America for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Eastern Propane & Oil 100. The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East United Site Services 70 features some of the youngest future stars in NASCAR that often are making their first appearance in front of New England race fans. One ticket provides access for the entire day, with kids (12 and under) getting in for free.
Sunday, July 22 is the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301. The day will serve as one of New England’s biggest parties of the summer with a pre-race concert by Loverboy and fun for all ages, including $10 tickets for kids (12 and under).
Outside of NASCAR weekend, July has many other events as well, starting with the fourth round of the Loudon Road Race Series, the fastest racing on two wheels, July 7-8. The LRRS features seven weekends of Championship Cup Series motorcycle racing on the 1.6-mile road course. Over the years, LRRS has developed a reputation for having some of the closest and most intense racing on two wheels. The series will continue Aug. 18-19, Sept. 8-9 and Sept. 29-30.
The Mini Oval Series Legends and Bandolero Divisions will race on the 0.25-mile mini oval, which is located between turns 1 and 2 on the NHMS oval, July 7-8. The series pulls drivers from across New England and hosts some combination races with the local Amsoil NELCAR Legends Tour, based in Maine. This series returns Aug. 18-19 and 25 and Sept. 8-9 and 29-30.
July 7-8 you can catch the Moat Mountain Road Course Series on the 1.6-mile road course, featuring drivers from across New England who compete in monthly doubleheaders that coincide with the Loudon Road Race Series weekends. The road course challenges drivers with difficult elevation changes and tight switchback turns that go both left and right. Future dates include Aug. 18-19 and Sept. 8-9 and 29-30
The Rusty Wallace Racing Experience offers both driving and ride-along experiences. Driving packages vary from a basic four-lap experience to a robust 50-lap run. Opportunities to drive or ride on NHMS come on July 28-29, Sept. 15-16 and October 27.
Club Loose North keeps drifting alive in New Hampshire as they lay down rubber with their signature style. Everyone comes to Club Loose events for one thing – to have a blast! See their tires slide across the pavement July 28-29, Aug. 18-19, Sept. 8-9 and 29-30 and October 27-28.
The NH Karting Association comes to NHMS July 28 and is an affordable opportunity for aspiring racers of all ages. The local series runs most of its races on the specially-designed Reserved RV Karting Course, which includes a portion of the legendary bowl in the NHMS road course. NHKA will be at NHMS Sept. 15 as well.
The Sports Car Club of New Hampshire will make an Autocross appearance at NHMS on July 29. Are you ready to get behind the wheel, and put your sports car driving skills through the test of a time-trial competition? Registration is required. Aug. 25-26, Sept. 9
For full schedule and ticket information on all 2018 events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, including the July 20-22 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race weekend and the September 21-22 Full Throttle Fall Weekend, please stop by the ticket office, visit the speedway website at www.NHMS.com, or call Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931.