Category Archives: New Hampshire Motor Speedway

The Gift of Lights Will Brighten “The Magic Mile” Starting Black Friday

More than two million Christmas lights will be on display on select dates from Nov. 23 – Dec. 31 for the eighth annual Gift of Lights presented by Eastern Propane & Oil at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

LOUDON, N.H. – The holidays are right around the corner, and that means it’s time for New Hampshire Motor Speedway to trade in the checkered flags for two million twinkly lights during the Gift of Lights presented by Eastern Propane and Oil. The eighth annual event kicks off fundraising for the local community spreading holiday cheer for 32 days from Friday, Nov. 23 and through Monday, Dec. 31 (be sure to check the schedule for days of operation).

The 2.5-mile drive-thru light show has become a holiday tradition for families, featuring a s’mores pit, $5.00 pictures with Santa Claus and visitors can even meet the speedway’s mascot Milo the Moose.

“We love watching families create memories and traditions at New Hampshire Motor Speedway,” said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “But, the real holiday magic is seeing our fans come together to not only celebrate the holiday season, but to help those in need in our community through the fundraising opportunities that benefit Speedway Children’s Charities New Hampshire Chapter, the Loudon Firefighters Association and the Loudon Food Pantry during ‘The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.’”

The fundraising begins immediately at the front gate. For a $2.00 discount, visitors can bring three or more non-perishable canned goods for donation to the Loudon Food Pantry. Since the event first started in 2011, food and monetary donations have allowed New Hampshire Motor Speedway to contribute over 85,000 pounds of food to the Loudon Food Pantry providing an estimated 70,000 meals during the holiday and winter months.

Additionally, a portion of all per car load admissions proceeds will benefit Speedway Children’s Charities New Hampshire Chapter, the speedway’s official charity which has distributed $1.7 million locally. Yule Light Up the Night, a 1.5-mile run with Millennium Running, will give visitors a unique view of the lights on Dec. 10 and will also benefit NH SCC (Gift of Lights will have a delayed opening for the run).

The Loudon Firefighters Association will host a s’mores pit on Fridays and Saturdays with proceeds supporting the Loudon Firefighters Association. Last year, $2,400 was raised and used to help purchase a universal terrain vehicle to help with forest fires and rescues in the town.

Visitors can also participate in special theme nights each Wednesday to get in the holiday spirit and save $2.00 off admission at the gate. Theme nights include Pajama Night (Nov. 28), Military Night (Dec. 5), Sports Night (Dec. 12) and Ugly Sweater Nights (Dec. 19 and 20).

The Gift of Lights presented by Eastern Propane and Oil is open 4:30 – 9:00 p.m., and admission is $20.00 per car Nov. 23 – Dec. 14 and $25 per car Dec. 15 – 31. Be sure to check the schedule for days of operation when planning your trip.

For ticket information for events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, including the upcoming Gift of Lights, Nov. 23 – Dec. 31, visit the speedway website at or call Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931.

NASCAR Legend Richard Petty to Be Honored in Boston

Petty is the first NASCAR driver to be honored and is among six New England athletes who will be recognized at the TD Garden in Boston, Mass. on Wednesday, November 28.

LOUDON, N.H. – Richard Petty will be honored at The Sports Museum’s 17th annual fundraising gala, The Tradition, at the TD Garden in Boston, Mass. on Wednesday, November 28 for his accomplishments and contributions to NASCAR and the motorsports industry. Petty will be among a group of New England’s most legendary athletes and New Hampshire Motor Speedway is giving away tickets to a lucky fan to attend this once-in-a-lifetime event.

“It’s always nice to be recognized for your accomplishments,” said Petty. “There is a big base of race fans throughout New England who are passionate about NASCAR and all of racing, so that’s special to have them recognize us. This isn’t about just one person, but rather the whole group of individuals that makes everything work and grow. I was just the driver, but all the fans and people who work in the sport throughout New England are just as important to all of racing and its success there.”

Known to many simply as “The King,” NASCAR Hall of Famer Petty is the most decorated driver in the history of NASCAR. With a record number 200 career race wins and seven Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championships during his illustrious career, there is a reason he wears the crown.

The award is presented each year to a select few who have accomplished a great deal as athletes and contributed to the sports world and the community at large. Along with Petty, Paul Pierce (Boston Celtics), Don Cherry (Boston Bruins), Julie Foudy (U.S. Women’s Soccer), Jim Lonborg (Boston Red Sox) and Deion Branch (New England Patriots) will also be recognized at the event.

Fellow New England motorsports legend, Dick Berggren, will be presenting “The King” with his award.

“Richard Petty – tied with Dale Earnhardt for the most NASCAR championships in its top series, winner of more races in that division than any other driver and seven Daytona 500 wins – is one of the greatest drivers in auto racing history,” said Berggren. “He has contributed tremendously to the sport, giving of himself to help build NASCAR’s fan base.”

Today, he spends much of his time overseeing the operations of Richard Petty Motorsports, a race team competing at NASCAR’s highest level, as well as Petty’s Garage high performance speed shop.

He’s been a staple at New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s NASCAR races and always spends time taking photos and signing autographs with the fans. “The King” celebrated his 80th birthday in July 2017 at NHMS.

A lucky fan will have the chance to meet “The King” and cheer him on by winning a pair of tickets to The Tradition gala, giving them the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to mingle with some of New England’s most legendary athletes and industry leaders. To be entered into the drawing, fans must purchase tickets to the 2019 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway by Friday, November 16. Fans who have already purchased their tickets are automatically entered. See official contest rules here.

For ticket information for events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, including the 2019 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301, visit the speedway website at or call Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931.

The following is a statement from New Hampshire Motor Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager David McGrath on the 2019 NASCAR rules package:

“We appreciate NASCAR’s dedication to consistently work with the industry to evolve our sport both on and off the track. The new rules package has been two years in the making, so we know a lot of research and effort has gone in to create more excitement and side-by-side racing for our fans similar to the success at the All-Star race this past May. Over the last few seasons, we have seen some unforgettable moments at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and now with the added aerodynamic element and more downforce, buckle up race fans, because you will be in for one heck of a race at the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 in July.”