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The 95th Annual Loudon Classic is This Weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

The longest-running motorcycle race in America is June 16

LOUDON, N.H. – New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s traditional three days of racing caps off a busy LaconiaMotorcycle Week and will be highlighted by the 95th annual Loudon Classic, the longest-running motorcycle race in America, June 15-17.

“Motorcycle Week has gotten off to a strong start this year with perfect weather and crowds of riders from all over New England,” said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “Father’s Day weekend will be a hit with on-track action, and I can’t think of a better way to close out the week than with the Loudon Classic.”

With more than 36 races in three days on the 1.6-mile road course, the race weekend will feature different series and types of motorcycles, including the Moat Mountain Legends and J&J’s Yolk and Co. Oval Series, which are powered by motorcycle engines, USCRA Side Cars and the Loudon Road Race Series.

The 95th annual Loudon Classic feature event will be run by the Loudon Road Race Series in the form of Middleweight Grand Prix on Saturday afternoon. The Loudon Classic has been held on-site since long before the speedway was built when it was simply a road course known as Bryar Motorsports Park.

Shane Narbonne from Tyngsboro, Mass. will return to defend his title. Narbonne has the most wins of any rider, including the last three in a row, and holds the record for being the youngest winner in Loudon Classic history. Last year, the 28-year-old set a new record with his sixth Loudon Classic title.

The LRRS Supermoto event will take place in the S3 lot on a specially-designed track that combines asphalt and dirt for only $5 a ticket on Friday. Classes will range from small mini bikes to the pro-sized 450s with qualifying and features for three classes (Super Mini, Lites and Open). A $5,000 purse is up for grabs in the Lites and Open classes, so don’t miss the dirt-slinging and sideways-sliding action at 4:45 p.m.

Other Motorcycle Week Features You Can Still Catch

The Dunlop Burnout Pit will be open Thursday – Sunday, allowing visitors the chance to burn some rubber. Located in the S2 lot, awards will be given for the top burnout each day. The entry fee for the competition is $10.

Speedway Children’s Charities – New Hampshire Chapter Ride for Kids presented by WILDCO Petroleum Equipment Sales & Service is set for Wednesday. This charity motorcycle ride starts at Heritage Harley Davidson in Concord, N.H., tours approximately 100 miles up and around Lake Winnipesaukee before returning to the speedway for two laps around “The Magic Mile” and a cookout. All profits benefit Speedway Children’s Charities – New Hampshire Chapter, which helps children from all over New England. To register, please

The North East Motor Sports Museum’s new motorcycle exhibit is now open. The new display focuses on two important historic aspects of North East motorcycling from the 1970s. The very special FIM Engineering Excellence trophy from the first and only FIM International Six Days Trial ever held in the U.S., along with factory memorabilia and a ROKON off-road RT III are on display. You can also see the 1963 DOT motorcycle that AMA Hall of Fame member Al Eames used to set parts of the course for the 1973 ISDT. The museum is open Friday – Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Home to the largest motorcycle demo ride course, the speedway is hosting the most manufacturers of any location at Laconia Motorcycle Week. Indian, Slingshot, Yamaha, Aprilia, and MotoGuzzi are offering demo rides and guided tours along an 11-mile route of back roads and speedway property on the latest motorcycle models.

On top of the demo rides, there are more than 25 vendors on-site with gear, accessories and more for bikers. Vendors include Soundz, Fast Lights and many more.

For those looking for food, drinks and entertainment, the Miller High Life Hub is the place to be. Starting Wednesday, live music presented by Outlaw Nation will invade the hub with two bands playing each day through Saturday. This year’s lineup includes Porter & Sayles, Dream Spectrum, Stone Senate, Dave Fields, Dionysia, Hillbilly Vegas andJeremy Bar-Illan Band.

Using antique Indian, Harleys and go-karts, the Wild Wheels Thrill Arena’s “Wall of Death” will provide four days of heart-pounding entertainment starting Thursday.

New Hampshire Motor Speedway is located just 20 miles from Laconia Motorcycle Week headquarters at Weirs Beach and on scenic Route 106.

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For 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, or call Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931.

NASCAR Xfinity Series Driver Ryan Truex Visits New Hampshire Students and Races Go Karts With Fans

Ryan Truex made a couple pit stops in New Hampshire in advance of the NASCAR Xfinity Series Lakes Region 200 to be held Saturday, July 21, 2018.

LOUDON, N.H. – With six weeks until he’s racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Ryan Truex visited the Granite State on Thursday, making pit stops at the Seacoast School of Technology in Exeter and NH1 Motorplex in Seabrook Truex spoke with Automotive Technology students at the Seacoast School of Technology and raced go karts with fans and media members at NH1 Motorplex.

“I always love visiting New Hampshire,” said Truex, driver of the number 11 Phantom Fireworks Chevrolet Camaro for Kaulig Racing. “Being able to speak with high school students who share my passion for cars and racing and then being able to race go karts with my New Hampshire fans was a lot of fun. I can’t wait to come back next month!”

Truex started the day at the Seacoast School of Technology, where he spoke to more than 50 high school students enrolled in Automotive Technology and other programs. He used the NHMS racecar as a model and talked about his experiences at NHMS and his journey to NASCAR.

Truex is no stranger to the speedway, as two generations of drivers in the Truex family have won in different series on “The Magic Mile,” including Ryan (NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in June and Sept. 2010), Ryan’s father Martin Truex Sr. (NASCAR Busch Series North in July 1994) and Ryan’s older brother Martin Truex Jr. (NASCAR Busch Series North in July 2000 and July 2003 and NASCAR Xfinity Series in July 2005).

“The Truex name carries a lot of weight in New Hampshire,” said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “Our track is the only one in the country where all three Truex drivers have won a NASCAR race, so they obviously know success here in New England.”

The next stop on Truex’s trip was NH1 Motorplex, where he met with fans and members of the local media. Everyone jumped into their own go kart and tried their luck at beating the NASCAR Xfinity Series driver, who ended the day with a best lap time of 26.260 seconds. Shawn Gammel from Franklin, N.H. came out on top in the Fan Challenge with a best lap time of 27.611 seconds, and Andy Austin from WOKQ took first place in the Media Challenge with a best lap time of 27.761 seconds. Each walked away with a trophy and bragging rights.

Truex and the entire NASCAR Xfinity Series race into New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 21 for the Lakes Region 200.

For 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, or call Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931.

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Eddie MacDonald Set To Defend New England Short Track Showdown Crown

Defending New England Short Track Showdown champion Eddie MacDonald has been preparing for the 50 lap event coming up on Sunday, June 24th. “We’ve prepared the car to have our crate motor in it, and it should be interesting to see how the field plays out” MacDonald said. “I believe this rules package will put on a great show for the fans.” A multi-time winner at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, this will be MacDonalds only appearance at the Magic Mile in 2018. “This race with the Granite State Pro Stock Series presented by Springfield Buick GMC will be the only chance we’ll have to run at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this year so, we are really looking forward to it.”

Second in points and a championship contender, Jacob Dore has been busy repairing a rear trailing arm bracket failure from the previous event at Waterford Speedbowl. “When the bracket broke, it rotated on the rear end housing and caused a serious tire rub” Dore said. Dore set the pace taking the pole in time trials that day and will be ready to back up his speed come June 24th at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “I’ve been there twice with the Nascar Whelen Modified Tour with a best finish of 12th but,  the experience of full body aerodynamics will be different and I’m quite interested to find out what it’s like.”

Cory Casagrande of Stafford Springs, CT currently third in points is “Excited to go back for sure.” “We didn’t quite have the result we wanted last year but, we felt we had a top five or six car and the notes we acquired will help significantly” Casagrande said. “With everyone having similar motors, the racing is going to be great.” “It really leaves it into the hands of the drivers and teams with their skill and knowledge of the track.”

Defending series champion Mike O’Sullivan is looking to over come early season challenges by returning to the Magic Mile strong with his new Hamke chassis. “We’ve been there so many times throughout the years, it’s a special place for our family” O’Sullivan said.

The New England Short Track Showdown will be Sunday, June 24th at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. For more information visit our website and follow our social media channels via Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube.

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