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New Track Bar Offers Exclusive Fan Viewing Experience at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

LOUDON, N.H. – The new and exclusive Track Bar at New Hampshire Motor Speedway offers the best, most comfortable way to view the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 on Sunday, July 22.

“The Track Bar is the place to be when the green flag drops next month,” said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “It’s going to be the coolest space to watch the race right on the start/finish line. It’s going to be a fan experience like no other.”

The Track Bar is a new addition for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race weekend in Loudon. Located in the Main Grandstand suites right above the start/finish line, The Track Bar provides the best sight lines at the speedway in the comfort of a climate-controlled luxury box with a full cash bar and private bathrooms. It used to be a 120-person suite, but will be a private area for only 76 people, which means much more room for each person.

On Saturday, July 21, the cost per person is $250 and includes one reserved seat, continental breakfast, tapas-style lunch menu, afternoon appetizers, two non-alcoholic drink tickets and a custom lanyard and credential.

On Sunday, July 22, the cost per person is $500 and includes everything from the Saturday package plus a driver appearance, a pre-race pit pass and a guided tour with a Sunoco Victory Lane visit.

A limited number of seats are still available for both days, but they are selling quickly. Call 833-TRACKBAR to reserve your seat now, and don’t miss out on this opportunity.

Other improvements and upgrades have been made all over the NHMS property including:

  • NO49 Seating Area with Wait Service
    • Purchase a ticket in the Main Grandstand Section NO Row 49, and you can enjoy wait service and have a drink rail to rest your snacks and drinks on. This is the only place in the grandstands with wait service. There will also be a beer portable and food stand in this area that will be open to the public.
  • New Crew Walkway
    • We’ve shortened the morning commute for the teams so they don’t have to walk all the way around the track to get to their garage. They now can walk straight down from the N3 parking lot, across Magic Mile Loop, through the N4 parking lot to the garage.
  • Granite Old Man of the Mountain
    • Be sure to check out the new granite Old Man of the Mountain at the Main Entrance to greet you as you arrive.
  • Concord Grandstand Elevators
    • We installed a new timber frame above the entrance to the Concord Grandstand Elevator.
  • Concord Ticket Booth
    • New lights and a new roof were installed on the Concord Ticket Booth to add some character.
  • Trackside Terrace
    • Power, water and sewage have been added for those who camp in Trackside Terrace.

 

All of these upgrades are sure to improve the fan experience here at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this July.

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 www.NHMS.com, or call Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931.

Pitkat Ready To Defend His VMRS VictoryTitle At NHMS Sunday

Canaan, NH. – Woody Pitkat, of Stafford Springs, CT, is ready for this weekend’s ‘New England Short Track Showdown’ when the Valenti Modified Racing Series competes in a 50-lap shootout at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH. The race will be contested this Sunday, June 24, with Saturday set aside for a day of practice. Also on the docket are the Granite State Pro Series, Street Stock Showdown, and North East Mini Stock Tour.

Pitkat, winner of the inaugural race last season, looks forward to the event for good reason.

“Obviously very exited to go back there. I feel I have figured that place out the last handful of years. It’s a place I love going to. It’s our Daytona for the Modifieds with the drafting and passing we do,” said the 2015 VMRS champion and 4-time series winner.”

I’m very exited to be going there with our new Troyer chassis that we changed to a couple of races in. I have some very good notes from up there (Loudon) when I drove for Buzz Chew- won a couple of races and really looking forward to the weekend with that Troyer car. I think we’ll be even better than last year.”

The 2017 race featured 17 lead changes and Pitkat leading the field 9-different times. Can Sunday’s race be as competitive?

“Absolutely now that you have some people that have had an opportunity to race there. Drivers that have had seat time. Now that Jonathan McKennedy is going to be there — the 25-car has been the car to beat all year, they’ll be in contention, Anthony Nocella and Richard (Savary) and the rookies and young drivers have done a phenomenal job this year already.”

Pitkat is quick to point out, in his opinion, the rules package is right where it needs to be for this event.

“ I think Jack (Bateman) has done a good job getting all the engine packages together to create a level playing field, the gear ratio is where everybody needs to be and that’s what creates a lot of passing and a good show.”

Last year Pitkat took it upon himself to help some of the newcomers that had never driven the so-called ‘Magic Mile’. If someone came knocking on the door asking Woody would you help me out?

“Absolutely, I was thinking about that today said the driver of the Mayhew Tools/ Stebbins Racing # 52.  Definitely- if anyone wants to ask questions or wants me to go out on the track with them and do some drafting – to see how it is- that is going to give them more confidence and give me as a driver more confidence knowing that I can race with these guys. I don’t want them to go up there and second-guess what they are doing. I have no problem with helping anyone.” Pitkat concluded.”

Reigning Champion Anthony Nocella, of Woburn, MA, has a 21-point lead over former series champion Rowan Pennink (159) with Pitkat (150) currently third in the standings. Mike Willis sits fourth (148) and Sammy Rameau fifth (130).

Pre-race ceremonies are scheduled for 12 noon with qualifying heat races beginning at 12:30 PM

Shane Narbonne Has Been Crowned “The King of the Classic” at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

LOUDON, N.H. – The 95th annual Loudon Classic, the longest-running motorcycle race in America, capped off a successful Laconia Motorcycle Week on Saturday by crowning its king – none other than Shane Narbonne, who won his seventh Loudon Classic title – his fourth consecutive.

“It was good to come out here to my local track; it was fun,” said Shane Narbonne, who still holds the record for being the youngest winner in Loudon Classic history. “I won my first one 10 years ago when I was 18, and now I’m 28, so it feels cool to win today.”

Narbonne quickly took first place on his Yamaha R6  on the third lap of the 20-lap race, and that’s where he stayed. The victory lane presentation ended with fulfillment of a year-old promise from NHMS executive vice president and general manager, David McGrath.

“Last year, I said ‘If you keep winning this thing, I’m going to have to crown you the king of the Classic,’” said McGrath. “Well, I’m a man of my word. I want to present to you The King of the Loudon Classic.”

Narbonne was then presented with a king’s robe and gold crown.

“You would think in 95 years, you have seen it all in a race as long as the Loudon Classic has been going on, but today, we saw something for the first time,” said McGrath. “We saw Shane Narbonne win his fourth consecutive Loudon Classic. That has never been done before in the history of the race.”

Rounding out the top five in the Expert Middleweight Grand Prix were Scott Greenwood of Dunbarton, N.H. in second place, Christian Cronin of Loudon, N.H. in third place, Rick Doucette of Sandown, N.H. in fourth place and Alexander Guilbeault of Litchfield, N.H. in fifth place.

The Amateur race was taken by Ian Beam of Quincy, Mass., who held onto the first place spot for a majority of the race. Vicente Frontinan made a short appearance in the leading position, but Beam quickly took it back to win the race.

“We had a couple restarts, and we were all extremely exhausted,” said Beam. “When we came back in the garage, Vinny tells me ‘You know you’re not winning this. I’m going to get you.’ Sure enough he passed me with two laps left, and I chased him down for a bit. He looked back at me driving out of 12, and that was it for him. I passed him in the one and never saw him again. He made me work for it though. That’s the first time I beat him.”

Vicente Frontinan of Medford, Mass. and Jesse Burnett of Windham, N.H. rounded out the top three in the Amateur Middleweight Grand Prix.

The 95th annual Loudon Classic feature event is run by the Loudon Road Race Series in the form of the Middleweight Grand Prix. 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.

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 www.nhms.com, or call Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931.