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NASCAR Drivers Helped New Hampshire Motor Speedway Kick Off Speeding to Read

LOUDON, N.H. – NASCAR drivers Melissa Fifield, Matt Swanson and Tyler Ankrum visited with nearly 500 kids on Monday in the Granite State to help kick off New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s Speeding to Read program for this school year.

From the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, Fifield and Swanson joined the points leader for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, Tyler Ankrum, to make visits to Loudon and Allenstown Elementary Schools.

“As a kid, I used to have the same kind of program, but it wasn’t as cool as this where we actually got involved with the Speedway,” said 17-year-old rookie Tyler Ankrum. “Being a NASCAR fan for all my life, it’s really fun and exciting to see all these kids pumped up for reading through the cool perks from the Speedway. Reading is a really important aspect in all of our lives.”

All three drivers talked about how they got started in racing, their favorite books, answered questions from the students and Ankrum even shot some hoops with the kids in Allenstown during recess.

In June, 26-year-old Wakefield, N.H. native Fifield paid a visit to the two winning classrooms, both of which happened to be at Allenstown Elementary School. Students among all participating schools in last year’s Speeding to Read program read nearly 63,000 books.

Swanson came from just over the border in Acton, Mass. to participate in Monday’s event.

“It’s been a great day here with New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Tyler Ankrum and Melissa Fifield teaching the kids how important it is to read in elementary school,” said Swanson. “It’s awesome to contribute and help publicize how important it is to read. It’s been fun hanging out with the kids, seeing how this program helps them, hearing how many books they’ve read and promoting the race coming up on September 22 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.”

Fifield, Swanson and Ankrum will all return to New Hampshire for Full Throttle Fall Weekend, as they all take on “The Magic Mile” – Ankrum in the first global NASCAR K&N Pro Series race, the Apple Barrel 125, and Fifield and Swanson in the longest mileage and richest purse race in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour history, the Musket 250. The Sept. 21-22 weekend will also feature the first time Canada’s NASCAR Pinty’s Series will race in the U.S. at the Visit New Hampshire 100.

For ticket information for Full Throttle Fall Weekend visit the speedway website at or call Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931.

About Speeding to Read

Speeding to Read is an incentive-based, motorsports-themed reading program launched by New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2017 to encourage elementary school students to read more frequently during the school year. Student bodies are split into two divisions – kindergarten through second grade and third through fifth grade – with individuals, classrooms and schools competing against each other to read the most books and earn the title of Speeding to Read champions. At the end of each school year, the top classrooms from each division receive a special visit from New Hampshire Motor Speedway to celebrate reading the most books. This year, there are four schools competing in Speeding to Read in Laconia, Loudon, Allenstown and Concord, N.H.

Take the Bus From Long Island to NHMS for the NASCAR WMT Musket 250

With the biggest NASCAR WMT race  in history coming up on September 21st and  22nd fans have been quickly buying up tickets to the historic race.

The Musket 250 will be the highest paying NASCAR WMT race in history. The winner of the Musket 250 will take home at least $25,000 plus with lap money that could be pushed to over $40,000 or more.

The 250-lap event brings back memories of the Race of Champion events at the Pocono Raceway many years ago.  As with those races this race will be about strategy, endurance, determination and racing skill.

Point leader Justin Bonsignore will roar into the NHMS winning 7 features already this season and a win there could just about lock down the 2018 championship.  With 2 weeks to prepare teams are already getting ready for the highest paying, longest race in the history of the NASCAR WMT.

An added bonus the NASCAR Pintys series  from Canada will make its first appearance in the US and the NASCAR K & N East will bring one of its largest fields of cars this season to the NHMS.

But how to get to the if you are from Long Island?

Teds Race Tours will get you there in comfort and back.  Ted’s Race Tours  bus will leave on Sat. morning September 22nd  getting you to the track in plenty of time to catch all the days  racing activities. At the end of the event  you will  be bused to a local hotel for the evening  and return on Sunday September 23rd to Long Island .

At the track you can buy your tickets or for the first time buy pit passes for unprecedented access to the garage areas on race day.

Contact Teds Race Tours for more information.  Teds Race Tours

Full Throttle Weekend tickets and upgrades  can be purchased here: NHMS Full Throttle Weekend Tickets and Upgrades

To purchase laps and add  your sponsorship the race click here: Musket 250 Laps

September Brings the Inaugural Full Throttle Fall Weekend to NHMS

LOUDON, N.H. – As the summer winds down, New Hampshire Motor Speedway is heating up with jam-packed weekends throughout the month of September. Car clubs, motorcycle racing, drifting and racing experiences are just a few of the events taking over the Speedway, but it’s the inaugural Full Throttle Fall Weekend headlining “The Magic Mile” Sept. 21-22 with NASCAR short track racing.

Full Throttle Fall Weekend is set to become the annual must-see, must-attend short track event in New England. This Saturday tripleheader will include the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship points race, Canada’s NASCAR Pinty’s Series, who will race for the first time in America, and be headlined by the Musket 250, the longest mileage race in the history of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

“This is going to be an unforgettable weekend for short track racers and fans from all over New England,” said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “Full Throttle Fall Weekend is full of unprecedented access for our fans, and we are looking forward to the inaugural event hitting the track and quickly becoming the newest fall family tradition.”

To kick off Speedway Children’s Charities New Hampshire Chapter’s fundraising efforts for Full Throttle Fall Weekend, they’re hosting a Charity Clay Shoot on Sept. 20 at 20th Skeet & Clays in Hooksett. The Red Bucket Brigade will return to the grandstands on Saturday.

New Hampshire Motor Speedway serves as host for many other clubs and events in September including:

Throughout the summer, the Sunapee Racing Team has held cycling events at the Speedway every Thursday, which will continue through Sept. 13. Cyclists from all over New England participate in and promote the sport of competitive cycling with a keen emphasis on its long term viability and growth.

The Loudon Road Race Series’ final two rounds of Championship Cup Series motorcycle racing will take place on the 1.6-mile road course on Sept. 8-9 and 29-30. Over the years, LRRS has developed a reputation for having some of the closest and most intense racing on two wheels.

The J&J’s Yolk & Co. 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, Sept. 8, 15 and 29. The series pulls drivers from across New England, and these competitors are narrowing down their chase for 2018 world championship points to compete at the World Championships at Las Vegas Motor Speedway later this fall.

You can catch the Moat Mountain Road Course Series on the 1.6-mile road course Sept. 8-9 and 29-30, 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.

Club Loose North keeps drifting alive in New Hampshire as they lay down rubber as tires slide across the pavement Sept. 8-9 and 29-30 and October 27-28.

The Sports Car Club of New Hampshire will make an appearance at NHMS on Sept. 9. Are you ready to get behind the wheel and put your sports car driving skills through the test of a time-trial competition?

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 Sept. 15, 16 and 23 and October 27.

The Boston Chapter of the BMW Club of America will be at NHMS on Sept. 15 providing an opportunity to other members to meet BMW lovers as well as enjoy show love to their ultimate driving machines.

Looking to get involved with drifting? The Team O’Neil Rally School will be at NHMS on Sept. 15 with their Drift Driving Course and Sept. 16 with their Drift Event. The Drift Driving course takes their 20+ years of loose surface instruction to paved surfaces and can introduce drivers to the sport or simply help drivers progress their skills. They offer different levels of instruction that cater to everyone from beginners to intermediate drivers. The Drift Event promises to offer equal track time to all entrants regardless of skill level. The goal is to help all drivers get the time they deserve behind the wheel in a fun, laid back environment. Spectators are welcome – tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the gate.

The NH Karting Association comes to NHMS Sept. 15 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.

For full schedule and ticket information on all 2018 events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, including the September 21-22 Full Throttle Fall Weekend, please stop by the ticket office, visit the speedway website or call Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931.