Category Archives: NASCAR


BY: Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

PHOTO: Thompson Speedway/Clarus Studios

Good Morning Competitors:

We are going to go forward with the NASCAR Test & Tune slated for next Saturday, March 21, with a new format, because of the Executive Order signed by Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, banning gatherings of more than 250 people. We will run this event with under 250 people, split up into two different practice runs, in the same day. We will have a Test Session A and Test Session B. 


Pit Gates Open: 730am

Practice Runs: 9am-1pm

Pits Empty By: 130pm


Pit Gates Open: 130pm

Practice Begins: 2-6pm

Pits Empty: 615pm

In order to sign up for the Test & Tune, please visit the reservations tab of our track website at 

Please note that you can have FIVE team members per car signed up, INCLUDING the driver. Each team member is $25 per person. Please note that the five team members will include anyone you wish to bring with the car. You will not be allowed more than five. All pit admission must be arranged via the link above, there will be no pit ticket sales on the day of the event.

Once each race team has completed sign-up, please wait for Thompson officials to contact you in order to assign you a testing session. Please note that a valid email address must be used when signing up for the test session. That is the only way officials will be able to contact you.

Any safe race car is welcome for this event. 

Statement from NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 13, 2020) – “NASCAR has decided to postpone the race events at Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend and Homestead-Miami Speedway next weekend. We believe this decision is in the best interest of the safety and well-being of our fans, competitors, officials and everyone associated with our sport. We will continue to monitor this dynamic situation as we assess future race events.”

Three Racing Series Added to The Flat Track’s 2020 Lineup

King of Dirt Crate Modified Series, Sprint Cars of New England and the Granite State Mini-Sprint Racing Club will make their debut at The Flat Track at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this summer.

LOUDON, N.H. – Three new series have been added to The Flat Track lineup during New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s three major event weekends giving race fans more summertime racing. King of Dirt Crate Modified Series, Sprint Cars of New England and the Granite State Mini-Sprint Racing Club will debut at The Flat Track as part of June’s Motorcycle Week at NHMS, July’s NASCAR race weekend and September’s Full Throttle Fall Weekend.

“We are excited enhance our major event weekends by adding more racing for our fans,” said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “Last year’s events at The Flat Track were a lot of fun, and we’re looking forward to even more fun in the dirt this summer.”

The King of Dirt Crate Modified Series will bring the first ever dirt modified stock car race to The Flat Track on Friday, September 11 as a part of Full Throttle Dirt. This event kicks off New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s third annual Full Throttle Fall Weekend, which continues on Saturday, September 12 at the historic 1.058-mile oval. This new dirt event will bring the top Sportsman Modified racers from all around New England and New York for a 40-lap main event, marking King of Dirt’s first appearance in New Hampshire and the farthest east the tour has ever traveled.

Sprint Cars of New England will debut a pair of 30-lap races on the 0.25-mile Flat Track at Full Throttle Dirt on Friday, September 11 and wrapping up Motorcycle Week at NHMS on Saturday, June 20. The competitive racing club was founded in 2002 and features 600-horsepower alcohol-injected winged sprint cars that race in New Hampshire and Vermont.

The Granite State Mini-Sprint Racing Club will take to the track for 20-lap races on Saturday, June 20 during Motorcycle Week and return on Friday, July 17 for Friday Night Dirt Duels presented by New England Racing Fuel to kick off the NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 race weekend. This family-oriented racing club was formed in 1984 and uses motorcycle engines and drive components.

Improvements to the racing surface are underway for The Flat Track’s 2020 season, which will include adding banking and 10 feet of width to the corners and approximately 2,000 yards of new natural clay surface, courtesy of Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, Vt.

The Flat Track is the first track to be built in New England in the last 25 years. Crews turned roughly 186,095 square feet of ground and 3,000 tons of clay to build the 0.25-mile track which first opened in June 2019. The Flat Track, located directly behind the North East Motor Sports Museum, is the fourth racing surface on New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s 1,200-acre property, which already includes the famed 1.058-mile NASCAR oval, 1.6-mile road course and 0.25-mile mini-oval.

The Flat Track’s 2020 Schedule:

  • February 15-16: Snocross at The Flat Track
    • Eastern Snocross Tour
  • June 13: Laconia Short Track
    • American Flat Track
  • June 20: Motorcycle Week at NHMS
    • Sprint Cars of New England
    • Granite State Mini-Sprint Racing Club
  • July 17: Friday Night Dirt Duels presented by New England Racing Fuel
    • Granite State Mini-Sprint Racing Club
    • Granite State Legends Cars
    • USAC Dirt Midget Association
  • September 11: Full Throttle Dirt
    • King of Dirt Crate Modified Series
    • Sprint Cars of New England
    • USAC Dirt Midget Association

For more information on events at The Flat Track, including the June 13 Laconia Short Track, the June 20 Motorcycle Week at NHMS, the July 17 Friday Night Dirt Duels presented by New England Racing Fuel and the September 11 Full Throttle Dirt, visit New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s website at or call Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931.