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American-Canadian Tour Added to Full Throttle Fall Weekend

American-Canadian Tour and Granite State Legends Cars add three more races to Full Throttle Fall Weekend with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and ARCA Menards Series East, September 11-12, 2020.

LOUDON, N.H. – Three more short track races have been added to New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s Full Throttle Fall Weekend, September 11-12, 2020. The fresh new lineup will include the American-Canadian Tour and Granite State Legend Cars along with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and ARCA Menards Series East and will crown four season champions during the two-day event.

“New England race fans spoke, and we listened,” said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “Full Throttle Fall Weekend is now bigger and better with five heart-pounding short track races in two days. They won’t want to miss this high energy, thrilling race lineup!”

The American-Canadian Tour is no stranger to “The Magic Mile,” making nine appearances from 2009-2016 and making it’s homecoming on Saturday, September 12. The 75-lap feature is the final race of the Tour’s season championship and will hit the 1.058-mile oval at 4:00 p.m. capping off the day’s races. 

Prior to the ACT race, the ARCA Menards Series East will take on a 125-lap event at 2:30 p.m., which will also mark the final race of the series championship season. The weekend’s main event, the Musket 200 presented by Whelen, is the longest mileage race on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour beginning at 12:05 p.m. rounding out the day’s races on “The Magic Mile.”

The Granite State Legend Cars will also crown two champions at Full Throttle Fall Weekend with a 30-lap Oval Series race on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. on the 0.25-mile mini oval in turns one and two and a 20-lap Road Course Series event on the 0.95-mile modified road course on Friday at 5 p.m.

All Saturday ticket holders will have access to a free autograph session with all the drivers from the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, ARCA Menards Series East and American-Canadian Tour at 10:15 a.m. Pit passes for the speedway will allow access into the garages, on pit road and the racetrack with front-stage access for Saturday’s pre-race ceremonies, including driver introductions. Free and premium parking will be available along with various camping options.

Single-day tickets and upgrades for Full Throttle Fall Weekend are on sale now.

For ticket information for all events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, including the November 28, 2019-January 5, 2020 Gift of Lights presented by Eastern Propane & Oil, the June 13-20, 2020 Motorcycle Week at NHMS, the July 17-19, 2020 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 race weekend and the September 11-12, 2020 Full Throttle Fall Weekend visit the speedway website at NHMS.com or call Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931.

STEWART FRIESEN, HALMAR FRIESEN RACING ANNOUNCE 2020 NASCAR PLANS

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STATESVILLE, NC – Halmar Friesen Racing (HFR) officials today announced plans to chase the 2020 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series championship with driver Stewart Friesen.

The ‘20 season marks a new beginning for HFR and the No. 52.

HFR makes the move to Toyota with the support of Toyota Racing Development (TRD).

“We were all very impressed after spending time with Toyota,” Friesen said. “TRD has been welcoming to our organization. With their support, knowledge and technology, we hope to bring our team to another level.”

HFR has secured a new base of operations in Statesville, N.C. Trucks will be purchased through Kyle Busch Motorsports.

Tripp Bruce returns to the team as Crew Chief. Gene Nead has been signed as Competition Director.

“Through this transition, we’ve been able to retain several members of our team from last season,” Friesen said. “They’ve remained loyal to us and have new energy going into 2020.”

HFR principal Chris Larsen feels HFR has assembled a championship-caliber organization.

“The championship is our goal,” Larsen said. “Making it to the ‘Final Four’ was an accomplishment, but we’re all competitive. You want to be sitting at the head table at the series banquet. We’re working to be that team.”

Friesen, 36, enjoyed a career season on the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series in ’19, placing fourth in points and earning the first two victories of his career: on the dirt at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway in August and the ISM Raceway (Phoenix) in November.

In 23 events, Friesen’s two victories were accompanied by 12 top-five and 16 top-10 finishes.

The Canadian-born Friesen, who resides in Sprakers, N.Y., enters his fourth season of NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series competition.

About Halmar Friesen Racing
Founded in 2017, Halmar Friesen Racing of Statesville, N.C., is a leading NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series team fielding the Halmar International No. 52 Toyota Tundra for Stewart Friesen.

About Stewart Friesen
Born in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., Stewart Friesen is a 36-year-old professional stock car driver in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series. Now a resident of Sprakers, N.Y., Friesen additionally competes in 50-plus Northeast dirt Modified events annually. Friesen has amassed 307 career victories.

Gift of Lights Opens Thanksgiving Night

LOUDON, N.H. – With the holidays fast approaching, New Hampshire Motor Speedway is getting into the spirit by trading in the checkered flags for 2.5 million twinkly lights during the Gift of Lights presented by Eastern Propane & Oil. The ninth annual event spreads holiday cheer for 35 days with fundraising for the local community from Thursday, November 28 – Sunday, January 5 (full schedule available here).

This year, the 2.5-mile drive-thru light show is bigger and better with 520 displays and 80 different scenes opening at 4 p.m. daily including Thanksgiving and Christmas. The out of car experience includes the s’mores pit and $5 pictures with Santa Claus on Fridays and Saturdays through December 21.

Over 650 hours went into setting up this year’s show including the new Light Co. display with construction working elves, a cowboy Christmas, race cars, a military display plus the popular 12 Days of Christmas and the fan-favorite Tunnel of Lights, 130-foot long infield entrance and exit tunnels made up of over 25,000 lights.

“The holidays are all about traditions, spending time with family and helping those who are less fortunate,” said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “There’s no better way to do all of that than with a visit to the Gift of Lights. We love to see the community come together to help our neighbors while enjoying a festive night out with the family.”

Helping the community begins immediately at the front gate. A portion of all admissions proceeds benefit Speedway Children’s Charities, the official charity for New Hampshire Motor Speedway, which has distributed $1.7 million to local non-profits. On December 15, Yule Light Up The Night, a 2.1-mile fun run or walk with Millennium Running, will kick off at 4:30 p.m. and will also support SCC while giving visitors a unique view of the light show (Gift of Lights has a delayed opening).

For a $2 discount, visitors can bring three or more non-perishable canned goods for donation to the Loudon Food Pantry. Since the Gift of Lights first started in 2011, food and monetary donations have allowed New Hampshire Motor Speedway to donate more than 93,000 pounds of food providing more than 88,000 meals to locals during the holiday and winter months.

The Loudon Firefighters Association will fundraise by hosting the s’mores pit on Friday and Saturday nights through December 21. Over the last two years, nearly $6,500 was raised for their off-road utility vehicle fund for the purchase of a UTV for wildland firefighting efforts, off-road rescues and searches for missing individuals in town.

Coca-Cola night is December 15, after the conclusion of Yule Light Up The Night, and will include the iconic Coca-Cola Santa and caravan. Theme nights allow visitors to get in to the holiday spirit and save $2 off admissions at the gate by dressing up for Pajama Night (December 4), Military Night (December 11) and Ugly Sweater Night (December 18).

Admission is $25 per car. The Gift of Lights will be closed on December 2, 3, 9 and 10. Please visit www.NHMS.com/GiftOfLights for event details. A PDF version of the schedule is available: https://www.NHMS.com/Documents/Gift-Of-Lights-Schedule-2019.pdf

For ticket information for all events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, including the November 28, 2019-January 5, 2020 Gift of Lights presented by Eastern Propane & Oil, the June 13-20, 2020 Motorcycle Week at NHMS, the July 17-19, 2020 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 race weekend and the September 11-12, 2020 Full Throttle Fall Weekend visit the speedway website at NHMS.com or call Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931.