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New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Foxwoods Resort Casino Head Into 2021 Together with Extended Partnership

Building on recent success, two of New England’s premier entertainment destinations announce extension of partnership to bring NASCAR’s Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 to “The Magic Mile.”

LOUDON, N.H. – After three rousing seasons as the title sponsor of the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301, today Foxwoods Resort Casino and New Hampshire Motor Speedway have reaffirmed their commitment to bringing world-class racing to New England at “The Magic Mile” by announcing their continued partnership through the 2021 race season. Fans will now be able to enjoy the NASCAR thrills of the highly anticipated Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 through summer 2021.

“From the start, we knew that teaming up with an established Northeast destination partner would be a win-win, and we certainly hit the jackpot in affiliating with Foxwoods Casino Resort,” said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “We are extremely proud to announce an extension of that partnership today and look forward to working together to build on the legacy of two storied New England travel destinations.”

The partnership began in 2017 as a ticket incentive program, but quickly expanded into leading with naming rights for New England’s foremost NASCAR Cup Series – the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301. With this extension, the resort will hold naming rights for the event through at least 2021.

“The partnership between New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Foxwoods Resort Casino was the first of its kind in the region, as two powerhouse destinations came together to create the ultimate summertime experience in New England with the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301,” said Jason Guyot, Foxwoods Resort Casino’s SVP of Resort Operations and Interim CEO. “We are thrilled to be able to offer fans more of what they’ve come to know and love about the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 tradition by seeing them back at the track next year for what is sure to be a wild 2021 race. We’re thankful for our partnership with NHMS and are ready to keep delivering fun, fan-driven experiences.”

The next chapter in the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 history will be written Sunday as NASCAR’s best take to the track for the most anticipated event of the speedway’s 30th anniversary season. Defending winner, Kevin Harvick, a four-time Cup Series victor at “The Magic Mile,” looks to make it three straight after narrowly defeating Denny Hamlin last season. But to earn the three-peat, he’ll have to best a talented field, including seven-time Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, fan-favorite Chase Elliott and New England locals Joey Logano and Ryan Preece.

At the racetrack today, Foxwoods will have an exciting text-to-win campaign, where guests text RACING to 95840 and have the chance to win an exclusive overnight Foxwoods package including hotel accommodations, $250 in dining and tickets to MONZA World-Class Karting – just by sending a text from their mobile device.

Green flag is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, with coverage starting on NBCSN at 2:30 p.m. and on Sirius XM NASCAR radio and the Performance Racing Network radio affiliates at 2 p.m.

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Jimmie Johnson Receives Rare Colonial Musket; 5K Running Trail Named in His Honor Ahead of His Final Race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Seven-time Cup Series champion and three-time winner at “The Magic Mile,” Jimmie Johnson, will run the final Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 as full-time NASCAR Cup Series driver.

LOUDON, N.H. – New Hampshire Motor Speedway honored the career and legacy of Jimmie Johnson as he prepares for his final Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 race at “The Magic Mile” as a full-time Cup Series driver on Sunday. NHMS Executive Vice President and General Manager David McGrath presented the veteran driver with a custom-designed musket and dedicated a new 5K running trail around New Hampshire Motor Speedway named in Johnson’s honor.

“Jimmie’s impact on our sport, including his three wins here at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, are truly immeasurable,” said David McGrath. “As he prepares for his final run at ‘The Magic Mile’ today, we hope these gifts serve as a sign – both to Jimmie and the many race fans who will enjoy our new 5K course for years to come – of how impactful his career has been both on and off the track.”

The commemorative musket represents the type of flintlock firearm that militiamen from all over New England carried during the siege of Boston on April 19, 1775. Handcrafted by Edwin Parry of Black Hart Long Arms out of Eastford, Conn., the musket replicates the English style of the 1770s. Made in New England of American cherry, the musket measures 41 inches in length and features a 20-gauge round barrel, engraved round-faced English lock, brass mounts and a silver commemorative plaque. The musket came with a traditional trifold hat.

In addition, speedway officials unveiled the new Jimmie Johnson 5k Way, a trail dedicated to the three-time New Hampshire Motor Speedway winner and avid runner. The route, which winds throughout the speedway’s property, is designed for walkers or joggers to use during race weekends and throughout the year. The 5k start/finish line is decorated with “48” and “JJ” in blue and yellow, a nod to Johnson’s participation in the 2019 Boston Marathon.

“I knew that coming to these tracks for a final time, there would be some great opportunities to celebrate, which I was excited about, but with what COVID has thrown at us, it’s been a wild and weird year for all of us,” Johnson said. “This is really special. When I saw what was being proposed, I smiled because of all the time I’ve spent out here training and getting ready, really enjoying this climate and this beautiful countryside. And there’s always a place in the man room for a cool musket. I have a few guns that I’ve collected from Texas Motor Speedway, and this is the first official musket I have, so I’m excited about that.”

Green flag is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, with coverage starting on NBCSN at 2:30 p.m. and on Sirius XM NASCAR radio and the Performance Racing Network radio affiliates at 2 p.m.

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Keselowski Dominates the Field for Third NHMS Win Hamlin comes up just short for second year in a year.

LOUDON, N.H. – Brad Keselowski battled Mother Nature, fuel mileage and Denny Hamlin, but came out victorious against all three at the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday.

New England’s first major sporting event with fans since the start of the pandemic was briefly paused by a rain shower early in the second stage, but the delay didn’t deter excited race fans – and Keselowski didn’t disappoint, leading a race-high 184 laps and holding off Hamlin for the win.

“We’ve had a lot of great races this year with the No. 2 car and we just haven’t really gone out and dominated a race, you know?” Keselowski said. “I was talking to (crew chief) Jeremy Bullins and said that’s what we really need to get to that next level. We’re right there. We just need to go out there and dominate a race; that’s what today was for us.”

An 81-lap green flag run to the checkers ultimately helped Keselowski pull away from Hamlin’s Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota to secure the win, his second at New Hampshire, and with it a live, 18-pound Loudon the Lobster.

“That thing is heavy,” Keselowski told Foxwoods Resort Casino executives during a virtual Zoom trophy presentation after the race. “I don’t know what happened to it the last time – maybe my crew guys ate it – but I didn’t get any. I’m looking forward to getting to enjoy some of this one.”

Despite trading the lead 13 different times over the course of the race, Hamlin had to settle for the runner-up spot for the second year in a row.

“It felt like short track racing, like half-mile short track racing,” said Hamlin. “We were crossing each other over, running into each other and knocking each other up the racetrack. We were doing slide jobs in the middle of the corner. It was fun racing those guys. They were very, very deserving today, and I’m happy for them, because you hate to have a fast car and you don’t finish it off, but I felt obviously the two best cars finished one-two today, and they just got the better end of us. Overall, the racing part of it, I was just having a good time racing there on the short run and even that long run there at the end of the first stage with the Penske cars. It was fun.”

Martin Truex Jr. and New England native Joey Logano joined four-time NHMS winner Kevin Harvick to round out the top five.

Playoff hopefuls Matt DiBenedetto and rookie Tyler Reddick both helped their chances for a championship run with a strong run, finishing sixth and 10th respectively.

The race was marked by 11 cautions, the first of which took out 2019 Cup Series champion Kyle Busch just 15 laps into the race.

Up next at “The Magic Mile” is Motorcycle Week at NHMS, Aug. 22-29, and Full Throttle Fall Weekend featuring the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Musket 200 presented by Whelen, Sept. 11-12.

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