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The Checkered Flag Has Dropped for the 2019 Loudon Road Race Series Season

LOUDON, N.H. – The 2019 Loudon Road Race Series season, which featured 174 expert riders, 134 amateur riders and 60 novice riders, closed with the completion of round seven as the riders took on the 1.6-mile road course this past weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Many competitors ended their season adding a few more achievements and milestones to their personal records.

“It was probably one of the greatest feelings I think I’ll ever feel,” said Daniel Weems reflecting on his first career expert win, which included beating veteran expert rider Scott Greenwood, in round six’s Heavyweight Supersport. “Not very many people beat old Scotty, but I got the jump on him from the start, and it was kind of like waiting for a shark attack. The halfway point came, then the white flag came and I was screaming at myself, ‘brake, apex, gas.’ I was sliding absolutely everywhere, and then I hit the checkered flag. I haven’t felt that since I won my first amateur race two years ago.”

Abington, Mass. native Weems, who started racing with the Loudon Road Race Series in 2017 as an amateur, completed his second expert season this past weekend taking home a top five and a top 15. Now that he’s beaten Greenwood in the wet, he has shifted his focus to beating him in the dry in, what he’s hoping, the 2020 season.

Many riders improved their skills enough to jump up a class during the 2019 season, landing in a whole new starting grid as they eagerly awaited the green flag on the frontstretch. More than 20 riders earned amateur level credentials after successfully exceeding the requirements of novice level riding, and a few, like 13-year-old Brianna McHugh, who was a first-time LRRS competitor this season, improved exponentially well, earning them expert status.

“I’m part of the Penguin Roadracing School mentor program,” said McHugh, a Rindge, N.H. native who achieved two top fives and two top tens in round seven. “Eric, John and everyone on the team really helped me out a ton, and I can’t thank them enough. I’ve made so much improvement just because of them.”

After a successful 2018 season, Milton, Vt. native Tyler Wasserbauer made the leap from amateur to expert to begin his second season with LRRS and managed to secure the 2019 expert GTO championship.

“Cory [Hildebrand] kind of gave the GTO championship to me,” said Wasserbauer. “He’s faster than me and I have yet to beat him, but he didn’t go out in the rain, so that was the difference in the championship. The transition from a 600 to a 1,000 was a big step, and then also going from amateur to expert was a big step, so it was a lot of change at once. I’m lucky more than anything.”

A little bit of luck may have been on his side in earning the title of 2019 expert GTO champion, but nonetheless, Wasserbauer’s achievements in his first year as an expert rider landed him on the podium 17 out of a possible 28 times, proving he more than deserves a championship title. He closed out round seven with two podium finishes, a top five and a top 10.

The awards banquet honoring the 2019 champions from the Loudon Road Race Series, MOAT Mountain Road Course Series and J&J’s Yolk & Co. Oval Series is on November 16 at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. The Loudon Road Race Series will return to New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the spring to kick off the 2020 season.

Check out the full results from all races: https://trackintel.com/ti/lrrs/ajax2014/results/index.html

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Photo Courtesy: NHMS/Martin Hanlon

October Brings More Exciting On-Track Action to New Hampshire Motor Speedway

LOUDON, N.H. – The green landscape of New Hampshire Motor Speedway is transforming to rich hues of red, orange and gold, creating a beautiful New England fall background for the exciting events lined up for October at “The Magic Mile.”

“We love summer for obvious reasons, but fall in New England is just spectacular,” said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “As the 2019 racing season quickly wraps up, October is still full of fun events with exciting action for our fans to enjoy – all while experiencing the beautiful New England foliage.”

The fan-favorite 24 Hours of Lemons Halloween Hooptiefest, the world’s first endurance race series for cars that cost $500 or less, returns to Loudon to take on the 1.6-mile road course Oct. 19-20. With 10,000 participants spread across dozens of races at tracks coast-to-coast, no other event creates bigger, weirder, more hilariously-irrational challenges than this weekend-long blowout of bumper-to-bumper competition between cars that are due for the scrapheap. Tickets, which include infield access, are $30 for the weekend and a portion of the proceeds benefit Speedway Children’s Charities New Hampshire Chapter. Overnight camping is available for purchase at the front gate on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Thursday, Oct. 17.

Two wheels take to the track when motorcycles come to town. Penguin Roadracing School will hit the track Oct. 4 prior to the Loudon Road Race Series taking on the road course for round seven, the final round of the 2019 season, Oct. 5-6. The following day, riders of any skill level who want to learn the physics of how a motorcycle works and how to make it do what you want can join Fishtail Riding School on Oct. 7. Legend cars will accompany the LRRS weekend with MOAT Mountain Road Course Series, Oct. 5-6.

Car clubs will invade the speedway when the White Mountain Chapter of the BMW Car Club of America (Oct. 5), COM Sports Car Club (Oct. 12-13), Sports Car Club of New Hampshire (Oct. 13) and the Boston Chapter of the BMW Car Club of America (Oct. 26) come to town.

Looking to get involved with drifting? The Team O’Neil Rally School will be at NHMS on Oct. 12-13 with their Drift Driving Course. This course helps drivers progress their skills with different levels of instruction that cater to everyone from beginners to intermediate drivers. North East Drift Co. will keep grassroots drifting fun and alive with their Fall Brawl on Oct. 5-6, and GIG Motorsports brings their Halloween Drift-tacular to the speedway on Oct. 20. Spectator wristbands are available for purchase for both events at the Operations window at the Main Entrance at NHMS on the day of the events. NEDCo will also be at the speedway Oct. 26-27 and offers free ride-alongs to those who purchase a spectator wristband.

The New England Half Marathon on Sunday, Oct. 13 will take runners on a scenic journey from the start line at the entrance of New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, along country roads to the finish line at the New Hampshire State House in Concord. Registration is open now through the morning of the half marathon, and a portion of the proceeds benefit Speedway Children’s Charities New Hampshire Chapter.

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 13-21, 2020 Motorcycle Week at NHMS and the July 17-19, 2020 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 race weekend, visit the speedway website at NHMS.com or call Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931.

Ty Gibbs Earns His First Career NASCAR Win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

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LOUDON, N.H. – After knocking on the door of victory lane four times this season, Ty Gibbs, driver of the No. 54 Toyota, finally broke through and drove his way to the win after  his first visit to New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday after taking the checkered flag for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Apple Barrel 125 during the second annual Full Throttle Fall Weekend.

“It was just like going on a Sunday drive the car was so good,” said Gibbs, who started the race from the third position. “We led a lot of laps, and we got a little tight halfway through the race, but the guys fixed it up, and we went back out there and won.”

Gibbs led a majority of the race with Chase Cabre, who won at Loudon in July, Sam Mayer and Tanner Gray close behind. Gibbs lost his cushion after a late-race caution, but pulled away after bumping Gray, securing the first place position for the remainder of the race. Gray, Josh Berry, Spencer Davis and Mayer rounded out the top five at the conclusion after a four-car battle for second place.

Racing is in his blood, so it’s no surprise the grandson of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series team owner Joe Gibbs landed in victory lane during his rookie season after only 11 starts.

With his 17th birthday only two weeks away, today’s victory lane celebration served as an early birthday present for the Charlotte, N.C. native.

For ticket information for all events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, including the September 20-21, 2019 Full Throttle Fall Weekend, the June 13-21, 2020 Motorcycle Week at NHMS and the July 17-19, 2020 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 race weekend, visit the speedway website at NHMS.com or call Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931.