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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 NHMS.com or call Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931.

Local Nonprofits Benefit From Gift of Lights

LOUDON, N.H. – Three local nonprofits experienced true holiday spirit, each benefitting from the generosity of those who attended the Gift of Lights presented by Eastern Propane & Oil at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The seasonal event, which ran from Thanksgiving through January 5, kicked off the year’s fundraising efforts for Speedway Children’s Charities New Hampshire Chapter with $30,000, provided an extra 4,800 meals to the Loudon Food Pantry and helped the Loudon Firefighters Association raise $4,000.

Gift of Lights visitors received a discount on their admission when they brought at least three non-perishable food items to donate to the Loudon Food Pantry. These donations contributed to a total of 5,858 pounds of food, which will provide 4,882 meals.

“It’s always great when a community comes together to help those in need,” said Sue Houck, president of the Loudon Food Pantry. “Thanks to the generosity of those that attended the Gift of Lights and those that work at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, there will be fewer families making the choice to eat or heat their homes this winter.”

Since the Gift of Lights first started in 2011, food and monetary donations have allowed NHMS to donate over 98,000 pounds of food to the Loudon Food Pantry, which has provided nearly 93,000 meals to locals during the holiday and winter months.

Speedway Children’s Charities New Hampshire Chapter, which raises money for children in need throughout New England, received a portion of each car’s admission and a part of the registration proceeds for the Yule Light Up The Night run/walk put on by Millennium Running for a total of $30,218, making this one of the largest SCCNH fundraisers annually. The funds raised will be combined with the proceeds from other SCCNH events throughout 2020 and be distributed through grants to local nonprofits in December. As the official charity of the speedway, Speedway Children’s Charities New Hampshire Chapter has raised $220,476 from the Gift of Lights since 2011 and has distributed more than $1.8 million supporting over 808,000 children throughout New England since its inception in 2009.

The Loudon Firefighters Association hosted a s’mores pit on eight Friday and Saturday nights during Gift of Lights for a monetary donation totaling $3,736 for their Off Road Utility Vehicle Fund, which will be used for off road firefighting and rescue situations. The Loudon Firefighters Association has hosted the s’mores pit during Gift of Lights for three years now, collecting a total of $10,169.

The Gift of Lights presented by Eastern Propane and Oil, which has seen more than 108,000 cars since it started in 2011, is a 2.5-mile drive-thru light show, which transforms New Hampshire Motor Speedway into a twinkling winter wonderland with 80 different scenes, 520 displays and 2.5 million LED lights.

For ticket information for all events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, including the June 13-20 Motorcycle Week at NHMS, the July 17-19 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 race weekend and the September 11-12 Full Throttle Fall Weekend visit the speedway website at NHMS.com or call Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931.

Snocross Makes its Debut at The Flat Track to Kick Off 2020

The Eastern Snocross Tour will kick off the action-packed 2020 lineup at The Flat Track, which also includes American Flat Track, Granite State Legends Cars and the USAC Dirt Midget Association.

LOUDON, N.H. – The Flat Track at New Hampshire Motor Speedway will kick off its 2020 season in the height of the New England winter with an action-packed snocross event. The Eastern Snocross Tour will make its debut on the snow-covered dirt track when it rips into Loudon February 15-16, marking the first ever winter event on The Flat Track.

 “We’re looking forward to a full season of racing on our newest racing surface, The Flat Track,” said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “As New Englanders, we all know the cold and the snow is inevitable, and many of our fans already embrace the winter months by riding snowmobiles throughout the state. The Flat Track’s lineup will give them another reason to love racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.”

This two-day event will be round three of seven in the Eastern Snocross Tour Championship sanctioned by International Snowmobile Racing. Pro riders from around the east coast and beyond will compete in two qualifying rounds prior to the final event, which will be under the lights on Saturday, February 15. The course will include a 100-foot frontstretch triple with a rhythm section on the backstretch that will have the fans on their feet. Youth divisions will also take to the track with riders starting as young as six years old.

Once the snow melts and New Englanders take their motorcycles out of winter storage, the Laconia Short Track, sanctioned by American Flat Track, will return on Saturday, June 13 to kick off Motorcycle Week at NHMS, which continues through Saturday, June 20.

Friday Night Dirt Duels presented by New England Racing Fuel will kick off the NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 race weekend on Friday, July 17 headlined by the Granite State Legends Cars and the USAC Dirt Midget Association, featuring a night of short track racing on the dirt with NASCAR stars.

The USAC Dirt Midget Association will race on The Flat Track for a second time in 2020 on Friday, September 11 during Full Throttle Fall Weekend with additional events being announced at a later date.

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 a 0.25-mile mini-oval.

For ticket information for all events at The Flat Track, including the February 15-16, 2020 Eastern Snocross Tour, the June 13, 2020 Laconia Short Track, the July 17, 2020 Friday Night Dirt Duels presented by New England Racing Fuel and the September 11, 2020, visit New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s website at NHMS.com or call Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931.

About the Eastern Snocross Tour

The Eastern Snocross Tour was formed by a handful of industry veterans in the fall of 2019. Led by owner Bruce Gaspardi Sr., a respected powersports dealer from western Massachusetts and longtime snocross supporter, the new series is striving to keep this sport alive here in the northeast. For the latest series news, follow Facebook.com/ESXT28.

About American Flat Track

American Flat Track is the world’s premier dirt track motorcycle racing series and one of the longest-running championships in the history of motorsports. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing in Daytona Beach, Fla., the series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt track motorcycle racing on the globe. For more information on American Flat Track, please visit http://www.AmericanFlatTrack.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, check us out on Instagram, live stream the events at FansChoice.TV and catch all the American Flat Track racing action on NBCSN.

About the Granite State Legends

The Granite State Legends Road Course and Oval Series run as part of the U.S. Legend Cars International. Legend car racing is one of the fastest growing and most affordable types of American motorsports powered by a motorcycle engine and resembles the legendary American automobiles of the 1930s and ’40s. Drivers range in age from 12 to 65+ years old. To learn more, visit NHMS.com and click on Local Racing.

About the USAC Dirt Midget Association

The series was formed after seeing a need to bring affordable dirt midget racing back to the Northeast area. The USAC DMA offers a great way to race top notch racecars while keeping a budget friendly division top priority. The series has a very diverse group of drivers and car owners from rookies to seasoned veterans from all disciplines of racing. To learn more about the USAC Dirt Midget Association, please visit the series website at USACDMA.com or on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/DirtMidgetAssociation.