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Gift of Lights Illuminates “The Magic Mile” Starting Thanksgiving Evening

The 11th annual Gift of Lights is open nightly Nov. 25, 2021 through Jan. 2, 2022 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway
with 3.5 million lights.

LOUDON, N.H. – The family tradition of driving through 2.5 miles of dazzling Christmas light displays at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) continues this year with the Gift of Lights. The 11th annual event will spread 39 nights of holiday cheer with fundraising for the local community from Thanksgiving Thursday, Nov. 25 through Sunday, Jan. 2.

This year, the drive-thru light show will feature 3.5 million lights, a 150-foot RGB (red/green/blue) Tunnel of Lights, new arches, toys, numerous scenes including the popular 12 Days of Christmas and much more. Crews are in the process of spending more than 650 work hours to set up more than 520 displays and 80 different scenes. Featured attractions will also include the fan-favorite 130-foot-long infield entrance and exit tunnels to the infield with more than 25,000 lights and the opportunity to roast marshmallows and toast s’mores over open fire pits. On Dec. 12, fans can get some exercise while enjoying the show by foot with the Yule Light Up The Night 2/1-mile fun run or walk starting at 4:30 p.m.

“This is one of our favorite times of the year as we transform our facility from a high-speed, action-packed racetrack to a magical holiday wonderland,” said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “We can’t wait to welcome families to ‘The Magic Mile’ as they make special memories together enjoying the lights, toasting s’mores and spreading holiday spirit to the community.”

Helping the community is a major part of what makes Gift of Lights so special, as the event benefits the New Hampshire Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities (SCCNH) to support children in need throughout New England. A portion of proceeds from Gift of Lights admissions, s’more kit purchases and fun run/walk race registrations will benefit SCCNH. As the official charity of the speedway, SCCNH has raised $341,883 from Gift of Lights since 2011. The chapter has donated $1.8 million to deserving regional charities supporting more than 808,000 children throughout New England since in 2009.

Attendees who bring three or more non-perishable food items for the Loudon Food Pantry will receive a $2 discount on single-vehicle admission. Over the past decade, food and monetary donations at Gift of Lights have generated nearly 99,000 pounds of food totaling nearly 93,000 meals for families in need during the holiday and winter months.

Fans in the holiday spirit can also save on admission at the Main Entrance by participating in theme nights. Attendees can save $5 per car at the gate on Dress Your Pet Night (Nov. 29), Crazy PJ Night (Nov. 30), Crazy Sweater Night (Dec. 1) and Decorate Your Car Night (Dec. 8). Military members and first responders can enjoy Gift of Lights for free Dec. 9 by showing a military or first responder ID. Discounts are available only for drive-up admissions and not on advance online purchases.

Tickets and Hours of Operation:

Show hours are 4:30-9 p.m. Sunday – Thursday and 4:30-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, depending on the weather. All traffic must enter through NHMS’s South Entrance. Admission is available for purchase online at NHMS.com or at NHMS for $30-35 per car and $60 per bus or limousine.

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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Returns to “The Magic Mile” on July 16

Photo Noah Watts/Myracenews

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour joins the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series for New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s
traditional mid-summer NASCAR race weekend, July 16-17, 2022.

LOUDON, N.H. – The New England fan-favorite NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT) has been added to the lineup for New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s (NHMS) 2022 NASCAR race weekend, July 16-17. The modifieds will kick off the race weekend on Doubleheader Saturday, July 16 with a 100-lap race followed by a 200-lap NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) race. The NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) will cap off the weekend with a 301-lap race on Sunday, July 17.

“Our NASCAR race weekend just isn’t complete without the Whelen Modified Tour,” said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “The modified tour always produces a thrilling, edge-of-your-seat show for fans at ‘The Magic Mile,’ and we can’t wait to see what they have in store for us on July 16, 2022.”

This past summer, Berlin, Connecticut’s Ryan Preece outdueled the competition with a turn four pass in overtime to capture his first-ever points win at “The Magic Mile.”

“I feel like I won Daytona,” Preece said in victory lane. “If you’re from this area, this place means a lot to you. Coming here since I was a little kid, my grandfather and I used to camp right back there. Since I started racing the modifieds back in 2007, this has been that one track that has really alluded me… Really, really friggin’ happy to win this race.”

Details regarding the full weekend schedule and broadcast information for NASCAR’s 2022 weekend at NHMS will be released at a later date.

Tickets:

Tickets and camping are on sale now at NHMS.com. Adult tickets start at just $35 for Doubleheader Saturday and $49 for Sunday. Tickets for kids 12 and under are free on Saturday and just $10 on Sunday. Further details can be found on the New Hampshire Motor Speedway website or by calling 833-4LOUDON.

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Century-Old Fence Revived Thanks to NHMS Speedway Cares Day

New Hampshire Motor Speedway staff performed a day of community service scraping, painting and restoring a historic fence in the speedway’s hometown of Loudon, N.H.

LOUDON, N.H. – New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) staff members enjoyed a day of community service and team building Wednesday for the third annual Speedway Cares Day in Loudon, N.H., hometown to “The Magic Mile.” The team spent a combined total of 78 hours scraping, repainting and restoring more than 250 feet of fence at Loudon’s oldest town cemetery.

“The work to beautify and preserve this over 100-year-old chestnut fencing is a great value to Loudon’s historical past,” said Loudon Selectmen Chairman Roger Maxfield. “On behalf of the Town of Loudon, the Board of Selectmen sincerely thank New Hampshire Motor Speedway personnel for their annual community work on town properties.”

Speedway Cares Day has become an annual day of community service for the NHMS team after a successful inaugural event in 2018 when they cleaned up the recreation field and prepped the baseball field and dugouts for the Loudon Youth Baseball Program. Other past Speedway Cares Day projects include trimming bushes, raking and aerating lawns, cleaning mulch beds and spreading new mulch, sweeping parking lots and walkways, repairing fences and gates and cleaning a playground.

“Speedway Cares Day is something we’ve all come to look forward to in recent years, because we get to give back to the community that supports us,” said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “We truly missed having this day together as a team last year, which made today extra special. We work side-by-side to produce events that host people from around the world, but today we had a chance to work together in a meaningful way to benefit our neighbors and the town we are proud to call home.”

The day wrapped up with the NHMS staff members coming together to enjoy lunch, which was generously donated by Smoke Shack Southern Barbecue in the speedway’s infield.

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