Category Archives: NASCAR

Statement on Motorcycle Week at NHMS Schedule Update

Statement from David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway, on Motorcycle Week at NHMS schedule update:

“It’s hard to think about delaying the enjoyment of an annual event that’s almost a full century old which attracts so many people, but the health, safety and well-being of all those involved in hosting and attending the Laconia Motorcycle Week Rally is of the utmost importance to us. It’s not easy, but it’s the right thing to do. As a motorcycle rider myself, it’s hard to wait, but I am looking forward to enjoying the week of activities in August. All of us here at New Hampshire Motor Speedway are eager to welcome riders to our beautiful lakes region and provide a fun pit stop full of entertainment, vendors and exciting two-wheeled racing action as they make their way up to rally headquarters in Laconia.”

At this time, the June 20-21 Loudon Road Race Series and Granite State Legends Cars Road Course Series events are still on schedule to bring great racing and entertainment to our fans, however, the 97th Annual Loudon Classic will move to August 29 to wrap up Motorcycle Week at NHMS.

Schedule changes will be posted to our event schedule on our website, and if there are any major changes to our events, we will immediately post updates on our website and social channels.

NASCAR Returns to Racing with Events at Darlington, Charlotte

Return Slate Includes Seven Races in Three Series Across FOX Networks

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 30, 2020) – NASCAR today announced it will return to racing on May 17, which will kick off a slate of races that includes seven events in three series at two race tracks – Darlington Raceway and Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series will each host its first on-track event since mid-March. 

The NASCAR Cup Series will return to Darlington Raceway on Sunday, May 17, with a 400-mile event scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET, live on FOX, FOX Deportes, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

What follows is a unique schedule that includes midweek races in primetime and a NASCAR crown jewel – the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway – in its traditional Memorial Day Weekend home for the 60th consecutive season.

The opening slate of races is as follows:

DATE               TRACK             SERIES                        DISTANCE        NET      START (ET)

Sun, May 17      Darlington          Cup                              400 mi              FOX     3:30 PM

Tue, May 19      Darlington          Xfinity                           200 mi              FS1      8:00 PM

Wed, May 20     Darlington          Cup                              500 km             FS1      7:30 PM

Sun, May 24      Charlotte           Cup                              600 mi              FOX     6:00 PM

Mon, May 25     Charlotte           Xfinity                           300 mi              FS1      7:30 PM

Tue, May 26      Charlotte           Gander Trucks              200 mi              FS1      8:00 PM

Wed, May 27     Charlotte           Cup                              500 km             FS1      8:00 PM

Each of NASCAR’s return events will be run without fans in attendance. Further schedule adjustments will be announced in the future.

“NASCAR and its teams are eager and excited to return to racing, and have great respect for the responsibility that comes with a return to competition,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer. “NASCAR will return in an environment that will ensure the safety of our competitors, officials and all those in the local community. We thank local, state and federal officials and medical experts, as well as everyone in the industry, for the unprecedented support in our return to racing, and we look forward to joining our passionate fans in watching cars return to the track.” 

“We are excited to welcome back the FOX NASCAR season to our airwaves to provide a return to live sports, a move toward normalcy and a much-needed distraction during these unprecedented times,” said Mark Silverman, President, National Networks, FOX Sports. “While we are thrilled to return to the race track, the health and safety of our employees and all race participants is our top priority.  We will continue working in lockstep with our partners at NASCAR and the race tracks to follow all national and local health guidelines.”

Following thorough collaboration with public health officials, medical experts and state and federal officials, NASCAR has implemented a comprehensive health and safety plan. In accordance with CDC, OSHA and state and local government recommendations, nearly every aspect of how the event is conducted will be significantly modified, including:

  • One-day shows;
  • Mandated use of personal protective equipment throughout the event;
  • Health screenings for all individuals prior to entering the facility, while inside the facility and exiting the facility;
  • Social distancing protocols throughout the event;
  • Strict limits on the number of individuals who are granted access into each facility

As NASCAR works towards the execution of these events, the sanctioning body will continue to work with state and local authorities based on trends and local restrictions.

In-race competition procedures remain largely unchanged, though NASCAR will eliminate practice for all events during this opening return slate, as well as qualifying for all events except the Coca-Cola 600.

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Thompson Speedway MOVING FORWARD WITH MARCH 21 TEST & TUNE

BY: Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

PHOTO: Thompson Speedway/Clarus Studios

Good Morning Competitors:


We are going to go forward with the NASCAR Test & Tune slated for next Saturday, March 21, with a new format, because of the Executive Order signed by Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, banning gatherings of more than 250 people. We will run this event with under 250 people, split up into two different practice runs, in the same day. We will have a Test Session A and Test Session B. 


TEST SESSION A:

Pit Gates Open: 730am

Practice Runs: 9am-1pm

Pits Empty By: 130pm


TEST SESSION B:

Pit Gates Open: 130pm

Practice Begins: 2-6pm

Pits Empty: 615pm

In order to sign up for the Test & Tune, please visit the reservations tab of our track website at http://www.thompsonspeedway.com/reservations. 


Please note that you can have FIVE team members per car signed up, INCLUDING the driver. Each team member is $25 per person. Please note that the five team members will include anyone you wish to bring with the car. You will not be allowed more than five. All pit admission must be arranged via the link above, there will be no pit ticket sales on the day of the event.


Once each race team has completed sign-up, please wait for Thompson officials to contact you in order to assign you a testing session. Please note that a valid email address must be used when signing up for the test session. That is the only way officials will be able to contact you.


Any safe race car is welcome for this event.