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Mobile Food Pantry at NHMS Provides Food for Local Families in Need

LOUDON, N.H. – The New Hampshire Food Bank, with the help of the New Hampshire Army National Guard, brought a Mobile Food Pantry to New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, which provided nearly nine tons of food for nearly 1,200 people in Loudon, Concord, Laconia, Belmont and the surrounding areas.

“We’re all in this together, and one thing we have an abundance of here at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is space,” said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “When the New Hampshire Food Bank and New Hampshire Army National Guard pitched the idea of bringing their Mobile Food Pantry to Loudon, we jumped at the chance to offer space on our property to help our community.”

The drive-thru style of the Mobile Food Pantry allowed 334 families to remain in their vehicles, pop open their trunk, make a pit stop at three stations – perishables, non-perishables and meats – and then take off with about 52 pounds of food. The boxes contained a variety of food such as yogurt smoothies and dip, milk, eggs, hot dogs, frozen soup, several cans of fruits and vegetables, pasta, rice and macaroni and cheese, plus fresh produce including onions, carrots, apples, oranges, potatoes and lettuce.

“I never thought I’d be able to do this in the National Guard,” said Brendan Johnson, specialist for the New Hampshire Army National Guard. “It’s a good feeling to be helping all the communities around us as a team.”

Eighteen members of the New Hampshire Army National Guard are on orders to assist the New Hampshire Food Bank through the end of May, and the Mobile Food Pantry is their main focus. They prepare for 1,000 families to be served each time.

“We’re really happy to partner with New Hampshire Motor Speedway,” said Eileen Liponis, executive director of the New Hampshire Food Bank. “If the funding continues, we’re going to plan on doing these weekly, identifying pockets of need and going there. The generosity has been unbelievable, and we really need it, because we don’t see many fundraising events in our future.”

The New Hampshire Food Bank has brought their Mobile Food Pantry to Gorham, Colebrook and Loudon, and they’ll be in Plymouth on May 16.

Providing a location for the New Hampshire Food Bank’s Mobile Food Pantry is the latest way New Hampshire Motor Speedway has been able to support the Loudon community during this time of uncertainty due to COVID-19. The speedway has also offered a home residence on the NHMS property to allow first responders to quarantine away from their homes, offered the town access to obtain gasoline from the speedway’s Sunoco gas pumps for keeping essential equipment and vehicles in use if the local fuel supply chain is interrupted due to the pandemic, donated 800 rain ponchos for public safety workers to use as hospital gowns to help alleviate the shortage of proper personal protective equipment and the State of New Hampshire Emergency Operations Center has secured space at NHMS for an overflow care facility and mobile testing site if the need arises.

For more information about all events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, including the July 17-19 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 race weekend, the August 22-29 Motorcycle Week at NHMS and the September 11-12 Full Throttle Fall Weekend, visit the speedway website at NHMS.com or call Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931.

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.

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.