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Community Received More Than Just The Gift of Lights

The New Hampshire Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities and the Loudon Food Pantry received donations during the
11th annual Gift of Lights at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

LOUDON, N.H. – Two local nonprofits experienced true holiday spirit, each benefitting from the generosity of those who attended Gift of Lights at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS). The 11th annual event, which ran from Thanksgiving through Jan. 2, kicked off the year’s fundraising efforts for the New Hampshire Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities (SCCNH) with more than $46,000 and provided more than 1,300 meals to the Loudon Food Pantry.

SCCNH, which raises money for children in need throughout New England, received a portion of each vehicle’s admission and s’more kit purchases for a total of $46,400, making this one of the largest SCCNH fundraisers annually. The funds raised will be combined with proceeds from other 2022 SCCNH events and be distributed through grants to local nonprofits in December. As the official charity of the speedway, SCCNH has raised more than $388,000 from Gift of Lights since 2011 and has distributed more than $1.9 million supporting more than 882,000 children throughout the region since 2009.

“We were thrilled to be able to bring the s’mores pit back to Gift of Lights this year,” said Danielle Cyr, director of the New Hampshire Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities and marketing for New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “The community’s generosity, especially during the holiday season, is incredible and always kicks our year of fundraising off with a bang.”

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 1,639.2 pounds of food, which will provide 1,366 meals.

“During these challenging times, I feel that giving out extra food is a necessity so that people can feel food secure,” said Sue Houck, president of the Loudon Food Pantry. “Thanks to Gift of Lights, we can continue this practice.”

Since Gift of Lights first started, food and monetary donations have allowed NHMS to donate over 100,000 pounds of food to the Loudon Food Pantry, which has provided more than 94,000 meals to locals during the holiday and winter months.

Gift of Lights, which has welcomed nearly 155,000 vehicles since 2011, is a 2.5-mile drive-thru light show that transforms NHMS into a twinkling winter wonderland with 3.5 million LED lights each holiday season.

Seven Division Line-Up Set for Second Northeast Classic at NHMS

Purse Increases, Addition of MRS Highlight 2022 Edition

Photo Tom Morris/Myracenews

Barre, VT — American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and Pro All Stars Series (PASS) officials have announced the division line-up for the 2nd Annual Northeast Classic at Loudon’s New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) on Saturday, April 16. Seven of the top series and open competition classes in the region will do battle on the “Magic Mile”.

The ACT Late Model Tour and PASS Super Late Models again headline the card with a pair of 50-lap shootouts. For ACT, it is the opening event of their 2022 campaign. The PASS feature is part of both the National Championship and North Series schedules.

Both the ACT and PASS events have received a purse increase for the second edition of the Northeast Classic. The winner of each feature is taking home $5,500, up from $5,000 in 2021. Second place will receive $3,000 with $2,000 for third. All drivers who start the ACT and PASS features now get at least $700 versus the $600 start money last year.

For 2022, the Tour-type Modified Open has been replaced with a 50-lap feature for the Modified Racing Series (MRS). It will be the fourth time that MRS has visited NHMS and the first trip since 2019. The previous events were won by Woody Pitkat, Ron Silk, and Ronnie Williams.

Bobby Santos #44 Leads the 2021 Modified field on his way to victory at NHMS 4/18/2021 Tom Morris/Myracenews

The R&R Race Parts NH Street Stock Open and North East Mini Stock Tour (NEMST) are also on the Northeast Classic program. With the addition of R&R Race Parts NH as a sponsor, the 25-lap 8-cylinder Street Stock feature will now pay $2,000 to win, doubling the 2021 amount. All NEMST races in 2022 are awarding a minimum of $1,000 to the winner.

The EXIT Realty Pro Truck Challenge and a Limited Late Model Open round out the Saturday card. For the Pro Trucks, it is a return appearance at the Northeast Classic. The Limited Late Models are on the schedule for the first time. More information about the Limited Late Model event will be released soon.

In addition to the Saturday festivities, the Granite State Legends Cars are racing on Friday. They will open their 2022 season with an NHMS road course event. Qualifying will precede the Friday open practice session with the feature following practice.

Northeast Classic Weekend begins Friday, April 15 with open practice for all divisions plus the Granite State Legends qualifying and feature event. Saturday, April 16 has qualifying beginning at 10:30am with features beginning at approximately 12:15pm. Sunday, April 17 has been set as a weather date if needed.

General admission and live stream pricing to the Northeast Classic are to be determined. The live stream broadcast will be available on Racing America powered by Speed51.TV. Visit www.acttour.com/northeast-late-model-classic for the complete schedule, entry forms, camping registration forms, and other info as it is available.

For more information, contact the ACT offices at (802) 244-6963, media@acttour.com, or visit www.acttour.com. You can also get updates on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @ACTTour.

For technical information concerning all PASS divisions, and for media or marketing questions, please contact passracing@roadrunner.com or visit www.proallstarsseries.com.  Don’t forget to “Like” the Pro All Stars Series on Facebook or follow on Twitter @PASSSLM14 to keep up with breaking news as it happens.

Speedway Children’s Charities New Hampshire Distributes $136,500 to New England Children in Need

Grants to 23 charities will support 74,041 children across New England.

LOUDON, N.H. – The holiday spirit filled The Palace Theatre in Manchester, N.H. Wednesday as Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig joined the New Hampshire Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities (SCCNH), the official charity of New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS), at its 12th annual Grant Distribution Ceremony. Grants were handed out to 23 local nonprofits totaling $136,500 in front of the festive backdrop from “A Christmas Carol.”

“The spirit of giving this season is more important than ever,” said Craig as she addressed the grant recipients during the ceremony. “The list of recipients today are among the wonderful organizations that make New Hampshire and New England special, and I want to thank you all for your dedication and service to children. I’m grateful to be here with all of you to recognize the outstanding work you do.”

Since its inception in 2009, SCCNH has distributed more than $1.9 million, supporting more than 882,000 children throughout the region.

“This ceremony is so special, especially as we head in to the heart of the holiday season, and I’m thankful that we were able to host it again this year,” said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “It’s a blessing and a privilege to support so many wonderful organizations throughout New England that help families and children in need every single day.”

The grants distributed today resulted from fundraising opportunities and events that took place between November 2020 and October 2021 including Gift of Lights presented by Eastern Propane & Oil, Yule Light Up The Night Run/Walk, five Laps for Charity events, a motorcycle Ride to the Racetrack from Laconia Harley-Davidson and the Dale Jr. Foundation Safe Kids 301. SCCNH also presented the opportunity for race fans to Sign the Track Wall Banner prior to the NASCAR Cup Series race, hosted fan-favorite events such as the Wicked Good Live Auction and introduced a hugely successful first-time 50/50 Raffle that grew to more than $80,000 during the speedway’s July NASCAR weekend.

SCCNH Director Danielle Cyr participated in the Goggins Challenge, running four miles every four hours for a total of 48 hours to raise money for SCCNH. That, along with corporate donations from long-time SCCNH supporter PPG and first-time SCCNH supporter Ambetter by NH Healthy Families and several donations from New England race fans enhanced the overall total for the year.

“I am so humbled by the work that all of these organizations do each and every day, and we are thrilled to be able to play a small part in their success,” said Cyr, who also serves as the director of marketing for New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “Today is truly a feel-good day for me, the board members and the speedway team who all put their hearts and souls into providing fundraising opportunities throughout the year to help tens of thousands of children throughout New England.”

Today’s 23 grant recipients include:

  • New Hampshire
    • Best Buddies International (Manchester)
    • Future in Sight (Concord)
    • Gateways Community Services (Nashua)
    • New Hampshire Catholic Charities/New Hampshire Food Bank (Manchester)
    • Palace Theatre Trust (Manchester)
    • Reach for the Top Therapy Services (Dover)
    • Santa Fund of the Greater Lakes Region (Laconia)
    • Tilton-Northfield Recreation Council (Tilton)
    • Waypoint (Manchester)
    • Webster House (Manchester)
  • Connecticut
    • Starfish Connection, Inc. (Stamford)
  • Maine
    • The Boys & Girls Club of Kennebec Valley (Gardiner)
    • Camp Sunshine of Sebago Lake (Casco)
    • The Center for Grieving Children (Portland)
    • The Cromwell Center for Disabilities Awareness (Portland)
    • The Well of Mars Hill Maine (Westfield)
  • Massachusetts
    • The Boys & Girls Club of MetroWest (Marlborough)
    • Dreams for Emily (Taunton)
    • The Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless (Lynn)
    • Merrimack Valley Food Bank (Lowell)
    • The Sports Museum of New England (Boston)
    • Windrush Farm (North Andover)
  • Rhode Island
    • The Boys & Girls Club of Northern Rhode Island (Cumberland)

SCCNH is one of seven chapters around the country, and combined in 2021, Speedway Children’s Charities distributed  more than $2 million in grants to 259 different charitable organizations across the country, bringing the total funds distributed since 1982 to more than $61.5 million, ensuring many children in need are given the tools to build a better, brighter and healthy future. The money raised comes in large part thanks to the fundraising efforts of seven Speedway Motorsports facilities: Atlanta Motor SpeedwayBristol Motor SpeedwayCharlotte Motor SpeedwayLas Vegas Motor Speedway, NHMS, Sonoma Raceway and Texas Motor Speedway.

Fundraising for 2022 grants has already begun during the 11th annual Gift of Lights, open nightly through Jan. 2 at NHMS. A portion of the proceeds from Gift of Lights admissions and all proceeds from s’more kit purchases will benefit SCCNH. The 2.5-mile drive-thru light show featuring 3.5 million LED lights, opens at 4:30 p.m. nightly, depending on the weather. Admission is available for purchase online for $30-35 per car or $60 per bus or limousine. SCCNH has raised $341,883 from Gift of Lights since 2011.

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