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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.

Speedway Children’s Charities Distributes $55,375 to New England Children in Need

LOUDON, N.H. – The holiday spirit filled The Palace Theatre in Manchester, N.H. on Tuesday as Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig joined Speedway Children’s Charities New Hampshire Chapter at its 11th annual grant distribution ceremony. Grants were handed out to 51 local nonprofits totaling $55,375 in front of the festive backdrop from “A Christmas Carol.”

“Today is such a feel-good day,” said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “True holiday spirit is all about helping those who need a little extra, and I’m so proud to be a part of this team who makes the holidays brighter for so many children in our community.”

Since its inception in 2009, New Hampshire Motor Speedway and SCC have distributed more than $1.8 million, supporting more than 808,000 children in the local community.

“This is the best way to wrap up the year of fundraising and kick off the holiday season,” said Hillarie Scott, director of Speedway Children’s Charities New Hampshire Chapter. “Seeing the faces of those receiving the grants and hearing what they’re planning on doing with the money to help kids in New England makes it all worth it.”

Funds raised through the New Hampshire Chapter includes events such as the Dale Jr. Foundation Safe Kids 301, a motorcycle ride, Laps for Charity, the Charity Clay Shoot presented by NRA, Champions Breakfast, the Wicked Good Live Auction, Track Walk presented by PPG, the Red Bucket Brigade by PPG, the One for the Kids Golf Tournament, 24 Hours of Lemons Halloween Hooptiefest, the New England Half Marathon, the Yule Light Up The Night Run/Walk and Gift of Lights presented by Eastern Propane & Oil.

Craig expressed her gratitude for the many organizations that make the city of Manchester and the state of New Hampshire a great place, and how important the work they do is, especially during this time of year.

“During this time of giving, it’s only fitting that we are here together thanks to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Speedway Children’s Charities,” said Craig. “All of you here today are among the many organizations that make our city and our state a great place, and I want to thank all of you for your dedication and your service to our children. I’m proud to be here with all of you to recognize the outstanding work that you do.”

The New Hampshire Chapter is one of eight chapters around the country, and combined in 2019, Speedway Children’s Charities distributed over $3 million in grants to more than 415 different charitable organizations across the country, bringing the total funds distributed since 1982 to more than $58.3 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 the eight Speedway Motorsports facilities: Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Sonoma Raceway and Texas Motor Speedway.

Fundraising continues during the Gift of Lights presented by Eastern Propane & Oil, where a portion of all proceeds benefits SCCNH. Yule Light Up The Night, a 2.1-mile run with Millennium Running, will give visitors a unique view of the lights on Dec. 15 and will also benefit SCCNH (Gift of Lights will have a delayed opening for the run). The 2.5-mile drive-thru light show opens at 4 p.m. daily, and admission is $25 per car. Be sure to check the schedule for days of operation when planning your trip.

About Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC)

The mission of Speedway Children’s Charities is to care for children with educational, financial, social and medical needs to help them lead productive lives. Founded by Bruton Smith in 1982, Speedway Children’s Charities is a non-profit 501c (3) organization providing funding for hundreds of non-profit organizations that meet the direct needs of children. The New Hampshire Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities was officially established in 2009. Since then, the New Hampshire Motor Speedway Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities has raised more than $1.8 million. The goal is to ensure that every child in need be given the tools to build a better, brighter and healthier future.

For more information, visit www.SpeedwayCharities.org. For more information about other upcoming events for Speedway Children’s Charities New Hampshire Chapter, call Hillarie Scott at (603) 513-5738 or visit SpeedwayCharities.org/NewHampshire/.

For ticket information for all events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, including the November 28, 2019-January 5, 2020 Gift of Lights presented by Eastern Propane & Oil, the June 13-20, 2020 Motorcycle Week at NHMS, the July 17-19, 2020 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 race weekend and the September 11-12, 2020 Full Throttle Fall Weekend visit the speedway website at NHMS.com or call Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931.

The 51 Nonprofits That Received Grants Today Include:

  • New Hampshire
    • Big Brothers Big Sisters
    • Boys & Girls Club of Central New Hampshire
    • Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua
    • Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem
    • Boys & Girls Club of the North Country
    • Child Advocacy Center of Rockingham
    • Circle Program
    • Concord Family YMCA
    • Concord Hospital Trust
    • Copper Cannon Camp
    • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health – Injury Prevention Center
    • David’s House
    • Gateways Community Services
    • Granite State Children’s Alliance – Hillsborough County
    • Granite YMCA
    • Greater Lakes Child Advocacy Center
    • Manchester Community Music School
    • Manchester Police Athletic League
    • Monadnock Region Child Advocacy Center
    • New Hampshire Catholic Charities DBA New Hampshire Food Bank
    • Ossipee Children’s Fund
    • The Palace Theatre
    • Queen City Bicycle Collective (Manchester Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. DBA NeighborWorks of Southern New Hampshire, Fiscal Agent)
    • Reach for the Top Therapy Services
    • Seacoast Community School
    • Seacoast Family Promise
    • The Birchtree Center
    • The Friends Program
    • The Upper Room
    • The Webster House
    • Tilton-Northfield Recreation Council
    • UpReach Therapeutic Equestrian Center
    • YMCA of Greater Nashua
  • Connecticut
    • Almada Lodge – Times Farm Camp Corp DBA The Channel 3 Kids Camp
  • Maine
    • Girls on the Run – Maine
    • Muscular Dystrophy Association
  • Massachusetts
    • Boys & Girls Club of Greater Billerica
    • Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence
    • Boys & Girls Club of Metrowest
    • Dream Day on Cape Cod Inc.
    • Dreams for Emily
    • Malden YMCA
    • Merrimack Valley Food Bank, Inc.
    • Merrimack Valley YMCA
    • Music Access Group, DBA The Dedham School of Music
    • The Sports Museum of New England, Inc.
  • Rhode Island
    • Boys & Girls Club of Northern Rhode Island
    • Tides Family Services
  • Vermont
    • Easterseals Vermont
    • Race to Read, Inc.
    • Vermont Food Bank