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June is Jam-Packed With Events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

LOUDON, N.H. – New Hampshire Motor Speedway is well known for its NASCAR race weekends, but the summer is filled with other events as well. The property has a jam-packed fun-filled month with events throughout June, including Dale Jr. Foundation’s Safe Kids 301, the 95th annual Loudon Classic as part of Motorcycle Week, the Short Track Showdown and more.

“We love to make people smile when they come to New Hampshire Motor Speedway,” started David McGrath, New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s executive vice president and general manager. “We want everyone that walks through the gates to have a fun day with their families and friends. When we see smiles on everyone’s faces, we know we did our job as the leader of motorsports activities in the Northeast.”

The month of June opens with the Boston Chapter of the BMW Club of America. This June 2 event provides an opportunity to other members to meet BMW lovers as well as enjoy show love to their ultimate driving machines.

The Sports Car Club of New Hampshire will make two Autocross appearances at NHMS this month, on June 3 and June 24. Are you ready to get behind the wheel, and put your sports car driving skills through the test of a time-trial competition? Registration is required.

The 14th annual Dale Jr. Foundation Safe Kids 301, previously named the Safe Kids 500, on June 6 gives kids and families the chance to take a couple of laps around the track on their very own bicycle for free. Kids will also learn about health and safety at the fair held in the infield garage. Registration begins at 5:00 p.m., and the track will be open from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Last fall, the event was rebranded during the Jr. Nation Appreci88tion Tour, which celebrated the retirement of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and included an $8,800 donation from the New Hampshire Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities and NHMS for helmets for this year’s event.

Laconia Motorcycle Week kicks off with the Vintage Motorcycle Swap Meet and the Cystic Fibrosis Trail Ride – bothJune 8-10. The U.S. Classic Racing Association’s FIM North American Vintage Road Racing Championships areJune 9-10, and Motorcycle Week continues through June 16 with NHMS serving as the perfect place to stop for demo rides, vendor displays, food, entertainment and more as the way to event headquarters at Weirs Beach. Additionally, the 95th annual Loudon Classic will take place June 15-17. It’s the longest running motorcycle race in America and has been held on-site since long before the speedway was built, when it was simply a road course knows as Bryar Motorsports Park.

The Mini Oval Series Legends and Bandolero Divisions will race on the 0.25-mile mini oval, which is located between turns 1 and 2 on the NHMS oval, June 16. The series pull drivers from across New England and hosts some combination races with the local Amsoil NELCAR Legends Tour, based in Maine. You can also see these series at Monadnock Speedway on June 9 and Speedway 51 on June 23.

June 16-17 you can catch the Moat Mountain Road Course Series on the 1.6-mile road course, featuring drivers from across New England who compete in monthly doubleheaders that coincide with the Loudon Road Race Series weekends. The road course challenges drivers with difficult elevation changes and tight switchback turns that go both left and right.

The New England Short Track Showdown will showcase the four pillars of the New England racing community: the Valenti Modified Racing Series, Granite State Pro Stock Series, North East Mini Stock Tour and Street Stock Showdown, June 23-24.

The Rusty Wallace Racing Experience offers both driving and ride-along experiences. Driving packages vary from a basic four-lap experience to a robust 50-lap run. Opportunities to drive or ride on NHMS come on June 30July 1and 28-29 and Sept. 15-16.

The NH Karting Association comes to NHMS June 30 and is an affordable opportunity for aspiring racers of all ages. The local series runs most of its races on the specially-designed Reserved RV Karting Course, which includes a portion of the legendary bowl in the NHMS road course.

For full schedule and ticket information on all 2018 events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, including the July 20-22

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race weekend and the September 21-22 Full Throttle Fall Weekend, please stop by the ticket office, visit the speedway website at www.NHMS.com, or call Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931.

September NASCAR Whelen Modified Race Named Musket 250

LOUDON, N.H. – New Hampshire Motor Speedway reinforced its New England roots for Full Throttle Fall Weekend’s main feature by naming the Sept. 22 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race the Musket 250.

The stakes are high as the winner of the Musket 250 will claim a share of the $181,100 purse to go along with a custom Revolutionary War-era musket and tricorn hat.

“This will be an epic weekend for short track racers and fans from across the Northeast, so we knew we had to give it some New England flare,” explained David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “We’ll have minutemen in victory lane with a customized musket, a tricorn hat and a big check for the winner of The Musket 250. You can’t get any more New England than that!”

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour drivers will be racing for the highest payouts for the tour this season. The winner of the Musket 250 will take home $25,000, including the $3,500 Whelen Winner of the race bonus. A new $25,000 lap leader bonus has just been added paying $100 to the leader of each lap during the 250-lap event.

“Every driver wants to win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway more than any other track,” said five-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Doug Coby. “Mentally it is intense during the 100 lap races so I can only imagine how intense it will be for 250 laps. And to top it all off, not only are we racing for the Modified Tour’s biggest winners purse ever, but the added lap money for leading throughout the race gives the potential for a massive pay day if you can lead a lot of laps and win the race. It’s going to be tough to find the balance between wanting to be up front to earn the lap money and saving enough of your equipment to make sure you have a shot in the end. Add to that the live pit stops for tires and fuel, and you’ve got one exciting package that Modified fans have never seen before. It’s going to be quite a show.”

The musket and tricorn hat will be similar to what was given to Dale Earnhardt Jr. during his 2017 Appreci88tion Tour. The musket will be customized over the course of a few weeks by Black Hart Long Arms in Eastford, Conn., which has twice been featured on the History Channel. The unique winner’s award will have New England-styling including the ramrod pipes, trigger guard, color-casehardened lock and 46-inch barrel.

The Full Throttle Fall Weekend will feature a unique NASCAR tripleheader. Headlined by the Musket 250 for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, the Saturday of racing will also include a 125-lap championship points race for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East as well as a 100-lap NASCAR Pinty’s Series race.

New Hampshire Motor Speedway has been a crown jewel of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR K&N Pro Series East since the 1.058-mile oval opened in 1990. The Whelen Modified Tour has run 67 times, through 2017, with NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee Mike Stefanik leading the wins list with eight victories. The action is always ratcheted up, and when you combine the nerf bars and restrictor plates with the significance of winning on one of the tour’s biggest stages, the event often features multiple passes for the lead every lap.

The K&N Pro Series has been a fixture at NHMS since its days as the Busch North. Brad Leighton has a record eight wins, while the late Ted Christopher has five K&N Pro Series wins to go with his five Whelen Modified Tour wins. Past NHMS winners in the K&N Pro Series include 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr., 2015 Daytona 500 winner Joey Logano and 2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series champion William Byron. The NASCAR Pinty’s Series race will be the first points event outside Canada for that country’s national stock car championship series.

For ticket information on all 2018 events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, including the July 20-22 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race weekend and the September 21-22 Full Throttle Fall Weekend, please stop by the ticket office, visit the speedway website at www.nhms.com, or call Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931.

Kevin Harvick at Foxwoods Resort Casino on May 31 for Special Announcement

LOUDON, N.H. – With less than two months until New England’s only premier NASCAR race, New Hampshire Motor Speedway will be making a special announcement on Thursday, May 31 at Foxwoods Resort Casino.

Joining this event is the hottest driver in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with six wins this season including last weekend’s $1 million All-Star race, Kevin Harvick. The 2014 Cup Series Champion is a three-time winner at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, including two Cup wins (2006 and 2016) and an Xfinity Series win in 2007.

The rev of engines will invade “The Magic Mile” when the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returns to New Hampshire Motor Speedway July 22.

This special announcement is open to the public and fans are encouraged to attend. Photo, video and interview opportunities will be available. A very limited number of satellite interviews will also be available later in the day.


Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Busch Beer Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing

Marcus Smith, Speedway Motorsports’ President and CEO

David McGrath, New Hampshire Motor Speedway‘s Executive Vice President and General Manager

Rodney Butler, Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council Chairman

Felix Rappaport, Foxwoods Resort Casino President and CEO


Thursday, May 31 at 12:00 p.m.


Foxwoods Resort Casino

Grand Pequot Tower Hotel Entrance

350 Trolley Line Blvd
Mashantucket, Conn. 06338

Parking: Grand Pequot Tower Self-Park Garage

(Entrance is near the valet area in front of the Grand Pequot Tower Hotel entrance)

Media Check-in: Located in the Grand Pequot Hotel lobby

RSVP is required for media access. Please RSVP to nhmspr@nhms.com by May 30.