Story By: KRISTEN LESTOCK / NHMS – LOUDON, NH – As the summer winds down, New Hampshire Motor Speedway is heating up with jam-packed weekends throughout the month of September.
Car clubs, motorcycle racing, drifting and racing experiences are just a few of the events taking over the Speedway, but it’s the inaugural Full Throttle Fall Weekend headlining “The Magic Mile” Sept. 21-22 with NASCAR short track racing.
Full Throttle Fall Weekend is set to become the annual must-see, must-attend short track event in New England. This Saturday tripleheader will include the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship points race, Canada’s NASCAR Pinty’s Series, who will race for the first time in America, and be headlined by the Musket 250, the longest mileage race in the history of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.
“This is going to be an unforgettable weekend for short track racers and fans from all over New England,” said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “Full Throttle Fall Weekend is full of unprecedented access for our fans, and we are looking forward to the inaugural event hitting the track and quickly becoming the newest fall family tradition.”
To kick off Speedway Children’s Charities New Hampshire Chapter’s fundraising efforts for Full Throttle Fall Weekend, they’re hosting a Charity Clay Shoot on Sept. 20 at 20th Skeet & Clays in Hooksett. The Red Bucket Brigade will return to the grandstands on Saturday.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway serves as host for many other clubs and events in September including:
Throughout the summer, the Sunapee Racing Team has held cycling events at the Speedway every Thursday, which will continue through Sept. 13. Cyclists from all over New England participate in and promote the sport of competitive cycling with a keen emphasis on its long term viability and growth.
The Loudon Road Race Series’ final two rounds of Championship Cup Series motorcycle racing will take place on the 1.6-mile road course on Sept. 8-9 and 29-30. Over the years, LRRS has developed a reputation for having some of the closest and most intense racing on two wheels.
The J&J’s Yolk & Co. 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, Sept. 8, 15 and 29. The series pulls drivers from across New England, and these competitors are narrowing down their chase for 2018 world championship points to compete at the World Championships at Las Vegas Motor Speedway later this fall.
You can catch the Moat Mountain Road Course Series on the 1.6-mile road course Sept. 8-9 and 29-30, 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.
Club Loose North keeps drifting alive in New Hampshire as they lay down rubber as tires slide across the pavement Sept. 8-9 and 29-30 and October 27-28.
The Sports Car Club of New Hampshire will make an appearance at NHMS on Sept. 9. Are you ready to get behind the wheel and put your sports car driving skills through the test of a time-trial competition?
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 Sept. 15, 16 and 23 and October 27.
The Boston Chapter of the BMW Club of America will be at NHMS on Sept. 15 providing an opportunity to other members to meet BMW lovers as well as enjoy show love to their ultimate driving machines.
Looking to get involved with drifting? The Team O’Neil Rally School will be at NHMS on Sept. 15 with their Drift Driving Course and Sept. 16 with their Drift Event. The Drift Driving course takes their 20+ years of loose surface instruction to paved surfaces and can introduce drivers to the sport or simply help drivers progress their skills. They offer different levels of instruction that cater to everyone from beginners to intermediate drivers. The Drift Event promises to offer equal track time to all entrants regardless of skill level. The goal is to help all drivers get the time they deserve behind the wheel in a fun, laid back environment. Spectators are welcome – tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the gate.
The NH Karting Association comes to NHMS Sept. 15 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.