Story By: KRISTEN LESTOCK / NHMS – LOUDON, NH – If you like to get loud, then New Hampshire Motor Speedway is the place to be in July when NASCAR returns for New England’s biggest summer party – the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 race weekend, July 19-21.
“We are counting down the days until fans start to arrive for our big NASCAR weekend,” said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “We’ve added so many new features and even a new event on The Flat Track for fans to enjoy so they have an unforgettable experience all weekend with their family. This will certainly be the highlight of the summer.”
Friday, July 19
The on-track action kicks off on Friday, July 19 with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour All Star Shootout and Cape Cod Café Pizza Pole Day on “The Magic Mile” and the all new Friday Night Dirt Duels presented by New England Racing Fuel on The Flat Track.
The Modified All Star Shootout at 2:10 p.m. is a 30-minute timed shootout between some of the best drivers on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. Friday is named Cape Cod Café Pizza Pole Day, as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers compete for the pole at 4:35 p.m., setting the stage for Sunday’s Foxwoods Resort Casino 301. One ticket provides access to both events, with kids (12 and under) getting in for free.
A new addition to race weekend is the Friday Night Dirt Duels presented by New England Racing Fuel, which will be headlined by the U.S. Legend Cars International and USAC Dirt Midget Association racing in the first ever race under the lights on New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s newest racing surface, The Flat Track. Fans can enjoy a night of short track racing – featuring NASCAR Cup Series drivers Corey LaJoie and Daniel Hemric in legend cars and Ryan Blaney as Grand Marshal – on the 0.25-mile dirt track. Heat races start at 7:30 p.m. with gates opening and practice starting at 6:00 p.m. Tickets, which include open garage and pit access, are $10 for adults with kids 12 and under free.
Saturday, July 20
Saturday, July 20 is Tripleheader Saturday with the NASCAR Xfinity Series Lakes Region 200 serving as the feature event at 4:00 p.m. with entries expected from some of the biggest names in the sport. NHMS’s one-mile oval sets up the modifieds to put on one of the most exciting races in America for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Eastern Propane & Oil 100 at 2:00 p.m. The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East United Site Services 70 at 6:45 p.m. features some of the youngest future stars in NASCAR that often are making their first appearance in front of New England race fans. One ticket provides access for the entire day, with kids (12 and under) getting in for free.
Sunday, July 21
Sunday, July 21 is the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at 3:00 p.m. The day will serve as one of New England’s biggest parties of the summer with a pre-race concert by Love And Theft and fun for all ages, including $10 tickets for kids (12 and under).
Outside of NASCAR weekend, July is filled with many events for families to enjoy including:
Sunapee Racing Team on July 2, 11, 23 & 25
Team O’Neil Rally School on July 6-7
Penguin Roadracing School on July 26
Loudon Road Race Series on July 27-28
MOAT Mountain Road Course Series on July 27-28
White Mountain Chapter of the BMW Car Club of America on July 27
North East Drift Co. on July 27-28
Fishtail Riding School on July 29