Aric Almirola has spent virtually his entire, albeit young, stock-car career with a carrot dangling just out of reach. He's produced every step of the way, with his first four career poles and first then-Busch Series race win at Joe Gibbs Racing in 2006-2007; a top-10 Cup finish in his sixth start with Dale Earnhardt Inc. in 2008 and vying for a Camping World Truck Series title for Billy Ballew in only his second full season in 2010. JR Motorsports' No. 88 Nationwide Series ride is his best chance, yet, to really excel.
To help keep you up-to-date on all the FANtastic things happening here at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, I am excited to launch our new monthly newsletter, “The Magic Mile” Insider.
As we prepare for this exciting 2011 season, including the best major race schedule in the 21-year history of the speedway, we want to keep you better informed. Each month, race fans can find news and notes, track improvements, fan profiles and much more information related to the speedway.
Even though five of the biggest names in NASCAR stock car racing visited victory lane during the action-packed 2010 season at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, track officials are predicting an even bigger and better year of racing for New England fans in 2011.
When NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series rolled into the 1.058-mile oval in June for the LENOX Industrial Tools 301, Jimmie Johnson had already launched the drive for his fifth consecutive NASCAR championship. Johnson won four times before the series visited the Granite State where he added another trophy to his collection.
Tis the season, to reflect and remember; Of moments in time, February to November.
It started at Daytona, a Great American race; But it was a pothole, that would change the place.
It started shortly after, the race in July; Now there's a new surface, to test and to try.
But let's not get ahead, look instead where we've been; To a season for the record books, the year of 2010.
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There were some outstanding and colorful quotes made during the 2010 NASCAR season. The following is a look back at some of those words -- in chronological order -- as selected by NASCAR PR managers.
NASCAR vice president of competition Robin Pemberton at NASCAR's Research and Development Center in Concord, N.C., setting the tone for the season:
The big exterior numbers have been changed outside the shop buildings, the drivers have gotten to know their new crew members, the new revamped team configurations have even been put through a dry run during the recent tire test at Daytona International Speedway. The opening of the 2011 Sprint Cup season is still a long way off -- 60 days remain until the Daytona 500 -- and by then, the results of the personnel changes made by Hendrick Motorsports after this recent campaign should feel comfortable and familiar.
Kevin Harvick was the comeback driver on the comeback team of the comeback organization in 2010.
Harvick went from 19th in the standings a year ago to winning the regular season and scoring the most points of any driver during the entire year.
NASCAR vice president for competition Robin Pemberton never could have dreamed what he would unleash when he made the off-the-cuff comment, "Boys, have at it, and have a good time," this past January in a preliminary meeting before the 2010 season.
But while Pemberton wouldn't have wasted time imagining what "the boys" might try -- or, that after a season's worth of rollicking, slam-bang racing on a variety of tracks a music producer would make Pemberton's comments the centerpiece of a video montage of the action tuned to a hip-hop beat -- he, along with the rest of NASCAR's hierarchy, was taking a lot of time contemplating where the sport was heading.
According to mythology, the phoenix is a bird which has the ability to be reborn from its own ashes. For Denny Hamlin, Phoenix International Raceway proved to be both a place where his championship fires were stoked and where his championship hopes began to turn to ash.
In April, Hamlin finished 30th but his gutsy decision to stay in the car despite intense pain from recent knee surgery galvanized his No. 11 Toyota team and eventually led to a series-high eight victories. In November, the small amount of racing fuel needed in Hamlin's tank near the end of the next-to-last race of the year ultimately proved to be the bitterest pill to swallow in what up to that point had been a season of sweetness.
It's almost Christmas and soon we'll be celebrating the New Year, so it's inevitable that an avalanche of stories have been or will be written trying to capture the year in review.
There is great interest to look back on in what was the 2010 NASCAR season. Like it or not, Jimmie Johnson proved what a great champion he truly is by winning his fifth consecutive Cup Series title. In NASCAR's other national touring series, Brad Keselowski showed why he remains an up-and-coming star by winning the Nationwide championship and Todd Bodine reminded everyone he's still a force with which to be reckoned by capturing his second Truck crown.
“Boys, have at it” was the decree issued by NASCAR officials prior to the season, and NASCAR’s competitors did just that.
Early and often. Enough to spark a genuine feud nearly ever week.
From retaliation and threats to scary wrecks and angry words, and even a scuffle, NASCAR’s gloves-off policy created enough rivalries to keep fans on the edge of their seats all season.
The Camping World Truck Series is looked at as a stepping stone to the brighter and bigger lights of the Nationwide and Sprint Cup series. But lately, it's been the veterans, not the youngsters, who have found themselves hoisting the championship trophy at the end of the season.
One has to go back to 2003, and Travis Kvapil, to find a Truck Series champion under the age of 30.
That didn't change in 2010.
NASCAR’s 2010 Sprint Cup Series season was filled with drama, incredibly courageous moves, unusual developments and approximately 1,744 debris cautions.
In other words, it was enough to make even the most jaded race fan ask himself: “Why didn’t I get the extra corn dog at the concession stand when I had the chance?”
With the 2011 season just around the corner, let’s dust off the rear-view mirror for one final look back at 2010.
A tip of my hat this week to my local track, the New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS), a 1.058-mile oval with a 1.6-mile road course included which seats more than 93,000 people. Built 20 years ago by Bob Bahre, NHMS was bought three years ago by Bruton Smith, whose publicly-traded Speedway Motorsports Inc (SMI) also owns the Charlotte, Atlanta, Bristol, Las Vegas and Texas Motor Speedways plus the Infineon Raceway (Sears Point) road course.
Original owner Bahre is a crusty old boy (below with Gary Bahre), a self-made man in the construction business.
After a season during which he led the point standings a total of 20 weeks, including 16 in a row leading up to the Chase for the Sprint Cup, no one could have blamed Kevin Harvick for being upset about having to settle for less than a championship.
Instead, Harvick confessed again and again that he was downright ecstatic with the career-high third-place finish of his No. 29 Chevrolet team. Harvick trailed only five-time champion Jimmie Johnson and runner-up Denny Hamlin in the final points tally.
Goodyear appears to have executed the equivalent of a grand slam with two outs in the seventh game of the World Series with the tire combination it's tested during the past two days at Daytona International Speedway.
The new tires were necessitated by a complete repaving of the 2.5-mile, high-banked race track that's the site of NASCAR's next national events, during February's Speedweeks 2011.
The 2010 Sprint Cup season has to have left Carl Edwards with a smile. That's because Edwards -- who knows what it means to enter a season as one of the championship favorites -- can honestly say, after enduring the agony of a near two-year, 70-race winless drought, that his No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing team is the best it's ever been.
Edwards bases that contention on ending the 2010 season with consecutive victories at Phoenix and Homestead, the fifth time he's scored back-to-back victories in his career, which includes 18 Cup wins.
Chip Ganassi Racing’s expansion is the IZOD IndyCar Series’ gain – two young American drivers who will compete for the full 2011 season on a new team.
Ganassi announced the addition of Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing with Graham Rahal in the No. 38 car and Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing with Charlie Kimball in the No. 83 entry at a news conference at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
When NASCAR first brought its Champion's Week to Las Vegas in 2009, nobody embraced the experience more than Denny Hamlin. From his blowout celebration at the Palms Hotel featuring ice sculptures and sports celebrities to his 4-in-the-morning challenge to Jimmie Johnson that he was coming for the champion the next season, it all shaped up as a coming out party for the sport's brashest young driver cast against a neon glow.
Hamlin's return to Las Vegas this year, though, came with a decidedly different tone. He had indeed gone gunning for Johnson, and nearly gotten him, too, holding the lead for two of the final three weeks of the season before falling 39 points short of winning his first title in the sport's premier division.
Clint Bowyer had a solid season as he qualified for the Chase For The Sprint Cup in the very last race of the regular season, won two races and finished 10th in the standings.
So the Richard Childress Racing driver will look back on 2010 with a feeling of accomplishment but still a little bit of a sour taste.
A 150-point penalty for a New Hampshire race-winning car that NASCAR said did not meet its specifications still stung Bowyer as he reflected on the season, on in which he would have finished fifth instead of 10th in the standings if not for the penalty.
Matt Kenseth used to dread preseason testing at Daytona International Speedway. Even at speeds approaching 200 mph, circling the big restrictor-plate track for hours on end bordered on monotony.
Not this year, though. With the 2.5-mile speedway shining from a just-completed repaving job, drivers are eager to find out what the new Daytona surface will be like. Several will get their chance this week, when about 20 cars will take to the high banks for a Goodyear tire test slated for Wednesday and Thursday at the facility.
J.R. Hildebrand has signed a multi-year agreement with Panther Racing to drive the No.4 car in the IZOD IndyCar Series, starting with the 2011 season.
Panther Racing announced on Tuesday that Hildebrand, the 2009 Firestone Indy Lights champion, will replace Dan Wheldon in the No. 4 entry. National Guard will continue to sponsor the team's efforts.
It's hard to imagine the turning point for Greg Biffle's season came at a track where he finished 35th. But even though his No. 16 Ford blew an engine that weekend, what happened at Chicagoland Speedway seemed to be the catalyst for a complete turnaround for the entire Roush Fenway Racing organization.
"If you look at before and after those dates ... before Chicago, the whole company was horrible, and after, the whole company was good," Biffle said at Homestead.
Through most of the first 11 races of the 2010 Sprint Cup season, Tony Stewart wondered where the magic had gone.
Stewart founded his own Stewart-Haas Racing organization a year earlier and surprisingly hit the ground running fast in his No. 14 Chevrolet, leading the point standings much of that season. Although he faded somewhat down the stretch in the 2009 season, he still finished a strong sixth in the final standings after visiting Victory Lane four times.
Brad Keselowski made sure there was no drama left in the Nationwide Series points race in the final half of the season.
Keselowski took the lead for good approximately a quarter of the way through the year and steadily built up a lead he was never again in danger of losing.
"It's pretty amazing, you know, to come from just a few years back not having a job in this sport and really thinking I was going to have to get a real job, to being out here and winning the championship and kind of establishing yourself," Keselowski said after the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
In a place where NASCAR history is on display, its future was celebrated as six champions in NASCAR’s developmental series were honored during the Night of Champions Touring Awards Gala in the Crown Ballroom at the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Saturday night.
The festivities featured the champions and top drivers from all of NASCAR’s North American regional touring series, who gathered for the special year-end celebration in the heartland of stock-car racing.
There certainly were some outstanding performances -- both from a competition and racing standpoint -- that took place during the recently completed Sprint Cup Series season. In fact, from a statistical standpoint, the 2010 season goes down as the most competitive in the history of NASCAR. The following is a look back at some of those standout performers and memorable races, as selected from discussions with the national series director, competition department and NASCAR PR managers.
The 2010 Sprint Cup season only emphasized Kyle Busch's great overall potential, underscored by a maddening inconsistency.
Busch was part of two successful 2010 owners' championships in NASCAR's national tours, the Camping World Truck Series title he captured for his own Kyle Busch Motorsports team secured by eight victories, and the Nationwide Series crown he enabled Joe Gibbs Racing to win capped by Busch's record 13 victories.
Had a few things occurred differently, Jeff Gordon could well have completed this past season with a handful of race victories and a legitimate shot at his first series title in nearly a decade. Instead, a strong start gave way to a frustrating finish that heralded sweeping changes to the four-time champion's program for next year.
A ninth-place result in the final standings couldn't have been what Gordon envisioned after the first third of the season, a span that saw him in the mix to win several races. He was sitting as high as second in points as late as two races before the start of the Chase. And yet something always seemed to be missing for Gordon, whether it was that late-race strength he needed to return to Victory Lane, or the year-end consistency he needed to contend for the title. The final result was his lowest final points position since he missed the Chase in 2005, and his second winless season in three years.
It’s time to call the 2010 NASCAR season for what it was.
Who was the best driver? What was the best race? What did NASCAR do right and wrong?
Here’s our take:
DRIVER OF THE YEAR: Throughout the course of the year it was declared by competitors and media alike that Jimmie Johnson was somehow not up to snuff.
He had supposedly misplaced his lucky horseshoe. Those four championships in a row? Great, but five was not possible.
Bobby Santos added another title to his racing resume Wednesday.
Santos, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion, came from the rear of the field to win the Third Annual NASCAR Champions/Media Showdown at Victory Lane Indoor Karting in Charlotte on Wednesday.
“It was a lot of fun racing with those guys,” said Santos, who started 13th in the 14-kart field. “It was interesting coming up through the field and made it a lot of fun. I want to thank NASCAR and all the media for putting this on, it was a lot of fun.”
Typically, drivers can point to a particular race -- or even a moment within a race -- as the key to the ultimate success or failure of their season. But it's rare when it happens several days after the fact, and miles from Victory Lane.
But that was the case for Clint Bowyer in 2010. After ending an 88-race winless streak at New Hampshire to open the Chase, Bowyer's No. 33 Chevrolet was taken back to NASCAR's Research and Development center in North Carolina. And when the chassis was found by NASCAR inspectors to be outside of tolerances, the team's elation turned to frustration after being docked 150 points and having crew chief Shane Wilson suspended for four weeks.
On any given night the human eye can see up to 2000 stars in the sky, but this holiday season New Hampshire Motor Speedway shines bright with over 4800 holiday lights.
“The Magic Mile” elves have been busy getting into the holiday spirit by decorating four specially handcrafted, 30-foot trees and topped with giant red stars, in front of the track’s main gate.
Are we really coming up on 10 years since Jeff Gordon last won a championship in NASCAR's premier division? Are we really approaching a decade since he climbed out of his car on that fall day at Atlanta and received the series trophy for the fourth time? Has that much time really passed since Gordon last sat at the head table during the postseason banquet?
It seems difficult to believe, and not because it all feels like it occurred so recently. It feels like it happened ages ago.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway executive vice president and general manager, Jerry Gappens will join several top-racing personalities as a key-note speaker during the 23rd annual Performance Racing Industry Trade Show in Orlando, Fla., today.
Known as one of the biggest business days in motorsports, PRI assembles the worldwide racing industry together, as they display advances in racing and race engineering.
The tagline for NASCAR’s 2010 Sprint Cup season was written before the first green flag even dropped: Boys, have at it.
The message couldn’t have been clearer. In an effort to reinvigorate the kind of politically incorrect personalities that had endeared NASCAR to the masses, the gents in the corner offices were, in essence, telling the drivers they would be looking the other way in 2010.
For two weeks this past May, no one in NASCAR flew higher -- or rather, faster -- than driver Kurt Busch.
Wheeling his familiar No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge for Penske Racing, Busch won the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and the $1 million prize that went along with it at Charlotte Motor Speedway, then backed that up eight days later by capturing one of the sport's most prestigious points races, the Coca-Cola 600, at the same venue.
The 2010 Sprint Cup season was the ultimate in bittersweet dichotomies for Virginia veteran Jeff Burton.
Burton, in his 17th full-time Cup season, was a solid part of Richard Childress Racing's resurgence into the Chase as RCR, after being shut out of the 2009 Chase, had all three teams "in," in 2010.
After ending the 26-race regular season seventh in the championship and entering the 12-man Chase seeded 10th,
NASCAR has announced that Robert Yates Racing Engines has been named the exclusive supplier of the NASCAR-Approved Spec Engine.
The engine, which was introduced in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series in 2006 as an optional means for managing costs and providing teams with additional opportunities to compete, is also available for use in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tours, and the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. It is also an option for NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams at select tracks.
The door always has been open for Sam Hornish Jr. to return to the Indianapolis 500, Team Penske principals say. Will the 100th anniversary of the race and his potential idleness be enough of an inducement?
The three-time IZOD IndyCar Series champion and 2006 Indy 500 winner, who moved to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with Penske Racing following the 2007 IZOD IndyCar Series season, doesn’t have a funded program for 2011. His primary sponsor, Mobil 1, moved to another team after Penske Racing signed a multi-dimensional deal with Shell/Pennzoil, and the team will have Kurt Busch and Brad Keselowski in full-time, funded cars.
Amidst all the glitz and glamour and outrageous fanfare that was the Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony at Wynn Las Vegas on Friday, Jeff Gordon made everyone in attendance and watching on television pause for a moment of reflection.
Gordon did so with a comment about the likely lasting historical significance of what has been accomplished by his Hendrick Motorsports teammate, five-time defending champion Jimmie Johnson.
The 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season officially concludes tonight in Las Vegas, when Jimmie Johnson, Chad Knaus and the entire No. 48 team collect their fifth consecutive championship.
The hectic week began on Wednesday, when the top-12 drivers participated in a friendly game of “Speedway Feud” at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. During the match-up NASCAR’s best answered questions about themselves and fellow competitors.
Sarah Fisher hung up her driver's suit this week, turning her attention to running her IZOD IndyCar Series team and starting a family with husband Andy O'Gara. Fisher made 84 IndyCar starts from 1999 through 2010, but they don't tell the whole story of her substantial impact on IndyCar racing.
Fisher carried the ball for women at the highest level of American open-wheel racing in the early 2000s, bridging the gap between Lyn St. James and Danica Patrick. She was competitive and a fan favorite, voted IndyCar's most popular driver three times from 2001 to 2003. She was a role model for aspiring female drivers from coast to coast and beyond who wanted to make it to IndyCar.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. had his second straight disappointing season on the track but he has not lost the adoration of his fans as Earnhardt Jr. won the voting for the NASCAR NMPA Hamburger Helper Most Popular Driver Award for the eighth consecutive time.
The Hendrick Motorsports driver was given the award during the NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Awards Luncheon on Thursday afternoon at the Bellagio Ballroom in Las Vegas.
What’s in a name? Actually, quite a lot when you’re a player in a crowded global professional sports and multi-dimensional entertainment market.
In a wide-ranging interview session moderated by SportsBusiness Journal executive editor Abraham Madkour and attended by about 200 industry representatives at the 11th Motorsports Marketing Forum at the Venetian Resort, Randy Bernard addressed the reasoning of changing the name of the sanctioning body of the IZOD IndyCar Series, Firestone Indy Lights and the USF2000 National Championship to INDYCAR.
Richard Childress, who oversaw a resurgence of Richard Childress Motorsports, is the Sporting News owner of the year, the magazine announced Wednesday.
Denny Hamlin is the 2010 Dale Earnhardt Tough Driver. The top driver and crew chief will be announced Thursday. All four awards were voted on by Sprint Cup drivers, crew chiefs and owners.
RCR made a remarkable turnaround in 2010. After all four of Childress' drivers missed the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup in 2009, the organization consolidated to three teams this year with drivers Kevin Harvick,
IZOD IndyCar Series championship-winning team owner Chip Ganassi’s 2010 keeps getting better and better.
Ganassi, whose Target Chip Ganassi Racing team has won the last three IZOD IndyCar Series championships, received the first-ever International Motorsports Industry Show (IMIS) Achievement Award on Nov. 30 during the IMIS welcome reception at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
For 24 charities that work with New Hampshire children, Christmas came early.
The state chapter of Speedway Children's Charities distributed more than $100,000 in grants on Tuesday to organizations that serve underprivileged children throughout New England. The money goes to groups such as the Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region, the Wolfeboro Area Children's Center and the YMCA of Greater Nashua. Speedway Children's Charities, affiliated with New Hampshire Motor Speedway, estimates the funds will benefit 12,000 children in need.
Winning is never, ever mundane.
Apparently, neither is a day-long media tour -- not when it involves a five-time Sprint Cup Series champion who doubles as a new father.
Jimmie Johnson, winner of five consecutive championships and guest of honor during this week's Champion's Week in Las Vegas, hit a number of local media outlets today.
The New Hampshire Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities spread early holiday cheer this morning in Manchester, N.H., distributing over $100,000 to 24 non-profit organizations that assist underprivileged children throughout New England.
Representatives from each organization were on hand at Manchester City Hall to receive the grant money that will benefit 12,000 children in need. Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas and Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway, also took part in the festivities.
So Richard Petty Motorsports lives to race another day -- or at least for another Sprint Cup season and hopefully many, many more.
It's good to have Richard Petty, NASCAR's all-time winningest driver and a member of the inaugural Hall of Fame class, remain actively involved in the sport. It's important.
But perhaps the larger message that should not be lost in Monday's announcement that Petty and two investors had completed purchase of all assets of the company bearing his name is that it's important for those owning race teams in the sport to be folks who know the sport and remain actively involved in the sport.
The champion is crowned, the celebration awaits.
What a party it promises to be.
The 2010 edition of Sprint Cup Series Champion's Week in Las Vegas will fete Hendrick Motorsports' Jimmie Johnson, who earned an unprecedented fifth consecutive series title following the Nov. 21 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
NASCAR has announced the 2011 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule, which features 12 races in eight states.
A marquee addition to the K&N Pro Series slate for its 25th season of competition will be the inaugural event under the lights at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. Also new to the schedule will be a trio of historic NASCAR short tracks: Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C., Columbus (Ohio) Motor Speedway and Langley (Va.) Speedway.
Richmond will welcome the K&N Pro Series East at the .75-mile D-shaped oval on April 28 as part of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend.
Avoid the long lines at the malls this holiday season by giving the gift of speed from New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “The Magic Mile” is your one-stop holiday-shopping destination with tickets for the highly anticipated 2011 season along with a wide variety of racing souvenirs.
As a bonus, bargain hunters choosing to purchase tickets for all three major racing events at NHMS will save 10 percent. Gift certificates are also available and can be used toward any New Hampshire Motor Speedway ticket or souvenir purchase.
When IZOD IndyCar Series teams unload their cutting-edge machines at New Hampshire Motor Speedway next August they will be rolling out Dallara race cars powered by Honda engines on Firestone tires.
And according to IZOD IndyCar Series statistics, this generation of Dallara chassis, introduced in 2003, has proven to be the most competitive race car ever constructed.
The IZOD IndyCar Series has presented 86 races since 1996 with an average margin of victory of less than one second. The current IndyCar race car, the 2003 Dallara, is responsible for 59 of the series’ closest finishes.
It didn't take long for Rick Hendrick to shake up Hendrick Motorsports, even though Sunday brought a fifth Cup Series championship to Jimmie Johnson and a 10th to the organization.
Two days after the season came to a close in Florida, Hendrick Motorsports announced Tuesday afternoon it would shuffle the driver-crew chief pairings for drivers Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Mark Martin.
It was early Monday morning, and Jimmie Johnson was celebrating another NASCAR championship in the surf on South Beach.
His five NASCAR championship trophies had been placed delicately in the sand, and with rolled up pant legs, Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus stepped into the water for one final photo commemorating their historic march through the record books.
It's not often that a two-race winning streak gets an asterisk.
For Carl Edwards, wins at Phoenix and Homestead to close out the season are definitely a reason to celebrate, particularly when the first ended a 70-race winless streak. But at Phoenix, Denny Hamlin's fuel-mileage issues stole the headlines and on Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Edwards had to share the spotlight with five-time champion Jimmie Johnson.
Was anyone really surprised at what transpired in the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday?
From the moment Denny Hamlin's dominance in the previous week's race at Phoenix went up in a puff of miscalculated fuel-mileage smoke, costing him the victory that might have clinched the Chase for himself, this was more Jimmie Johnson's title to lose than it was Hamlin's -- even though Johnson had a worried Hamlin thinking exactly the opposite.
One of the ideal situations for IndyCar would be to have one of its brightest young talents driving for one of the best teams. And it appears that's a distinct possibility for 2011.
In what would be a win/win for the principals and the series, SPEED.com has learned that Chip Ganassi is close to signing a deal to run Graham Rahal in a third team in 2011 with Target/Ganassi personnel and utilizing all the resources of an operation that's captured three consecutive championships, two of the last three Indianapolis 500s and won 28 of the last 68 races.
Jimmie Johnson kept glancing in his rearview mirror, waiting to see the stripe. Six years ago, in one of the few championship battles he's lost on NASCAR's premier circuit, he saw the pink-colored valence along the bottom of Kurt Busch's race car stick out like a warning light, growing closer and closer until it was past him. Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, he again looked anxiously behind, waiting on the bright orange splitter along the bottom of Denny Hamlin's vehicle to come roaring up and devour him.
Brian France wouldn’t go as far as to say NASCAR will make changes to the Chase in 2011. But reading between the lines, it sounds like that’s where they are heading.
“What’s really clear to me is when you put drivers in a position where there’s a lot on the line … and they actually have got to go out and win or lead laps or compete high – they do it,” France said Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. “So that tells us that the more we can do to have incentives – an incentive basis and decide this championship, that puts it all on the line more often – that’s what we need to be thinking about.”
As a NASCAR reporter, the most enjoyable day at the race track for me was always Friday because that's when the top-12 drivers were herded into the media center for questions and answers.
Regardless of the topic, you knew at least one of the 12 drivers interviewed would say something funny or at least profound enough to make note for future use.
In many ways, this has been a normal week for Kevin Harvick, even with a championship on the line. He did some planning for next season at Kevin Harvick Inc., worked out twice, and sat in on the regular Tuesday morning competition meeting at Richard Childress Racing, where his No. 29 squad game-planned setups and strategies for Sunday's finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It was all routine and familiar, helping him to arrive in South Florida relaxed, smiling, and looking every bit like the outside title contender that he is.
Three challenging new venues and the return of the Milwaukee Mile highlight the diverse 2011 calendar for Firestone Indy Lights.
The 2011 schedule will again feature 12 races divided among six ovals, five temporary street circuits and one permanent road courses.
"Our goal is to prepare Firestone Indy Lights drivers to become successful IZOD IndyCar Series drivers," said Roger Bailey, executive director of the Firestone Indy Lights. “The 2011 schedule achieves that goal by helping our drivers gain experience and succeed on all types of racing circuits.”
Much has been written and said - even by Kevin Harvick himself - about whether he has been overlooked in this year's Sprint Cup championship race.
Harvick's crew chief, Gil Martin was asked about this on Wednesday and here was his response:
"I can't explain to you why he doesn't (get respect he deserves), but I can talk to you about why he should. I mean, you just go back and look. Again, I know it doesn't matter to nothing, but everybody talks about stats all week long. That's all you see all week long. When you go back and look where we would be in traditional points, where we are on top 10s, where we are on points gained, where we are on top 5s, I think if you go back and look, it's almost been one of the best seasons that RCR has ever had in its history.
Under the NASCAR points system, a 15-point margin is less than the difference between a race winner and runner-up, and a 46-point margin is less than the difference between first place and eighth. For the three contenders left in the race for the Sprint Cup title, the mathematical possibilities seem endless, particularly once bonus points are taken into account. And yet, at the same time, it's all very simple -- winning the championship Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway may also require winning the race.
Building on the success of two previous American-Canadian Tour Invitational races, officials of New Hampshire Motor Speedway and the ACT announced the addition of a second late model race next season at the largest sports and entertainment facility in New England.
The new ACT event will be part of the IZOD IndyCar Series weekend on Aug. 12-14 at “The Magic Mile.” NASCAR’s Whelen Modified Tour will join the ACT Late Models on Saturday during this all-star weekend.
One weekend. One title. Three drivers.
Those six words summarize Sunday’s Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where the 2010 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup — and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season — ends.
Only 46 points separate the top three Chase contenders — the drivers eligible to be crowned champion. Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota) leads the standings, by 15 points over second-place Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet) and 46 points over third-place Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Shell/ Pennzoil Chevrolet.
What is it with Carl Edwards and gymnastics? First, it was the back flip. Now, instead of a hand stand, Edwards continued to pioneer another signature move Sunday: a fan stand.
After winning the Kobalt Tools 500 at Phoenix International Raceway and snapping a 70-race winless streak, Edwards grabbed the checkered flag then raced up a ladder, through a catchfence gate and into the frontstretch grandstand for an impromptu celebration.
Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick and their three Sprint Cup teams are in for a fun week. And a stressful one.
Not since the inaugural playoff race in 2004 has the Chase For The Sprint Cup been so close entering the season finale.
Entering the race Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Hamlin owns a 15-point lead on Johnson, the four-time defending Cup champion, and a 46-point lead on third-place Harvick.
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Third Place – Eric Block
Second Place – Mike Dube
Champion – Mike Martire
The two-wheeled stars of the Loudon Road Race Series celebrated a season that included a record 36,729 laps or racing on the 1.6-mile New Hampshire Motor Speedway road course during the series’ annual awards banquet Saturday night in Manchester, N.H.
Rick Doucette was the star of the event as the Sandown, N.H., rider was honored for claiming seven championships in six different divisions, including the prestigious 2010 LRRS New Hampshire Motor Speedway Track Championship award.
Jimmie Johnson didn't have the fastest car in Sunday's Kobalt Tools 500 at Phoenix International Raceway -- at the end of the day, race winner and pole-sitter Carl Edwards did.
Johnson, the four-time defending Cup Series champion, didn't lead a lap. Denny Hamlin, ahead in the points and seeking his first title, led a race-high 190 laps.
NASCAR has announced the 2011 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule which features 16 races, highlighted by a new special event at a historic New England track, and the inaugural venture to Canada.
The 27th season of the Whelen Modified Tour will see NASCAR’s oldest division return to traditional venues like Connecticut’s Thompson International Speedway and Stafford Motor Speedway a combined eight times in 2011. Stafford will retain the four dates it has carried in recent seasons while Thompson has moved its August race to June and added a special event for September.
In this year of "have at it," passion and emotion were taken to a couple of extremes last weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, and it was all good.
Well, it wasn't good for Kyle Busch's bank account -- or wherever his fine money comes from -- and his Sunday race result. But it was good for the show, for the most part.
As far as I'm concerned, the sport needs more of it -- when it's called for, of course.
Building on the success of the past two ACT Invitationals, officials from New Hampshire Motor Speedway and the American Canadian Tour announced today that the largest touring late model series will add a second event to “The Magic Mile” in 2011.
The event will be presented as part of the IZOD IndyCar Series weekend on Aug. 13-14, at the largest sports and entertainment facility in New England, the region’s only super speedway. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Division will join the ACT Late Models as part of an ALL STAR weekend for short track racing, featuring full-fender ACT Late Models and the very popular NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.
Comparing it to making a change to the suspension or the setup, crew chiefs Chad Knaus and Steve Letarte said they are trying to improve both of the teams in the Jimmie Johnson-Jeff Gordon shop at Hendrick Motorsports by swapping crews for the final two races of the season.
The swap began in the middle of Sunday’s Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. Knaus, upset that his crew had slow pit stops on Johnson’s car, replaced the crew with the guys who were pitting the car of Gordon, who had crashed out of the race.
His black No. 11 car charged to the finish line, his primary competition for the Sprint Cup Series title visible only in his rearview mirror. Denny Hamlin scored a statement victory, earned himself a big new cowboy hat, and sent a clear message at Texas Motor Speedway that he was prepared to end Jimmie Johnson's unprecedented run of four consecutive championships. And he did it all long before he won in the Lone Star State again on Sunday night.
If Jimmie Johnson is looking to rebound in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, Phoenix International Raceway is the perfect place for him to do so.
Johnson finished ninth last Sunday at Texas and fell 33 points behind new leader Denny Hamlin, who won the race. It's the first time that Johnson has not been atop the point standings since 2005, when Tony Stewart claimed his second Cup championship.
Chad Knaus isn’t listening to what Mike Ford has to say about whose team is better with two races left to determine the 2010 Sprint Cup champion.
While he acknowledged he had not heard everything Denny Hamlin's crew chief had said Sunday following the Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway, Knaus said he does not agree with Ford’s declaration that his Joe Gibbs Racing team of Hamlin was better than the Knaus-led Hendrick Motorsports team of Johnson.
Could it really be that there might be a new sheriff in the Sprint Cup series garage?
In the wake of Sunday's victory by Denny Hamlin at Texas Motor Speedway, Mike Ford sure sounded as if he's ready for a crew-chief showdown with Chad Knaus. In fact, it could be argued that the respective teams they lead had one earlier in the day at TMS -- and that the No. 48 team blinked first and perhaps even repeatedly.
A study to examine the cost and economic impact of adding two more lanes to sections of Route 106 will begin early next year, according to the state Department of Transportation. The study, which is being funded in part by the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, will also look at traffic volume to see if the widening is necessary.
"The track is definitely interested in Route 106, and we are interested in it because it continues to grow as a commuter corridor," said Bill Cass, director of project development for the New Hampshire Department of Transportation.
Kevin Harvick was running seventh late in Sunday's event at Texas Motor Speedway when he uttered words over the radio that seemed to spell disaster for his chances of winning the race -- and, perhaps, of winning the Sprint Cup championship as well.
"I think we're in big trouble," he told crew chief Gil Martin.
Monkeys, which were on hand to sell programs, did not run down the frontstretch shooting off bottle rockets.
Other than that, take your pick for the unpredictable moments during Sunday's race at Texas Motor Speedway.
Brawling drivers, angry gestures, bold statements and a pit crew change on the fly. This race had it all.
And shock of all shocks, someone is leading the Chase with two races to go other than Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 Chevy team, which didn't end the race as a team.
Now that Talladega is in the rear-view mirror, the top-three drivers in the Chase -- Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick -- can all breathe a sigh of relief after leaving the "wild card" race unscathed.
With all three drivers finishing in the top-10 at Talladega and the points margin among them now at 38, this year's Chase is shaping up to be a real barn-burner. Texas, Phoenix and Homestead remain on the schedule.
The points spread among Johnson, Hamlin and Harvick is the closest with three races three races to go in the season since the inception of the Chase in 2004.
Clint Bowyer not only is coming off a victory last weekend at Talladega, he’ll get his crew chief back this week with the series heading to Texas Motor Speedway as well.
Crew chief Shane Wilson has completed a four-race suspension for Bowyer’s illegal car that won at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the opening Chase For The Sprint Cup race.
Richard Childress Racing, which denied intent and that the quarter-thin height advantage played a role in the victory, appealed the original penalty, and Wilson’s suspension was reduced from six to four races while the 150-point penalty remained the same.
If Kevin Harvick and his Richard Childress Racing teammates pull this 2010 Sprint Cup Series championship out of the fire, they might look at Talladega as one of the critical turning points.
You just knew, as you watched Harvick's crew chief, Gil Martin, accept congratulations from one visitor after another as he stood 10 or 15 yards in front of their battered No. 29 Chevrolet -- as NASCAR officials pored over it in post-race inspection -- that Martin almost couldn't believe that his team and driver had achieved a second-place finish.
Brad Keselowski knows that barring a catastrophe, he will win the 2010 Nationwide Series title.
All Keselowski has to do is start each of the final three races to clinch the championship. If he finishes 21st or better Saturday afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway, he also secures the title.
Keselowski has no finish worse than 21st all season.
When Jimmie Johnson visits the track media center each week, he is introduced by NASCAR’s Kerry Tharp as the “2009 Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year.”
It has become his unofficial title and a running joke that always brings a chuckle from both Johnson and the media.
But the award Johnson won last year was a significant accomplishment for both the driver and NASCAR, demonstrating just how rare and special his fourth straight Sprint Cup championship was.
With Jimmie Johnson clinging to a 14-point lead over Denny Hamlin and a 38-point lead over Kevin Harvick, the 2010 Sprint Cup title not only will come down to the driver who performs best, but the team that makes the fewest mistakes.
All three drivers have a solid record at Texas, Phoenix and Homestead.
Just in case, Clint Bowyer started his celebratory burnout several minutes before NASCAR declared him the winner of Sunday's Amp Energy Juice 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.
A multi-car crash behind the leaders at the start of the final lap had thrown the outcome in doubt, and it wasn't until Bowyer drove a quarter-mile and stopped his No. 33 Chevrolet at the entrance to the garage that shouts and high-fives from the crew that surrounded the car let the crowd know Bowyer indeed had won his second race in the Chase.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway will wrap up its twentieth anniversary season today with The Racing School. The 2010 season was full of on-track action and “20 years of motorsports magic” memories.
The Racing School will take to “The Magic Mile,” providing motorsports enthusiasts the opportunity of a lifetime.
Jeff Gordon has almost finished the lengthy process of building the North Carolina home where he plans to raise his children.
That, team owner Rick Hendrick said, was all the insurance he needs to keep the four-time NASCAR champion behind the wheel of a stock car for a very long time.
“Have you seen that house he’s building? He’s going to be driving at least 10 more years,” Hendrick said this week.
With a new three-year sponsorship announced on Wednesday, Gordon was sure to be driving into at least 2013 to fulfill his new obligation to the AARP Foundation’s “Drive to End Hunger” campaign. Beyond that is anyone’s guess, including Gordon’s.
Trick or treat, race fans.
Sunday's race at Talladega Superspeedway should be a real Halloween treat, as far as the points battle in the championship Chase is concerned.
Talladega is the "wild card, "the crapshoot" in the 10-race Chase. It's the one race the title contenders fear the most, since the unpredictable can happen here, including the "big one."
Jimmie Johnson saw his Chase lead shrink from 41 points to just six ahead of Denny Hamlin as Hamlin won at Martinsville Speedway Sunday and Johnson could muster just a fifth-place finish in the sixth of 10 races in the Chase For The Sprint Cup.
And while there was a bit of a buzz about Johnson possibly losing more points because of a problem with his driveshaft, that issue was quickly put to rest after the race by Sprint Cup Series Director John Darby, who said there were no illegal parts on the car.
Halfway through Sunday’s Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway, you couldn’t blame Mark Martin for thinking, “Here we go again.”
On Lap 226 of 500, Martin smacked the frontstretch wall after a tap from AJ Allmendinger and lost a lap for repairs.
Then his fortunes turned. Martin finally regained the lost lap on the next caution as the first car one lap down on Lap 393. In the final 98 laps, he drove from 18th to second in a No. 5 Chevrolet that was the fastest car on the track during the closing green-flag run.
Denny Hamlin won the race Sunday at Martinsville Speedway and Jimmie Johnson left with the points lead in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
But it may have been third-place finisher Kevin Harvick who made the most impressive statement during the Tums Fast Relief 500, even if he didn't win over many friends in his own Richard Childress Racing stable in the process.
"Coming into this race, no one gave us a chance to even run anywhere toward the front," Harvick said.
Denny Hamlin won Sunday's Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville and trimmed fifth-place finisher Jimmie Johnson's lead in the Chase for the Sprint Cup to six points with four races left in the season.
The closest Chase ever through six races is on a collision course toward next Sunday's AMP Energy Juice 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, the most dangerous and unpredictable race in the Chase.
The Boston BMW Club will wrap up its schedule of events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, New England’s largest sports and entertainment facility, this weekend by hosting a school for both novice and expert drivers.
The school is intended to improve driving skills and highlight the relationship between driver and machine. The BMW Club conducts its schools on race tracks so participants can learn how to control a vehicle at speeds not typically reached on public roads.
Kasey Kahne is going to get a head start on his lone season with Red Bull Racing.On Thursday, Kahne completed a deal that will allow him to drive for Red Bull as early as this weekend. He will take over the driving duties of Red Bull's No. 83 Toyota beginning with Sunday's Tums 500 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.
When Denny Hamlin won at Martinsville Speedway in March, he entered the race knowing he was going to have surgery on his knee in a few days and face a painful recovery.
He won that event but now returns to his best track with even more pressure – trailing Jimmie Johnson by 41 points with five races left in the Chase For The Sprint Cup.
Denny Hamlin has Jimmie Johnson right where he wants him.
"Frankly, I feel like he's in our sights," Hamlin said after running fourth in Saturday night's Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The top-five finish was Hamlin's first in 11 starts at the 1.5-mile track.
Hamlin showed his mettle in the fifth race of the Chase. On Lap 2, as Ryan Newman spun in Turn 2, Hamlin mashed the brakes on the No. 11 Toyota and flat-spotted his tires. Hamlin restarted from the rear and patiently worked his way forward.
Bring on Martinsville.
Jamie McMurray cleared Kyle Busch off Turn 2 after a restart on Lap 314 and pulled away from Busch to win Saturday night’s Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, site of McMurray’s first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory in 2002.
Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup leader Jimmie Johnson and second-place Denny Hamlin, however, both dodged trouble and finished third and fourth, respectively, to set up a showdown Oct. 24 at Martinsville, a short track the two drivers have dominated the past four years.
“I have a lot of personal admiration for Jeff Byrd and the way he helped so many, including myself. He was so well respected by everyone in our industry. Jeff was an integral part of our sport’s explosive growth during his tenure with Winston’s marketing team.
The New Hampshire Karting Association will take on “The Magic Mile” this weekend with drivers from elementary-school age to Social Security recipients hoping to capture the Granite State Championship.
The NHKA is one of the premier karting series in the nation and can easily be called the home of karting in New England.
The 2011 season of speed is fast approaching and so are ticket renewal deadlines for the most action-packed year in the history of New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series drivers will make their first of two appearances on a new date, July 17, in the LENOX Industrial Tools 301, and because of an overwhelming response from race fans the ticket renewal deadline for this event has been extended to Oct. 26.
Joining NASCAR’s elite once again next summer will be the NASCAR Nationwide Series, K&N Pro Series East and the New England favorite Whelen Modified Tour.
The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) announced today the second class of inductees into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. That class consists of: David Pearson - 94%; Bobby Allison - 62%; Lee Petty - 62%; Ned Jarrett - 58%; Bud Moore - 45%.
The NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Panel, consisting of members of the Nominating Committee along with 31 others representing all facets of the NASCAR industry, met in a closed session in Charlotte, N.C., to vote on the induction class of 2011. The announcement was made in the Great Hall inside the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) will gather at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C. today to announce its second hall of fame class.
The announcement, which will be carried live on SPEED, NASCAR.COM and SIRIUS Satellite Radio Channel 128 at 4 p.m. ET, will be made by NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France.
Tony Stewart got a new sponsor and everybody else got a sneak peak of the 2011 version of the Chevrolet Impala that will be used in NASCAR‘s Sprint Cup Series.
Stewart on Tuesday announced his No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing team had signed a multi-year sponsorship deal with Mobil 1.
The deal is for 14 races as primary sponsor and associate sponsorship the remainder of the season on the cars of Stewart and his teammate, Ryan Newman.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager, Jerry Gappens, today announced the promotion of Kristen Costa to Director of Communications at New England’s largest sports and entertainment facility.
Costa will now be responsible for the day-to-day management of the communications department; which includes publicity, promotions, media outreach, web-site management, event programs, and more.
Fall in New England has arrived, with cool weather and colorful leaves, but there are just a few more weeks left of on- track activity at the largest sports and entertainment facility in the northeast. This weekend the Corvettes of Massachusetts (COM) will take on New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s 1.6- mile scenic road course.
New England race fans saw him zip around “The Magic Mile” in June approaching speeds of up to 200 mph, and now Dario Franchitti has been crowned IZOD IndyCar Champion for the third time in four years.
Franchitti and all of the IZOD IndyCar Series stars will race “The Magic Mile” on August 14, 2011, bringing a third major motorsports event to New Hampshire.
In light of the recent controversy surrounding Clint Bowyer’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, officials at the speedway utilized some creative ingenuity to help ensure that “The Magic Mile” and its wreckers aren’t part of any similar debate in the future.
With the new “pillow-soft” bumper revealed today, speedway general manager Jerry Gappens wants to assure all future winning race cars make it to victory lane carefully.
The 2011 racing season will be even faster with more on-track action at New Hampshire Motor Speedway highlighting an action-packed season of speed.
This exciting season will kick off with the second annual FANtasy DRIVE, the ultimate open house and fan appreciation day.
They negotiate 12 turns while easily reaching speeds over 120 miles per hour. It’s a fast two-wheeled finale at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend. Loudon’s local motorcycle stars are revved up for their last ride around the 1.6- mile road course concluding the 2010 LRRS season.
The cars and stars of NASCAR may be making their way to Dover but the action continues this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with a little bit of everything for the motorsports enthusiast.
Friday through Sunday race fans can experience the same thrill that Clint Bowyer felt crossing the Granite Stripe last weekend when The Richard Petty Driving Experience returns to “The Magic Mile” for the last time in 2010.
The largest sports and entertainment facility in New England once again hosted the biggest sporting event in the Northeast Region with NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series SYLVANIA 300 on Sunday, September 19.
Before an estimated crowd of 95,000 fans saw some of the best racing at “The Magic Mile”. The first race in the “Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup” saw many of the top-12 contenders racing like it was the final event of the season. Denny Hamlin spun on lap 215 but battled back to a solid second place finish. Tony Stewart ran out of gas just before the white flag waved, and four- time champion Jimmie Johnson finished 25th the worst finish of all 12 Chasers.
Clint Bowyer surged from twelfth to second in the points standings after winning a racy and risky SYLVANIA 300. Fuel mileage was everything in the end when leader Tony Stewart came up empty at the white flag, allowing Bowyer to steal the first race in the "Chase for the Sprint Cup."
Bowyer was strong right from the start. He led the most laps in taking his No. 33 Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet to victory lane where he picked up not only the checkered flag but a 16lb New England lobster!
TUMS nation was up bright and early this morning taste-testing a New England favorite Clam Chowder. Debbie and Wayne Wentworth of Pepperelle, Mass. have been coming to the speedway since the first Sprint Cup race in 1993, now have the proud title of the "Chowdah" kings of New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Their chowder was voted the best homemade clam chowder, at “The Magic Mile” during the live cook off judged by NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip, former driver and current SPEED analyst Jimmy Spencer, Chef Sam Carlsen of Levy Restaurants, SPEED Racing Chef Nicky Morse, and David Reutimann driver of the No. 00 TUMS Toyota was on hand serving the chowder.
Finally, the first race in the “Chase for the Sprint Cup” has arrived! In a few hours, the stars of NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series will hit “The Magic Mile” for the SYLVANIA 300. Who will be the first Chaser to cross “The Granite Stripe”?
It is shaping up to be a beautiful fall New England day with sunny skies and highs in the mid-70’s. Fans are reminded that the green flag drops at 1:00 p.m.
Hudson, NH’s Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. raced his way to victory from a 27th starting position, grabbing his sixth American-Canadian Tour career victory at the second annual New Hampshire Motor Speedway American-Canadian Tour Invitational.
Polewarczyk managed to fight through the 43- car field behind the wheel of his No. 97NH Pole’s Automotive Ford, to take the lead with just four laps to go during the late-model series’ only superspeedway appearance.
It was the Kyle and Kevin show most of the day during TheRaceDayRaffleSeries.com 175, but it was Kyle Busch who took the checkered flag for the second straight year in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
“It wasn’t an easy win,” said Busch. “It was a tough hard fought battle and it took us a little while to get there. With 15 laps to go it got ugly. I got to put a left rear quarter panel on the truck because he [Kevin Harvick] was racing me so hard, in the end you got to do what you got to do to win these races and it’s really neat to get the Toyota truck to victory lane.”
With drivers at his heels and a right rear tire quickly losing air, Ryan Newman held off the modified regulars to take the F.W. Webb 100.
Ryan earned the modified sweep for 2010 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, winning both poles and both races this season behind the wheel of team owner Kevin “Bono” Manion’s No. 7 Aggressive Hydraulics/ Menards Chevrolet.
Last year’s race winner Kyle Busch will lead the way in today’s TheRaceDayRaffleSeries.com 175. Behind the wheel of his No. 18 Toyota Tundra Toyota, the Sprint Cup Series Chase contender turned a record lap time of 29.292 seconds at a speed of 130.029 mph.
Busch will attempt to continue his winning ways at “The Magic Mile.” He is last year’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series winner and visited victory lane in June’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race.
They’re small and quick. They appeal to racers of all ages, and they’ve arrived to a new permanent home at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. One of the fastest growing divisions in motorsports, the U.S. Legend Cars will highlight Pre-Race activities on Sunday leading up to the SYLVANIA 300.
In a race plagued with late race cautions, it was Ryan Truex behind the wheel of his No. 00 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota who raced his way to the checkered flag in the New Hampshire 125 sweeping both series races at “The Magic Mile.”
Truex lost the lead with 15 laps to go but when the No. 38 of Allen Tardiff and No. 07 of Corey LaJoie got into each other he took the lead and found his way to victory lane for the second straight time this season.
For our guests facing mobility challenges great and small, New Hampshire Motor Speedway is going the extra mile to make sure all of its fans have a magical experience at “The Magic Mile.”
Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 12 Penske/ AAA Dodge will lead the field from the pole position when the green flag waves for the SYLVANIA 300 on Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Keselowski turned a record lap time of 28.515 seconds at a speed of 133.572 mph. The top-five qualifiers all beat the previous record held by Juan Pablo Montoya who also beat his own record.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway becomes the center of the motorsports universe this weekend. Six races will highlight an action packed weekend at “The Magic Mile,” starting today.
Today kicks off a weekend full of racing action at “The Magic Mile” with the K&N Pro Series East New Hampshire 125 beginning at 5:00 p.m. Brett Moffitt leads the way, followed by teammate Max Gresham, and Kevin Swindell.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Ryan Newman continues to dominate in his Whelen Modified Tour car, grabbing the pole for the F.W. Webb 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, his second straight pole at the speedway.
Driving, the No. 7 Aggressive Hydraulics/ Menards Chevrolet Newman turned a lap time of 29.457 at a speed of 129.300 mph. He was the race and pole winner for June’s Whelen Modified Tour race at “The Magic Mile.”
Brett Moffitt of Grimes, Iowa grabbed the pole position for tomorrow’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series East New Hampshire 125 and set a new track record. Moffitt also won the pole in June.
Driving the No. 20 Game Plan for Life Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, Moffitt turned a lap record of 29.863 seconds at a speed of 127.542 mph.
“We were terrible in practice, I really thought we were going to have a bad weekend, but my team worked on the car until it was time to qualify,” said Moffitt. “We’ve grown as a team learning, and picking everything apart. We just threw it all together today.”
Inspired by the famous “Yard of Bricks” at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a new start/finish line was unveiled at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway Thursday, September 16.
The “Granite Stripe” is a six-inch thick, two-foot-wide strip of New Hampshire granite that stretches across the 65-foot wide NHMS front straightaway at the start/finish line. New Hampshire is known as the Granite State.
“The Magic Mile” and Richard Petty Motorsports are teaming up to make this weekend a little brighter for the employees impacted by the Hartford Distributors tragedy, by sending 250 tickets for all employees to the SYLVANIA 300 and four Richard Petty Motorsports NASCAR Sprint Cup Series haulers to the facility Thursday morning.
Track Facts American-Canadian Tour Invitational (ACT)
Track Facts SYLVANIA 300 (NSCS)
Track Facts TheRaceDayRaffleSeries.com 175 (NCWTS)
Track Facts New Hampshire 125 (NKSE)
Track Facts F.W. Webb 100 (NWMT)
NASCAR’s Chase leader Denny Hamlin will highlight New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s “FanFest” tomorrow with an on-stage Q&A and an autograph session for his fans.
Hamlin launched into the number one seed after a dominating victory in Richmond, bringing him to a season and career high six wins. He races into “The Magic Mile” just 10 points ahead of June’s winner Jimmie Johnson.
The American-Canadian Tour is getting supersized this weekend when the series races into New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the only superspeedway on the late model schedule.
Fan favorite Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, Mass. will try to grab the checkered flag for a second straight year. He has won two qualifiers this season giving him the momentum coming into this weekend’s race. MacDonald will be pulling triple duty this weekend racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series TheRaceDayRaffleSeries.com 175 and NASCAR K & N Pro Series East New Hampshire 125.
NASCAR points leader Denny Hamlin dueled and dined in Boston iRacing style, throwing down fast times and nasty wrecks against local media this afternoon.
NASCAR's most recent winner showed his iRacing skills by racing "The Magic Mile," from the comfort of a racing simulator setting the record of the day with a lap of 30.3 seconds. Coming in a close second was radio host Bill Thomas of WPKZ 105.3 FM and 1280 AM out of Fitchburg, Mass. with a lap of 31.31 seconds.
Through the cooperative efforts of the New Hampshire Department of Transportation, local officials, New Hampshire State Police and the New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS), a comprehensive traffic control plan will once again be implemented on Sunday, September 19, 2010 for over 100,000 spectators and 37,700 vehicles expected to attend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Race at the Loudon racetrack. Please note the race starts at 1:00 pm, with the period of maximum traffic congestion occurring in the late afternoon and early evening hours.
There are only a few days remaining until the cars and stars of NASCAR race their way to “The Magic Mile,” for an action packed weekend of non-stop speed and entertainment. Here are just a few things to make for an even more thrilling weekend.
Race fans get ready the top-12 Chase contenders are set and NASCAR’s playoffs are headed to New Hampshire Motor Speedway in just a few days.
Ten drivers Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart, Jeff Burton, Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin already clinched berths in the Chase going into the Richmond race. It was the two drivers on the outside looking in who headlined the night.
“The Magic Mile” welcomed the first of many campers today as race fans gear up for the SYLVANIA 300 and the first race in the “Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.”
New Hampshire Motor Speedway was up bright and early to welcome the fans in at 5:00 a.m. this morning with donuts and coffee.
Grills are sure to be fired up and televisions tuned into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond tonight which will determine the rest of the Chase Contenders.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway is accepting entries for the track's first TUMS "Chowdah" Challenge. The best homemade clam chowder, a regional specialty throughout New England, will be chosen in a live cook-off on Sunday, September 19. The contest will be judged by some of the biggest names in NASCAR and the track executive chef.
It was the fastest commute in New Hampshire today as Governor John Lynch raced to work in New Hampshire Motor Speedway's official Toyota Hybrid Pace Car this afternoon with Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager of the speedway.
Governor John Lynch declared the week of September 13-19 "Race Week" for the Granite State. The week kicks off the SYLVANIA 300 festivities and the biggest sporting event in New England.
With an anticipated crowd that exceeds the Super Bowl, Final Four, NBA Finals, World Series games, and the Stanley Cup playoffs the SYLVANIA 300 weekend is just one week away and race fans are reminded they can bring their favorite Coca-Cola products, beer, and snacks to “The Magic Mile.”
For the seventh consecutive year, the largest sports and entertainment facility in New England is gearing up to host first race in the “Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup,” and fans can be sure that the racing and tailgating will be thrilling right up until the last checkered flag waves.
The American Canadian Tour (ACT) has announced another round of invited teams who have been invited to participate in the second ACT Invitational to be held at the regions largest sporting complex, the New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) on Saturday, September 18, 2010. The event will be held as one of three preliminary events leading to the Sunday, September 19th first 'Chase' for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship. The ACT teams will join the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and the Camping World Truck Series in a spectacular triple-header event on Saturday, September 18.
They aren't exactly known as truck drivers, but two of NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series aces will be behind the wheel of the NASCAR Camping World Trucks next weekend. When the green flag waves on TheRaceDayRaffleSeries.com 175 race fans can bet Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch will be up front dueling it out with the rest of the field, and these guys know how to steer a truck into Victory Lane.
Kyle Busch will be setting a torrid pace at New Hampshire Motor Speedway next week driving the No. 18 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota. Busch roars into "The Magic Mile" as the defending NASCAR Camping World Truck Series winner. Busch currently has a total of four wins this season in the Camping World Truck Series, tied for the most wins with veteran driver Todd Bodine.
The roar of motorcycles can be heard at "The Magic Mile," this holiday weekend as the Loudon Road Race Series return to the 1.6-mile road course for the seventh time this season.
Today, the Penguin Racing School will hold one of two remaining events in the northeast here at NHMS, before heading to Florida for the winter.
The American rock band 38 Special led by Don Barnes and Donnie Van Zant will kick start the SYLVAINA 300 with a concert during pre-race activities on September 19 beginning at 11:15 a.m.
The band was formed in 1975 and throughout the years has sold more than 15 million albums, but still plays a rigorous touring schedule with more than 100 shows per year. The thousands of audience members who attend 38 Special shows are still amazed at the power and strength of the band’s performance ability.
"The Magic Mile" and country music station WOKQ are inviting all race fans to attend the popular "FanFest," a celebration dedicated to NASCAR fans, with food, music, fun, and much more on Thursday, September 16 beginning at 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
Headlining the fall "Fanfest" will be the always entertaining Trailer Choir, singing their catchy country tunes "Rockin the Beer Gut," "Rollin' Through the Sunshine" and "Off the Hillbilly Hook." The band has been featured on Country Music Television and will soon test their intelligence against fifth graders on the hit television show Are you Smarter Than a 5th Grader?
New Hampshire Motor Speedway announced today that The Charity Splits Company, of Joliet Ill., will sponsor TheRaceDayRaffleSeries.com 175 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday, September 18.
Charity Splits has been established in motorsports by benefitting multiple NASCAR Charities and Foundations including: The Tony Stewart Foundation, Victory Junction, The Petty Family Foundation, The Greg Biffle Foundation, The Ryan Newman Foundation, The Dale Jarrett Foundation, and The Kyle Busch Foundation.
A “New Breed of Speed” stormed into New Hampshire Motor Speedway Tuesday, August 31, when two of the top teams from the IZOD IndyCar Series completed the first official testing laps in preparation for next year’s return of IndyCar racing to New England.
The teams, with drivers Tony Kanaan and Scott Dixon, are participating in a two-day Firestone Tire Tests. The test wraps up Wednesday.
Preparation for next year's return of the IZOD IndyCar Series begins in earnest tomorrow as two top teams and drivers participate in a Firestone Tire Test Session at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Popular IZOD IndyCar Series driver Tony Kanaan will be driving his Andretti Autosport No. 11 7-Eleven Slurpee Honda. Kanaan has a total of 13 career IndyCar Series wins and 10 IndyCar Series poles. He also was the 2004 IZOD IndyCar Series champion.
Walk down “Magic Mile” memory lane with Rusty Wallace, Mark Martin, and other “Legends of Loudon” as they share stories of New Hampshire Motor Speedway during SYLVANIA’s 20th Anniversary Celebration Lobster Bake on Friday, September 17.
SYLVANIA’s 8th annual Lobster Bake will be hosted in conjunction with Speedway Children’s Charities this year and includes an entertaining panel of “bench racing” personalities.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway is inviting all race fans to take a lap around the track with their favorite NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver to support children’s programs throughout the region, with the help of Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC) this weekend.
A lucky race fan will get the opportunity to take the “Ride of a Lifetime” around the “Magic Mile” before the start of the SYLVANIA 300 on Sunday, September 19.
A NASCAR fan’s dream could come true during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series SYLVANIA 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday, September 19 by winning the SYLVANIA Ultimate VIP Experience.
For the true NASCAR fan, this opportunity is a once in a lifetime chance to experience exclusive access and the glamour of a NASCAR Sprint Cup Sunday morning. One lucky fan will spend the day like a NASCAR star, arriving at the Speedway in a helicopter landing feet from “The Magic Mile.”
New Hampshire Motor Speedway lent a helping hand to A Little Folks School in Manchester with a $500 donation after the school had been broken into and robbed.
The opening teacher arrived yesterday morning to find the day care on Goffs Falls Road had been vandalized. Locked cabinets had been broken, money stolen, and games children were allowed to bring during the summer months were taken.
Ryan Newman claimed his second NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win last Wednesday at Bristol Motor Speedway just two months after his win in the series at “The Magic Mile.”
Ryan Newman battled New England fan favorites and Whelen Modified Tour regulars Ted Christopher and Mike Stefanik who led the pack most of the evening. Christopher’s night ended early by engine problems, leaving Stefanik as the favorite to win; however, it was Newman who pulled into victory lane after a late race pass on Stefanik.
“This might be my best win here,” Newman said. “It was a fun race, and a great race at Bristol. Glad I ended up in victory lane.”
If you are a motorsports enthusiast who dreams of one day driving where the stars and cars of NASCAR race, the Sports Car Driving Association (SCDA) is the place for you and on Monday, August 23 the SCDA will make its way to “The Magic Mile.”
Students can be sure that each world class instructor shares the same passion for performance driving in a safe environment as they do.
It will be a full schedule of NASCAR action at “The Magic Mile” when the 2011 season visits New England. As previously announced, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stars will race twice in 2011, and for the 16th consecutive year the NASCAR Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series will join them at the largest sports and entertainment facility in the northeast.
East Montpelier, Vt. native Joey Laquerre led the way in today’s American-Canadian Tour (ACT) test and tune session with the fastest lap time of 32.029 seconds around “The Magic Mile.”
Joey Laquerre currently sits fifth in the ACT Late Model Tour points standings. Laquerre finished sixth in last year’s NHMS ACT Invitational.
The cars and stars of the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) are back in action at “The Magic Mile” today for round two of testing for the upcoming ACT Invitational in September.
Thirty-three teams are expected to take on the 1.058-mile oval throughout the day hoping to grab a spot in the ACT Invitational on September 18. Drivers on track include last September’s ACT Invitational and K&N Pro Series East winner Eddie MacDonald, and New Hampshire’s own Brad Leighton, who has an astounding eight top-five’s and 27 top-10’s at NHMS.
Williston, Vt. native Brian Hoar led the way in today’s American Canadian Tour (ACT) test and tune session with the fastest lap of the day at 32.13 seconds around the 1.058-mile oval.
Brian Hoar is on a front running stretch this season. He has three victories in the ACT series including last weekend at the Circuit Riverside Speedway Can-Am combination Série ACT-Castrol Edge and ACT Late Model Tour event. He currently sits first in the ACT Late Model Tour Driver Championship Points.
The American Canadian Tour (ACT) prepares to become “Supersized” this week at “The Magic Mile” with test and tune sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday, as teams get ready for the upcoming ACT Invitational during the SYLVANIA 300 weekend.
With anticipated crowds exceeding the Super Bowl, Final Four, NBA Finals, World Series games, and even the Stanley Cup Playoffs , New Hampshire Motor Speedway will host the three the biggest sporting events in New England during its 2011 racing season.
For the 15th consecutive season, "The Magic Mile” will host two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekends.
Whether you are a four-wheeled racing fanatic or a two-wheeled racing enthusiast, New Hampshire Motor Speedway is the place for you this weekend. From stockcars to motorcycles, “The Magic Mile” has it all.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway has the “Yard of Bricks,” Augusta has the “Amen Corner,” and of course, Boston’s own Fenway Park has the mighty “Green Monster.” Now, New Hampshire Motor Speedway will have the same iconic item that every fan will remember.
This September, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stars will have to pass “The Granite Stripe” at the start-finish line.
NASCAR fans: rev up your SYLVANIA 300 race day experience by rubbing elbows with some of NASCAR’s top racing personalities, with a behind-the-scenes look at a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sunday morning.
The Pre-Race Pit Pass allows fans onto pit road prior to the start of the SYLVANIA 300 and also includes access to the “Race Day Town Meeting,” with Bruton Smith, founder and chief executive officer of Speedway Motorsports Inc., Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and other racing personalities.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway welcomed U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (Democrat N.H.) for a meet and greet with Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager of the speedway.
Senator Shaheen and Gappens discussed on-going activities and long-range plans for “The Magic Mile.”
NASCAR fans, have you ever wondered what it would be like to spend race day Sunday as the general manager of “The Magic Mile?” If you purchase a ticket to the SYLVANIA 300, you could be the face of NASCAR in New England for the day when the “Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup” rolls into New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 19.
The boys of summer are back on track at “The Magic Mile,” as the Loudon Road Race Series (LRRS) takes on the 1.6-mile road course this weekend for the sixth time this season.
Today, the Penguin Racing School will help the new motorcycle rider learn the basic skills necessary for a successful racing career. They also help tutor the experienced racer into gaining competitive edge on track.
Over 70 American Canadian Tour (ACT) teams will convene at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on August 17-18 to practice for the upcoming ACT Invitational during the SYLVANIA 300 weekend.
The two full days of testing will be divided among the 70 invited teams. With just eight teams currently guaranteed spots in the increased 43 car field, the practice session will be crucial in deciding which drivers will get the at-large invite into the ACT Invitational.
F.W. Webb is once again teaming up with New Hampshire Motor Speedway. New England’s leading plumbing and heating distributor is fast becoming the major pipeline to great racing in New Hampshire. F.W. Webb will be the official sponsor of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at the speedway on Saturday, September 18.
The F.W. Webb 100 will bring some of the best racing all weekend to “The Magic Mile,” with Sprint Cup Series star Ryan Newman and Whelen Modified regular Ted Christopher. Modified racing has deep roots in New England and is always a fan favorite with tight, wheel-to-wheel racing and lots of action.
NASCAR fans have the opportunity to experience the excitement behind the wheel or riding shotgun in a NASCAR-style stock car during the Richard Petty Driving Experience at “The Magic Mile” this weekend, running today through Sunday, August 1.
Take control of the wheel and experience the same thrill that Jimmie Johnson felt driving to the checkered flag in June. There are still a few spots available for the Rookie Experience that allows you to get behind the wheel for an eight-lap dash to the finish, and for the Kings Experience, a three hour 18-lap driving program for those with the need for speed.
If you need a lift this Friday, come check out the latest in construction equipment at the New Hampshire Good Roads Equipment Show and Clam Bake at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
It will be a fun filled day for families, as organizers show off the latest technological innovations in construction equipment. The inner child in you will love to see the latest improvements; from safety to driver ergonomics to the latest gadgets you would never expect to see in front loaders, cranes, and other heavy equipment.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway will see some two legged racing next week when the 20th Annual D.A.R.E. Classic 5K returns to “The Magic Mile,” on Wednesday, August, 4.
The D.A.R.E. Classic consists of a one-mile fun run beginning at 6:00 p.m. and a five-kilometer road race beginning at 6:30 p.m. The course is a paved double loop starting on the speedway track through pit road. It includes portions of the 1.058-oval and 1.6-mile road course.
On any given Sunday, NASCAR fans from across the country root for their favorite drivers to grab that elusive checkered flag and many of those fans dream of one day meeting their favorite NASCAR star. For one New Englander, meeting his favorite driver happened under the grandstand at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last September.
On a typical NASCAR weekend at “The Magic Mile,” thousands of spectators walk through the grandstands, so what are the odds that you will run into your favorite driver? Probably not that great, but for one fan, lady luck was on his side.
Ladies and gentleman, start your motorcycles! It will be a full weekend of motorcycle racing at “The Magic Mile,” with events for all two wheeled enthusiasts.
Today, the Women’s Riding School (WRS) will invade the 1.6-mile road course, providing women riders with all levels of experience a safe learning environment. The main goal of the WRS is to educate.
Watch out Whelen Modified Tour stars, Ryan Newman is once again entered into the 100 lap race on September 18. The Rocket Man will make his fifth consecutive start at “The Magic Mile,” behind the wheel of the No. 7 Aggressive Hydraulics Chevrolet owned by West Boylston, Mass. native Kevin “Bono” Manion.
The American Canadian Tour (ACT) will be supersized when the series rolls into New Hampshire Motor Speedway this September, the only super speedway on the late model schedule. The second annual ACT Invitational has room for 43 starting positions up, from last year’s 36, but this season, qualifying races have been ruled by repeat winners.
Still stuffed from Thanksgiving dinner, NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series raced into New Hampshire Motor Speedway the day after the holiday on Friday, November 23, 2001, with one driver extremely hungry for his first Cup win.
Robby Gordon rolled into “The Magic Mile” driving the No. 31 Lowe’s Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing. Gordon moved his way up from a 31st starting position to the front of the pack with just 20 laps to go, when a controversial pass caused the newly crowned champion Jeff Gordon to spin out.
In the high octane world of NASCAR, rivalries between drivers fuel the type of racing fans love most. For example: the newer feud between Mark Martin and Juan Pablo Montoya. The two Sprint Cup Series drivers traded paint and accusations at “The Magic Mile” last fall, making it one of several memorable battles that flared up between the big boys in the “20 years of motorsports magic.”
Two-wheeled enthusiasts are revved up for the return of the Loudon Road Race Series (LRRS) this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
The LRRS returns to “The Magic Mile” for the fifth time this season. After a month long hiatus away from the 1.6-mile road course the riders are ready to get back down to business.
Joe Nemechek rolled into New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 19, 1999 with nothing to lose. To call him a desperate driver might be an understatement. His team owner, Felix Sabates, had just let him know he wasn’t going to be with the team for the 2000 season. Joe was a no go. His ride was leaving him and his future prospects depended heavily on the last few races of the season. If “Front Row Joe” ever needed his first ever NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win, it was now.
With one of the two largest sporting events in New England providing the opportunity, more than $142,500 was raised during LENOX Industrial Tools 301 Week for the New Hampshire Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities (SCC).
The money, along with additional fund raisers throughout the remainder of the year, will be distributed at the end of the year to local children-related charities.
New England race fans will have the opportunity to see not one but three exciting races on Saturday, September 18. “The Magic Mile” triple header will feature the northeast favorite Whelen Modified Tour New Hampshire 100, the Camping World Truck Series New Hampshire 175, and the second annual American Canadian Tour (ACT) Invitational.
The American Canadian Tour (ACT) will return to "The Magic Mile," during the SYLVANIA 300 weekend on Saturday, September 18, for the second consecutive year.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway is the only superspeedway on the ACT and the Canadian Série ACT-Castrol schedule. The stars of the series will take on the 1.058-mile oval as part of Saturday's thrilling triple header, which includes the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour New Hampshire 100 and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series New Hampshire 175.
With the entire east coast spending much of this week sweltering in 90 degree plus temperatures, the on-track action at New Hampshire Motor Speedway continues to heat up this weekend with plenty of competition on the 1.6-mile road course.
Today through Sunday the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) will return to NHMS for the fifth time this season. Fans will have a unique opportunity to see a wide range of sports cars including racing sedans, sports racers, and formula/open- wheel racers. Over 40 different classes compete during SCCA weekends.
With an anticipated crowd that far exceeds the Super Bowl, Final Four, NBA Finals, World Series Games or the Stanley Cup playoffs, race fans can bet that the SYLVANIA 300 weekend will bring cooler temperatures and hot competition when the seventh consecutive “Chase for the NASCAR Cup” rolls into New Hampshire Motor Speedway, September 16-19.
New England’s home for NASCAR racing will once again lead off the sport’s 10-race playoff system in dramatic form.
Who will take home the first IZOD IndyCar checkered flag when the open-wheel phenoms return to New Hampshire Motor Speedway next July?
Danica Patrick may have the inside track on racing here; but remember she was behind the wheel of a NASCAR Nationwide Series stock car. Indianapolis 500 winners Dario Franchitti, and Helio Castroneves will be among the many stars who will race at “The Magic Mile” looking to visit the first IZOD IndyCar Series victory lane in 13 years.
From fireworks to cookouts, New Hampshire Motor Speedway would like to wish everyone a safe and happy July Fourth weekend.
The stars of NASCAR may be on their way to Daytona, but on track action continues at “The Magic Mile” this weekend, with the New Hampshire Cycling Club, the COM Sports Car Club, and the Boston BMW Club.
When Adrian Pappas of Newton, N.H. bought his ticket to the LENOX Industrial Tools 301, he knew he was in for some exciting NASCAR racing. Little did Pappas know, he would leave “The Magic Mile” $20,000 richer.
The 20th Anniversary Contest was a way to say thank you to fans for two decades of memorable racing and great times at “The Magic Mile.”
From Danica Mania to an IndyCar zooming around the “Magic Mile” to the exciting finish of Sunday’s LENOX Industrial Tools 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup race, New Hampshire Motor Speedway maintained its presence as the largest sports and entertainment facility in New England and hosting the largest sporting events here in the northeast.
With speeds reaching up to 200 mph New Hampshire Motor Speedway will see the fastest racing in 13 years on July 31, 2011.
Officials at the speedway announced on June 27, 2010, that the IZOD IndyCar Series will return to “The Magic Mile” next year. Fans of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series were treated to a glimpse into the “New Breed of Speed,” when Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti zoomed around the 1.058-mile oval in his No. 10 Target Honda with speeds averaging 143 mph in 26.6 seconds, prior to the start of the LENOX Industrial Tools 301.
Tickets for the IZOD IndyCar race are on sale now with prices ranging from $35 - $75. Please call the NHMS ticket hotline at (603) 783-4931.
He's back. Jimmie Johnson recovered from a late bump-draft by Kurt Busch and reclaimed the lead with two laps left, to win The LENOX Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Johnson, driver of the No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet, went wheel-to-wheel with Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch in another exciting short track battle. Johnson captured his fifth victory and 11th top-10 finish in 2010.
With speeds of 200 miles per hour and close, wheel-to wheel racing, the IZOD IndyCar Series is returning to New Hampshire Motor Speedway officials announced today. The race will be held on July 30 - 31, 2011.
"This is three year deal in the making," said Jerry Gappens executive vice president and general manager of the speedway. "As an Indiana native and a fan of open-wheeled racing, I strongly believe that the people of New Hampshire will embrace this 'new breed of speed' much like they do NASCAR."
Finally, the day that New England race fans have longed for all year, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stars will take to "The Magic Mile" in the LENOX Industrial Tools 301!
It is shaping up to be a gorgeous New Hampshire summer day, with sunny skies and highs in the lower 80's. Fans are reminded that this year's race will start one hour earlier, with the green flag waving at 1:00 p.m.
Kyle Busch became the first repeat winner in the NASCAR Nationwide Series history at New Hampshire Motor Speedway today, proving that no matter where or what he is driving, he can dominate.
Driving the No. 18 Z-Line Designs Toyota, Busch dominated this history-making day at NHMS, becoming the all-time lap leader, surpassing Mark Martin in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, with a total of 8,117 laps. He is also now tied with Kevin Harvick for second place in the all-time Nationwide winners book with 36 wins.
The last 10 laps were a race fans dream. Two cars traded the lead and it was anyone's race. As the drivers came out of turn one side by side on the last lap of the New England 100, the crowd was on their feet. The difference between first and second place was just 0.125 seconds!
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular Ryan Newman captured the checkered flag behind the wheel of the No. 7 Aggressive Hydraulics/Menards Chevrolet, narrowly edging out Ted Christopher's No. 36 Al-Lee Installations Chevrolet. The two came within inches throughout the entire Whelen Modified Tour race, but the finish was clean.
Brad Keselowski will lead the field from the pole position when the green flag flies for the New England 200 this afternoon.
This is the first time the Rochester Mills, MI native has started at NHMS from the top spot. The NASCAR Nationwide Series points leader is in great position to continue an impressive streak of finishes in 2010. Keselowski hasn't finished outside the top-15 in all 15 starts. This season, he's had three wins and 12 top-five finishes.
How good is Kyle Busch? He is not even running a full time Nationwide Series schedule this season, yet he is closing in on the record books faster than he can get around "The Magic Mile."
At today's New England 200, Busch has three direct opportunities to land in the Nationwide Series history books, two of which involve another NASCAR star, Mark Martin.
Ryan Truex grabbed his first win of 2010 with a dominating performance at the New England 125, on the same day he formally announced his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut.
Driving the No. 00 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing, Truex started sixth but spent much of the race leading the field.
"We had the best race car and the best team," said Ryan Truex. "This feels like the Daytona 500 for me. It's the biggest race of the year for us and it's really special."
For the second consecutive time at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Juan Pablo Montoya captured the pole position, this time for the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday.
Driving the No. 42 Target Chevrolet, Montoya turned a lap time of 28.781 seconds with a top speed of 132.337 mph.
Danica Patrick rolled into New Hampshire Motor Speedway not knowing what to expect from her NASCAR Nationwide Series race car. But one thing is for certain: she never expected to get a $1,000 pair of shoes.
Jerry Gappens, NHMS executive vice president and general manager, presented Indy Racing League's most popular driver with a new pair of gold, platform high-heeled Yves Saint Laurent size seven stilettos. A gushing Patrick happily accepted the welcome gift and explained that shoes and purses are a few of a girl's favorite things.
Will Sprint Cup points leader Kevin Harvick try to pad his stats on "The Magic Mile?" Will Jeff Gordon issue any more apologies following last week's rough racing at Infineon? What is Jeff Burton's secret to winning so often at New Hampshire Motor Speedway? NASCAR's top drivers will all step up to the microphone Friday, making NASCAR press conference history.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Ryan Newman grabbed the pole position for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour New England 100.
Driving the No. 7 Aggressive Hydraulics/Menards Chevrolet, Newman turned a lap time of 29.663 seconds at a top speed of 128.402 mph.
"This is the best race of the weekend. You get to see the cars bump and draft," said Ryan Newman. "It's such a fun race to drive."
Brett Moffitt of Grimes, Iowa, won the pole for the New England 125 in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
Driving the No. 20 Game Plan for Life Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, Moffitt turned a lap time of 30.356 seconds at a speed of 125.471 mph.
Congratulations to the top-20 lucky fans who have been randomly selected for a chance to win $20,000 on Sunday, June 27. New Hampshire Motor Speedway is celebrating its 20th anniversary with NASCAR and to thank our loyal fans, one of these qualifiers will walk away with a really big check!
New Hampshire Motor Speedway is coming clean! Thanks to our friends at F.W.Webb, the Speedway has opened the Frank Webb Bath Center, a massive new bathhouse, for race fans. Boasting 30 shower stalls and 30 toilets, along with a giant new water reservoir, fans who decide to spend their weekend camping on NHMS property can take a few minutes to freshen up in the most expensive bathroom in New Hampshire.
The campers have parked and the grills are fired up; NASCAR has arrived at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
"FanFest," a free celebration dedicated to racing fans with music, food, fun and more will take place tonight beginning at 5:00 p.m. in the Broadway Midway.
New England 100
New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, N.H.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
1:00 p.m. (EDT)
NASCAR, Daytona Beach, Fla.
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
100 laps, 105.8 miles
Ronnie Silk, TS Haulers Chevrolet
Time of Race: 1 hour, 25 minutes, 43 seconds
Average Speed: 74.283 mph
Margin of Victory: 0.324 seconds
Event Pole Sitter
Ryan Preece, Mizzy Const. /Reynold's Auto Wrecking Chevrolet
127.962 mph, 29.765 seconds
Qualifying for this event is scheduled for Thursday, June 24, at 4:45 p.m. (EDT). The better of two laps will determine a driver's official qualifying speed for the New England 100. Starting positions 1-37 will be determined by qualifying speeds with the top 30 in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour owner standings guaranteed a starting position. The remainder of the 38-car field will be set as outlined by the event's official entry blank.
Tickets for all of the great NASCAR events on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday's LENOX Industrial Tools 301 are available online at www.nhms.com or by calling Guest Services at (603) 783-4931.
Race fans will have the unique opportunity to walk a lap around "The Magic Mile" and experience the track from a different perspective at the Speedway Children's Charity Track Walk.
Enjoy the sights and sounds from the racing surface on Saturday, June 26th, immediately following the NASCAR Nationwide Series, New England 200 race. The event will raise money for the New Hampshire Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities.
Track Facts LENOX Industrial Tools 301(NSCS)
Track Facts New England 200 (NNS)
Track Facts New England 125 (NKSE)
1:00 pm Race Start Time is One Hour Earlier than in the Past
Through the cooperative efforts of the New Hampshire Department of Transportation, local officials, New Hampshire State Police and the New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS), a comprehensive traffic control plan will once again be implemented on Sunday, June 27, 2010 for over 100,000 spectators and 37,700 vehicles expected to attend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Race at the Loudon racetrack. Please note the race starts at 1:00 pm, one hour earlier than in the past, with the period of maximum traffic congestion occurring in the late afternoon and early evening hours.
What would you do with $20,000? Perhaps a new car, pay some bills, or maybe buy a new R.V. for trips to "The Magic Mile?"
This year, one lucky NASCAR fan's wish list will become a to-do list. On Sunday, June 27, a fortunate race fan will be $20,000 wealthier, as part of our 20th Anniversary Contest.
Don't let the stilettos and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition photo spread fool you; Danica Patrick is a race car driver first and foremost.
Indy car racing’s most popular driver has been on one hot top-ten streak the past four weeks. After a sixth-place finish in the Indianapolis 500, she fired back with a near win during the race at Texas, finishing second, and drove a 10th place finish at Iowa this past weekend.
Race fans coming for this week's LENOX Industrial Tools 301 events can bring their favorite Coca-Cola products, beer, and tailgating food and snacks; but leave the vuvuzelas at home!
If you've watched even five minutes of World Cup soccer, you've no doubt heard the droning sound of horns coming from the stands. The vuvuzela, a South African tradition is the long horn fans use throughout the matches. Good for soccer, not so good for "The Magic Mile."
Just a few days remain until the stars of NASCAR make their way to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for an action packed weekend full of racing and entertainment. Here are a few items that will assist fans in getting the most out of their “Magic Mile” experience.
The drivers race for the checkered flag, but you can't spell checkered without "check!" Victory Lane is a sweet reward, but when you win a race you also win some pretty serious cash. Winning drivers at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this month will share a purse of $6,695,332 in total prize money.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway continues to put FansFirst during the Month of Speed with numerous amenities and services to make your visit at the speedway a world-class experience. New to “The Magic Mile” this year is the Fan Assistance Texting service. This allows race fans to text their emergency or concern to a command center right on property for review and quick response.
Every two seconds in the U.S. someone needs blood. The American Red Cross and New Hampshire Motor Speedway are asking fans throughout New England to find their inner hero by donating blood in Concord, N.H. on Wednesday, June 23. This year all presenting donors will receive a specially designed New Hampshire Motor Speedway 250 blood donor tee-shirt, just in time for the thrilling NASCAR weekend at "The Magic Mile."
Vintage blues and classic rock band FOGHAT will kick start the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 with a concert during pre-race activities, and will also be featured as the National Anthem performers on Sunday, June 27.
The Multi-Gold and Platinum selling, 1970's rock band, whose hits include the classics "Slow Ride", "Road Fever", " Fool for the City", "Drivin' Wheel", and "I Just Want to Make Love to You" among others, continue to tour relentlessly. They are back promoting their new blues album 'Last Train Home,' that combines covers of classics such as "So Many Roads, 'So Many Trains" and "Shake Your Money Maker," as well as a few new originals including their new single "Born for the Road".
Every young race fan knows what the four most famous words in motorsports are. This year, 10 year old Nicholas Sherman will have his chance to say “gentlemen start your engines” during “D-Day” festivities at the New England 100 on Saturday, June 26.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway is inviting all race fans to attend "FanFest," a celebration dedicated to NASCAR fans, with food, music, fun and much more on Thursday, June 24 from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. in the Broadway Midway. Fan favorite and driver of the No. 31 LENOX Industrial Tools Chevrolet Jeff Burton will kick off this year's festival with a question-and-answer session hosted by WOKQ's Morning Waking Crew, Mark Ericson and Karen Kiley.
Dunbarton, N.H'.s Scott Greenwood pulled into victory lane with a big smile on his face, winning his second Loudon Classic event, his first one came in 2003.
Greenwood led Loudon’s own Christian Cronin, and last year’s Classic winner Shane Narbonne for most of the thrilling 20-lap race, making it a New England Sweep.
“It’s great being here in Loudon, it’s kind of a family affair,” said Scott Greenwood. “I ran a good consistent race, it was a hard earned win and I hope we can come back and do it again next year.”
It will be an exciting day full of racing as the 87th Annual Loudon Classic brings together riders from around the nation to New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
To kick off the day the Sidecar Racers Association (SRA) will take to the 1.6-mile road course for their final eight lap shoot out of the weekend.
For the second consecutive year the Ron Meade Toy Run and Parade Lap will honor the memory of long time New Hampshire Motor Speedway employee and motorsports publicist, Ron Meade.
The ride leaves from Meredith High School (Inter-lakes) at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 13. Riders will travel to the speedway, where Ron was an employee.
Ron passed away in September 2008 after a brief illness. He was actively involved in the promotion of travel and tourism throughout the Granite State.
What do the residents of Lenox, Mass. have in common with NASCAR fans? Well, they will be at the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event this month at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Speedway officials and LENOX Industrial Tools representatives rode into the quaint town of Lenox, Mass. this morning with tickets for everyone. Lenox, Mass. chairman, Kimberly Reopell Flynn, received a life-size ticket from Milo, New Hampshire Motor Speedway's mascot and everyone's favorite moose. The fire station, local bank, and even the crossing guard were handed tickets to the race as well.
The longest running motorcycle event in North America returns to Loudon for its 87th year beginning today through Sunday, June 13.
Some of the world’s fiercest competitors will take to the tricky 1.6- mile road course for 27 intense races, over a period of three exciting days.
The Loudon Road Race Series (LRRS) will launch a three day non-stop schedule of events starting today. The America Sportsbike Racing Association (ASRA) will be featured on Sunday along with the LRRS for an exciting day of motorcycle racing.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s executive vice president and general manager Jerry Gappens joined U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen in Washington D.C. today to showcase all that the great state of New Hampshire has to offer.
Gappens presented a green starters flag to Senator Shaheen kicking off a month full of excitement at New England’s largest sports and entertainment facility. In a few weeks the speedway just so happens to turn into the largest city in New Hampshire.
NASCAR star Ryan Newman will be keeping busy during the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Newman will kick start his weekend by racing the No. 7 Aggressive Hydraulics Chevrolet led by New England native Kevin “Bono” Manion in the Whelen Modified race. Sunday Ryan will be back behind the wheel of the No. 39 U.S. Army Chevrolet attempting to grab his third Sprint Cup Series win at the “Magic Mile.”
The longest running motorcycle event in North America is back for its 87th consecutive year at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. This year fans can enjoy two of New England’s favorite cover bands, Best Not Broken and Phoenix.
New England’s favorite party band Best Not Broken will bring a new brand of rock ‘n’ roll to the “Magic Mile.” The band was recently voted runner-up for best band in New Hampshire by the 2009 Hippo Press Readers Poll, and are currently recording their first studio album. They will play on Saturday, June 12 from 10:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. behind the main office building.
The “Magic Mile” turned into a driving range and driving school as driver of the No. 83 Red Bull Racing Toyota Casey Mears and three stars of the Duramed FUTURES Tour took to the green and track during a double drive competition at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Briana Vega, Susan Choi, and Chelsea Curtis arrived fresh off a tour stop in Iowa to teach Mears a little bit about the game of golf. The foursome hit a series of golf balls ranging from 100 to 301 yards, not bad for a NASCAR driver!
The longest running motorcycle event in North America returns to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for its 87th year beginning Friday, June 11 through Sunday, June 13. Some of the world’s fiercest competitors will take to the tricky 1.6- mile road course for 27 intense races, over a period of three exciting days.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway is inviting all race fans to take a lap around the track with their favorite NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver to support children’s programs throughout the region, with the help of Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC) this weekend.
A lucky race fan will get the opportunity to take the “Ride of a Lifetime” around the “Magic Mile” before the start of the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on Sunday, June 27.
AAA Northern New England will host a member appreciation event for members and non-member alike at the Tanger Outlet Center in Tilton NH on Saturday June 19th from 11a.m. to 4p.m. Enjoy a virtual racing experience as you take on the Sprint Cup stars of today in AAA’s #77 racing simulator. Additionally, AAA will be showcasing the #77 Dodge Charger.
It'll feel like you won the race yourself! To celebrate the 20th anniversary of New Hampshire Motor Speedway and NASCAR, we plan to truly "enrich" one lucky fan's experience at the LENOX Industrial Tools 301.
Just before the race begins, NHMS will randomly draw a race fan's name and give him or her $20,000. Our 20/20 Giveaway is a way to say thank you for two decades of memorable racing and great times at the Speedway.
June kicks off Speed Month at New Hampshire Motor Speedway; from motorcycles to NASCAR’s best, the “Magic Mile” has a little bit of everything for those with the need for speed.
When the green flag waves at the New England 200 on Saturday, June 26 there is a good chance it is going to be a Sprint Cup Series full-timer leading the field.
Five of NASCAR’s top drivers are probable entries for this year’s New England 200 at the “Magic Mile;” fan favorite and Conn. native Joey Logano, Kyle Bush, Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards, and Jamie McMurray will join all of the Nationwide Series drivers, including Indy Racing’s most popular driver, Danica Patrick, when they take on the 1.058 mile oval.
As the long weekend approaches New Hampshire Motor Speedway would like to wish all of our loyal fans a happy Memorial Day.
Please take a moment and remember the brave men and women who are serving and have served our wonderful country.
Each year the NASCAR Nationwide Series races their way into New England, and every year a new winner emerges in victory lane.
Twenty-three drivers have taken the checkered flag at the “Magic Mile.” But the streak could end once again at this year’s New England 200, when six previous winners start their engines in hopes of becoming the first ever Nationwide Series repeat winner at NHMS.
The New Hampshire Motor Speedway chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC) will hold its inaugural Malco Distributors of New England “One for the Kids” Golf Tournament presented by Merrill Construction on Thursday, June 24 at the Loudon Country Club.
Please join us for an exciting day of golf and fun with some of NASCAR’s favorite TV personalities including Dick Berggren of Fox Sports, Adam Alexander of the SPEED Channel/TNT, and Allen Bestwick of ESPN, and New Hampshire’s favorite mascot, Milo the moose.
When Bruton Smith, CEO of Speedway Motorsports Inc. bought New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Directors Terry Kirk and Todd Beaulieu of Nelcar knew this could be their step in the door to get Legends at the most popular racetrack in New England, New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Through many talks with the Speedway and hosting a Legends booth during NASCAR weekends, they were making progress into getting Legends on the famed racetrack.
The sun may not have been shining, but lady luck sure was smiling down on Joey Logano, who became the youngest driver ever to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, when he took a soggy checkered flag at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2009. A fitting first win too, because NHMS is his hometown track.
Logano, a Middletown, Conn. native watched his first race at the “Magic Mile,” made his first Sprint Cup Series start here, and as fate would have it won his first race in NASCAR’s top series at NHMS.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway would like to thank all of the participants and fans who came out to support the 20th Annual Vintage Racing Celebration.
Oval Days brought some of the most renowned Midgets, Sprint Cars, Champ Cars, and NASCAR Stock Cars to the "Magic Mile," for bragging rights.
Join the celebration as the U.S. Legend Cars take on the challenging 1.6- mile road course for the first time ever at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on the final day of the 20th Annual Vintage Racing Celebration.
Since the unveiling of the first U.S. Legend Car in 1992, the series has become one of the fastest growing divisions in motorsports today. The idea was to create a more affordable and fun series for just about anyone.
The fun and excitement continues this weekend with motorcycles, vintage sports cars, bands, and all kinds of family activities during Road Course Days at New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s 20th Annual Vintage Racing Celebration.
David Hobbs, former Formula One competitor and SPEED channel commentator will kick the weekend off as Grand Marshal for the Road Course action.
The Sno Bowl at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway was approved for a second year at last night's Loudon planning board meeting.
The two-day snowmobile event raised noise concerns among residents in nearby Canterbury when it was proposed last year because the track had agreed under previous ownership not to hold events during the winter.
Want to win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway? Just ask Jeff Burton he has done it a record breaking 4 times.
Jeff Burton began his Sprint Cup Series career right here at the “Magic Mile,” back when the doors first opened to NASCAR’s elite series and it wasn’t long until he found his way to the NHMS record books by winning four races, capturing eight top-five’s, and 13 top-10’s along the way.
Tommy Ellis was the first to hoist a NASCAR trophy in 1990 and Rusty Wallace was the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver to celebrate in victory lane that hot July day in 1993. From green flag to checkered drivers, crews, and fans have enjoyed a “magical” partnership between New Hampshire Motor Speedway and NASCAR.
This year the speedway will celebrate “20 Years of Motorsports Magic,” with some of racing’s most recognized figures, as drivers past and present celebrate the milestone and take a look back at just how far NHMS has come in such a short period of time. They joined dozens of race fans in Loudon today to celebrate the 20th Anniversary.
Step back into racing’s early days when technology was simple but horsepower was still huge, as the green flag drops on the 20th Annual Vintage Racing Celebration at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Hundreds of renowned vintage cars will make their way onto the 1.058 mile oval, including Midgets, Champ Cars, Roadsters, and NASCAR stock cars. Check out the Sprint Cars and Motorcycles as they take on the historic 1.6- mile road course Friday through Sunday. Several racing legends will also be in attendance throughout the celebration.
Distinguished Formula One competitor and SPEED commentator, David Hobbs, will serve as the Grand Marshal for Road Course Day’s at New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s 20th Annual Vintage Racing Celebration.
With a vast 30-year history of international racing experience, Hobbs has raced sports cars, touring cars, Indy cars, IMSA, Can-Am, and Formula One. Some of his most notable starts include the Indianapolis 500 and 24 Hours of Daytona.
The Loudon Road Racing Series (LRRS) and the U.S. Soap Box Derby will be at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend.
Children from all over New Hampshire will participate in this unique program that promotes close parent-child activities while building and racing a derby car.
The "Magic Mile" will host a Rally Race, which allows the racer to accumulate All-American Soap Box Derby Rally Points and potentially earns the driver the right to compete in the All-American's World Rally Championship held during the same week in July.
Just two years after his life changing accident during a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice run, Ernie Irvan found his way to victory lane against all odds with an emotional win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s 1996 Jiffy Lube 300.
After months of recovery, Irvan was once again behind the wheel of the No. 28 Texaco Havoline Ford owned by Robert Yates.
The 28 crew pulled into the “Magic Mile” that July weekend strong, with seven top-10 finishes but no trip to the winners circle.
Legendary NASCAR driver Bobby Allison will serve as Grand Marshal for Oval Day’s at New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s Twentieth Annual Vintage Celebration.
Bobby Allison, a former NASCAR Sprint Cup series driver was named one of NASCAR’s 50 greatest drivers. He began his career in 1966, after winning 85 races. Bobby retired in 1988.
Known as the “Alabama Gang,” Bobby and a few friends set up shop in Hueytown, Ala. where their passion for racing came alive.
Bobby’s ties to the New England region date back to the mid-sixties, where he captured his first NASCAR Cup win at Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, Maine.
The early 1990’s in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series was dominated by Dale Earnhardt, Rusty Wallace, Ricky Rudd, and Bill Elliott, until 1995 when a young driver by the name of Jeff Gordon emerged as the next big thing.
Fresh off a win at Daytona, Gordon was ready to take on New Hampshire Motor Speedway in just his third career start at the “Magic Mile.”
Motorcycles will invade New Hampshire Motor Speedway this week with a little bit of everything for two wheeled enthusiasts.
May 10 through May 11 the Fishtail Riding School will take to the 1.6 mile road course. Fishtail offers the basic academics of motorcycle riding in the classroom where they gain the knowledge and skills to take on the challenging NHMS course.
On an unusually hot July day, the second annual Slick 50 300 was under way at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, as some of NASCAR’s greatest drivers took to the track.
In NASCAR’s top series doubling as both owner and driver can be a losing battle. Few have had success in both ventures.
Driving the number 10 Tide Ford, Ricky Rudd would prove the racing world wrong by running, driving, and winning in his own operation.
Hundreds of legendary race cars will make their way to New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s Twentieth Annual Vintage Racing Celebration from Tuesday, May 18 through Sunday, May 23.
This year legendary NASCAR personality Bobby Allison, of the infamous “Alabama Gang,” will serve as the Grand Marshal for Oval Days.
David Hobbs, a distinguished Formula One competitor in the late sixties through the mid-seventies and currently one of racing’s most popular commentators on the SPEED channel, will serve as the Grand Marshal for Road Course Days.
Racing enthusiasts will not hear the roar of engines from these cars at the fourth annual Formula Hybrid International Competition at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this week, they are far too quiet.
These aspiring engineers that hail from 30 different universities and five different countries will take to the track today to run the high performance, plug-in hybrid vehicles they have spent all year designing and building.
Students from all over the globe will bring together their engineering skills at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in order to pave the way for a greener environment.
The Formula Hybrid International Competition, organized by Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth, unites undergraduate and graduate students majoring in electrical, mechanical, or computer engineering.
Bicycle safety and hybrid technology highlight a full day of activities at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, featuring the Formula Hybrid International Competition and the Dartmouth Medical School Safe Kids bicycle safety campaign.
The Formula Hybrid International Competition organized by the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth encourages students from all over the world to design, build, and race fuel efficient hybrid vehicles.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway invites all fans to invade the grandstands for “D-Day,” as Danica Patrick makes her first appearance at “The Magic Mile” during the NASCAR Nationwide Series New England 200 on Saturday, June 26 at 3:00 p.m.
Patrick will make her New England debut after a four month hiatus from the series driving the No. 7 Go Daddy Chevrolet for JR Motorsports for team owner Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway will host the second of six New England Region Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) events on Sunday, May 2.
These regional races give fans the unique opportunity to see a wide range of sports cars including racing sedans, sports racers, and formula/open-wheel racers. Over 40 different classes compete at SCCA regional events.
Students representing 30 schools from five different countries including Russia, Italy, Taiwan, Canada, and the United States will present their innovative racecar designs during the Fourth Annual Formula Hybrid Competition at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Monday, May 3 through Thursday, May 6.
Hosted by the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth, the Formula Hybrid event challenges university students to design, build, and race high performance, plug-in hybrid vehicles for review by an elite panel of judges.
On July 11, 1993, all eyes were on the Northeast as New Hampshire Motor Speedway held its inaugural NASCAR Cup Series race, the Slick 50 300.
In arguably one of his most successful seasons, Rusty Wallace endured the 100 degree plus temperatures to take home the very first checkered flag at “The Magic Mile.”
Driving the No. 2 Miller Genuine Draft Pontiac owned by Roger Penske, Wallace qualified 33rd at the speed of 123.618 mph.
Spring is here, and the speedway is open for racing!!!
It's time to "spring" into action and get your tickets for the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on Sunday, June 27 and the SYLVANIA 300 on Sunday, September 19.
Don't miss out as the stars of NASCAR make two visits in 2010 to "The Magic Mile." Seats in the LENOX and SYLVANIA Speed Zones are just $39!!!
The Loudon Road Race Series (LRRS) is set to open their 2010 season on Saturday, April 24 and Sunday, April 25 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on a real high note.
With the weathermen predicting a picture perfect weekend, the LRRS riders will have a lot to smile about including record-high, season-long purses being offered by New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Pirelli Tire.
The New Hampshire Motor Speedway Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities has stepped up to the plate to help the Manchester South Little League repair the recent vandalism at Precourt Park.
A check for $2,000 from the local chapter of Speedway Children's Charities will be presented to league officials by Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway, at Precourt Park on Saturday, April 10 at noon to cover the estimated damage done by vandals.
From 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 3rd, the speedway will host FANtasy DRIVE, the ultimate Open House and Fan Appreciation Day to celebrate "20 Years of Motorsports Magic."
Fans that purchase a ticket to either of the Saturday or Sunday events for the 2010 LENOX Industrial Tools 301 weekend in June, the 2010 SYLVANIA 300 weekend in September, or who have already purchased tickets for these events will experience 3 laps on the 1.058 mile NASCAR oval that stars such as Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. run on twice a year. Follow the Official Toyota Hybrid Pace Car for the ride of a lifetime!!!
For the first time in the 20-year history of New Hampshire Motor Speedway, fans will have the opportunity to drive their own cars around the "Magic Mile" on Saturday, April 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. as the speedway hosts FANtasy DRIVE, the ultimate open house and fan appreciation day.
For the first time in the 20-year history of New Hampshire Motor Speedway, fans will have the opportunity to drive their own cars around the "Magic Mile" on Saturday, April 3, as the speedway hosts FANtasy DRIVE, the ultimate open house and fan appreciation day.
Thirsty race fans taking in the action at some of the most popular NASCAR(R) racetracks can continue to enjoy an ice-cold Coca-Cola for years to come. Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (SMI) and Coca-Cola North America (CCNA) are extending their long-term partnership through 2015, ensuring NASCAR fans who visit premier speedways in locations such as Charlotte, Atlanta and Las Vegas can open a Coke and Open Happiness as they cheer on their favorite drivers.
Thank you to all of the power, telephone, and cable TV crews for your incredible round-the-clock efforts in restoring service throughout the state!!!
There will be plenty of power on the track for the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on Sunday, June 27 and the SYLVANIA 300 on Sunday, September 19.
Got the Winter blues? The cure is simple... NASCAR tickets to the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on Sunday, June 27 and the SYLVANIA 300 on Sunday, September 19.
Stuck in winter traffic? Daydream about your trip to New Hampshire Motor Speedway! Picture yourself basking in the sun while watching the greatest racers in the world duel at the largest sports and entertainment complex in the Northeast.
Sam Rogers, X Game star, threw down the gauntlet on Sunday with more than eight perfect backflips at the Rave X ramp.
The daSilva Motorsports Radar Runs gave hundreds of local enthusiasts the chance to finally run their finely tuned snow machines at full throttle.
Big air and amazing on-track duels entertained a huge crowd on Day 1 of the Inaugural Sno Bowl presented by Ski-Doo! The daSilva Motorsports Radar Runs gave a number of local enthusiasts the chance to finally use their finely tuned snow machines.
Expect more torrid action on the Rock Maple Racing snocross course, at the high-flying Rave X demonstration area, and on the daSilva Motorsports Radar Runs today. Gates open at 9:00 a.m., and the action continues until 4:00 p.m.
Mother Nature has made sure that there will be plenty of snow for the Inaugural Sno Bowl presented by Ski-Doo on Saturday, February 20 and Sunday, February 21!
The New Hampshire Motor Speedway crew is doing last minute grooming to insure that the Rock Maple Racing snocross course, the high-flying Rave X demonstration area, and the daSilva Motorsports Radar Runs track will be winter wonderlands for all of the riders.
Amanda Wright, a York, Maine native, has been named as a Miss Sprint Cup representative for 2010.
While attending a race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last season, Amanda stopped by the Sprint Experience display. She met one of the Sprint Experience staff, and they had a long conversation about racing.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway will gear up for the upcoming 20th anniversary season at this weekend's 51st Annual Frank Maratta's Auto and Cycle Show.
The New Hampshire Motor Speedway booth will feature Matt Kobyluck's No. 40 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Mohegan Sun Resort Casino Chevrolet. This is the actual car that finished third at last weekend's Toyota All-Star Showdown. Fans will be able to see how close the finish really was!
It is official! Danica Patrick, one of the most popular drivers in motorsports, confirmed today that she will be racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series New England 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on June 26.
Last month, Jerry Gappens, the executive vice president and general manager of the speedway, flew to JR Motorsports in Mooresville, N.C. with over 20 pounds of fresh lobster for Patrick and her crew.
NASCAR Sprint Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway Notes and Quotes Day 4
Jimmie Johnson Motivated to Go for Fifth-Straight Title Day three of the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway included a lunch stop at the campus of the top team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Hendrick Motorsports.
And the top driver on that team the last four years has been Jimmie Johnson. He's the winner of the last four NASCAR Sprint Cup championships, and set a NASCAR record for most consecutive titles last year with the 2009 championship.
Teams Looking to Improve in 2010
The second day of the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway included sessions with two championship teams that fell on hard times in 2009, Richard Childress Racing and Roush Fenway Racing.
Stewart-Haas Racing Enters Second Year
The first function of the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway was a luncheon hosted by Stewart-Haas Racing, one the surprise teams of the 2009 season.
The prestigious 41st Annual Don MacTavish Award was presented to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for its outstanding contribution to Northeast stock car racing at the American-Canadian Tour/Thunder Road Banquet of Champions in South Burlington, Vt. on Saturday night, January 16.
During the 2009 NASCAR SYLVANIA 300 weekend, New Hampshire Motor Speedway hosted the Inaugural ACT Invitational that showcased the talents of 36 of the best Late Model drivers from the Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada.
As we start our 20th Anniversary Season, we want you, our loyal fans, to tell us your greatest New Hampshire Motor Speedway moment.
For the next 30 days, click here to send us your choice and tell us why it means so much you. We will pick the top twenty entries and send them a limited edition 20th Anniversary New Hampshire Motor Speedway souvenir.
One of the most exciting forms of motorized entertainment will be featured as New Hampshire Motor Speedway kicks-off its 20th anniversary season with the ultimate "Nor'easter," the inaugural Sno Bowl presented by Ski-Doo on Saturday, February 20 and Sunday, February 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily.
The snow-covered grounds of the speedway will be transformed into a winter playground for the riders of Rock Maple Racing who will challenge the tough Sno Bowl oval for two straight days.
As we start our 20th Anniversary season, we want to thank all of our loyal fans for their unbelievable support over years. Your feedback, suggestions, and ideas have helped us to become the largest sports and entertainment facility in the Northeast.
Whether you are into NASCAR, sports cars, vintage automobiles, karts, motorcycles, or even snowmobiles, 2010 will be a special year at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
We hope you will join us as we celebrate 20 years of motorsports magic!