#ItsNotTheSame at NHMS ... it's better! The track has made a lot of improvements in its 24 years of existence, here's a look at some of the highlights:
#ItsNotTheSame Fact 1:
In 2000, Jeff Burton led every lap of the DuraLube 300, en route to his fourth-career win at NHMS (a record that still stands today).
In 2013, Matt Kenseth won his first career NHMS race in his 500th start and became the 12th consecutive different race winner at NHMS. The race featured 19 Lead Changes.
#ItsNotTheSame Fact 2:
Born on May 20, 2009, Milo became the official mascot of NHMS. His nickname is derived from the speedway’s configuration, a mile oval. He is a fan favorite among children, who now get into the race for half-price.
#ItsNotTheSame Fact 3:
When Speedway Motorsports, Inc. bought the track in 2008, it made improvements to Victory Lane. Loudon the Lobster began getting awarded in Sept. of that year, and the spokeswomen are now decked out in their own firesuits.
#ItsNotTheSame Fact 4:
When the track opened in 1990, it did so with a few parking lots in the immediate vicinity. In preparation for the Cup Series arrival in 1994, the North Parking Lot was built in 1993 and the South Parking Lot followed in 1995. To this day, NHMS still provides free parking to all visitors.
#ItsNotTheSame Fact 5:
The infield originally had two large ponds in the middle of it. Since Speedway Motorsports, Inc. purchased the track at the beginning of 2008, the space has been converted into infield hospitality areas that includes VIP Street located on the south half of the frontstretch.
#ItsNotTheSame Fact 6:
Frank Webb’s Bath Center is a $1.2 million facility built in 2010. With a free shuttle service from the camping lots in the mornings and evenings, the facility provides free showers for campers. Its proximity to the track also allows for easy public restroom access.
#ItsNotTheSame Fact 7:
Before the 2011 season, NHMS took down the old seven-position scoring pylon and replaced it with a fully-capable videoboard. On race weekends, Sprint Vision mounts the largest three TV screens in the state on top of the scoreboard.
#ItsNotTheSame Fact 8:
When the track was first built, the infield only had one garage. The Center Garage was built in 1994, but it wasn’t until 2012 that the Sprint Cup Series was shifted from the North Garage to the Center.
#ItsNotTheSame Fact 9:
Some of the sponsors have changed since the Slick 50 300 ran as the first Cup race at NHMS in 1993. Then again, some haven’t … but when did the pit direction change?! Hmm … #ItsNotTheSame, it’s more unpredictable.
#ItsNotTheSame Fact 10:
While originally used just for parking, the hill on the backstretch now serves as the Reserved RV camping lot. The area is headquarters for the biggest VIP-style party in New England each summer. #ItsNotTheSame, it’s better than your average block party.