Tony Stewart needed New Hampshire Motor Speedway to clinch his championship run in 2011.  In 2012, he'll have two tries at "The Magic Mile" to defend his title, when NASCAR roars back into Loudon for more exciting action in just six months.

Officials at New Hampshire Motor Speedway announced the track's major event schedule and for the 16th consecutive year the Granite State will host two coveted Sprint Cup Series dates with the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on Sunday, July 15, and the SYLVANIA 300 on Sunday, Sept. 23.

The speedway's 2012 season is once again sure to be filled with close wheel-to-wheel excitement from some of the world's greatest drivers, as four NASCAR sanctioned events and the American-Canadian Tour highlight the year.

The LENOX Industrial Tools 301 weekend will begin on Friday, July 13, and will include the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the NASCAR Nationwide Series and the NASCAR Whelen Modifed Tour.

NASCAR's version of the playoffs race back to Loudon during the SYLVANIA 300 beginning Sept. 21 through Sept. 23. This action-packed weekend will feature an exciting short track tripleheader on Saturday, with NASCAR's K&N Pro Series East, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and the American-Canadian Tour.  On Sunday, the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup will heat up the 1.058-mile oval with the best drivers in the world going head-to-head for the 2012 championship trophy. 

On May 10-13 the 22nd Annual Vintage Racing Celebration will return to the Granite State.  Classic car enthusiasts will have the opportunity to see vintage midgets, sprint cars, champ cars, roadsters, NASCAR stock cars, sports cars and formula cars competing on the 1.058-mile oval and 1.6-mile road-course.

On June 15-17, the oldest motorcycle event in North America returns to New Hampshire Motor Speedway with the 89th running of the Loudon Classic. Many of the world's top two-wheel racers will be in action on the challenging 12-turn road course as the weekend features over 20 races.

Tickets for the 2012 season are on sale now. Purchase them by calling the NHMS ticket hotline at (603) 783-4931 or by visiting www.nhms.com.

New Hampshire Motor Speedway 2012 Major Event Schedule

April 7: FANtasy Drive III Open House
Admission to the Open House is free and offers exclusive all-access to "The Magic Mile," including the infield and suites; fans with a 2012 NASCAR ticket may drive three laps on the track

May 10-13: 22nd Annual Vintage Racing Celebration Oval Days
Vintage midget, sprint car, champ car, roadster and NASCAR stock car racing on the 1.058-mile oval and 1.6-mile road course 

June 15-17: 89th Annual Loudon Classic
American SportBike Racing Association, Loudon Road Race Series, Sidecar Racers Association

July 13: FansFirst Pole Day
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice and qualifying, NASCAR Nationwide Series practice

July 14: Saturday Doubleheader
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying and race, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race

July 15: LENOX Industrial Tools 301

Sept. 21: FansFirst Pole Day
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice and qualifying

Sept. 22: Tripleheader Short Track Saturday
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race and American-American Canadian Tour race

Sept. 23: SYLVANIA 300
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race