It's countdown time here in Loudon!
We’re just one month out from the SYLVANIA 300 running at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and that puts us officially on the clock.
As usual, the race will be a part of NASCAR’s Chase to the Sprint Cup Championship. This year’s Chase Grid format presents a completely new way to win the championship. In years past, only 12 drivers made the Chase. This year, there are 16, and the format has allowed for darkhores, like Aric Almirola and AJ Allmendinger, to race their way into contention with a win.
That’s the theme this year: winning. The old adage used to be that you couldn’t win the Chase at New Hampshire, but you sure could lose it. That’s not the case anymore.
Now, a win here at the Magic Mile guarantees that a driver will move to the next round, so it certainly could help spark a run to the championship. For those still trying to figure out how this will work, let me explain.
When the Sprint Cup Series visits NHMS on Sept. 21, there will be a total of 16 drivers eligible for the championship in what’s called the Challenger Round. One will have already clinched a spot in the next round, thanks to a win in Chicago. The winners at New Hampshire and Dover will also be guarantee a spot in the next round, so all the contenders will be throwing themselves at the checkered flag. A total of 12 drivers will move on with the lowest four in points (that didn’t win one of the three races) being eliminated.
As a Hoosier from Indiana, I’m very familiar with the idea of a bracket-style championship, and the Chase Grid spinoff to that concept is something that I can’t wait to share with NASCAR fans next month.
And speaking of something that we won’t have to wait for much longer: you must have heard by now that the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is back by popular demand!
The trucks last raced here in 2011, and fans have been clamoring for its return ever since. We’re happy to have been able to follow through on your feedback to deliver this fan-favorite series back to the Magic Mile.
The NCWTS UNOH 175 will be a part of a Saturday tripleheader with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, which always presents on one of the best racing spectacles anywhere, and the American-Canadian Tour, which puts its fastest drivers in the middle of the pack and forces them to race their way to the front in a 50-lap shootout.
We hope you don’t miss a single event during this action-packed weekend, so we remind you to check out some of the great camping options available. Where else can you get a weeklong stay for just $125?
September is the perfect weather for it, too. Not too hot or stuffy during the day, with a comfortable cool at night that makes the campfires enjoyable and the sleeping easy. If you’ve camped here before, you know exactly what I mean. If you haven’t, then it’s time you stopped missing out on the full experience of NHMS and made a weekend getaway out of it.
Racing, camping, and a whole lot more will highlight the second NASCAR visit of the season at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and it will be here soon. The countdown is on, the clock is running, NASCAR is only a month away from us!
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