Fall is the prettiest and most pleasant time of year in New England, and a late September NASCAR race at NHMS is a great way to kick off autumn.  The weather this time of year is perfect with a crisp, but not cold feel in the air.

The race serves a crucial roll in the Chase (for both the Cup and Truck Series).  For the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers, it's a separation race as the second event in the Round of 16.  It helps set the stage for the contenders and the pretenders in NASCAR's playoffs.  For the Camping World Truck Series drivers, it's the opening event in their Chase and the opportunity to use a win to make a statement in the championship hunt.

This race weekend serves as the perfect bridge between summer and fall. It's ideal for those looking to catch the last bit of summer feel before the weather officially cools off and the days get short.  It also falls outside the highest points of tourism season, so much of the state is more accessible to sightseeing than during the summer.