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.

The LENOX Industrial Tools 301 was Johnson’s third New Hampshire victory.

The SYLVANIA 300, the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, was highlighted by a dramatic finish and a post-race rules violation.

Tony Stewart and Jeff Burton battled up front for most of the 300-lap event. Both eventually fell out of contention when pit-strategy and fuel mileage failed.

Days later, race winner Clint Bowyer’s car failed post-race inspection at NASCAR’s research and development center and his team was stripped of any chance at a championship run. 

The 2010 season at “The Magic Mile” also featured a trio of “double dippers.”

Kyle Busch was a two-time winner, topping the NASCAR Nationwide Series race in June and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event in September.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Ryan Newman dominated the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour events at NHMS, sweeping both pole positions and claiming both checkered flags.

In NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series East, Ryan Truex scored a season sweep at the speedway as he won both races en route to a second consecutive series title.

Race fans will have even more action to cheer in 2011 as the most ambitious racing schedule in the 21-year history of New Hampshire Motor Speedway includes New England’s three largest sporting events.

For the 15th consecutive year, “The Magic Mile” will host two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races with the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on Sunday, July 17, and the SYLVANIA 300 on Sunday, Sept. 25.

In addition, a “New Breed of Speed” will invade the 1.058-mile oval on Sunday, Aug. 14, when the open-wheel cars of the IZOD IndyCar® Series return after a 13-year hiatus.

The 2011 season of speed also features races for the NASCAR Nationwide Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and the American-Canadian Tour.

Tickets for all 2011 events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway can be purchased by calling the track’s ticket hotline at (603) 783-4931. Additional information, including camping availability and prices, can be found online at www.nhms.com.