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The Flat Track, located                                                       In the AFT Singles main
            directly behind the North           THE FLAT TRACK                            event, Rush took the lead
            East Motor Sports Museum,                                                     in lap eight, held on to it for
            was the fourth racing                   by the Numbers:                       the final 10 laps and took
            surface on New Hampshire                                                      the checkered flag, clinching
            Motor Speedway’s 1,200-                    0.25-mile track                    his second consecutive
            acre property, which also                                                     AFT Singles main event
            includes the famed 1.058-          186,095 square feet of ground              win. The 17-lap feature also
            mile NASCAR oval, 1.6-mile               3,000                                involved multiple restarts,
            road course, 0.95-mile                            tons of clay                which brought the field
            modified road course and             8-month construction timeline            back together, but on the
            0.25-mile mini-oval.                                                          final restart, he was able to
                                                                                          pull away for nearly a two
            Last year, American Flat                                                      second victory.
            Track, “America’s Original
            Extreme Sport,” earned its nickname as the riders    Once Motorcycle Week at NHMS wrapped up, all
            roared onto The Flat Track for the inaugural Laconia   attention turned to July when race fans and NASCAR
            Short Track presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle       drivers packed The Flat Track to enjoy a night of short
            Attorneys, kicking up the dirt and bringing fans of   track racing on the dirt with NASCAR stars. Friday Night
            all ages to their feet. The intensity peaked as the sun   Dirt Duels presented by New England Racing Fuel,
            set over The Flat Track and the checkered flags flew.   headlined by the Granite State Legends Cars and the
            Bronson Bauman took the AFT Twins win, earning his   USAC Dirt Midget Association, kicked off the NASCAR
            first AFT premier class victory, while Mikey Rush scored   Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 race weekend
            a back-to-back win for the AFT Singles.              with The Flat Track’s first ever race under the lights.

            Beating his older brother Briar by half a second,    NASCAR Cup Series drivers Corey LaJoie and
            Bronson led all 25 laps despite the challenging      Daniel Hemric raced in the 35-lap U.S. Legend Cars
            conditions as the track changed from lap to lap given   International feature event while fellow Cup Series
            the constant jockeying for positions by the riders.   driver Ryan Blaney served as Grand Marshal, but it was
            Multiple restarts diminished Bronson’s lead allowing his   Chris Transeau who took home the win and $2,000,
            brother to stay within striking distance throughout the   which was the largest legends purse in the Northeast
            entirety of the race.                                last season.

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