Have a need for speed? Want to know exactly what it feels like to scream down a straightaway at 135 mph headed into turn one?

You are invited for a unique "thrill of a lifetime" opportunity to experience what it's really like competing at the NASCAR Cup Series level of racing you see on TV. With New England's only NASCAR weekend just weeks away, New Hampshire Motor Speedway is hosting its fifth annual Media Racing Challenge Friday, June 24 from 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Participants will experience exactly what NASCAR in New England is all about starting with a walk across the pre-race stage for driver introductions, a few "hot" laps around "The Magic Mile," the chance to get behind the wheel and compete against their fellow media members for the fastest lap time and, of course, the winner will celebrate with a giant lobster in victory lane.

NEW THIS YEAR! Participants will get expert driving tips from NASCAR Xfinity Series driver and Hudson, N.H. native Derek Griffith, who will be making his hometrack NASCAR debut July 16 for the Crayon 200.

The winner will receive a $100 gift card to Makris Lobster and Steak House in Concord, N.H., a giant lobster and a trophy that he or she can hold onto for the year allowing for some wicked cool bragging rights! Past winners include:

  • 2021 - Billy Thomas of The K-Zone on WPKZ 105.3 FM/1280 AM in Fitchburg, Mass.
  • 2019 – Timmy G. of “The Wicked Fast Podcast” on 105.7 WROR in Boston, Mass.
  • 2018 – Brian Bell of “The Wicked Fast Podcast” on 105.7 WROR in Boston, Mass.
  • 2017 – Nick Stoico of the Concord Monitor in Concord, N.H.

Who will land in victory lane this year?!

This event comes less than a month before the Ambetter 301 on July 17 when 40 of the best drivers in the world compete for a chance to visit victory lane and hoist a 20-pound lobster named "Loudon."

We promise the day will be filled with horsepower and fun!

RSVP by Friday, June 17
*RSVP is required to participate. Limited spots available!

Tentative Schedule for the Day:

  • 10:45-11 a.m. – Arrival
  • 11-11:15 a.m. – NHMS Welcome
  • 11:15-11:45 a.m. – Driving Orientation
  • 11:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Driver Introductions
  • 12-1:30 p.m. – Ride-Alongs and Driving (Lunch will be offered)
  • 1:30 p.m. – Trophy Presentation

Photo, video and b-roll opportunities available.