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1122 Route 106 N.
Loudon, NH 03307

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TAILGATING INFORMATION:

The Martinsville of the north, New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Tailgating can be a really good time here as long as you are aware of a couple rules that are a bit different.

The good news, New Hampshire Motor Speedway has over 400 ares of FREE parking for cars and self contained RV's. If you are arriving in an RV and are expecting to get in you must already have tickets for yourself and everyone in the vehicle. There are no bathrooms etc available in the lots. The bad news, the general consensus is that the camping is not good at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The lots are small and the terrain is rocky and unpleasant. Also, NO TENTS ALLOWED ON NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR SPEEDWAY PROPERTY. So if you are looking to tailgate and have some fun before the race and all you have is a tent you need to find a campground near the track. There are a couple of private camp grounds within 5 miles of the track on RT 140 and 160.

TAILGATING CHECKLIST:

  • Your Tickets
  • Local Map
  • Grill
  • Cooler
  • Ice
  • Charcoal or gas
  • Lighter/Matches
  • Fire extinguisher wouldn't hurt
  • Sunscreen
  • Food/Drinks
  • Bottle opener
  • Napkins
  • Serving
  • Utensils
  • Plates/Utensils
  • Radio
  • Garbage
  • Bags
  • Umbrella, poncho,hat
  • Something to sit on

NEW HAMPSHIRE FLAVOR:

The state fruit of New Hampshire is a pumpkin. We were not even aware a pumpkin was a fruit. Well since pumpkin typically does not fit into a tailgating menu we suggest Yankee Bean Soup and Brats. A nice pork BBQ with maple bbq sauce would be a nice treat when visiting the New England states. Standards such as hamburgers, hot dogs, polishes, hot links served with relish, mustard, lettuce, onion, sport peppers etc. will make for a great time tailgating at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. What ever you want, "Live Free or Die!"

TRACK DETAILS:

Seats: 93,521
Shape: Oval
Distance: 1.058 miles
Turns: Banked 2 and 7 degrees (variable)
Straightaways: Banked 1 degree
Length of frontstretch 1,500 feet
Length of backstretch: 1,500 feet

 

New Hampshire Motor Speedway is a 1.058 miles oval speedway located in Loudon, New Hampshire which has hosted NASCAR racing annually since the early 1990s, as well as open wheel racing during the 1990s. The track was originally the site of Bryar Motorsports Park before being purchased and redeveloped by Bob Bahre. The track is currently owned and operated by Speedway Motorsports.

NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR SPEEDWAY HISTORY

The track was opened in June 1990, after nine months of construction following the Bahre family's purchase of the Bryar Motorsports Park. The existing road circuit was redeveloped into a multi-purpose track, with NASCAR added to the popular Loudon Classic motorcycle, WKA gokart and SCCA races on the complex. It was the largest speedway in New England, and later expansion has made it the largest sports venue of any type in the region. Its construction was extremely unusual for a race track, in that it was designed and constructed without consulting engineers, and using just one surveyor (whose primary job was to plant stakes) to help. NASCAR made its debut at the track in July 1990, with a Busch Series race won by Tommy Ellis. For three years, the Busch Series hosted a pair of races at the track each year.

The Busch races were successful. Loudon gained a spot on the Sprint Cup Series schedule in 1993. Rusty Wallace won the inaugural Slick 50 300 in July of that year. That race was also Davey Allison's final race: the next day, Allison was fatally injured in a helicopter crash.

In 1996, Ernie Irvan captured the win in the July race, making it one of the more emotional victories in NASCAR history. The win came less than two years after Irvan suffered a near-fatal crash at Michigan International Speedway, where he was given less than a 10% chance of survival.

After the 1996 season Bahre and Bruton Smith bought North Wilkesboro Speedway and moved one of its Winston Cup dates to New Hampshire. The second race is held in the middle of September. Since 2004, it has been the first event of the Chase for the Championship.

The track also hosted open wheel racing for seven years, hosting CART from 1992-1995, then the Indy Racing League from 1996-1998. One of the open wheel winners was Tony Stewart who later won two Sprint Cup races at the track as well.

In 2000, the track was the site of a pair of fatal accidents which took the lives of promising young drivers. In May, while practicing for a Busch Series race, Adam Petty perished when his throttle stuck exiting the second turn, resulting in a full speed crash head-on in the middle of the third and fourth turns. When the Winston Cup Series made their first appearance of the season, a similar fate befell 1998 Rookie of the Year Kenny Irwin, Jr. For safety reasons, track owners decided to run restrictor plates on the cars during their return trip to the speedway in September 2000, making it the first track in recent history outside of Daytona and Talladega to use them. It would be the last one as well; an uneventful race won by Jeff Burton, which had no lead changes, was the result of the experiment. It was the first wire-to-wire race since the 1970s.

The 2001 New Hampshire 300 was originally scheduled for September 16, the Sunday after the September 11 terrorist attacks. NASCAR initially announced that the race would be held as scheduled, but the event was postponed until November 23 of that year, which was the Friday after Thanksgiving. There was much concern about the weather, but race day turned out to be unseasonably mild. Robby Gordon won that race.

In 2002, in an effort to increase competitive racing, the track's corners were turned into a progressive banking system, as the apron was paved and became part of the track, and the track's banking was varied from 4 degrees in the lower two lanes to 12% grade (about seven degrees). The addition of SAFER barriers to the corner walls was made in 2003.

During the September 2003 Sylvania 300, an incident occurred at this track involving Dale Jarrett where his car was stuck in the middle of the race track and was in danger of getting hit while other cars raced back to the caution flag. As a result, NASCAR banned racing back to the caution flag, resulting in a "free pass" (popularly referred to as "the lucky dog") in which the first car behind the leader not on the lead lap would get their lap back during each caution period in all of NASCAR's national and regional series.

In mid-May 2006, Loudon was one of many New England communities which experienced damaging floods after a week of near-record rainfall. Several roads and bridges were washed out near the speedway. The infield was flooded, as was the track itself (while a road racing event was going on). The facility also experienced flooding in October 2005. In June 2008, the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 Sprint Club race was ended early by a storm which caused flooding at various locations around the track, including the infield tunnel: however in that case the post-race activities were not interrupted.

Before the 2008 racing season, Speedway Motorsports purchased NHIS and other racing-related assets from the Bahre family for $340 million cash. The name of the speedway changed to New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The track will continue to have two Sprint Cup dates for the foreseeable future. One of the assets included in the sale was a 50% interest in North Wilkesboro Speedway. The other 50% was still owned by Bruton Smith, the CEO of Speedway Motorsports.

NHMS representatives made a heavy push to reintroduce open-wheel racing in the form of IndyCar Series to the track in the 2009 season. However, NHMS was not included in the 2009 IndyCar season schedule.

RECORDS AT NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR SPEEDWAY

  • 7-03-2009, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race: Jeff Burton, 2 hrs. 42 min. 35 sec.
  • 9-15-2007, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Race: Ron Hornaday, Jr., 1 hr. 55 min. 39 sec.
  • 9-16-2006, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Qualifying: Mike Skinner, 29.383 sec.
  • 9-12-2002, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying: Ryan Newman, 28.561 sec.
  • 7-18-2002, NASCAR Camping World East Series Qualifying: Brian Hoar, 29.893 sec.
  • 5-11-2002, NASCAR Nationwide Series Race: Bobby Hamilton, Jr., 1 hr. 55 min. 2 sec.
  • 7-19-2001, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Qualifying: Mike Ewanitsko, 28.693 sec.1
  • 5-12-2001, NASCAR Camping World East Series Race: Ted Christopher, 1 hr. 13 min. 9 sec.
  • 5-11-2001, NASCAR Nationwide Series Qualifying: Kevin Harvick, 29.138 sec.
  • 9-16-2000, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Race: Mike Ewanitsko, 58 min. 15 sec.
  • 9-02-1990, NASCAR Sportsman Division Qualifying: T. W. Taylor, 33.740 sec.
  • 9-02-1990, NASCAR Sportsman Division Race: Dennis Setzer, 1 hr. 33 min. 5 sec.

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