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Was named New Hampshire International Speedway until SMI bought the track in late
2007/early 2008 and renamed it New Hampshire Motor Speedway

PO Box 7888
Loudon, NH 03307

Phone: (603) 783-4931
Fax: (603) 783-9691

Track Specs:
Superspeedway: 1.058 mile oval
Turns: Banking: 12 degrees; Straights: 2 degrees
Length of Straights: Frontstretch - 1500ft; Backstretch - 1500ft
Grandstand Seating: 88,000

Track Websites and Social Media:
New Hampshire Motor Speedway website
Speedway Motorsports
Track Stats -

Race Title Sponsors:
July - none
September - Sylvania signed thru 2017

    Track Records & Stats

  • July 2015 Race Winner: #18-Kyle Busch, 108.504mph, started 4th

  • September 2015 Race Winner: #20-Matt Kenseth, 106.480mph, started 13th

  • Race Speed Record: Jeff Burton, 117.134, 7/13/1997

  • Slowest Race Record: Ricky Rudd, 87.619, 7/1994

  • Oldest Winner: Mark Martin, 50 years, 8 months, 10 days, 9/20/2009

  • Youngest Winner: Joey Logano, 19 years, 1 month, 4 days, 6/28/2009

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Jeff Burton, started 38th [provisional], 7/1999

  • July 2015 Pole Winner: #19-Carl Edwards, 135.164mph, finished 7th

  • September 2015 Pole Winner: #19-Carl Edwards, 137.980mph, finished 5th

  • Track Qualifying Record: Brad Keselowski, 140.598mph, 9/19/2014

  • Oldest Pole Winner: Bill Elliott, 46 years, 9 months, 13 days, 7/21/2002

  • Youngest Pole Winner: Brian Vickers, 21 years, 8 months, 23 days, 7/17/2005

  • Most Wins: 4 - Jeff Burton (5 drivers have 3)

  • Most Poles: 7 - Ryan Newman

  • Most Top 5s: 16 - Jeff Gordon; 14 - Tony Stewart

  • Most Top 10s: 24 - Jeff Gordon; 19 - Jimmie Johnson

  • Most Lead Changes: 23 - twice, most recently 7/21/2002

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 1 - 9/17/2000 [Jeff Burton]

  • Most Leaders: 15, 7/14/1996 & 9/25/2011

  • Fewest Leaders: 1 - 9/17/2000

  • Most Cautions: 17, 7/10/1994

  • Fewest Cautions: 2 - 7/13/1997

  • Most Caution Laps: 78, 7/10/1994

  • Fewest Caution Laps: 10 - 7/13/1997

  • Most Finishers on a lead lap: 30, 7/21/2002

  • Fewest Finishers on a lead lap: 7 - 7/11/1993

  • Most Running at the Finish: 43, 9/16/2007

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 30 - twice, most recently 9/17/2000

  • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 300 [of 300], Jeff Burton, 9/17/2000

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 2, Jeff Burton, 7/11/1999 & Tony Stewart, 9/25/2011

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: Chevy 18; Ford, 13; Toyota, 6; Dodge, 3; Pontiac, 2

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 5 [of 42 races]
  • Races won from starting pos 2: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 3: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 4: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 5: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 6: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 7: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 8: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 9: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 10: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 11: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 13: 5
  • Races won from starting pos 14: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 15: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 20: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 21: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 26: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 31: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 32: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 33: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 38: 1
  • Races won from the top 5: 11 of 42
  • Races won from the top 10: 22 of 42

  • September 16, 2007's Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire was the first time all 43 cars that started a Sprint Cup race finished it since NASCAR mandated the 43-car rule in 1998.

Track News and Announcements

  • New Hampshire considering lights; other uses for track: David McGrath is new at the top for New Hampshire Motor Speedway, but he already has four years of experience helping the track improve its performance in the Granite State. McGrath, 51, was named the speedway's executive vice president and general manager one month ago, replacing Jerry Gappens. Now he's in the corner office, leading the business that has become the state's preeminent sports and entertainment venue, and one of the top venues in New England. He's trying to find new ways of using the property. And he's thinking big.
    He's building on many of Gappens' efforts to expand operations at the 1,200-acre facility. Among the ideas the speedway has been considering is the addition of lights above the 1.058-mile oval track, which is one of the more distinctive racing loops in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Lights, a multimillion-dollar investment, would allow night racing, something NASCAR fans have been asking for, McGrath said. It would need the approval of the town, and the track would seek the approval of area residents. Such a move would also require the approval of NASCAR "and our broadcasting partners," he said.
    McGrath also wants to find new ways of using and selling the track, and for bringing more people there on a year-round basis. NHMS already offers numerous attractions besides its two Sprint Cup races, such as serving as host to the Daniel Webster Council's Boy Scout Jamboree in the fall and hosting high-profile motorcycle races during Motorcycle Week in the Granite State. He's considering hosting an Ironman Triathlon or a Tough Mudder mud run, the kinds of events that are held at other venues in the state during warmer months. Also receiving strong consideration is a return of snowmobile racing during winter months.
    But most of his work revolves around the major NASCAR events, which fill the 88,000-seat grandstands in July and September each year. He hopes to bring new "decking space" for fans outside of the first two turns of the track.(New Hampshire Union Leader)(11-10-2015)

  • David McGrath replaces Jerry Gappens at New Hampshire: Speedway Motorsports, Inc. Chief Executive Officer Marcus Smith has announced the promotion of David McGrath to the position of executive vice president and general manager at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. McGrath takes over the position previously held by Jerry Gappens, who has resigned. "During his time at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, David has shown tremendous leadership and great passion for his work," Smith said. "He has earned the respect of his peers across the company and has embraced opportunities to tackle new challenges. Under his direction, I am confident the future of New Hampshire Motor Speedway is in good hands." McGrath, 51, joined the speedway in November of 2011 as the director of advertising and promotions. He was voted by his peers as the speedway's Employee of the Year in 2012. McGrath was promoted to vice president of marketing and promotions in January of 2013 and then to vice president of corporate sales in January of 2014. Smith continued, "Jerry Gappens has been a significant part of our company's growth both at Charlotte Motor Speedway and in New Hampshire. We are appreciative for his 23 years of service and wish him the very best for the future." McGrath's background in motorsports includes serving as the marketing manager for the pro racing division of the Sports Car Club of America in Englewood, Co. At SCCA, McGrath was responsible for sponsor acquisition, contingency programs and marketing from the sponsorship side to a fan base of more than 55,000. Before joining the Magic Mile, McGrath worked for Comcast Spotlight, the local advertising sales division of Comcast Cable, for a period of 12 years. McGrath currently lives in Kennebunk, Maine, with his wife, Marybeth, and their two children Garrett, 18, and Samantha, 11.(NHMS)(10-5-2015)

  • Kenseth wins at New Hampshire: #20-Matt Kenseth won the Sylvania 300 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for his 5th win of the season, 2nd win at New Hampshire and 36th career win. Kenseth led 27 of the 300 laps.
    #11-Hamlin finished 2nd followed by #22-Logano, #16-Biffle. #19-Edwards, #48-Johnson, #24-Gordon, #78-Truex Jr., #5-Kahne and #31-Newman.
    With his 5th win of 2015, Kenseth now has the most wins of any driver in 2015.
    #4-Harvick led 216 laps and dominated the race until running out of fuel, finishing 21st, putting Harvick 21 points out of moving to the Contender round after Dover.
    #18-Busch, who came in to the race 4th in Chase standings, had a tire go down and hit the wall on lap 159. The crew made repairs and Busch was able to make up a few spots and finish 37th. Busch is now 13th in the Chase standings, a point out of the top 12 and advancing.
    There was one red flag on lap 204 for a little over 6 minutes when #10-Patrick made contact with #31-Newman, the #10 spun and hit the wall then got collected by #55-Ragan, knocking both out of the race and leaving foam on the track.
    There were 16 lead changes among 7 drivers. There were 9 cautions for 41 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 106.480mph.
    See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Penalty Report (pdf) and Lap Summary Report (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(9-27-2015)

  • North East Motor Sports Museum Groundbreaking: In celebration of New Hampshire Motor Speedway's 25th Anniversary of NASCAR racing in New England, the Racing History Preservation Group will have a groundbreaking ceremony the North East Motor Sports Museum during the SYLVANIA 300 race weekend. The ceremony will take place on Friday, Sept. 25 on the site of the future North East Motor Sports Museum, on speedway property near the south entrance. Former and current drivers including Pete Hamilton, Ron Bouchard, Ricky Craven and Joey Logano, all of New England's driver who have won at NASCAR's highest level of racing, are expected to be part of the celebration as well as SMI CEO Marcus Smith, Executive Chairman Bruton Smith, NHMS GM/VP Jerry Gappens and political figures from New Hampshire. The event is free for the public to attend and will take place at 2:00pm/et, leading into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying.(NHMS)9-24-2015)

  • NHMS Unveils Gordon Commemorative Coin: New Hampshire Motor Speedway has unveiled a special Jeff Gordon coin to commemorate his record-breaking 789th consecutive Cup Series start, which is expected to be set during the SYLVANIA 300 on Sept. 27, 2015, at the Magic Mile. The double-sided coin features Gordon's historic number 24 and mention of his record on one side and the New Hampshire Motor Speedway 25th Anniversary logo on the other side. The coin is currently being offered as a part of the "Roar for 24" package, which includes a grandstand ticket and pre-race pit pass to the SYLVANIA 300, along with a scanner rental and a commemorative hero card of Gordon's three career wins at NHMS. Fans may also look for the coin at the NHMS Gift Shop on race weekend. Gordon's streak of starts dates back to his first career Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Nov. 15, 1992. He is the only driver to have started all 41 Cup races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, a streak that is expected to end when Gordon retires from full-time racing at the end of the 2015 season. More info at

  • New Hampshire Motor Speedway devalued by $100M since purchase: When Speedway Motorsports Inc. bought New Hampshire Motor Speedway in January 2008 for $340 million in cash, it was an indication of what a track that hosted NASCAR races was worth then. A little less than eight years later, despite increased television revenues, the track-operating company founded by Bruton Smith devalued the 1.058-mile racetrack by approximately $100 million as part of its 2015 second quarter financial report that was released Wednesday. "If we had to do it again, obviously we wouldn't pay quite so much," SMI chief financial officer Bill Brooks said in a conference call Wednesday with financial analysts. With the facility having two Sprint Cup dates and an avid fan base, SMI agreed to the deal in September 2007 just prior to the financial downturn. For comparison, it bought Kentucky Speedway, a 1.5-mile facility with no Sprint Cup dates at the time, for $78.3 million in December 2008. Brooks said of the $340 million purchase price for the New Hampshire track, approximately $300 million was for the two Sprint Cup race weekends the facility had at the time. He said the approximate $100 million devaluation of the facility relates to the worth of the events to the track.
    The seating capacity at New Hampshire was recently reduced from 95,000 to 88,000. SMI reported Wednesday that the track has had ongoing lower-than-anticipated revenues for its major racing events, and its chance to recoup those revenues were limited "similar to challenges faced by many major sports" of increased entertainment options and more people preferring to watch the events at home. SMI recorded a non-cash charge of $98.9 million on its latest financial statement for the devaluation of New Hampshire and change in goodwill resulting from NASCAR's transition to selling merchandise from a centrally located tent and not primarily through haulers and kiosks at the track. SMI will get an income tax benefit of $38.4 million as a result of the write-down.
    The operator of eight tracks that have Sprint Cup races (Atlanta, Bristol, Charlotte, Kentucky, Las Vegas, New Hampshire, Sonoma and Texas), SMI reported that ticket revenue was down 3.2 percent through June but that includes a weather-plagued Atlanta weekend in February -- its 2014 event was in August -- and does not include Kentucky, which last year had its race in June but this year was in July. Brooks said many of the 2015 race weekends are showing increased revenues over 2014.(ESPN) and see the full report at Speedway Motorsports Inc. - 2015 second quarter financial report.(7-29-2015)

  • Kyle Busch wins at New Hampshire: #18-Kyle Busch won the 5-hour ENERGY 301 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for his 3rd win of the season, 2nd win at New Hampshire, and 3rd career win. He has now won 3 of the last 4 races.
    #2-Keselowski finished 2nd followed by #4-Harvick, #22-Logano, #88-Earnhardt, Jr., #20-Kenseth, polesitter #19-Edwards, #3-Dillon, #24-Gordon, and #41-Busch.
    Harvick increases his driver's points lead to 69 points over #22-Logano.
    Busch is now 33rd in the points standings and just 58 points out of 30th. He must be in the top 30 in points to be eligible for the Chase. He has gained 70 points on 30th in the last 2 weeks and now needs around a 19th place average finish to make the top 30 in the 7 remaining races before the Chase begins.
    There were 10 lead changes among 7 drivers. There were 7 cautions for 34 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 108.504mph.
    See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Penalty Report (pdf) and Lap Summary Report (pdf).
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).(7-19-2015)

  • 5-hour ENERGY Shots sponsoring Cup race at New Hampshire: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway has received an entitlement boost from the makers of 5-hour ENERGY shots before it drops the green flag next weekend. Speedway officials announced on Monday that the energy shot will be the title sponsor for the 5-hour ENERGY 301 on July 19. The 5-hour ENERGY 301 will cap off the Magic Mile's 25th anniversary race weekend, July 17-19, joining a jam-packed schedule that includes XFINITY Series, Whelen Modified Tour and K&N Pro Series East races. With a significant presence in NASCAR for nearly a decade, 5-hour ENERGY shots are the primary sponsor of Clint Bowyer's #15 Toyota. Bowyer is a two-time New Hampshire Motor Speedway winner and was the first driver to ever win a race across the Granite Stripe, the speedway's start/finish line, installed in September of 2011.(NHMS)(7-13-2015)

  • North East Motor Sports Museum to be built at NHMS: The south entrance of New Hampshire Motor Speedway will begin to take on a new look once the snow melts. Speedway officials announced plans to break ground there for the future home of the 20,000 square foot state-of-the-art North East Motor Sports Museum. The museum will be built in two phases. The first 10,000 square feet will begin in the spring of 2015, while an additional 10,000 square feet will be added at a later date. New Hampshire Motor Speedway will be celebrating a quarter century of racing in 2015. Tracing its roots back to the original 1/5-mile dirt oval at Bryar Motorsports Park, the more modernized 1.058-mile oval and 1.6-mile road course of today gives the affectionately known Magic Mile its own rich history of racing that makes it the perfect locale for such a project. The speedway currently hosts everything from NASCAR's three major touring series to regional series like the American-Canadian Tour, K&N Pro Series East, and Whelen Modified Tour to local racing series like the Granite State Legends Cars, Bandoleros, and Loudon Road Race Series (motorcycles). IndyCar and the Global RallyCross Championship have also held events at the speedway over the years, as well as various car clubs, racing schools, and driving experiences. The RHPG, the parent corporation for the NEMSM, is made up of local prominent motorsports personalities, including Dick Berggren, Ricky Craven, Lew Boyd, Joe Freeman, Ken Smith, Russ Conway and Ric Mariscal to name a few. The NEMSM will be used to house the history of motorsports from the Northeast area with a plethora of displays, vehicles and racing-related artifacts. To learn more about the North East Motor Sports Museum or to donate, visit the museum website at

  • Miller Lite extends partnership with New Hampshire: With NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points leader Brad Keselowski on hand for the "toast", New Hampshire Motor Speedway officials announced that Miller Lite will continue its relationship with the Magic Mile, extending its successful partnership for another three years. The deal keeps Miller Lite on tap as the "Official Beer Sponsor of New Hampshire Motor Speedway" through the 2017 race season. The Lite Lobster Lounge is located directly across from the infield tunnel and is the perfect place for fans to relax before or after the on-track action throughout the weekend. It features live entertainment and the home of an occasional driver appearance. True to its name, the lounge features a variety of authentic lobster dishes, along with other sandwich and salad options for the non-lobster eaters. The lounge is open to all and promotes a family-friendly environment. Of course, it wouldn't be complete without products from its official sponsor, Miller Lite.(NHMS)(9-20-2014)

  • New Hampshire Motor Speedway touts viability of casino site in Loudon: Ahead of a House vote on a bill allowing two casinos in the state, the New Hampshire Motor Speedway has ramped up lobbying efforts to drive home the point: They would make a fine site for a casino. General Manager Jerry Gappens hosted a breakfast Tuesday at the Holiday Inn in Concord and talked about the site's potential use as a state fairgrounds, the proposed 20,000-square-foot Northeast Motor Sports Museum and infrastructure improvements to Route 106. He also reiterated his support for the two-casino legislation that passed the Senate in March and now faces an uncertain future in the House. Gappens will testify Thursday in support of the bill in front of the House Ways and Means Committee, he said. "If it's going to come, this would be a site that should be on the most desirable list," Gappens said in an interview Wednesday. "I'm a pro-speedway guy, and I'm bullish on this location. I think the Route 106 corridor has so much economic growth potential. It would be a good thing to bring in additional tax revenue and jobs to the area." Sen. Lou D'Allesandro, the Manchester Democrat who sponsored the legislation, said Thursday that while it's too early to discuss the viability of potential sites, he has heard chatter about possible locations. "Have people mentioned sites? Yes, they have. Heck, it's a bidding situation," D'Allesandro said. If the bill is passed into law, the process to apply for a license would be open and competitive, he added. A casino at the site could bridge the race season and the off-season between late October and April, Gappens said. The speedway is well-positioned for a casino license because of its location between the Lakes Region and cities such as Manchester and Concord. There are 18 million people within 200 miles of the speedway, and those who want to gamble visit casinos in Maine and Connecticut, Gappens said. Two out-of-state casinos are spending $100,000 for advertising at the speedway, and though the revenue is welcome, the advertisements essentially ask people to leave New Hampshire.(in part from the Concord Monitor)(4-9-2014)

  • NHMS, Toyota Renew Partnership: If there's a company that knows how to "win on Sunday and sell on Monday" at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, it's Toyota. Speedway officials announced recently that it has renewed its relationship with the popular manufacturer, retaining Toyota as the speedway's "official vehicle" through 2016. Toyota has been the speedway's partner since 2011, and has enjoyed tremendous success both on the track and throughout the Boston region marketplace. Drivers have piloted Toyota Camrys into victory lane in three straight NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races dating back to 2012, while the manufacturer continues to be a leader in American automotive production, maintaining 10 manufacturing plants throughout the United States. Last year, Toyota used the Magic Mile as its host site to launch the new redesigned 2014 Tundra with local New England dealerships. The agreement provides Toyota with the ability to use the track for annual events, new product launches, owner's events and other activities throughout the year. In addition, Toyota vehicles will be used as the "official" pace vehicle for all speedway events, including the Camping World RV Sales 301 (July 10-13) and OSRAM SYLVANIA 300 (Sept. 18-21) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekends. For more details and ticket information on events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, or to purchase tickets to the July Camping World RV Sales 301 or September OSRAM SYLVANIA 300 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekends, please stop by our Ticket Office, visit the speedway website at, or call our Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931.(NHMS)(3-10-2014)

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