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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

  • 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)

  • Olympic Triathlete Sarah True to Drive Pace Car for SYLVANIA 300:Sarah True, a resident of Hanover, N.H., and one of the top-ranked Olympic Triathletes in the world, will set the pace for Sunday's SYLVANIA 300, the second race in NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. True, who will represent the United States in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Brazil, will get behind the wheel of the Official Toyota Camry Pace Car, leading the field to the green flag for the start of the race at 2:15 pm. "While I've raced my bike around NHMS, I never dreamed that I'd be hitting the track in the pace car," said True, who finished one spot out of a medal in fourth place at the 2012 London Olympic Games. "As both a New Hampshirite and NASCAR fan, I can't imagine a more incredible honor. These drivers and their teams are finely-tuned racing machines; I can't wait to pick up some speed tips from them." True is the second-ranked female triathlete in the U.S. and third in the world. She is one of two women who have already been named U.S. Olympic Team for the 2016 Rio Games. True and her husband, Ben True, are huge fans of NASCAR, specifically six-time Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson. Ben is also competing for a spot on the Rio Olympic Team. For more details and ticket information on events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, or to purchase tickets to the September 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)(9-27-2015)

  • Fans to Bid for Chance to Present 'Loudon the Lobster' to SYLVANIA 300 Winner: To help celebrate National Lobster Day, which was on Friday, Sept. 24, New Hampshire Motor Speedway officials are giving a fan the exclusive opportunity to present "Loudon the Lobster," the most unique trophy in motorsports, to Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series SYLVANIA 300 race winner. The opportunity will be available to the highest bidder, starting at $5,000, at Saturday night's Wicked Good Live Auction to benefit the New Hampshire Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities. "Loudon the Lobster" has is typically caught in the Northeast region, from Rhode Island to Nova Scotia and is delivered to the track by Greg and Jim Makris, owners of Makris Steak & Seafood restaurant in Concord, N.H. It has weighed as much as 24 pounds and has been given annually to winners since the 2008 season. The Wicked Good Live Auction will take place on Saturday night from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the Lite Lobster Lounge outside the tunnel in Turn 2. Other items up for auction include luxury suite tickets, an Arctic Cat 500 ATV, credentials and a personally guided tour of the Sprint Cup garage hosted by Dick Berggren, Charlotte Motor Speedway All-Star weekend package, including NASCAR team shop tours, a special VIP Boston Bruins package, racing gear from top drivers, New England Patriots tickets, original Sunoco Fuel Pump from NHMS, Snap-on Tool Box, plus packages from Gunstock Mountain, the NASWA Resort, an autographed O.A.R. guitar and more. All proceeds from the Wicked Good Live Auction go to the New Hampshire Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities, benefitting local kids in need. Purchase tickets to the SYLVANIA 300 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend by stopping by our ticket office, visiting the speedway website at, or calling our ticket hotline at (603) 783-4931.(NHMS)(9-26-2015)

  • 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)

  • A Proper New England Sendoff for Jeff Gordon's Final Race at NHMS: Boston Duck Tours, which has paraded New England's championship teams like the Bruins, Celtics, Patriots and Red Sox around Boston, will make the trek north on Sept. 27 for its first-ever visit to New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The actual World War II Duck Boat, a vehicle synonymous with transporting the region's greatest champions, will give one of NASCAR's greatest champions, Jeff Gordon, one final, memorable send-off before he makes his last start in the SYLVANIA 300, the second race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Gordon, a four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion and three-time winner at the Magic Mile, has invited his family and No. 24 Drive to End Hunger crew members onto the amphibious landing vehicle for the champion's lap. The duck boat will then deliver him to his Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet SS for his final start as a full-time driver at the 1.058-mile oval. The duck boat is styled after similar vehicles used in World War II; an enormously popular tourist attraction in Boston. "I have many fond memories of racing in New Hampshire and I am thrilled to share the pre-race moment with my team and family," said Gordon, who is the only competitor to start all 41 Cup races ever held at NHMS. "I have raced here since 1991, and it's been a heck of a ride." On top of it being Gordon's final scheduled start at NHMS, it will also be a record-setting afternoon for the 24-year veteran pilot. Shortly after disembarking the duck boat, Gordon will take the green flag for the SYLVANIA 300, giving him 789 consecutive Cup starts. That will break Ricky Rudd's record of 788. Gordon has never missed a race in his illustrious career. Drawing comparisons to Cal Ripken's streak of 2,632 straight games in Major League Baseball and Brett Favre's 297 straight games played in the National Football League, Gordon's streak is on par given the risks that come on every lap. The streak truly makes him an iron man in motorsports. To witness history and see Gordon ride a duck boat around the Magic Mile, purchase tickets to the SYLVANIA 300 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend by stopping by our ticket office, visiting the speedway website at, or calling our ticket hotline at (603) 783-4931.(NHMS)(9-26-2015)

  • 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

  • Curt Schilling to Deliver Invocation for Sylvania 300: Curt Schilling, a World Series MVP, three-time World Series champion and six-time All-Star, will deliver the invocation before the Sylvania 300 - the second race in NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup at New Hampshire on Sept. 27. Schilling helped the Boston Red Sox erase an 86-year World Series drought with a 4-0 sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2004 World Series. "I am honored to have been asked to provide the invocation for NASCAR and its fans," said Schilling. "The people in New England are as passionate as they come. Tom Brady is free and NASCAR is coming to New Hampshire again - all is well in New England." Schilling is the second former Red Sox All-Star to give the invocation. Rico Petrocelli gave the invocation at the 5-hour ENERGY 301 in July. Schilling retired from Major League Baseball in 2009 after a career that lasted 20 seasons. Schilling, who won World Series titles with the Arizona Diamondbacks (2001) and Boston Red Sox (2004), ended his career with a record of 216 wins and 146 losses, with a 3.46 ERA and 3,116 strikeouts, which ranks 15th on the all-time list. This will be Schilling's first visit to the Magic Mile since joining Sen. John McCain for a presidential stop at the 1.058-mile facility in 2008.
    To see Curt Schilling deliver the invocation for NASCAR's playoffs, and for more details and ticket information on events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, or to purchase tickets to the September 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)(DIS)(9-23-2015)

  • Brett Eldredge Headlines September Pre-Race Concert at NHMS: The second race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship will kick-off to the "Beat of the Music" when country music star, Brett Eldredge, takes the stage to headline the SYLVANIA 300 pre-race concert on Sept. 27. Eldredge, reigning winner of the CMA New Artist of the Year award, will visit New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the first time since performing at FanFest in September of 2011. The concert is free for all ticketholders and will begin at noon, prior to driver introductions for the SYLVANIA 300. Fans that purchase a pre-race pit pass ($75 for adults; half-price for children) can get even closer to Eldredge and watch the show with stage-front access right on the frontstretch. Tickets to see Eldredge and the SYLVANIA 300 start as low as $25 with children admitted for half-price. Camping and ticket upgrades, including the pre-race pit pass, are also available. For more details and ticket information on events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, or to purchase tickets, please stop by our Ticket Office, visit the speedway website at, or call our Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931.(NHMS)(8-23-2015)

  • 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)

  • Non-New Hampshire firewood not allowed at track this weekend: Forest rangers will be at the gates of New Hampshire Motor Speedway to confiscate out-of-state campfire wood from campers at this week's race events. The town's deputy fire chief, William Lake, said only local wood is acceptable for campers at the speedway's summer events, including this weekend's New Hampshire 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup race. Authorities either take out-of-state campfire wood or exchange it with New Hampshire wood, he said, to prevent the spread of a destructive bug called the emerald ash borer. The emerald ash borer is just one of the bugs that could arrive in out-of-state firewood, said Piera Siegert, a state entomologist, but it poses a terrible threat to the Granite State as it has struck ash trees in 11 communities. According to federal forest officials, the bug, which is native to Asia, is considered a major forest pest in the United States. It is so deadly to ash trees that it threatens the entire North American ash family, forestry officials said in a media release.(Union Leader)(7-15-2015)

  • 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)

  • Super Bowl Champ to Lead Cup Field to Green at NHMS: On July 19, Super Bowl champion Rob Ninkovich and two-time American League All-Star Rico Petrocelli will celebrate the speedway's 25th Anniversary by serving honorary roles during pre-race festivities for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series New Hampshire 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Following the "Star Spangled Banner", Ninkovich, who recorded three tackles, including a sack in the New England Patriots' 28-24 Super Bowl win in February, will lead the field to the green flag as the Official Pace Car Driver. Petrocelli, a former star infielder for the Red Sox, who is one of only two Major League shortstops to ever hit two home runs in one World Series game, will deliver the invocation before the national anthem. Both New England favorites will be recognized at the drivers' meeting and participate in driver introductions.
    "Julian was talking in the locker room about how much fun he had driving the pace car last year and he went on to have a career season," said Ninkovich, noting teammate Julian Edelman, who drove the pace car last July. Former Boston Bruins defenseman Brad Park served in this role last September. "I thought I'd join in the fun this year," continued Ninkovich. "I think it's going to be awesome to be at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, in front of all those people, and be a part of the race." Before Ninkovich leads the field of 43 drivers around the Magic Mile in a Toyota Camry, he will participate in a mandatory pace car training session with NASCAR officials. Ninkovich, who has more opponent fumble recoveries (13) than any other NFL player over the last five seasons, has spent the last six seasons as a defensive end and linebacker with the Patriots. Ninkovich was a fifth-round draft pick (135th overall) for the New Orleans Saints in 2006. He played just eight games over four seasons for the Saints and Miami Dolphins before signing with the Patriots in 2009. Since joining New England, Ninkovich has missed just one game, racking up 340 tackles, including 35.5 sacks.
    Petrocelli, who was inducted into the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame in 1997, was signed as an amateur free agent in 1961 by Boston, where he'd go on to play for 13 seasons from 1963-1976. Petrocelli finished his career with a .251 batting average, 201 home runs, 773 RBI and was named to the American League All-Star Team twice, in 1967 and '69. "It is a tremendous honor to deliver the invocation prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July," said Petrocelli, who ran chapel services in the late 1970's as a manager in the minor leagues with both the Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox. "New England is a baseball region, no doubt - this is Red Sox country, after all. But it's developed into a very knowledgeable racing region, too. I can't wait to be a part of the show." Petrocelli told speedway officials that he's always had a love affair with motorsports and that he used to drag race during the baseball offseason, something that quickly ended once Red Sox officials got wind of it. "It filled my need for speed," said Petrocelli. Petrocelli is the first sports player to do the invocation for a NASCAR race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
    For more details and ticket information on other events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, including the July New Hampshire 301 and September SYLVANIA 300, please stop by our Ticket Office, visit the speedway website at, or call the Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931.(NHMS)(6-18-2015)

  • Bret Michaels to headline July pre-race at New Hampshire: It's going to be "Nothing but a Good Time" at New Hampshire Motor Speedway when Bret Michaels hits the concert stage prior to the New Hampshire 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on July 19. Speedway officials announced that the multi-platinum global superstar will play in front of a sea of fans on the Magic Mile frontstretch. Michaels, who is best known as the front man of Poison, winning the most viewed season of Donald Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice" in 2010, and starring on the multi-season reality TV show Rock of Love, will visit New Hampshire as part of his True Grit Tour. Michaels will take the stage at 10:45am, prior to driver introductions. The free concert is included for all fans that have purchased a ticket to the New Hampshire 301, which will drop the green flag at 1:30pm. Stage-front access on the Magic Mile frontstretch will be available with the purchase of a pre-race pit pass. Michaels, personally and through his Life Rocks Foundation, has helped raise tens of millions of dollars for charity and makes donations to not only diabetes awareness and research but to such causes as childhood cancer, wounded warriors, St. Jude Children's Hospital, PetSmart Charities and more. Having been diagnosed with Type I diabetes at the age of 6, Michaels is passionately devoted to raise awareness of the debilitating disease in hopes of finding a cure.(NHMS)(6-10-2015)

  • Adam Sandler named grand marshal at New Hampshire: Mega movie star Adam Sandler will return home on July 19 when he serves as the special 25th Anniversary Grand Marshal for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Sandler, a native of Manchester, N.H., will star in this summer's action comedy "Pixels", which will hit theaters July 24. New Hampshire Motor Speedway officials made the Sandler announcement on Wednesday night in front of fans and media at the speedway's 25th anniversary event with New Englander and Sprint Cup Series driver Joey Logano. Sandler will participate in driver introductions on the Magic Mile frontstretch and attend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers meeting prior to giving the command for drivers to start their engines, moments before the running of the New Hampshire 301. Adam Sandler, who hails from Manchester and graduated from Central High School, has enjoyed phenomenal success as an actor, writer, producer and musician.(NHMS)(5-28-2015)

  • NHMS GM pleads guilty to lewdness charge: New Hampshire Motor Speedway general manager Jerry Gappens pleaded guilty Thursday to a charge of lewdness. Gappens was arrested in January after police said he engaged in sexual activity with a woman inside a car. Gappens' attorney said the conduct occurred in a car behind darkened windows in a publicly accessible parking lot. In court, Gappens said he was taking full responsibility for his actions. "I did not act according to the standards that I have as a person and as a husband," Gappens said. "I sincerely apologize to my wife and family for the hurt and public embarrassment caused by my uncharacteristic behavior." Gappens was fined $1,200, with $700 of the fine suspended for one year. He was also ordered to attend counseling. Gappens said he has already faced disciplinary action at NHMS and expects to keep his job.(WMUR)(4-3-2015)

  • Gappens faces misdemeanor charge after Manchester arrest: Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway, was arrested last week and charged with indecent exposure and lewdness, a misdemeanor. Manchester Police said Gappens was engaged in sexual activity with a woman inside a car. His attorney released a statement to News 9: "Mr. Gappens acknowledges using poor judgment that has resulted in a misdemeanor charge that is both embarrassing and devastating to him and his family, and for that, he sincerely apologizes. He regrets his actions. While he made a bad decision, he did not, in my opinion, engage in conduct that violates the referenced statute or any other criminal law. Mr. Gappens cooperated fully with the police, and we hope to have this difficult situation resolved soon."(WMUR/News 9)(1-30-2015)

  • Reserve your camping spot at New Hampshire: Reserved camping makes it easier than ever to start a party with your friends. The NHMS team has worked hard to improve the camping experience for our guests. Changes include transitioning all camping spaces into reserved, widening spaces from 18 feet to 20 feet and reducing prices for designated spaces. Calls to reserve spaces will be processed starting on January 12 at 9:00am. The NHMS Guest Services team is available to help campers through the process and reservations will be processed in the order they are received. Please call (603) 783-4931 for personal assistance. Spaces can be combined to accommodate units of different sizes in order to allow groups to camp together. Any claimed spaces that are not paid for or on a payment plan by January 30 will become available to the general public.(NHMS)(1-9-2015)

  • Atlanta removing 17,000 seats, Charlotte 41,000 UPDATE: Atlanta Motor Speedway's parent company, Speedway Motorsports, Inc., announced Tuesday that they will remove 17,000 seats from the track's grandstands. The company anticipates using those areas for premium hospitality, advertising and other facility purposes. Their sister track, Charlotte Motor Speedway, is losing 41,000 seats.(, see image of the CMS construction at Slugger Labbe's Twitter.(12-10-2014)
    UPDATE: Alterations announced this week are in line with a trend of tracks removing seats. Charlotte, after removing 41,000 seats this winter, will be down to permanent seating of 89,000 in 2015, a startlingly low capacity considering its location in NASCAR's epicenter. But it's par for the course. Atlanta is removing 17,000 seats to get down to 75,000; Dover is removing 17,500 seats to get down to 95,500; and Daytona is removing its backstretch grandstands of 46,500 next spring to go to 101,500 seats. Other tracks on the circuit have made similar changes.
    At its peak in 2007, International Speedway Corp.'s 12 major tracks had 1.1 million grandstand seats (not including suites). After the Daytona renovation, ISC will be down 30 percent to approximately 761,000 seats.
    In 2013 alone, the following ISC tracks cut seats: Talladega (from 108,000 to 78,000), Richmond (91,000 to 71,000), Chicagoland (69,000 to 55,500), Michigan (84,000 to 71,000), California (81,000 to 68,000), Darlington (60,000 to 58,000) and Homestead (56,000 to 46,000). Any additional cuts likely will be revealed when its annual report comes out in January.
    With the current Charlotte and Atlanta reductions, Speedway Motorsports has cut 101,000 seats (12 percent) across seven of its tracks since 2009, although it added 38,000 at Kentucky when it moved a Cup race to that track. SMI, which includes suites in its capacity estimates, cut capacity in 2013 at Atlanta (from 98,000 to 92,000), Bristol (158,000 to 153,000) and New Hampshire (96,000 to 95,000).
    Dover listed 135,000 seats in 2009, so its reduction in recent years is 29 percent. At one point, it reduced 20,000 seats by replacing the current seats with wider ones for more fan comfort, a move done by many racetracks. Indianapolis and Pocono, privately owned, do not have to report their capacities, but Indianapolis also has removed seats.(see full article at the Sporting News)(12-11-2014)

  • 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

  • 13 winners in last 13 races at New Hampshire UPDATE: Thirteen different drivers have taken the checkered flag in the last 13 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway - tied with Texas Motor Speedway for the all-time record streak without a repeat winner. And there's a better than average chance the Magic Mile takes sole possession of the record after this Sunday's Sylvania 300 as Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers #24-Jeff Gordon, #4-Kevin Harvick and #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. are all missing from the 13-in-13 stretch. Gordon owns three victories at New Hampshire, but has not won there since 1998. Harvick has one win at New Hampshire, but he notched it eight years ago. In his last two races at the track, he has finished 30th and 20th, respectively. After posting three wins, his highest total since he racked up six in 2004, Earnhardt will try to automatically advance to the Chase's Contender Round with a New Hampshire checkered flag. In 30 starts at Loudon, he has seven top fives and 13 tops 10s to his credit, but has never finished higher than third.(NASCAR)(9-19-2014)
    UPDATE: #22-Joey Logano won at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in June 2009. By winning Sunday the 13 race streak was not extended. However, now the last 11 races have provided 11 different winners.(9-22-2014)

  • Logano wins at New Hampshire: #22-Joey Logano won the Sylvania 300 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for his 4th win of the season, 2nd at New Hampshire and 7th career win.
    #42-Larson finished 2nd followed by #4-Harvick, #1-McMurray, #48-Johnson, #43-Almirola, #2-Keselowski, #18-Busch, #88-Earnhardt, Jr., and #55-Vickers.
    Keselowski & Logano have now secured a spot in the next round of the chase. The remaining 12 drivers will be determined after next week's race in Dover.
    7 Chase drivers finished in the top 10, but most Chase driver suffered problems during the race. #11-Hamlin finished 37th after being suffering fueling issues and being involved in an accident. #41-Busch cut a tire and hit the wall, finishing 36th. #24-Gordon cut a tire late in the race while running 6th and finished 26th. #5-Kahne was involved in an accident, #20-Kenseth spun and hit the wall, #31-Newman suffered minor damage in the wreck with Hamlin and Kahne, #16-Biffle overcame being 2 laps down. #88-Earnhardt, Jr. had to pit under green early after a tire was left loose on a pit stop. #18-Busch was involved in a wreck.
    Pole sitter, #2-Keselowski, led the first 35 laps, fell back, spun out and came back to finish near the front.
    There were 10 lead changes among 6 drivers. There were 15 cautions for 63 yellow flag laps. 15 cautions is the season high for this year.
    The average speed was 98.697mph.
    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 UNOFFICIAL drivers championship points standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf).
    See the UNOFFICIAL owner points standings on the Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).(9-21-2014)

  • 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)

  • Keselowski wins at New Hampshire: #2-Brad Keselowski won the Camping World RV Sales 301 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in a green-white-checkered finish. It is his 13th career win, first at New Hampshire and 3rd of the season. Keselowski led the most laps at 138. The win is the 4th in a row for Ford, the first time since 2001 that Ford has won 4 races in a row. The last time Ford won five races in a row was in 1998.
    #18-Busch finished 2nd followed by #42-Larson(best rookie), #20-Kenseth, #31-Newman, #15-Bowyer, #14-Stewart, #11-Hamlin, #17-Stenhouse Jr and #88-Earnhardt Jr.
    Pole winner #18-Busch led 62 laps and finished 2nd (the third NHMS race in a row Busch finished 2nd).
    A few Chase contenders had bad days with #48-Johnson losing a tire on lap lap 11 and wrecking, finishing 42nd. #22-Logano led 72 laps, but tangled with #33-Shepherd on lap 211 and crashed, finishing 40th. #24-Gordon ran out of fuel during the 7th caution while running 2nd and finished 26th. #4-Harvick ran out of fuel on the final restart, finishing 30th.
    #24-Gordon (1 win) keeps the points lead after finishing 26th and loses some of his points lead, down to 12 points over #88-Earnhardt Jr..
    #2-Keselowski now leads the Chase Grid with 3 wins and 3rd in points. #48-Johnson drops to 2nd in the grid with 3 wins, 5th in points.
    There were 18 lead changes among 9 drivers. There were 7 cautions for 35 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 108.741mph.
    See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial New Hampshire Race Results page (pdf) and check out the New Hampshire Penalty Report (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official New Hampshire Race & Points Report (pdf).(7-13-2014)

  • Sprint Experience a 'no show' at New Hampshire: Sprint, the sponsor of NASCAR's premier Cup series, has recently cut back on the number of tracks at which it will host its nearly 15,000-square-foot Sprint Experience interactive display area. Race fans on Friday took to Twitter and other social media sites complaining the popular display was not at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, some blaming NASCAR or the track itself for its absence. Speedway president Jerry Gappens said the track was informed less than two weeks ago that Sprint would not be bringing the Experience this weekend. As of Friday afternoon, Sprint's web site page dedicated to the Experience still said it would be appearing at all 36 Cup race weekends this season. "As a promoter, when I got word two weeks ago I was disappointed because it creates a void in the display area that is a featured attraction for fan interaction," Gappens said. "The Sprint display has been a very popular activity for our fans for years. To have that not here, takes away from the experience. Sprint is in a very competitive business and needed to divert some of the money it took to activate it to advertising." Gappens said the track - and others coming up including Michigan, Watkins Glen and Atlanta - will still get paid for the display space. "I'd still like to see it here, though," he said.
    When asked about the decision not to bring the Sprint Experience to New Hampshire, spokesperson Kimberly Meesters provided the following statement to The Observer: "We have an abbreviated schedule during the summer. It will be at New Hampshire in the fall. Some years we take it to every race. Some years we focus on the markets most important to Sprint corporate priorities. Sometimes we send it every week but send smaller footprints. It varies. We are doing 33 races this season."(Charlotte Observer)(7-12-2014)

  • Some construction at NHMS: a section of grand stands are gone in turn 3 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. On turn 3 Construction from Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway: "Sporting venues like New Hampshire Motor Speedway must compete with other venues to attract fans and corporate partners. There is constant demand for new amenities and new experiences for visitors to the speedway. The construction process is underway on our new trackside hospitality area, located in the Turn 3, next to Laconia Grandstand. Some old seats from the end of the Laconia structure have been removed to make room for the hospitality footprint that will include tent chalets and mobile hospitality structures. Some of this hospitality will be in place and utilized for our July NASCAR weekend." Since the project is still in the construction process, the total number of seats being removed and replaced with the new venue has not yet been determined. For tickets and more information on New Hampshire Motor Speedway events go to

  • 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)

  • Night race for New Hampshire? In response to a question on Twitter, New Hampshire Motor Speedway General Manager Jerry Gappens tweeted Thursday evening, Hey @DaleJr @Greenie9374, @nhms is working w/ @NASCAR & @NASCARonNBC on possibility of night racing for 2015. #NewEngland fans would love it.(3-28-2014)

  • 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)

  • New Hampshire wants night race next season UPDATE: New Hampshire Motor Speedway general manager Jerry Gappens said the track has requested a night race for 2014. NASCAR has not released the schedule. "I haven't gotten a response back from NASCAR," he said. "I plan to address it with them this weekend." While many NASCAR venues have struggled with dwindling attendance woes, Gappens said New Hampshire was close to selling out the 93,500-seat track on Sunday.(Associated Press)(9-21-2013)
    UPDATE: New Hampshire Motor Speedway officials are interested in moving the track's July NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race under the lights, according to Executive Vice President and General Manager Jerry Gappens. "We do a lot with our fans; I'm all over this place during race week interacting with fans and ... that is the feedback I've gotten," Gappens said Saturday at NHMS. "I've learned one thing, New Englanders don't like 90-95 degree heat and high humidity. And I'm seeing the (ticket) numbers reflect that in renewals for July. I get letters (and) a lot of people who say they had their father or their parents with them and it was just too hot (in July)." The track currently does not have lights in place to accommodate night races. Gappens said before pursuing the matter any further, which would include receiving approval from local authorities, he wanted to put the idea in front of NASCAR officials. "They're working on sanctioning agreements and scheduling (for 2014)," he said. "But before I take any steps at this point, I want to make sure NASCAR is in agreement and our TV partners (are aware), because you've got a broadcast schedule also (that has to be considered). If NASCAR approves the NHMS move, Gappens would need to gain approval from local authorities because the original agreement when the track was built included a stipulation -- the result of a lawsuit -- that no races would be held at night. Gappens said it was likely that the move to racing under the lights, should it be approved, would take place in 2015. "I don't think it's going to happen for '14," he said.(

  • New name for July race at New Hampshire: Partnering with the nation's largest retailer of recreational vehicles, New Hampshire Motor Speedway officials announced today that Camping World will be the title sponsor of the track's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, July 14. The Camping World RV Sales 301 is one of the two largest sporting events in New England, both hosted by the one-mile oval. The sponsorship is a two-year agreement. Combining the avid support of race fans who camp at NASCAR events with its far-reaching dealership network and nation's largest online camping store, Camping World continues to market its brand as the strongest in the RV business. With more than 75 locations nationwide and offering over 8,000 products and accessories, Camping World is the brand of choice for NASCAR fans and other recreational enthusiasts. Camping World has been the title sponsor of the NASCAR Truck Series since 2009 and was the previous title sponsor of four races at NHMS, including three NASCAR Nationwide Series races from 2007 - 2009 and the 2008 Camping World Truck Series race. For the past six years, NHMS has been the host site for Camping World's large display and accessories retail store which is located next to the infield tunnel during both NASCAR event weekends.
    "This is a natural, tailor-made partnership," said Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager at NHMS. "We have one of the strongest RV camping bases of any NASCAR track, located in a major market (Boston DMA) and a strong platform to help market the Camping World brand and its products. They have had a strong presence here at our track for many years and I am appreciative that Marcus (Lemonis) has chosen our facility to move up to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with their marketing plans." Camping World plans to use the sponsorship to strengthen its market share and relationship with the racing community. "Camping World is involved with NASCAR on multiple levels and expanding our sponsorship to the Sprint Cup Series seems like the next logical step," said Marcus Lemonis, chairman and CEO of Camping World and star of CNBC Prime's "The Profit." "RVing is a huge part of the racing experience. We believe joining the New Hampshire Motor Speedway family will strengthen our relationship with the racing community." Tickets, starting at $29, and on-site camping spaces, starting at $100, for the July 14 Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway are available by calling the ticket hotline at (603) 783-4931 or online at

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