The Hippo


Nov 13, 2019








Courtesy of Courtesy of New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

2016 NASCAR races 

New Hampshire Motor Speedway is located at 1122 Route 106 North,
Loudon. Visit for more information and to purchase tickets. 
AutoLotto 200 (Saturday, July 16, at 4 p.m., $25 to $55)
New Hampshire 301 (Sunday, July 17, at 1:30 p.m., $35 to $140)
UNOH 175 (Saturday, Sept. 24, at 1 p.m., $25 to $55)
New England 300 (Sunday, Sept. 25, at 2 p.m., $35 to $140)

Granite State of NASCAR
Loudon hosts New England’s only NASCAR races

By Angie Sykeny

 If you love NASCAR, you picked a good state to live in. New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon is the only racetrack in New England that hosts NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, including the New Hampshire 301 and the second-tier NASCAR Xfinity Series’ AutoLotto 200, both scheduled for this weekend. 

It also hosts the New England 300 in September, which is the second race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship playoff series, as well as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ UNOH 175 in September.
The next closest tracks are Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, New York, and Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania, making New Hampshire the prime NASCAR destination for not only New Englanders, but also Canadian fans living in the Quebec area and fans traveling overseas to see a race.  
“Racing in the Northeast has some of the most passionate sports fans of any sport, so we’re so proud to have two [NASCAR Sprint Cup Series] races on our schedule,” said Kristen Lestock, communications director at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
The speedway incorporates local flair into its events, such as seafood concessions and the traditional “trophy” awarded to winners of the Sprint Cup races: Loudon the Lobster, a live 20-pound lobster caught in Northeast waters and delivered by Makris Lobster and Steakhouse of Concord. Last year at the speedway’s annual charitable Wicked Good Live Auction held the weekend of the September race, fans were able to bid on the opportunity to present Loudon to the race winner.
“One of the phrases we use to describe ourself is, ‘We’re NASCAR — New England-style,’” Lestock said. “[The speedway] is in a centralized location, in the middle of New Hampshire within distance of mountains, lakes, Boston, so it’s just quintessential New England.”
Throughout race weekends, fans can enjoy fun activities in the Fan Zone, a carnival-like area with live entertainment, food, prizes and giveaways, shopping, rides and games, driver autograph sessions and more. The Miller Lite Lobster Lounge has lobster and other fare available, plus live entertainment and the occasional driver appearance.  
New this year, there’s also a Kids Zone with a balloon artist, airbrush tattoo artist, life-size Connect 4, an inflatable castle, Wildlife Encounters animal shows and exclusive driver autograph sessions.
Camping is a large part of the NASCAR culture at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Multiple lots on the property accommodate thousands of RV and tent campers beginning the Thursday before race weekend. Each day campers can enjoy the Fan Zone as well as a Camper Appreciation Party and, new this year, a campsite decorating contest.
“It’s a cool atmosphere, like a small neighborhood-type culture,” Lestock said. “A lot of fans who camp here throughout the years make new friends that they didn’t know before, and every year when they come back it’s like a mini reunion for them.”
Race weekends at New Hampshire Motor Speedway don’t only attract serious NASCAR fans; they also bring in many families and people who don’t regularly follow the sport but enjoy the experience of a day at the racetrack.
“It’s all about the sights and sounds and smells. It’s a sensory overload to be standing in the grandstand and feel the wind on your face as those cars with 40 of the best drivers go past you,” Lestock said. “If you’ve only ever watched it on TV, it will blow you away when you see it in person. It’s an experience unlike any other.” 

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