Green flag for summer of racing at NH Motor Speedway

  • Carl Edwards (19) keeps the lead from the pole position at the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H., on Sept. 25, 2016. Jim Cole / AP file

  • Scenes from New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz

Monitor staff
Published: 5/10/2021 3:32:50 PM

The New Hampshire Motor Speedway attracted attention this spring when it became a vaccine super site on three occasions and helped thousands of residents receive doses. NHMS was happy to take part in the effort, but Speedway Motorsports, which owns the Loudon facility, and NHMS officials are eager to get racing back on the track and fans back in the stands.

“We are thrilled to welcome race fans to ‘The Magic Mile’ to enjoy the many racing events we've got lined up throughout the season,” David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway, said on Monday in a press release. "The past year has given us the opportunity to host a variety of events that are outside of our typical wheelhouse, but we’re excited to get back to our motorsports and fan entertainment roots.”

The first major event of the summer at the Speedway will be Motorcycle Week from June 12-20, which coincides with Laconia Motorcycle Week. There will be on- and off-track two-wheel activities all weekend, bookeded by two weekends of racing.

The FIM North American Vintage Championships will kick off the festivities on June 12-13. The United States Classic Racing Association event will feature a variety of classes ranging from 1950s tank shifters to modern small bike twins. The racing will continue on June 18-20 when Northeast Motorcycle Road Racing (formerly the Loudon Road Race Series) competes in round three of Championship Cup Series racing, highlighted by the 98th Annual Loudon Classic, the longest-running motorcycle race in America.

The showcase NASCAR weekend is July 17-18. It opens with ‘Doubleheader Saturday,’ which features the Lakes Region 200, an Xfinity Series race, and the Whelen 100, a Whelen Modified Tour event. On Sunday, the world’s best stock car racers will compete in the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301. It will mark the 50th Loudon appearance for the NASCAR Championship Series. 

In addition to the on-track action, other traditional race weekend experiences for fans will return this year including camping, Fan Zone and entertainment, after most of it was missing last summer due to COVID-19.

NHMS is also hosting the Granite State Legends Cars Road Course Series, which is run as part of U.S. Legends Cars Internationals. That 13-race schedule began in April and runs through September. 

For more information about all the events and for tickets, go to

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