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American Flat Track motorcycle racing series coming to NHMS in spring 2019

  • American Flat Track, a motorcycle racing series, will debut in New Hampshire this summer at this new track currently under construction at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. Courtesy

Monitor staff
Published: 12/5/2018 7:59:47 PM

LOUDON – Construction crews are already working on a brand-new racing surface, and when the green flag drops at New Hampshire Motor Speedway next spring, American Flat Track will make its first appearance in New Hampshire. AFT, a motorcycle racing series, has been called, “American’s Original Extreme Sport,” and NHMS is excited about adding it to the schedule.

“Each year the facility hosts the oldest motorcycle race in America, the Loudon Classic, which is nearing its 100-year anniversary. New Hampshire Motor Speedway is adding an electrifying new chapter of two-wheeled racing to our summertime lineup,” said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “It’s astonishing how much action can be packed onto a quarter-mile flat track when these pro riders enter the arena. We can’t wait to host American Flat Track, and I’m confident this will quickly become a fan favorite.”

The headline event for the new track – aptly dubbed the Laconia Short Track – will feature AFT on June 15 during Laconia Motorcycle Week. AFT Twins and AFT Singles classes will compete in a full race program including heat races, semis and a main event, which will co-headline the racing action at NHMS along with the 96th running of the Loudon Classic, the longest running motorcycle race in America, on June 16.

AFT has added multiple new venues to its 2019 schedule to accommodate its growing fan base. With over 3 million viewers tuning into the sport in 2018, AFT plans to capitalize on the partnership with NHMS to further this momentum.

“We look forward to kicking up some dirt at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2019,” said Cameron Gray, COO of American Flat Track Events. “We are bringing the American Flat Track experience to where our fans are, and New Hampshire is home to many devoted AFT fans. Working together to design and develop this racetrack means we can guarantee some truly exciting, wheel-to-wheel action that will excite fans and riders alike.”

Located directly behind the North East Motor Sports Museum, crews are turning roughly 186,095 square feet of ground and 3,000 tons of clay to build the 0.25-mile track. Construction began in early October and is expected to take three months to complete, depending on winter weather conditions.

The weekend of on-track racing will be accompanied by off-track entertainment with Katancha featuring live music, interactive displays and demo rides for motorcycle enthusiasts as well as new camping options which will soon be rolled out at NHMS during Laconia Motorcycle Week.

Tickets for the 2019 Laconia Short Track will be available on in the coming weeks. The race will also be streamed live on and broadcast on NBCSN.

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