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New Hampshire Motor Speedway partners with Foxwoods for NASCAR weekend

  • Kyle Busch (18) leads during the final laps of the ISM Connect 300 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz

  • Scenes from the ISM Connect 300 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz


Monitor staff
Thursday, May 31, 2018

New Hampshire Motor Speedway announced a new multi-year partnership with Foxwoods Resort Casino on Thursday.

When NASCAR rolls into Loudon this summer, the Cup series race will be known as the “Foxwoods Resort Casino 301.” The main event is scheduled for July 22, capping a weekend of races at the mile oval along Route 106.

“This is just the beginning of a wonderful new partnership with the region’s most popular destination resort,” David McGrath, NHMS executive vice president and general manager, said in a press release. “Foxwoods Resort Casino will help deliver high-speed fun to our facility, providing unforgettable experiences our fans will love. This is a win for the racing industry and our fans.”

Kevin Harvick, the 2014 Cup champion and a three-time winner at NHMS, joined McGrath and Speedway Motorsports president and CEO Marcus Smith at Foxwoods on Thursday for the announcement.

“This is an exciting day for New Hampshire Motor Speedway and for fans of racing here in New England,” said Harvick, a five-race winner already this season. “It’s also a great day for the Cup drivers because this reinforces the fact that the future of NASCAR is bright.”

The press release stated that “the two partners will explore other entertainment opportunities for fans,” but did not specify what those offerings could be.

“Uniting with New Hampshire Motor Speedway was a natural alignment for Foxwoods given our history of creating unique and exciting experiences,” Foxwoods president and CEO Felix Rappaport said. “The amplification of our partnership will allow us to continue to deliver on that promise giving our New England racing fans sought-after thrills infused with a new twist.”

McGrath has stated in the past that he would support some form of gaming on NHMS’s property. Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal law that prohibited sports gambling. It is now up to the individual states to decide whether to legalize sports betting.

Last July’s Cup race was sponsored by Overton’s, a watersports company based in North Carolina that has sponsored other NASCAR races across the circuit.