New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Location 1122 Route 106 North
Loudon, New Hampshire 03307
Active from June 5, 1990 - present
Major events NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Camping World RV Sales 301
Sylvania 300
NASCAR Nationwide Series
CNBC Prime's "The Profit" 200
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
New Hampshire 175
IZOD IndyCar Series 225
Loudon Classic
Global Rallycross Championship
Sylvania Silverstar ZXE
Surface Asphalt & Granite
Length 1.058 mi (1.703 km)
Lap record 0:21.466 (Andre Ribeiro, Tasman Motorsports, 1995, CART PPG IndyCar World Series)

New Hampshire Motor Speedway is a 1.058 mile (1.703 km) oval speedway located in Loudon, New Hampshire which has hosted NASCAR racing annually since the early 1990s, as well as an IndyCar weekend and the oldest motorcycle race in North America, the Loudon Classic. Nicknamed "The Magic Mile," the speedway is often converted into a 1.6 mile (2.6 km) road course, which includes much of the oval.

The track was originally the site of Bryar Motorsports Park before being purchased and redeveloped by Bob Bahre. The track is currently one of eight major NASCAR tracks owned and operated by Speedway Motorsports.


The track opened as New Hampshire International Speedway in June 1990, after nine months of construction following the Bahre family's purchase of the Bryar Motorsports Park. The existing road circuit was redeveloped into a multi-purpose track, with NASCAR added to the popular Loudon Classic motorcycle, WKA go-kart and SCCA races on the complex. It was the largest speedway in New England, and later expansion has made it the largest sports venue of any type in the region. Its construction was extremely unusual for a race track, in that it was designed and constructed without consulting engineers, and using just one surveyor (whose primary job was to plant stakes) to help. NASCAR made its debut at the track in July 1990, with a Busch Series race won by Tommy Ellis. For three years, the Busch Series hosted a pair of races at the track each year.

The Busch races were successful. Loudon gained a spot on the Winston Cup Series schedule in 1993. Rusty Wallace won the inaugural Slick 50 300 in July of that year. That race was also Davey Allison's final race: the next day, Allison was fatally injured in a helicopter crash.

In 1996, Ernie Irvan captured the win in the July race, making it one of the more emotional victories in NASCAR history. The win came less than two years after Irvan suffered a near-fatal crash at Michigan International Speedway, where he was given less than a 10% chance of survival.

After the 1996 season Bahre and Bruton Smith bought North Wilkesboro Speedway and moved one of its Winston Cup dates to New Hampshire. The second race is held in the middle of September. From 2004 to 2010, it was the site of the first event of the Chase for the Championship. In 2011, however, NHMS will host the second race in the series, following the opening event at Chicagoland Speedway.

The speedway was the first for NASCAR to start the field in two groups under the warm-up laps to help set pit speed.

The track also hosted open wheel racing for seven years, hosting CART from 1992–1995, then the Indy Racing League from 1996–1998. One of the open wheel winners was Tony Stewart who later won two Winston/Nextel Cup races at the track as well.

In 2000, the track was the site of a pair of fatal collisions which took the lives of two promising young drivers. In May, while practicing for a Busch Series race, Adam Petty perished when his throttle stuck exiting the second turn, resulting in a full speed crash head-on in the middle of the third and fourth turns. When the Winston Cup Series made their first appearance of the season, a similar fate befell 1998 Rookie of the Year Kenny Irwin, Jr. For safety reasons, track owners decided to run restrictor plates on the cars during their return trip to the speedway in September 2000, making it the first track in recent history outside of Daytona and Talladega to use them. It would be the last one as well; an uneventful race won by Jeff Burton, which had no lead changes, was the result of the experiment. It was the first wire-to-wire race since the 1970s.


The 2001 New Hampshire 300 was originally scheduled for September 16, the Sunday after the September 11 terrorist attacks. NASCAR initially announced that the race would be held as scheduled, but the event was postponed until November 23 of that year, which was the Friday after Thanksgiving. There was much concern about the weather, but race day turned out to be unseasonably mild. Robby Gordon won that race.

In 2002, in an effort to increase competitive racing, the track's corners were turned into a progressive banking system, as the apron was paved and became part of the track, and the track's banking was varied from 4 degrees in the lower two lanes to 12% grade (about seven degrees). The addition of SAFER barriers to the corner walls was made in 2003.

During the September 2003 Sylvania 300, an incident occurred at this track involving Dale Jarrett where his wrecked race car brought out a caution flag. At the time, NASCAR's policy was for its drivers to race back to the start-finish line to begin the caution period. This policy allowed drivers who were one or more laps down to pass the leader and get back one lap, but during the 2003 season there were several incidents which involved drivers racing back to the caution nearly causing collisions. Jarrett's car had stalled on the front stretch— in fact, directly in the path of oncoming cars— and he was in danger of being hit by cars that were trying to get laps back. Although Jarrett avoided contact, the incident was enough for NASCAR to act and beginning with the next race, NASCAR outlawed racing back to the caution flag and instead froze the field after a caution, and a "free pass" rule (popularly referred to as "the lucky dog") was put in place in which the first car behind the leader not on the lead lap would get their lap back during each caution period in all of NASCAR's national and regional series.

In mid-May 2006, Loudon was one of many New England communities which experienced damaging floods after a week of near-record rainfall. Several roads and bridges were washed out near the speedway. The infield was flooded, as was the track itself (while a road racing event was going on). The facility also experienced flooding in October 2005.[1] In June 2008, the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 Sprint Cup race was ended early by a storm which caused flooding at various locations around the track, including the infield tunnel: however in that case the post-race activities were not interrupted.

Before the 2008 racing season, Speedway Motorsports purchased NHIS and other racing-related assets from the Bahre family for $340 million cash. The name of the speedway changed to New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The track will continue to have two Sprint Cup dates for the foreseeable future.[2] One of the assets included in the sale was a 50% interest in North Wilkesboro Speedway. The other 50% was still owned by Bruton Smith, the CEO of Speedway Motorsports.

NHMS representatives made a heavy push to reintroduce open-wheel racing in the form of IndyCar Series to the track in the 2009 season. In 2011, the series returned to the track. However, the race failed to meet attendance expectations and controversial decisions made by race officials at the end of the race caused the race to be left off the 2012 schedule.Template:Citation needed

After the 2012 Sylvania 300, Bruton Smith stated he wants to install permanent lighting at the speedway, just like the other SMI ovals. However, Bob Bahre signed an agreement with the surrounding communities when the track opened that nighttime races were prohibited. In an October 2012 poll in Loudon, however, 58% of the population said they did not mind a night race. This poll also included plans to build a casino at the track, if approved by the New Hampshire Legislature.[3]

NASCAR statistics

Current NASCAR events

NASCAR records

  • NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying: Brad Keselowski, 28.022 sec. (135.922 mph), 7/12/2013
  • NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race: Jeff Burton, 2 hrs. 42 min. 35 sec. (117.134 mph), 7/13/1997
  • NASCAR Nationwide Series Qualifying: Kyle Busch, 28.873 sec. (131.916 mph), 7/13/2013
  • NASCAR Nationwide Series Race: Bobby Hamilton, Jr., 1 hr. 55 min. 2 sec. (110.368 mph), 5/11/2002
  • NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Qualifying: Kyle Busch, 28.917 sec. (131.715 mph), 9/23/2011
  • NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race: Ron Hornaday, Jr., 1 hr. 55 min. 39 sec. (109.780 mph), 9/15/2007
  • NASCAR Camping World East Series Qualifying: Brian Hoar, 29.893 sec. (127.414 mph), 7/18/2002
  • NASCAR Camping World East Series Race: Ted Christopher, 1 hr. 13 min. 9 sec. (108.476 mph), 5/12/2001
  • NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Qualifying: Mike Ewanitsko, 28.693 sec. (132.743 mph), 7/19/2001
  • NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Race: Mike Ewanitsko, 58 min. 15 sec. (108.979 mph), 9/16/2000
  • NASCAR Sportsman Division Qualifying: T. W. Taylor, 33.740 sec. (112.887 mph), 9/02/1990
  • NASCAR Sportsman Division Race: Dennis Setzer, 1 hr. 33 min. 5 sec. (85.250 mph), 9/02/1990

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Records

(As of 9/19/10)

Most Wins 4 Jeff Burton
Most Top 5s 14 Jeff Gordon
Most Top 10s 18 Jeff Gordon
Starts 32 4 Drivers
Poles 4 Ryan Newman
Most Laps Completed 9,254 Jeff Gordon
Most Laps Led 1,207 Jeff Gordon
Avg. Start* 8.9 Ryan Newman
Avg. Finish* 7.6 Denny Hamlin

* from minimum 10 starts.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race winners

Season Date Winning Driver Car # Sponsor Make Team Avg Speed Margin of Victory
1993 July 11 Rusty Wallace 2 Miller Genuine Draft Pontiac Grand Prix Penske Racing Template:Convert/mi/h 1.31 sec
1994 July 10 Ricky Rudd 10 Tide Ford Thunderbird Rudd Performance Motorsports Template:Convert/mi/h 0.69 sec
1995 July 9 Jeff Gordon 24 DuPont Chevrolet Monte Carlo Hendrick Motorsports Template:Convert/mi/h 1.23 sec
1996 July 14 Ernie Irvan 28 Texaco Havoline Ford Thunderbird Robert Yates Racing Template:Convert/mi/h 5.47 sec
1997 July 13 Jeff Burton 99 Exide Batteries Ford Thunderbird Roush Racing Template:Convert/mi/h 5.372 sec
1997 September 14 Jeff Gordon 24 DuPont Chevrolet Monte Carlo Hendrick Motorsports Template:Convert/mi/h 0.209 sec
1998 July 13 Jeff Burton 99 Exide Batteries Ford Taurus Roush Racing Template:Convert/mi/h 7.439 sec
1998 August 30 Jeff Gordon 24 DuPont Chevrolet Monte Carlo Hendrick Motorsports Template:Convert/mi/h 0.664 sec
1999 July 11 Jeff Burton 99 Exide Batteries Ford Taurus Roush Racing Template:Convert/mi/h 1.347 sec
1999 September 19 Joe Nemechek 42 BellSouth Chevrolet Monte Carlo Team SABCO Template:Convert/mi/h UC
2000 July 9 Tony Stewart 20 Home Depot Pontiac Grand Prix Joe Gibbs Racing Template:Convert/mi/h UC/Rain
2000 September 17 Jeff Burton 99 Exide Batteries Ford Taurus Roush Racing Template:Convert/mi/h UC
2001 July 22 Dale Jarrett 88 UPS Ford Taurus Robert Yates Racing Template:Convert/mi/h 0.656 sec
2001 November 23 Robby Gordon 31 Lowe's Chevrolet Monte Carlo Richard Childress Racing Template:Convert/mi/h 2.008 sec
2002 July 21 Ward Burton 22 Caterpillar Dodge Intrepid Bill Davis Racing Template:Convert/mi/h 0.656 sec
2002 September 15 Ryan Newman 12 Mobil 1 / Alltel Ford Taurus Penske Racing Template:Convert/mi/h UC/Rain
2003 July 20 Jimmie Johnson 48 Lowe's Chevrolet Monte Carlo Hendrick Motorsports Template:Convert/mi/h 1.582 sec
2003 September 14 Jimmie Johnson 48 Lowe's Chevrolet Monte Carlo Hendrick Motorsports Template:Convert/mi/h 6.240 sec
2004 July 25 Kurt Busch 97 Irwin Industrial Tools Ford Taurus Roush Racing Template:Convert/mi/h 0.607 sec
2004 September 19 Kurt Busch 97 Irwin Industrial Tools Ford Taurus Roush Racing Template:Convert/mi/h 2.488 sec
2005 July 17 Tony Stewart 20 Home Depot Chevrolet Monte Carlo Joe Gibbs Racing Template:Convert/mi/h 0.851 sec
2005 September 18 Ryan Newman 12 Mobil 1/Alltel Dodge Charger Penske Racing Template:Convert/mi/h 0.292 sec
2006 July 16 Kyle Busch 5 Kellogg's Chevrolet Monte Carlo Hendrick Motorsports Template:Convert/mi/h 0.406 sec
2006 September 17 Kevin Harvick 29 Reese's Chevrolet Monte Carlo Richard Childress Racing Template:Convert/mi/h 0.777 sec
2007 July 1 Denny Hamlin 11 FedEx Ground Chevrolet Impala SS Joe Gibbs Racing Template:Convert/mi/h 0.068 sec
2007 September 16 Clint Bowyer 07 Jack Daniel's Chevrolet Impala SS Richard Childress Racing Template:Convert/mi/h 6.469 sec
2008 June 29 Kurt Busch 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger Penske Racing Template:Convert/mi/h UC/Called due to rain
2008 September 14 Greg Biffle 16 Dish Network Turbo HD Ford Fusion Roush Fenway Racing Template:Convert/mi/h 0.505 sec
2009 June 28 Joey Logano 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry Joe Gibbs Racing Template:Convert/mi/h UC/Called due to rain
2009 September 20 Mark Martin 5 Carquest/Kellogg's Chevrolet Impala SS Hendrick Motorsports Template:Convert/mi/h UC
2010 June 27 Jimmie Johnson 48 Lowe's Chevrolet Impala Hendrick Motorsports Template:Convert/mi/h 0.753 sec
2010 September 19 Clint Bowyer 33 Cheerios / Hamburger Helper Chevrolet Impala Richard Childress Racing Template:Convert/mi/h 0.477 sec
2011 July 17 Ryan Newman 39 U.S. Army Chevrolet Impala Stewart-Haas Racing Template:Convert/mi/h 0.773 sec
2011 September 25 Tony Stewart 14 Mobil 1 / Office Depot Chevrolet Impala Stewart-Haas Racing Template:Convert/mi/h 7.225 sec
2012 July 15 Kasey Kahne 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet Impala Hendrick Motorsports Template:Convert/mi/h 2.738 sec
2012 September 23 Denny Hamlin 11 FedEx Freight Toyota Camry Joe Gibbs Racing Template:Convert/mi/h 2.675 sec
2013 July 12 Brian Vickers 55 Aaron's Toyota Camry Michael Waltrip Racing Template:Convert/mi/h .582 sec

Open-wheel race winners

New Hampshire Indy 225

Other racing series

Bryar Motorsports Park was one of the first venues to host a Trans-Am Series race.

The speedway hosted a round of the 2012 Global RallyCross Championship


External links

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