12 Jul The Magic Mile – New Hampshire Motor Speedway
This weekend Clint Bowyer is heading to the east coast to take on the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Though New Hampshire Motor Speedway is one of NASCAR’s newer tracks, racing fans know a track’s age doesn’t mean a thing when it comes to race day excitement! Before this weekend’s race at NHMS, we wanted to fill you in with a few things that make the Magic Mile one of a kind.
Before it was New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the track was originally Bryar Motorsports Park. The Bahre family purchased the park and groundbreaking for redevelopment began in 1989 and the New Hampshire International Speedway officially opened on June 5, 1990. Besides the fact that the track was the first superspeedway to be constructed in the U.S. since 1969, the actual construction is one of the things that make it unique. The track was designed and constructed without any consulting engineers. Instead one surveyor, whose primary job was planting stakes, helped. Upon selling the track to Speedway Motorsports, Inc. before the beginning of the 2008 season, New Hampshire International Speedway was renamed New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Although New Hampshire’s Magic Mile is only 1.058 miles long, the speedway is the largest in New England and expansions have made it the largest sports venue of any type in the region. Located on 1,200 acres, New Hampshire Motor Speedway hosts the only NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series and Global RallyCross Championship events in the New England region. The speedway hosts two Sprint Cup Series races each season, with the second race being part of the Chase. With a 105,491 spectator capacity, races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway regularly sell out and even exceed the NFL in Super Bowl attendance! A total of more than 600,000 spectators attend races and events during a season.
There is always something going on at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. In addition to NASCAR’s Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series, the track hosts several regional professional series including the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and the American-Canadian Tour. NHMS also hosts monthly race weekends, amateur series events and racing schools by the Richard Petty Driving Experience. An additional event that car and racing enthusiasts look forward to is the Vintage Racing Celebration. This year is the 23rd annual celebration at NHMS, taking place from July 30 through August 4. The first three days of the Vintage Racing Celebration begins with Oval Days, which features track sessions with vintage midget, modified, Sprint, Indy and stock cars. Following Oval Days is Road Course Days, which includes three days of car races from the Vintage Racing Group and motorcycle races from the U.S. Classic Racing Association. The Classic and Custom Car Show also overlaps with the Vintage Racing Celebration, taking place on August 3 and 4, where car owners bring their cars to compete in a variety of categories.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway is New England’s hub for all things racing! Whether you’re heading to this weekend’s race or watching from home, be sure to tune in to the New Hampshire 300 on Sunday to cheer on Clint Bowyer and the 5-hour ENERGY® Racing Team. Go get ‘em, Clint!