The New Hampshire Motor Speedway is located in Loudon, New Hampshire, approximately one hour north of Boston. Every year, two events of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series are hosted at the speedway, which opened in 1990. The site is can be easily reached from all the northeastern United States' metropolitan areas, as well as eastern Canada, by Interstate highways.
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The New Hampshire Motor Speedway's multi-use complex spans throughout around 1,200 acres, and is New England's largest sports facility. The grounds include a 1.058-mile oval speedway that seats up to eighty-eight thousand spectators, as well as a 1.6-mile road course. Having a reputation as one of the most unique stops on the NASCAR schedule, the speedways is the only race track in New England to host a race in the NASCAR National Series, and is situated six hours from NASCAR's next closest stop on its schedule.
There are several reasons why New Hampshire Motor Speedway is unique compared to other motor speedways. One reason for its uniqueness is the surrounding landscape. One of New Hampshire's main industries is tourism. The picturesque White Mountains and Lakes Region are located fairly close to the speedway, just a small distance to the north. Many racing fans use NASCAR week as an excuse for a vacation in New Hampshire, and take advantage of affordable prices nearby for RV camping.
The weather of the region is another reason why the speedway is a unique stop on the NASCAR schedule. Winters can be harsh in New England, by the summer weather can make it all worth it. The state of New Hampshire has some of the best weather for enjoying racing. The warm temperatures of summer make a day at the speedway a great replacement for another day at the beach thanks to the lack of extreme humidity often found in the country's southern region. Early fall brings just a slight chill to the air, offering the most comfortable weather for an outing and a great chance to soak up the last bit of summer air.
The track itself used for racing is another one of the many reasons that New Hampshire Motor Speedway is unique. The layout of the track is unlike any other track on NASCAR's schedule. The 1.058-mile oval race track features tight corners that create a demanding and challenging race and is relatively flat. The speedway's track is often called the "World's Greatest One-Mile Oval" and drivers regularly rave about its challenges. Winning a race on the oval track is a major accomplishment for any of the world's best racers.
Even in the cold winters of New England, the New Hampshire Motor Speedway offers enjoyment for visitors with the Gift of Lights. Four hundred light displays in more than sixty holiday scenes span more than two miles during the holiday event. The course of lights winds its way around the outside of the grandstands and a portion of the speedway's Road Course. Gifts of Lights also features the Tunnel of Lights, a trip through the infield tunnel, before driving down VIP Street.
1122 Route 106 North, Loudon, New Hampshire, website, Phone: 603-783-4937