New Hampshire Motor Speedway

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The beauty of New England in summer and early fall meets the roar of NASCAR at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The first stop in Loudon, N.H., was the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on July 17, the 19th of 36 races on the circuit. The second stop is Sunday's SYLVANIA 300, the second race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, which is composed of the final 10 events of the season.

The 1.058-mile track looks like an elongated oval, similar to a paper clip, making for a very tough track to get around. The speedway challenges the driver and crew equally. Drivers say the keys to success here are handling, brakes, great pit stops and total concentration by the entire team on every lap.

Track address
1122 Route 106 North
Loudon, NH 03307

Office address
P.O. Box 7888
Loudon, NH 03307-7888
More track news is available through jayski.com.

Notable events

SYLVANIA 300 Weekend
Friday, Sept. 23, 2011

• NSCS qualifying, 3:10 p.m.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Gates open at 8 a.m.

Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011

• NCWTS qualifying, 10:05 a.m.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
• F.W. Webb 175, 3 p.m.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Gates open at 7 a.m.

Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011
• SYLVANIA 300, 2 p.m.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Gates open at 7 a.m.

• Ticket office: 603-783-4931
• Online: Buy tickets | Seating chart
• Pit passes: Call the speedway's guest services office for additional details.
• Fan hospitality and special packages: Call the guest services office for information.

Track specs
• Track length: 1.058 miles
• Banking: Corners — variable at 2 and 7 degrees; straights — 1 degree
• Frontstretch: 1,500 feet
• Backstretch: 1,500 feet
• Race lengths: 318.458 miles for the LENOX Industrial Tools 301, and 317.4 miles for the SYLVANIA 300 (Nationwide and truck race, 185.15 miles)
• Grandstand seating capacity: 93,521
• Opened: 1990 (first NASCAR Cup event 1993)

Carry-in items
See the Grandstand Policy section under the FansFirst tab at www.nhms.com.

Souvenirs and displays
• Merchandise: Driver and NASCAR merchandise haulers on-site.
• Scanners: Scanners available for rent on-site.

Check local newspapers and TV.

Pit area guidelines

Call the speedway's guest services office for additional details.

Reserved: Available; call the speedway's guest services office for more information.

Associated driving schools
Richard Petty Driving Experience

Getting there
The speedway is in Loudon, N.H., on Route 106, about 14 miles north of Concord, N.H.

• From the south:
Take I-93 to exit 15E (I-393).
Take exit 3. Turn onto Route 106 North.
The speedway will be 10 miles north on the right.

• From the north:
Take I-93 to the Tilton exit (20).
Take Route 140 through Belmont to Route 106 South.
Follow Route 106 South to the speedway, approximately 8 miles.

• Free parking: Available.
• Handicapped parking: Available.