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July 2017 Races

Story & Photos by Bob Stegmaier

A MUST to do for the end of this summer is to get family and friends to the New Hampshire motor speedway in Loudon NH. There is one big NASCAR race left for the current season at the track – 22 to 24 September – The IMS Connect 300 on Sunday; the ACT Invitational, FW Webb 100 and UNOH 75 on Saturday; and the exciting Pole Day activities on Friday. The marketing staff at the NHMS put together some really great value package pricing for NASCAR events include: Good Deal for $110, Better Deal for $180 and Best Deal for $210, you can also sign up for the Loud’n & Proud member deals. You must check out to see all of the goodies included in these packages – e.g., racing electronics, pit passes, 20 x 40 camp site, etc. 

The July activities started on Friday the 14th with practice sessions, qualifying rounds and Ryan Preece winning the Whelen All-Star Shootout by 0.9 seconds. Saturday the 15th had 2 good races – Bobby Santos won the Nor’easter 100 by 0.6 sec and Kyle Busch won the Overton’s 200 by a good 10 seconds averaging over 100 mph.

The big Sunday Overton’s 301 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Races was won by Denny Hamlin in the back up FedEx Toyota by 0.5 sec – really close!  There were 11 lead changes among 6 drivers.  Martin Truex Jr was the top pole qualifier with a speed of 133 mph.

For this races, the NHMS coated all four turns on the track with a new chemical compound called VHT Track Bite or PJ1, which is a custom formulated resin compound that increases the grip on the track surface. The goal was to create more grooves for the drivers to use in the turns, thus creating a better grip for a wide turn area encouraging drivers to pass one another in the turns. Some drivers commented that they like the new gripping surface, while others said it was great at the start of the race, but were concerned it may stick to the track toward the end of the race?
The race weekend had close to 80,000 attendees and hundreds of campers. The display lot had many vendors with a large variety of family activities, freebies, autograph sessions, a go-cart track, a huge Ferris wheel and plenty of food vendors. The media center offered one on one interviews with drivers, and Danica Patrick had a fun Q & A with some kids on the Trackside Live Stage.
Please go to their web site for the latest and best info. Get off your butt and get out and ride and watch the races.  Live Free & Race in NH!


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