Racing Returns To The Flat Track In 2022

With the return of The Flat Track at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) comes more on-track action for race fans to enjoy during major event weekends. The Laconia Short Track and inaugural Musket Dirt Shootout will bookend Motorcycle Week at NHMS on June 11 and 18, and Friday Night Dirt Duels will kick up the dirt during New England’s only NASCAR weekend on July 15.

“It’s been a long two years, but we’re reviving The Flat Track, and we’re so excited to welcome race fans back to the quarter-mile dirt track this summer,” said New Hampshire Motor Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager David McGrath. “The new racing surface should produce intense battles on both two and four wheels, and additional seating will allow more New England race fans to enjoy the dirt-slinging action.”

Kicking things off is the motorcycle handlebar-banging, tire-rubbing action of Progressive American Flat Track on Saturday, June 11. “America’s Original Extreme Sport” will once again take on the 0.25-mile dirt flat track for the Laconia Short Track during the first weekend of Motorcycle Week at NHMS.

Capping off Motorcycle Week at NHMS will be some four-wheeled action from the Dirt Midget Association (DMA) and Sprint Cars of New England (SCoNE), each competing for a $1,500 purse, plus two classes – 500cc and 600cc – of Granite State Mini Sprints. The inaugural Musket Dirt Shootout on Saturday, June 18 will feature these three series each taking on the new racing surface.

Friday Night Dirt Duels will kick off the Ambetter 301 NASCAR weekend on July 15. This year’s event will feature DMA and SCoNE competitors each racing for a $3,000 purse and U.S. Legend Cars International drivers racing for a $1,500 purse. There will also be fireworks, a concert and the start of a three-day 50/50 Raffle to benefit the New Hampshire Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities. New England’s race weekend continues at “The Magic Mile” with Doubleheader Saturday, July 16 featuring the NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour followed by Sunday’s weekend finale, the Ambetter 301 NASCAR Cup Series race on July 17.

The NHMS Operations and Maintenance team recently resurfaced The Flat Track with 2,000 yards of clay from Orwell, Vt. They’ve also widened the corners to 50 feet and added about 300 more permanent seats between turns three and four, however, race fans are still encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating.

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