Magic Mile Moment No. 2: Breaking Ground At New Hampshire Motor Speedway

(Press Release from New Hampshire Motor Speedway)

New Hampshire Motor Speedway is celebrating 25 years of racing at the track with a countdown of memorable moments 

Construction workers survey the backstretch of New Hampshire International Speedway during construction of the racetrack in August of 1989 (Photo: Courtesy of New Hampshire Motor Speedway)

Construction workers survey the backstretch of New Hampshire International Speedway during construction of the racetrack in August of 1989 (Photo: Courtesy of New Hampshire Motor Speedway)

Groundbreaking for New Hampshire International Speedway (formerly Bryar Motorsports Park) occurred on Aug. 13, 1989. A quarter-century later, the name on the outside has changed, but the Magic Mile is still New England’s home to NASCAR.
This unforgettable moment is No. 2 on New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s top-10 moments of all-time as it celebrates 25 years of racing at the Magic Mile.

The first superspeedway to be built since Talladega in 1969, more than 1.5 million cubic yards of dirt were moved during construction process and more than 100,000 tons of asphalt was used in paving the tracks, roads, and walkways. Located on approximately 1,200 acres, New Hampshire Motor Speedway officially opened for business on June 5, 1990 and held its first NASCAR race, the Budweiser 300, a month later on July 15.

New Hampshire Motor Speedway held its first Sprint Cup Series race, the Slick 50 300, in 1993, and began biannually hosting NASCAR Sprint Cup Series dates in 1997, something it continues to do today, including this weekend’s 5-hour ENERGY 301 NASCAR Weekend and the SYLVANIA 300 NASCAR Weekend in September.

Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (SMI) purchased the largest sports and entertainment facility in New England from Bob Bahre in 2007.

Revving the state’s economy for the past 25 years, New Hampshire Motor Speedway has been responsible for an economic impact of $8.8 billion, creating nearly 38,000 direct jobs and 63,000 indirect jobs, while bringing 11 million fans to events at the speedway.

Seats are still available for the 2015 Oxford Casino Season of Speed at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 5-hour ENERGY 301 right around the corner on Sunday, July 19. To purchase tickets please call the NHMS ticket hotline at (603)783-4931 or visit www.nhms.com.

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