American Flat Track Comes To NHMS; New Facility To Open Spring 2019

(Press Release from New Hampshire Motor Speedway)

The new ‘Flat Track’ at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is set to open in the spring of 2019 (Photo: New Hampshire Motor Speedway)

LOUDON, N.H. – It is known simply as ‘The Flat Track,’ but when the green flag drops at New Hampshire Motor Speedway next spring, ‘America’s Original Extreme Sport’ – American Flat Track – will make its first appearance in New Hampshire, giving race fans a new reason to enjoy the thrill of racing in Loudon.

Construction crews are already hard at work on a brand-new racing surface, and in just a few weeks, the dirt and clay will be transformed into an exciting racing venue.

“Each year the facility hosts the oldest motorcycle race in America, the Loudon Classic, which is nearing its 100-year anniversary. New Hampshire Motor Speedway is adding an electrifying new chapter of two-wheeled racing to our summertime line-up,” said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “It’s astonishing how much action can be packed onto a quarter-mile flat track when these pro riders enter the arena. We can’t wait to host American Flat Track, and I’m confident this will quickly become a fan favorite.”

‘The Flat Track’s’ headline event – aptly dubbed the Laconia Short Track – will feature AFT on Saturday, June 15, 2019 during Laconia Motorcycle Week. AFT Twins and AFT Singles classes will compete in a full race program including heat races, semis and a main event, which will co-headline the racing action at New Hampshire Motor Speedway along with the 96th running of the Loudon Classic, the longest running motorcycle race in America, on Sunday, June 16, 2019.

Known as the fastest-growing sport on two wheels, AFT has added multiple new venues to its 2019 schedule to accommodate its growing fan base. With over 3 million viewers tuning into the sport in 2018, AFT plans to capitalize on the partnership with NHMS to further this momentum.

“We look forward to kicking up some dirt at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2019,” said Cameron Gray, COO of American Flat Track Events. “We are bringing the American Flat Track experience to where our fans are, and New Hampshire is home to many devoted AFT fans. Working together to design and develop this racetrack means we can guarantee some truly exciting, wheel-to-wheel action that will excite fans and riders alike.”

Located directly behind the North East Motor Sports Museum, crews are turning roughly 186,095 square feet of ground and 3,000 tons of clay to build the 0.25-mile track. Construction on ‘The Flat Track’ began in early October and is expected to take three months to complete, depending on winter weather conditions.

The weekend of on-track racing will be accompanied by off-track entertainment with Katancha featuring live music, interactive displays and demo rides for motorcycle enthusiasts as well as new camping options which will soon be rolled out at New Hampshire Motor Speedway during Laconia Motorcycle Week.

‘The Flat Track’ will become the fourth racing surface to be added to New Hampshire Motor Speedway, which already includes the famed 1.058-mile NASCAR oval, 1.6-mile road course and a 0.25-mile mini-oval.

Tickets for the 2019 Laconia Short Track will be available on www.americanflattrack.com in the coming weeks. A variety of ticketing options (including exclusive VIP packages) will be available so that race fans may experience all the bar-bangin’ action exactly as they’d like. The race will also be streamed live on FansChoice.tv and broadcast on NBCSN.

For more information on other events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, visit the speedway website at www.NHMS.com or call Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931.

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Comments

  1. Should have made it a little bigger and they could have hosted a big DIRT show to take the place of Syracuse

  2. Bill Realist says:

    I think the former Syracuse super dirt week is in pretty good hands at Oswego. Much better racing. More of a race rather than a spectacle with a race also going on. There’s plenty of parking to spare at Loudon now so they might as well put something there

  3. Holy motordrome Batman. It’s not unlike the board track motorcycle racing craze of the early 1900’s.

  4. Fast Eddie says:

    It seems a little odd to me that they’re only going with a 1/4 mile track. Looking at the series site, it looks like their races are at 1/2 mile and one mile tracks.

  5. Crazy in NY says:

    Fast Eddie is correct. These bikes put on a phenomenal show on the larger tracks. They have run upstate here at the Mile ( deceased) , Vernon Downs harness track ( 7/8 stone dust freaking awesome show), a few years ago at Rolling Wheels ( freaking fast) and this past year at Weedsport ( wasn’t there was told a good show). Elect .. Super Dirt Week will never be run in the state of NH being many hours from the NY/Penn/NJ base that makes up dirt racing in the east even if they ( NH) built a larger track. If you ever get a chance to see them on a large track..take it. They are a fantastic show.

  6. Could be going with a 1/4 mile because perhaps they think the bikes are getting to fast on the 1 mile and half mile tracks.(that series still seems to have a fatality or serious injury every season) I have noticed that some of the races they have on TV that a few tracks have added a right turn\dogleg or a small jump to perhaps slow them down.

  7. I personally haven’t gone, but I heard a few of these Flat Track NY shows were really entertaining. NHMS could probably run go karts, legends, and micro sprints on the track if they wanted to. I would love to see some full size cars out there, perhaps sportman mods and Score sprints. Looking at the picture, they might have to widen the track some for the bigger cars.

  8. Crazy I know , just wishful thinking, and realist nothing wrong with a spectacle with a race thrown in

  9. lvlichaels says:

    I used to live in San Jose, CA. Saw the San Jose Mile quite a few times, was always a great show. Now I will have a good reason to go to NH for a weekend. Thank you Loudon.

  10. Viva race fan says:

    Well for a lot of you they didn’t know they used to have a flat track behind the main grandstands between there and the road. We used to race on Friday nights and they had a TT track that went along with it. I won several TT championships in a few and flat tracking when I was younger. I’m really glad to see the sport coming back if you’ve been watching it all for the last 2 seasons on television there’s some great talent out there racing Indian, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Husqvarna is now involved it’s a great sport. Looking forward 2 returning to my old stomping grounds. Thanks again for all you do for us. Merry Christmas and God bless

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