New Hampshire Motor Speedway Announces 2018 Monster Energy Cup Event Date

(Press Release from New Hampshire Motor Speedway)

As New Hampshire Motor Speedway prepares for NASCAR to invade New England this year for its two race weekends on July 14-16 and Sept. 22-24, fans can already begin planning for next season. NASCAR released its national series schedules for 2018, which includes a summertime visit to New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 20-22, shifting the race just one week later than in years past.

“Many of our fans like to plan their summer vacations around our NASCAR weekend, so being able to announce the date more than a year in advance helps them plan their trip to New Hampshire,” said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of the speedway. “With our race date moving back one week, it’s even more important to get the word out to our fans so they can start to organize a trip to beautiful New England.”

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series has raced at New Hampshire Motor Speedway since 1993, making July 22, 2018 the 47th visit to the track, and the only visit in the six-state New England region.

Speedway officials also released the schedule for NASCAR’s XFINITY Series, K&N Pro Series East and Whelen Modified Tour. The XFINITY Series race, which was the first NASCAR series to race at the speedway on July 15, 1990, will run the 32nd straight race on Saturday, July 21. Adding to the event lineup that day will be the K&N Pro Series East and Whelen Modified Tour, rounding out another “Tripleheader Saturday” and marking their 63rd and 72nd races at the speedway, respectively.

This is the third year of a five-year sanction agreement with national series tracks, including all eight facilities owned by Speedway Motorsports, Inc., which includes NHMS.

For a sneak peek into the on-track action racing to New Hampshire 301 on July 16, fans can attend a free Monster Energy Cup Series Test on May 30 and 31. For more information on this test session or on how you can be a part of our July and September Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race weekends, please stop by Fan Relations, visit our website at, or call (603) 783-4931.


  1. The one weekend sucks for everyone involved. Nascar could do worse than putting All Star race in Loudon. Four 20 lap segments might be fun on a mile. Couldn’t be worse than Charlotte. No passing there at all. They’ve already announced the 2018 schedule and it’s back at Lowe’s which is a shame. Downforce on cars is killing the sport.

  2. James Scott says

    Lets hope somehow some way lights can get installed. It’s hot out there. Imagine the mods under the lights also. I just hope that people support NHMS.

  3. darealgoodfella says

    Think the Mods will make it up there for a second event?

  4. Wow bad enough they lost sept but move it further into June so it’s even hotter great thinking. This sept will be the last race I see at nnms sad.

  5. darealgoodfella says

    And to think that a few years ago, there was waiting list for tickets that was a couple years long. What happened?

    I’m going to miss going up there twice a season.

  6. The wave of the future is getting the states to pump money into these events. That is how how Vegas got their second date. Now Texas Speedway is trying to use current state legislature to work some magic themselves and get the All Star race and the season ending event. Nascar is really scrambling with declining TV viewership and attendance. The tracks and states that are forward thinking will come out ahead. Honestly I think having 2 events in Vegas will fail (as will moving the Raiders there). Who wants to watch a race in the desert in Sept? That All Star race is in play for a lot of tracks. I would fight for it if I’m NHMS. I think NH could really do it up big if it happened. Would need those lights though.

  7. darealgoodfella says

    The NASCAR heydays are behind us. Declining attendance and viewership are real.

    That will be the limiting revenue source.

    If the customer base can not support the sport, I’d hate for a state to subsidize it.

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