Three Racing Series Added To The NHMS Flat Track Schedule For 2020

(Press Release from New Hampshire Motor Speedway)

King of Dirt Crate Modified Series, Sprint Cars of New England and the Granite State Mini-Sprint Racing Club will make their debut at The Flat Track at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this summer.

LOUDON, N.H. – Three new series have been added to The Flat Track lineup during New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s three major event weekends giving race fans more summertime racing. King of Dirt Crate Modified Series, Sprint Cars of New England and the Granite State Mini-Sprint Racing Club will debut at The Flat Track as part of June’s Motorcycle Week at NHMS, July’s NASCAR race weekend and September’s Full Throttle Fall Weekend.

“We are excited enhance our major event weekends by adding more racing for our fans,” said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “Last year’s events at The Flat Track were a lot of fun, and we’re looking forward to even more fun in the dirt this summer.”

The King of Dirt Crate Modified Series will bring the first ever dirt modified stock car race to The Flat Track on Friday, September 11 as a part of Full Throttle Dirt. This event kicks off New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s third annual Full Throttle Fall Weekend, which continues on Saturday, September 12 at the historic 1.058-mile oval. This new dirt event will bring the top Sportsman Modified racers from all around New England and New York for a 40-lap main event, marking King of Dirt’s first appearance in New Hampshire and the farthest east the tour has ever traveled.

Sprint Cars of New England will debut a pair of 30-lap races on the 0.25-mile Flat Track at Full Throttle Dirt on Friday, September 11 and wrapping up Motorcycle Week at NHMS on Saturday, June 20. The competitive racing club was founded in 2002 and features 600-horsepower alcohol-injected winged sprint cars that race in New Hampshire and Vermont.

The Granite State Mini-Sprint Racing Club will take to the track for 20-lap races on Saturday, June 20 during Motorcycle Week and return on Friday, July 17 for Friday Night Dirt Duels presented by New England Racing Fuel to kick off the NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 race weekend. This family-oriented racing club was formed in 1984 and uses motorcycle engines and drive components.

Improvements to the racing surface are underway for The Flat Track’s 2020 season, which will include adding banking and 10 feet of width to the corners and approximately 2,000 yards of new natural clay surface, courtesy of Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, Vt.

The Flat Track is the first track to be built in New England in the last 25 years. Crews turned roughly 186,095 square feet of ground and 3,000 tons of clay to build the 0.25-mile track which first opened in June 2019. The Flat Track, located directly behind the North East Motor Sports Museum, is the fourth racing surface on New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s 1,200-acre property, which already includes the famed 1.058-mile NASCAR oval, 1.6-mile road course and 0.25-mile mini-oval.

The Flat Track’s 2020 Schedule:

  • February 15-16: Snocross at The Flat Track
    • Eastern Snocross Tour
  • June 13: Laconia Short Track
    • American Flat Track
  • June 20: Motorcycle Week at NHMS
    • Sprint Cars of New England
    • Granite State Mini-Sprint Racing Club
  • July 17: Friday Night Dirt Duels presented by New England Racing Fuel
    • Granite State Mini-Sprint Racing Club
    • Granite State Legends Cars
    • USAC Dirt Midget Association
  • September 11: Full Throttle Dirt
    • King of Dirt Crate Modified Series
    • Sprint Cars of New England
    • USAC Dirt Midget Association

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  1. Full throttle Friday is looking really interesting with dirt racing.

  2. Is there any plans to put in more grandstands? I caught a little bit of the flat track dirt bike race on Fanschoice and they only had very small grand stands similar to what you might find at a little league ball field. Last year they had a press release for one of their events which said bring your lawn chairs. If they are going to start running the dirt track more regularly with divisions that attract a bigger audience I think they are going to need to add some amenities for fans.

    It is nice to see them widening and adding banking which should make it a better track for full size divisions. The track looked too narrow for full size car racing. I didn’t think anything bigger then a midget, legend or scale car would be able to race on the track. Did anyone see the midget race they had there last year? If so, how was it? It is great to see a new track open up. I am going to try to get to one of their shows next summer.

  3. Sharpie Fan says

    The racing was good, although the track got a little “rutty” as the evening progressed.
    The amenities were reminiscent of the first race at Loudon — the parking was haphazard, they ran out of refreshments (& beer), and the line to the porta-potties was long.
    I think they underestimated the response since there was nothing else to do on Friday night because there was no band.

  4. CSG, if they’re going to have a “King of Dirt” race, I would also hope they are putting up stands as well. They may get a pretty big Crate Modified turnout for that, as many of the dirt tracks are done for their regular seasons. I went to one of these events in New York. Granted it was in dirt track country, but they had 55 entries!

  5. Flat track and adding banking.
    That’s oxymoronish isn’t it?

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