Time To Go: New Hampshire Short Tracks Get Green Light To Open With Spectators

Competitors line up for qualifying for a Tri-Track Open Modified Series event at Star Speedway in Epping, N.H.

New Hampshire governor Chris Sununu threw the green flag on Thursday for short track racing with spectators to resume in the Granite State next week. 

Sununu said through Twitter that most race tracks will be able to reopen at 50 percent fan capacity on June 15. 

Sununu clarified that the state is still working with officials at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on a plan for the Aug. 2 NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 – which was rescheduled from July 19 – and the Full Throttle Weekend Sept. 11-12. 

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is scheduled to be part of the Full Throttle Weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway but the event could be in jeopardy if fans are not allowed to attend.

The previously scheduled Whelen Modified Tour Nor’Easter 100 scheduled for July 18 at NHMS was cancelled.

The Tri-Track Open Modified Series is tentatively scheduled to have their first event of the season on July 25 at Star Speedway.

Claremont (N.H.) Speedway hosted the Granite State Pro Stock series as the headliner for a racing card last Friday with no spectators in attendance.


  1. Anarchy 2020 says

    What’s the word going around on how the tracks will handle ticket sales? Stafford included. Pre order only maybe? I can’t see them selling tickets at gate. Look at what’s happening in Vegas. Lots of pent up demand.

  2. Anarchy 2020,
    State guidance is pushing businesses to do ticket sales away from the event.

  3. They’re going to have ticket sales at the track no matter what the intent is. I don’t see how it’s any different from lining up at Walmart with lines at 6 foot intervals. It’s just going to require planning from the track management and cooperation from the fans. The hard part is distancing and in the stands as well as beverage and food lines. It’s new territory and kind of a big deal with New Hampshire being the tip of the spear for a new regional reality. Hopefully they do it right and not like that Ace debacle.
    Congratulations New Hampshire. You’re getting it done with PPV first and now with fans.

  4. Imagine that.

  5. Fast Eddie says

    HHHHOOORRRAAAAYYYY!! Northeast race fans get to see some live racing this month! I know most here aren’t drag racing fans, but there’s a good event at New England Dragway next weekend and spectators can go. Now if Star Speedway is allowing spectators into their Opening Day race, it’s a nice double header. Their small block supers always put on a good race!

  6. How safe is your state?


  7. Bill Realist says

    Hopefully they cleared this with darealfauci first

  8. Anarchy 2020 says

    I think Dr. Fauci retired. Must be something else going on more important than the corona.

  9. “Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-disease expert, said Friday that it is a “danger” and “risky” for people to be gathering in large groups — whether at a Trump rally or a protest. Speaking on ABC News’s “Powerhouse Politics” podcast, Fauci said that if the gatherings take place, people should “make sure” to wear a mask.”

    And Trump rally tickets requires the following:

    “By clicking register below, you are acknowledging that an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present,” the waiver says.

    “By attending the Rally, you and any guests voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and agree not to hold Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.; BOK Center; ASM Global; or any of their affiliates, directors, officers, employees, agents, contractors, or volunteers liable for any illness or injury.”

    Hope that these NH events do not attract any outsiders than could bring in infection. NH has been very lucky, except southern NH.

  10. Mohoning Valley tonight at 6 streamed for $20 on Speed51.
    They don’t link with Roku so small screen with have to do.
    Hirshman on Mahoning
    “Being as small as it is, yet it’s several grooves wide. When you think of a track of this size as a quarter-mile or maybe even less around the inside, you would think of a bullring, possibly stop-and-go, a lot of banging and contact. It’s actually not at all like that, it’s a momentum racetrack, kind of like a big circle. There’s not a lot of gaps and breaks and it doesn’t produce a lot of contact either.
    “Passes aren’t typically made in one corner, there’s times where you may run five, ten laps side-by-side just to try and complete one pass. It’s really good, there’s a lot of side-by-side racing.
    “What I like about it is typically all the racing is good there in all the classes. The Street Stocks, Hobby Stocks, they get good car counts and the racing’s good,” he added. “I enjoy watching races there as much as I do competing.”

    Blewett, Hossfeld and Silk also invaders to take on a talented home field of modifieds.

  11. Anarchy 2020 says

    An 11 year old won the hobby stock race last night? They do things a little bit different in Pennsylvania I guess. Crazy if you ask me.

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