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NASCAR Race at NHMS Loudon, New Hampshire

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NHMS NASCAR Race Schedule

 

 

The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series 15th annual LENOX Industrial Tools 300  races at New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon, NH on July 2007.....

 

This year, we stayed at the track as we had purchased NHMS "L" Lot camping passes. We ended up with a decent camp site, and for the most part, the neighbors were nice and the L lot was quiet. Normally the race in July is very loud, but the weather was cool and the air was dry, so people were a bit calmer than they normally are when the weather is hot and steamy The relaxing smell of campfires filled the air on the cool nights at NHMS's L Lot. The cool, dry air also made it comfortable for sleeping This was definitely one of our better trips to the L Lot camping area at NHMS.

 

Thursday's events at NHMS included qualifying for both, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour New England 100, and the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series New England 125. We we're unable to attend these events at NHMS.

 

Friday's races at NHMS included the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Qualifying for the 15th annual Lenox Industrial Tools 300 and also the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series New England 125 race. These events tend to be more enjoyable at NHMS because there are not as many people in the grandstands and you can spread out a little bit.

 

Saturday's events at NHMS included NASCAR Busch Series qualifying for the Camping World 200, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour New England 100 race and the NASCAR Busch Series Camping World 200. Kevin Harvick won the Camping World 200. During the race, Eric McClure lost his brakes and his car was sent high on top of the turn 3 and turn 4 safer barriers and traveled on top of the wall backwards almost all the way around both of the turns (see photos). This is approximately the same place that Adam Petty and Kenny Irwin died at NHMS in the past. Both Adam Petty and Kenny Irwin died when their throttles stuck on their cars in two separate incidents.

 

 

On Sunday, we spent the morning and early afternoon with the Magic Mile Club at NHMS. This was something that we weren't too sure about when we bought the tickets because of the lack of information on the NHMS website about these tickets. At the time of this report, the tickets cost $150.00 each, in addition to your race ticket (you must have both to get in the hospitality area where the club is). When we bought the tickets, we had no idea what to expect. We learned quickly that the tickets are worth the money. When you first arrive at the NHMS magic Mile Club tent, you are greeted by very nice people and are handed a bag with all kinds of race stuff, magazines, t-shirt, cap, race program and other misc. items. Breakfast and lunch are offered at no additional cost, lunch is catered. Drinks are all no additional charge, even the beer :). One thing we did notice is that is it best to get there early because of seating. The tables are large enough for about 6 people. The problem is that most groups of people that attend this together are couples or groups of 3 or 4 people, so you will end up sitting at a table with someone you don't know and there are a lot of tables with one seat left. After we figured that out it wasn't too bad and the food was great. We then joined the walking tour of the infield. This is where the confusion started with us because we thought the infield was in the center of the track, the garage area, etc. It was actually a walking tour through pit road, with things in the infield explained as you go down pit road. We were able to see the pit crews, toolboxes, and race cars up close. Be sure to check our photo page to get a better idea of what you get to see. After the pit tour (infield tour) was over, we were allowed to sign the wall at the end of the front straightaway and then we were directed back to the start finish line to exit the track and back to the tent for lunch. On our way back, we were walking by the Budweiser tent and saw Dale Earnhardt Jr who was speaking to the crowd there, that was it for us, the tickets had paid for themselves... and then some! Go Dale!

 

After we left the Magic Mile Club tent, we headed to the stands for the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series 15th annual Lenox Industrial Tools 300 race. The race was not as exciting as it usually is, but I think Dale Jr. predicted it right when he told his pit crew to get ready for a lot of green flag racing because "I don't expect too many cautions today." Well, he predicted right, the race went with only a handful of yellow flags and he did well, coming in 4th place, Martin Truex Jr. came in 3rd, Jeff Gordon came in 2nd (one more lap and he might have taken 1st), and Denny Hamlin took the checkered flag with his 2 worn tires.

 

See the Photo Gallery of this trip!

 

 

Before You go to The Track!

 

 

Fast Facts About This Trip:
The Good:
  • NASCAR racing!
  • People watching... Always a good laugh!
The Bad:
  • The traffic in and out of NHMS
The Ugly:
  • The men's' bathrooms were way too crowded! Some people were in line for over 50 laps of the Lenox Industrial Tools 300. Others found relief behind dumpsters, trucks and vendor stands. A few actually ventured into the woman's bathroom, where there were no lines. Some people blamed the cool weather for the excessive bathroom lines stating that people don't have to go as often when it's hot because you sweat more. I'm not a medical professional, so I don't know the answer to this question. I do know that the men's bathroom lines were outrageously long! I hope that NHMS is going to address this issue.
Tips to Remember:
  • Men - During Sunday's race, don't drink too much beer unless you want to stand in the lines for the bathroom for an extra long time!
  • There ARE showers at NHMS! They are near turn 2. There are only 5, so go there early am or late at night or the lines are huge!
  • Ice is expensive there (worth every penny when you need it though). We bring some with us to the track but it doesn't last long! The ice truck delivers ice throughout the camping area's main roads all day starting early am.  They also have a tent set up in the L lot on the main pathway in case you missed the truck.
  • Septic and water services for camping trailers are available in the camping areas. We use the outhouses so never used these services, but I can imagine they are good services when you need them.
  • Be prepared for a long wait to leave the track, especially if you have a camper and try to leave right after the race. Better to stay late or until the next day.
  • There are two gas stations and stores just outside the track property on Rt. 106, at the South gate of NHMS. It's about a mile walk from the L lot... not bad, but bring your wagon for beer, ice and anything else you wouldn't want to carry for a mile!

 

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