McGrath looking ahead at New Hampshire Motor Speedway


NASCAR will be visiting the Granite State next weekend as they will head to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon for the Foxwood Resort Casino 301 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series along with NASCAR Xfinity Series, NASCAR K&N Pro Series, and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.  

New Hampshire Motor Speedway Executive Vice President/General Manager David McGrath talked to 22News about the event, “We’re thrilled to have a new sponsor to come on board with Foxwoods Resort Casino and renaming the race the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301. That just got announced back in late May. We’re thrilled with that new partnership and we think its just going to add a unique new element and its a great iconic New England brand and we couldn’t just be more thrilled to have such a wonderful organization involved with New Hampshire Motor Speedway.”

McGrath knows that NASCAR and the drivers will provide a wonderful race with the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series coming up on Sunday, July 22. 

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and American Canadian Tour Late Models will not be on the schedule for this year at the Magic Mile. On coming back in the future, McGrath told 22News that he never says never but he would say on the national side bringing back the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is a tougher hill to climb just based on their calendar as they were not part of the July NASCAR weekend but were part of it in September as that weekend moved to Las Vegas Motor Speedway. McGrath has not closed the door but knows its a tougher hill to climb. 

As far as the American Canadian Tour returning McGrath told 22News that it is not likely to return this season but can certainly look at them in the near future. 

A new event will be coming to New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the fall as it is the Full Throttle Fall Weekend with the Musket 250 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour along with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series and the first ever appearance in the U.S by the NASCAR Pinty Series with two great solid days of racing. They have been advertising for this event as the marketing team have been getting involved with other short tracks that started back in February at New Smyrna Speedway. They were at the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season opener at Myrtle Beach Speedway in South Carolina.  The marketing team has not backed off as they have been at New England tracks such as Stafford, Thompson, along with other tracks getting the word out to race fans about this event. 

“While that Cup event moved away, we’re still going to have a wonderful weekend of racing with three great series with the Pinty Series, K&N Pro Series East and of course the Whelen Modified Tour headlining the weekend so we know its going to be a great weekend for race fans all over the Northeast,” McGrath said.

McGrath agrees with the race fans that the modifieds are an awesome race to watch at The Magic Mile.  Fans will have the opportunity to see the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour three times coming up with the Whelen All-Star Shootout next Friday along with the Eastern Propane 100 lap race on Saturday along with the Musket 250 coming up in September.

One thing that will be coming to New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2019 is a Country Music Festival. 

“Certainly we’re excited about concerts and were excited about new and unique things that we bring to the property but you know we’re a race track and our focus will always be first and foremost on racing,” said McGrath.

McGrath believes that diversifying the property is a pretty normal standard business practice for a lot of major sporting events across the country and New Hampshire Motor Speedway is no different. The speedway has 1,100 acres of the most pristine beautiful property in the Northeast.  McGrath’s intentions are always to have great racing and bring in new thoughts and new possibilities to racing to the speedway. The other is find new events that aren’t racing. 

“Let’s use this property. Let’s create new things that we think can add a lot of impact to the region’s economy and to certainly the Capital region in general. That’s in our DNA and that’s what we’re gonna continue to do and the team is motivated to get that job done and that’s a great group and they’re always out there looking and feeling and seeing ok what’s next,” said McGrath. 

Fans from Western Massachusetts make the trip to New Hampshire Motor Speedway each year. That market is important to New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

“It’s critical. Every part of New England and especially a television market like the size of Springfield, we know there is a lot of race fans in that part of the country and that part of the state. That’s a big draw to us. This is the only stop up here in the Northeast where you can see the Monster Energy (NASCAR) Cup Series perform and so certainly pulling from that part of the country or state I should say is a very important part and as a kid that grew up in Massachusetts. I know how big into the market is out in Springfield and it’s a good size so a lot of folks out there and there race fans and there’s a lot of them. it’s very important to us,” said McGrath. 

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