LOUDON, N.H. – It was the first ever race under the lights at New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s newest racing surface, The Flat Track, and race fans and NASCAR drivers packed the area to enjoy the first Friday Night Dirt Duels presented by New England Racing Fuel. The night was headlined by the U.S. Legend Cars International and the USAC Dirt Midget Association racing on the 0.25-mile dirt track as an added family-friendly event to the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 weekend.
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers Corey LaJoie and Daniel Hemric raced in the 35-lap U.S. Legend Cars International feature event while fellow Cup Series driver Ryan Blaney served as Grand Marshal, but it was Chris Transeau who took home the win, which came with $2,000, which is the largest legends purse in the Northeast this season.
Ryan Newman, Bubba Wallace and Michael McDowell, who are all in town for the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 on Sunday on the 1.058-mile speedway, joined their fellow Cup Series drivers to enjoy the night of short track racing.
The 30-lap USAC Dirt Midget Association race marked their first appearance at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and it was Seth Carlson who took the win.
The Flat Track, located directly behind the North East Motor Sports Museum, 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. Construction began last fall, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony took place on June 6, 2019. Motorcycles were the first to race on the new surface on June 15 when American Flat Track, “America’s Original Extreme Sport,” took over the venue during Laconia Motorcycle Week.
For ticket information for all 2019 events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, including the July 19-21 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 race weekend and the September 20-21 Full Throttle Fall Weekend, visit the speedway website at NHMS.com or call Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931.
About U.S. Legend Cars International
U.S. Legend Cars International Inc. and INEX are a subsidiary of Speedway Motorsports Inc. (NYSE: TRK) and are the exclusive manufacturer and sanctioning body for the legend car, bandolero car and thunder roadster. USLCI is the largest race car manufactory in the world, while INEX is the third largest sanctioning body. This series is an attempt to fight the high costs involved in racing, and the rules are strictly enforced to ensure fair competition and cost control. U.S. Legend Cars International hosts a worldwide dealer network featuring over 50 exclusive dealers across the United States. They’ve also expanded into over 29 different countries.
About USAC Dirt Midget Association
The series was formed after seeing a need to bring affordable dirt midget racing back to the Northeast area. The USAC DMA offers a great way to race top notch racecars while keeping a budget friendly division top priority. The series has a very diverse group of drivers and car owners from rookies to seasoned veterans from all disciplines of racing. To learn more about the USAC Dirt Midget Association, please visit the series website at USACDMA.com or on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/
-New Hampshire Motor Speedway Press Release
-Photo credit: NHMS/Alan MacRae