New Hampshire Motor Speedway is a 1 mile oval with a 1.6 mile road course located near Loudon, New Hampshire; the oval is banked 12 degrees. In the course of a year, NHIS carries a full slate of SCCA regionals, an SCCA National, two NASCAR Busch Grand National North races, a NASCAR Winston Cup race, and various and sundry motorcycle races. The Pro races are all run on the oval; the primary users of the road course are the the SCCA, motorcycle races, and various marque and speciality clubs.
Much of the information in this page was contributed by Paul Czarnecki.
Last Updated: 2011-01-30
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NHIS is built on the site of the old Bryar Motorsports Park; the NHIS road course does not use any of the old Bryar track, although the outfield section somewhat resembles the corresponding section of the old track (albeit run in the opposite direction.)
Bryar opened as a kart track in 1960. A 1/5 mile dirt oval ran near the later paved tracks from 1961 to 1963; it was also refered to as Route 106 Midway Raceway. The 1.6 mile road course ran cars from 1964 to 1988, and motorcycles only in 1989. A paved 1/5 mile oval ran from 1965 through 1988, and a 5/8 mile paved oval from 1968 through 1988. A 1/4 mile paved dragstrip ran in the 1970s.
Bryar was purchased by Bob Bahre in 1989. The existing complex was dismantled and a the modern one mile paved oval and 1.6 mile paved road course were built on the site. The one mile oval opened on July 14th, 1990 and the road course opened the following year. The first NASCAR Winston Cup race was on July 11th, 1993.
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New Hampshire International Speedway
1122 Route 106 North
Loudon, NH 03307
New Hampshire International Speedway
P.O. Box 7888
Loudon, NH 03307-7888
603-783-9691 (administration fax)
There are presently two track maps available; one of the 1.6 mile road course based on the 1 mile oval, and one of the old Bryar Circuit.
This is the old Bryar circuit that was plowed under
and replaced by the new circuit:
The following map shows the road course and oval. Note that optionally, on either end of the oval the oval may be used instead of the infield road course, allowing three different road course configurations to be used.
The terraserver topo map view shows the old Bryar layout.
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Directions: Take 93N, 3N, Everett Turnpike N, 89S or whatever to get to Concord. Stay on 93N until exit 15 (gosh, I hope the number is right!, I'm usually on autopilot). Take Exit 15 to 393E. Take the 2nd exit to Route 106. At the light, turn left onto 106. The track is about 9 miles north on 106. Watch your speed when it briefly drops to 40 around the traffic light, you might be, uhh, late for registration. Stop at the 106 Beanstalk (on your left) for gas and munchies. The track is only about a mile north of it.
You can rent them by the event or by the season, by the season is cheaper, contact the track for details.
The paddock is half paved, half garaged, and half grass. The inner most paddock is LOCKED tight around 8PM. If you park in there, you will not be able to leave.
Bring plenty of brakes, you will need them. Make sure your brakes lines are also in tip top shape, we seriously crunch about 1 car a year at T3 due to brake failure. The workers all get a long lunch, emergency services gets to miss lunch, and a racer gets to build a new car. I'm serious, check your brakes.
Fluids can be dumped in the specified tanks. I know they take oil and antifreeze, there may be other places.
The media center is in the building between the restaurant and the front straight, just hope you aren't summoned there. ("Your appeal is not well founded and will not be heard")
The showers are hot and there are plenty of them. There are showers in the main paddock, the secondary inner paddock, and a few outside the oval. There is an airconditioned restaurant (The Checkered Flag) which serves all sorts of usual track food for breakfast and lunch. Race control and T&S are also air conditioned. The bathrooms are very clean.
Race control is at the top of the enormous grandstands, take the elevator to 2, out onto the roof, straight through the door and it is the first room on the left. Tech is located in the \"new\" garages, right behind victory lane. Grid is located at Pit Out but there is talk of changing it. Race medical is inside Nascar 4, T&S is right behind it. Sound readings are posted there. Green course is usually 8:30 or 9:00 both on Saturdays and Sundays.
The inner most paddock is LOCKED tight around 8PM. If you park in there, you will not be able to leave. Some workers camp on the ashpalt, some on the grass, and some outside the oval, just behind the buildings outside the tunnel.
You may wish to search for hotels around Concord as well as Loudon.
The Eggshell restaurant is around the corner from the Beanstalk on 106; it is rumored to be both good and cheap.
For more restaurtants, take 106 South until just before 393. There is a popular place on your left, looks like seafood since they have anchors and nets and stuff outside. Continue just past 393 and immediately turn right on 9. In a couple of miles you hit restaurant city. Vinos and the Chinese place are popular racer hangouts. The Red Lobster, well, this is New England, you can do a lot better for a lot less if you want seafood.
If you keep going straight, and eventually make a right (sorry I can remember the cross street) you will be in a mini mall where you can buy food and beer and wine (no beer and wine sales between 11PM and 6AM). This is also exit 14 off of 93.
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