In July, a NASCAR Cup Series race is held at the speedway, about a half-hour drive from Weirs Beach. Close to 100,000 people attend the 300-lap race around the 1 mile oval. In 2018, the 26th annual summer NASCAR race will be held Sunday, July 22nd.
As sponsors change, the name of the race and the NASCAR trophy itself changes. Currently, the summer race is called the New Hampshire 301; and the trophy is called the Sprint Cup.
After 21 years, the fall NASCAR cup race, the New England 300, was discontinued in 2017. However, on September 21-22, 2018, a replacement event will be held. This inaugural “Full Throttle” weekend will include several different NASCAR-sanctioned events.
Click here for some great aerial photos of the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, taken during the July 1, 2007 race.
Below, photos of the race course, taken on September 24, 2017, on the day of the last New England 300 race. Taken early in the day, before the race crowd filled in.