LOUDON, N.H. – When the green flag drops at New Hampshire Motor Speedway next spring, American Flat Track will give race fans a new reason to enjoy the thrill of racing in Loudon.
Construction crews are already hard at work on a brand-new racing surface, and in just a few weeks, the dirt and clay will be transformed into an exciting racing venue.
“Each year the facility hosts the oldest motorcycle race in America, the Loudon Classic, which is nearing its 100-year anniversary. New Hampshire Motor Speedway is adding an electrifying new chapter of two-wheeled racing to our summertime line-up,” said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
“It’s astonishing how much action can be packed onto a quarter-mile flat track when these pro riders enter the arena. We can’t wait to host American Flat Track, and I’m confident this will quickly become a fan favorite.”
The Laconia Short Track will feature AFT on June 15 during Laconia Motorcycle Week. AFT Twins and AFT Singles classes will compete in a full race program, including heat races, semis and a main event.
It will co-headline the racing action at New Hampshire alongside the 96th running of the Loudon Classic, the longest running motorcycle race in America, on June 16.
Known as the fastest-growing sport on two wheels, AFT has added multiple new venues to its 2019 schedule to accommodate its growing fan base. With over three million viewers tuning into the sport, AFT plans to capitalize on the partnership with NHMS to further this momentum.
“We look forward to kicking up some dirt at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2019,” said Cameron Gray, COO of American Flat Track Events. “We are bringing the American Flat Track experience to where our fans are, and New Hampshire is home to many devoted AFT fans. Working together to design and develop this racetrack means we can guarantee some truly exciting, wheel-to-wheel action that will excite fans and riders alike.”
Located directly behind the North East Motor Sports Museum, crews are turning roughly 186,095 square feet of ground and 3,000 tons of clay to build the 0.25-mile track.
Construction on ‘The Flat Track’ began in early October and is expected to take three months to complete, depending on winter weather conditions.
The weekend of on-track racing will be accompanied by off-track entertainment with Katancha, featuring live music, interactive displays and demo rides for motorcycle enthusiasts, as well as new camping options which will soon be rolled out at New Hampshire Motor Speedway during Laconia Motorcycle Week.
‘The Flat Track’ will become the fourth racing surface to be added to New Hampshire Motor Speedway, which already includes the famed 1.058-mile NASCAR oval, 1.6-mile road course and a quarter-mile mini-oval.