LOUDON, NEW HAMPSHIRE – JULY 18: Aric Almirola, driver of the #10 Smithfield Ford, takes the checkered flag to win the NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 18, 2021 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) | Getty Images
Of course, NASCAR weekends at “The Magic Mile” are known for their fast cars, squealing tires and the roar of 40 of the world’s best drivers flying down the straight; but this year it’s the off-road entertainment at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) that will make this race weekend unforgettable.
From a chainsaw carver to a comedic gunfight in the Wild West, New England’s only NASCAR weekend will provide a fun schedule of family entertainment options for all ages. The free entertainment begins on Wednesday July 13 and continues until Sunday July 17. The entertainment program includes:
The Groove Fan Hangout
New for 2022, The Groove is the ultimate meeting place to mingle with friends, family and fellow racing fans. Located in the Fan Zone, The Groove will feature DJs, a mechanical bull, a selfie station and plenty of live entertainment, plus comfy sofas to relax on while taking in all the sights. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
Open Wednesday through Sunday during race week, fans can enjoy bingo, trivia and karaoke. DJ Nazzy and the Flying Ivories Dueling Pianos will be hosting the party throughout the weekend.
Elm City Party Bike
Good times, good exercise and lots of fun! The Elm City Party Bike is New England’s first and foremost pedal-powered party and touring bike. Racing fans can enjoy a fun, social and relaxing way to explore NHMS property – from The Groove, around the Fan Zone, to The Flat Track and back – while exercising or having a snack or drink of their choice. The best part? It’s BYOB!
Elm City Party bike tours will cruise Broadway Thursday through Sunday of race week. Each tour lasts around 10-12 minutes, so gather your riding partners and head to The Groove to sign up for a ride.
A true audio and visual experience, fan-favorite AC/DC tribute band Dirty Deeds invite racing fans to experience two hours of pure rock ‘n’ roll escapism as they take to the stage Saturday from 8-10 p.m. paying homage to one of the greatest bands of our time. The concert will take place on the Embrace Home Loans Entertainment stage in lot S2.
Family movie night
Race fans can get their favorite popcorn and snacks and find their seats in the grandstands or get cozy on a blanket on the grassy hill to enjoy “Sing 2” on the field screens. “The Magic Mile” movie night is scheduled for an 8 p.m. Thursday start.
Jim the magician
A professional entertainer and member of the Society of American Magicians, Jim the Magician will entertain and amaze New England racing fans with his magical skills. After honing his craft for more than three decades, the Massachusetts magician will wow crowds with his magic up close and other tricks from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the Fan Zone.
“The Machine” Jesse Green
World-renowned master chainsaw carver and star of National Geographic’s prime-time global television series “American Chainsaw,” “The Machine” Jesse Green will be showcasing his talents throughout the weekend of race by sculpting a life-size Milo the Moose. “The Machine” will take up residence in the Fan Zone, keeping fans – and its saws – buzzing with excitement all weekend long.
Yeah ! With their own brand of western humour, the Gunfighters have been entertaining the public since 1978. Racing fans can catch a good Wild West comedy shootout all weekend at NHMS. The satirical showdown is set to take place in the Fan Zone, with offbeat comedy shows scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
If on-track action isn’t enough to rev your engine, how about some high-flying extreme pogo? XPogo, a group of aerial artists who currently hold 14 Guinness World Records, will bring the world’s best extreme pogo entertainment to Loudon. Is another record in the cards? Don’t miss the XPogo performances in the Fan Zone on Saturday and Sunday to find out.
Live at the edge of the track
Racing fans can start their day with Trackside Live on Saturday at 10 a.m. and Sunday at 10:45 a.m. The hour-long show, hosted on the Embrace Home Loans Entertainment stage and hosted by Jose Castillo, will feature guest appearances from drivers , special guests and much more. Click here for the full schedule and guest list.
Robert Castillo’s BMX Freestyle Team
Witness the high-flying two-wheeled action of the ultimate BMX stunt show experience all weekend long. Robert Castillo’s BMX Freestyle Team will wow the crowd with stunts and balance tricks on their rigged two-wheeled machines. Check them out in the Fan Zone all day Saturday and Sunday.
More fun in the fan zone
Before the green flag flies, the Fan Zone is THE place to be all weekend. Located in Lot S2, the Fan Zone activities will be on full display Friday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. as well as Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Racing fans can test their physical agility in the Black Ops inflatable obstacle course, get a hole-in-one on the mini-golf course, play bocce and classic carnival games with their friends, ride on the LED Ferris wheel, get an airbrush tattoo, and check out the Rolling Video Games of New Hampshire mobile video game trailer.
Rock Point Viewing Area
Added in 2021, Rock Point is an open viewing area with lawn games, picnic tables and a cash bar perched atop a beautifully landscaped area at Turn Four. It’s the perfect place for racing fans to cheer on their favorite drivers with their friends as they smash the throttle and race to the finish line. Rock Point is open Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. The area will close after the checkered flag each evening.
Race fans looking to fuel up for the race can stop by the food court behind the main grandstands for delicious take-out options, race weekend favorites and more. The food court will be open Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. until the checkered flag for the Ambetter 301 NASCAR Cup Series race.
NHMS has great entertainment for racing fans on The Flat Track, with a giant pong and corn hole, plus a bouncy house and DJ Ricky Lee (from 6 p.m.) during Friday Night Dirt Duels presented by New England Racing Fuel. The party starts at 5 p.m.
Atlas fireworks and poison shot
At The Flat Track, once the final checkered flag flies on Friday Night Dirt Duels presented by New England Racing Fuel, Atlas Fireworks will stage an incredible fireworks display before Shot of Poison takes the stage. Atlas Fireworks is set to light up the sky around 9 p.m., followed by a 35th anniversary tribute to the greatest rock and roll band of all time, Poison. Shot of Poison will head to The Flat Track stage for a 90-minute performance after the fireworks.
Be sure to check out NHMS.com/Events/NASCAR-Cup-Series/Fan-Entertainment/ for more information on all of these features and more.
Log on to NHMS.com for tickets and more information on the weekend’s action-packed racing lineup. Tickets for Friday Night Dirt Duels presented by New England Racing Fuel are just $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. Double Saturday tickets start at just $45 for adults while kids 12 and under are free. Sunday Ambetter 301 tickets start at just $59 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under.
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