NHMS Gets New Laconia Short Track Event

LOUDON, NH – The June 15 date for a new American Flat Track event in New Hampshire in 2019 was already known, but now a venue has been announced. New Hampshire Motor Speedway will be the host on a track that’s currently under construction.

According to a press release, work began in October on a loop that will be known simply as “The Flat Track.”

Located behind the North East Motor Sports Museum, the 0.25-mile track will cover roughly 186,095 square feet of ground and will require 3,000 tons of clay. Depending on the weather, construction should take three months.

Courtesy: American Flat Track

“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 new event will known as the Laconia Short Track and will occur during Laconia Motorcycle Week. It will consist of AFT Twins and AFT Singles classes and will include heat races, semis and the main event. Laconia Short Track will co-headline with the 96th running of the Loudon Classic on June 16.

As announced in mid-October, the American Flat Track season for 2019 will consist of 20 events on 18 dates. The season begins on March 14 with the Daytona TT at Daytona International Speedway and ends with the Meadowlands Mile in East Rutherford, NJ. On July 6, there’s the New York Short Track event in Weedsport, NY, giving the northeast three events on the seven-month circuit.

“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.”

Tickets for the Laconia Short Track will be available in the coming weeks at the American Flat Track website.

– By Bud Wilkinson

About Bud Wilkinson

Bud Wilkinson writes the "RIDE-CT" motorcycle column and the "My Ride" classic car feature in the "Republican-American" newspaper in Waterbury, CT. A graduate of Vermont Academy, he received a B.A. degree journalism from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1975. He is the recipient of a Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Award in 1992 and a 1991-92 regional Emmy Award for commentary. He currently rides a 1987 BMW R 80 RT and a 2014 Triumph Bonneville and drives a 2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata and 2008 Ford Ranger pickup.