Like to Drive Really Fast? Try the NASCAR Experience in Loudon, NH
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Are you like me and love to hit the pedal to the metal whenever you get the chance? Speed demons is what we are called.
We can't help it, because it's in our DNA. Thank goodness for motor racing, so we can watch other professional speed demons race to the bitter end.
Sunday afternoons watching the NASCAR Cup Series is a habit in our house. It's like traditional Sunday family dinners, except it's in front of a TV and usually there's a cold beverage and wings involved. Does this sound familiar? I thought so.
Your local NH speedway can hook you up.
Lucky for us, we live near the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH. NHMS hosts many races, but the big weekend is the NASCAR Xfinity and Cup Races in July.
This year, the race weekend is July 16 & 17. Capacity seating at the speedway is 76,000, so as you can imagine, there are people everywhere during the weekend. The cool thing about racing is that many people can get close to the drivers for pre-race festivities.
What do you do if you don't like crowds, but love to drive fast and watch racing?
That's easy. Twice each summer, NHMS offers the NASCAR Driving Experience, which is your opportunity to drive a stock car on the same oval the celebrity drivers speed around on.
"The Magic Mile" as it's called, can be YOUR Magic Mile. Imagine suiting up in a real race fire suit nd adding a race helmet with ear bud and microphone so the organizers can talk to you.
This summer, the two dates for the racing experience are May 28 and August 20.
It's not cheap, but could be the perfect gift for the "hard to buy for" person in your life. There are restrictions, but you can find out more at NHMS.com. Gift cards are available too.
There are many racing experiences at NHMS, but this is the only NASCAR Experience. If you like other forms of racing, check out Penguin Road Racing School, Xtreme Xperience, Team O'Neil Rally School, and the Sports Car Driving Association. All are listed here.
There's also a Motorcycle Week for a totally different type of speed demon.
Feed your need for speed. They may not be Next Gen. cars, but it's as close as we're going to get.