It is the jewel in the hearts of racing enthusiasts the world over – the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Nestled amongst the white mountains that line the state, this historic oval tracks welcomes thousands of racing fans each year.
From the world-class view from the top of the stands to the smell of dust and burning rubber as the cars thunder around the track, New Hampshire Motor Speedway is an experience like no other.
If your feet are itching for a new challenge, then this is the place to be. Since its opening in 1911, the track has welcomed drivers and spectators from across the US and around the world. It is one of the last surviving wooden tracks, having replaced its original surface with asphalt in 1957.
Here, we look into the physical size of NHMS and just how big is it really?
The location of New Hampshire is gorgeous – a vast expanse of white mountains that look as though they’re straight out of a Harry Potter movie. This is the kind of place that makes a fan out of anyone.
Located in the northern part of the state, the speedway is just a few minutes from the border with Canada. For the most part, the drive up to the track is peaceful and scenic. There are a few towns to pass through on the way, but for the most part, your trip will be uneventful. The trip to the top of Mount Washington is a bit more eventful, but still very doable in a day.
If you’re coming from the south, you will have to go through Boston to get to the track. The drive to the airport will go smoothly, but from the city you’ll have to navigate through the traffic and find your way to the exit. There is also an option for the less adventurous to take the T concourse directly to the airport.
There are five unique stretches of road that make up the track. Three of them – the Whites, the Blue Loop, and the Green Circle – are part of the National Park system. This means that you are not allowed to run a car on them unless you are accompanied by a certified guide. These are the most popular rides at New Hampshire Motor Speedway; they are completely surrounded by concrete walls, making them the perfect place for a photo shoot.
The other two – called the Backroads and the Buttonhook – feature much more open terrain. This means that you are free to race on them without restrictions.
The Backroads are named after the original dirt roads that lead to the top of Mount Washington. If you’ve never been there, then this is the part of the track that you need to see. This is the part of the track where legends are made.
The Buttonhook also leads to the top of Mount Washington. If you want to feel like a real racing enthusiast, then this is the part of the track that you need to visit. It’s a steep climb to the top and offers some incredible views of the surrounding area.
The Size Of The Track
As we mentioned above, New Hampshire Motor Speedway is an oval tracks. This means that it is a shaped like a circle rather than a rectangle. If you stand at the center and look at the outer parts of the track, then you will see that it is quite large.
The three-mile version of the track is officially referred to as the “short track” and is surrounded by a concrete wall. The lengthier the track, the more open space there is between the walls. This results in a lot of room for accidents and dangerous turns.
The total area that the track occupies is 45 acres. This makes it the largest outdoor sports stadium in New England. When you add in all the parking spaces, the total car count is around 45,000.
How Big Is It?
The grand total of this article is that New Hampshire Motor Speedway is 9.9 miles around. If you add this to a map it will be around 32.5 kilometers. That’s pretty big, but when you drive it feels like it’s a four-lane road the whole way. Even if it’s just a two-lane highway some of the time, it still feels like a long way to the top.
These are the distances and the size of the track in Google Maps:
- 0′ to 0′ – 0.0 miles
- 0′ to 1.1 miles – 1.1 miles
- 0′ to 1.9 miles – 1.9 miles
- 0′ to 2.8 miles – 2.8 miles
- 0′ to 3.7 miles – 3.7 miles
- 0′ to 4.6 miles – 4.6 miles
In case you were wondering, here are a few other interesting stats about New Hampshire Motor Speedway that might interest you:
- The grandstands can hold up to 60,000 people.
- Each grandstand has its own beer garden.
- There are 27 holes in one golf course at the speedway.
- The speedway opened in 1911 and has been recently renovated.
- There are 400 miles of hiking trails around Mount Washington. Many people take the long way up and bring their dogs with them so they can play in the snow.
- The speedway was named one of the top ten spectator sports events in the country by the American Institute of Stress.
So there you have it. This was an in-depth examination of how big New Hampshire Motor Speedway actually is. If you’re ever in the White Mountains, we highly recommend you pay a visit to this jewel in the heart of America.