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Sep 16, 2016 10:17 PM

NHMS revving up to host 'Chase for the Cup' race

LOUDON - The second NASCAR race of the year is around the corner, and crews at the track are preparing for would should be a competitive contest.

"It is going to be an absolutely crazy time," said David McGrath, General Manager at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. "These guys actually will go after is so much harder than you saw them go after it in July."

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase for the Cup officially begins this Sunday in Chicago. One week later, drivers will head to Loudon for the second of ten races in the championship series.

"They all want to win, they all want to get that win to advance to the next round," McGrath said. "You're going to see some intense action."

McGrath said there are a few tricks to mastering the track, which is known as the "Miracle Mile." It's notorious for being flat and fast, and he had a few words of advice about it -- before this reporter got behind the wheel of a stock car to find out exactly what it takes to be successful there.

"Smooth is the key in racing," he said. "When you come down the front stretch, you let off nice and easy and as you roll through the corner, you roll back on the throttle, nice and easy, and you'll pick up that speed. It's a flat track. It only has seven degrees of banking, so it's all about smoothness and the way you handle the track."

Beyond the race itself, McGrath said there are a few new attractions for fans, including improvements to the Champions Club hospitality area in the infield near turn one.

"We listened to the fan feedback on some things that we did that they wanted to see improved," he said.

These include food and better sight lines to the track itself. He also said racing champion Jeff Gordon will make an appearance for club ticket holders.

Other events part of race weekend include the inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Chase for the Cup race on Saturday, and a live Cheap Trick concert on Sunday at 11 a.m. on the front stretch of the track.

McGrath said there are still admission tickets available. There are also tickets still available for NH1's Ultimate Tailgate Party at NHMS.

And as far as winners go, McGrath is already predicting Toyota driver Denny Hamlin will be in Victory Lane at the end of the day.

"I think number eleven is going to pull it off," he said. "He's strong, and the Joe Gibbs racing team have really hit their marks of late. They're going to be hard to beat."

The green flag flies for the New Hampshire 300 on Sunday, September 25 at 2 p.m.

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