NHRA New England Nationals Update
March 26, 2020
To Our Loyal New England Dragway Fans:
All of us at New England Dragway understand the COVID-19 outbreak is currently disrupting your lives. We are sensitive to the concerns and uncertainty felt by individuals and businesses as our nation combats what we all hope to be a short-term outbreak. We are closely monitoring the situation, as well as guidance available from state and local officials. We remain confident life will return to normal and we remain committed to providing a safe and secure environment for racers and race fans alike.
We recognize NHRA’s decision to cancel the 2020 New England Nationals is a huge disappointment to our loyal fans. It's a significant disappointment for New England Dragway as well. We were initially approached by NHRA to consider the possibility of postponing the event. During a special meeting of the Board of Directors, representatives of the NHRA outlined their concerns and expressed that the issue was a time sensitive matter. With the event being five months away, the Board intended to gather more information, allow the situation to develop, and make an informed decision closer to the time of the event. The Board felt a decision to postpone was premature and notified NHRA that it wished to hold off on making a decision for 30 days. Obviously, that did not happen. We want to stress the decision to cancel the event was made entirely by NHRA and against the wishes of New England Dragway.
Even though this was not a New England Dragway decision, we apologize to those who have supported us over the years. We put significant effort into our events to provide an unmatched experience. Your passion and loyalty have helped us provide the best motor sports entertainment possible. You can be assured we will continue to work hard to ensure that tradition continues here at New England Dragway.
We also want to thank our brave first responders, exceptional medical professionals, and the resolve of each and every one of you as we overcome this challenge and work to restore normalcy to our lives.
New England Dragway, Inc.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Are coolers allowed?
A. Yes. Coolers must measure 14" or less, about the size of a 6 pack of water, and must be able to fit underneath your seat. NO glass is allowed.
Q. Is alcohol allowed?
A. No. The Town of Epping bylaws prohibit alcohol at New England Dragway with one exception. During the NHRA New England Nationals, the track is permitted to set up a beer garden for that event. All alcohol must be consumed within the garden.
Q. Are glass bottles permitted?
A. No. Glass bottles are not permitted on the property.
Q. Can we bring umbrellas?
A. No. Due to safety reasons, umbrellas are not allowed inside the gates.
Q. Are dogs allowed?
A. Although not recommended, dogs are allowed at the track except for during the NHRA New England Nationals. However, dogs must be kept on a leash at all times as required by New Hampshire law. Once again, please note that with an exception for service animals, NO DOGS are allowed at the NHRA New England Nationals.
Q. When do gates open?
A. Street night: gates open at 5pm and racing will start at 6pm
Track rental: gates open at 11am and racing will start at 1pm
Most weekends: gates open at 8am and racing will start at 9am
Q. Can I operate my drone at the track?
A. No one may operate a drone inside the facility without prior permission from the track's general manager. When requesting to fly a drone anywhere on New England Dragway property the operator must provide the FAA Registration Number for the aircraft, as well as a current FAA UAV Pilot Certificate, and liability insurance that names New England Dragway, Inc. as additionally insured. At no time may a drone be operated over the active race surface or above the grandstands. All drone operation must be in compliance with FAA regulations.
Q. Can I take photographs or video at the track?
A. Everyone is welcome to take photographs or video at the track. However, only credentialed media representatives may access restricted areas. Photographs and videos are for personal use only and may not be sold.
Q. Is smoking allowed?
A. Smoking is allowed on the property. You may NOT smoke in the grandstands (this includes electronic cigarettes, hookahs, etc.). Please exercise caution when walking near our wooden gas shack building. We also ask that you do not smoke while interacting with staff at any of our buildings.
Q. Are stadium seats allowed?
A. Stadium seats are not allowed during NHRA New England Nationals.
Q. Can we tailgate?
A. Yes, as long as you are following all other track rules and respecting your surroundings. This means you may not disrupt others, take up a surplus amount of space, etc.
Q. Can I purchase tickets ahead of time?
A. Street night: tickets are bought at the pit gate day of
Most weekends: tickets are bought at the pit gate day of
Major events: tickets usually go on sale a month or two before the event, if not sooner. You can find tickets for major events here.