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Loudon is a 1.058 mile oval that is shaped like a paper clip. How appropriate the track has earned the nickname of “The Paper Clip.” It's also called "The Magic Mile," though it has no relation to David Copperfield.
That said, you might need to be a magician to get around this place. It requires good handling and better breaks. The track is just 65 feet wide; so, passing requires skill, and finding trouble isn’t that difficult. Good pit stops will be an even bigger priority because track position is huge. This is a race that can be dominated, with Jeff Burton winning wire to wire one year.
That said, there have been nine different winners at Loudon over the last five years. Even though this is the second Chase race, there remains a better than normal chance for a younger driver to break through. Now some facts from the track's website to impress your friends with Sunday afternoon as ESPN provides broadcast coverage.
- New Hampshire’s straightaways are 1500 feet.
- Banking is twelve degrees in the corner and two degrees in the straightaways.
- The track opened in 1990 and hosted its first NASCAR race in 1993.
- Juan Pablo Montoya set the qualifying speed record with a pace of 133 miles an hour.
- Jeff Burton has the best average race finish with a speed of 117 miles an hour.
- Kasey Kahne won the first race here earlier in the year.
- Denny Hamlin has the best average finish at Loudon.
- Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and Mark Martin have the second through fifth best average finishes.
- Jeff Burton has four wins here.
- Kurt Busch, Gordon, Stewart, Ryan Newmann and Jimmie Johnson have won here three times.
- Clint Bowyer have won here twice.
- The track hosted the largest sporting event in the history of New Hampshire.
- You are not allowed to have a bicycle in the grandstand area, but you can in the infield.
- No skateboards anywhere.
- More than 1.5 million cubic yards of dirt were moved during construction
- 30,000 cubic yards of ledge was blasted during construction of Turn 3 on the 1.058 mile oval
- There is seven miles of water pipes at the track.