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    2019 Northeast Track Day Reference thread


    This thread replicates one that I've been posting on another forum for the past few years. It's intended as a handy reference for track info and provider schedules, as well as a place for the community to share which days they'll be attending and the group they'll be riding in.

    Veterans won't find anything they don't already know, but hopefully those new to the track might get some value from it.

    Suggestions welcome.


    The current schedule/attendance post is always near the bottom of the thread.


    Track Days 2019





    It's WAY WAY more fun to do a track day when you hang out with others. So let's try to line up our schedules so we can do that, and make an effort to arrive at the same time so we can pit together.



    What's new:


    - TTD returns to Loudon for one day in August.
    - Fishtail is running Tamworth.
    - A dispute between TPM and NJMP means TPM won't be hosting days in New Jersey (info current January 2019). N2 is running NJMP.
    - Added track info for Loudon (TTD, Penguin and Fishtail), Pocono (TPM), Canaan (Penguin) and Tamworth (Fishtail).

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    Re: 2019 Northeast Track Day Reference thread

    All the track info is here....





    Palmer Motorsports Park, Palmer, MA
    Palmer Motorsports Park

    There are sound limits at this track. You have been warned. Hasn't been a big deal, but if you've got one of those stupid-loud megaphone exhausts, you might have a really short day.

    Palmer is... is... well, just LOOK at it! How can you NOT want to ride here? Massive elevation change including a Laguna Seca-like diving turn.

    Super-cool drone video .... worth watching!







    Steely-eyed missile man and TTD instructor Paul Duval gives us a narrated lap:




    Reverse direction, blue (second fastest) group:



    Reverse with notes (car-specific but overall it does look useful)



    Facilities: There is garage space available, rented per bay. You can fit four bikes in a bay. The full garage building is $50/day, while the open-sided "carport" along the pit all is $40/day. Garage has power. You're supposed to reserve at the Palmer website: Go here Palmer Motorsports Park and click through to find your event. It's pretty casual, so no biggie if you mess up.

    There's a shower/rest room building. Showers are around back. There are also porta-potties... it's a big paddock. A bicycle comes in handy especially if you rent a garage.

    Note: If you're looking at track maps, note that the turn numbers are not consistent. For our purposes, the left hander at the bottom of the hill after pit-out is Turn 2. The Turn 4/5 complex is the climbing left-right S. The diving left-hander is Turn 7. The big banked right-hand carousel is Turn 9, aka The Bowl.





    Thompson Speedway, Thompson, CT
    Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park | The northeastís premier motorsports and entertainment destination

    Facilities: Thompson has garage space with power for rent (2018 price was $25/bike, reservations not needed, pay at the gate), showers, fuel on-site ($$$) and is easily the best track for spectators. Fun, point-and-shoot.

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    "Normal" clockwise direction, narrated by Ken Condon



    "Reverse" counterclockwise (which I think is more fun.... ijs...)




    New York Safety Track, Harpersfield, NY

    In addition to renting the facility out to track day organizations like TTD and TPM, NYST runs its own track days. Those dates are not shown in this thread. Visit the NYST site for details.

    NYST | New York Safety Track

    Great track overall, with really nice flow and variety.

    NYST runs both directions: "Uptown" is counterclockwise, "Downtown" is clockwise.

    Faciliites: Showers, but no garages. Word has it that limited power is available and there are rumors of it spreading but I don't know any details. The paddock can be a bit challenging and is very crowded. The lower area is not level and the upper area by the building is nothing but a strip of pavement with people parked on both edges.

    If you ride with TTD, camping is included in your fee. If you attend a "native" NYST day, they'll hit you up for $20 per night. They don't tell you that in advance....


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    Uptown:



    Downtown:




    New Jersey Motorsports Park, Millville, NJ

    New Jersey Motorsports Park | Millville, NJ

    As of January 2019, long-time incumbent TPM no longer hosts track days at NJMP. N2 is your source now. See the schedule post at the bottom of the thread.

    NJMP hosts MotoAmerica, and is spectator-friendly. I've not done a track day here, but did a couple of parade laps of the Thunderbolt circuit when I saw the late-season MotoAmerica race with Ben a couple of years ago. The track has nice flow and looks like it'd be a hoot at speed. I don't know the garage situation for track days. Heads-up if you're trailering from the north: Getting across the Hudson with a trailer can be expensive, depending on which bridge you use. The farther north you can do it, the better.





    Thunderbolt:



    Lightning:






    Now you have Bohemian Rhapsody stuck in your head. You're welcome. :rotflmao:


    New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, NH

    https://www.nhms.com//


    NHMS was for many years the only road course available to bikes in the Northeast. It's got real "character," with some noteworthy bumps and such. It's a combined oval and road course with excellent facilities including free garage space with power. This is where pretty much all of the racing in the Northeast takes place.



    Looking into onboard videos... stay tuned.



    Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, PA

    https://www.poconoraceway.com


    As of January 2019, this is the only track where Team ProMotion hosts track days. I believe it's always on the East course, white in the map below.

    This is one of NASCAR's gigantic tri-ovals. Been there once many years ago, don't know about facilities.

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    Looking into onboard videos... stay tuned.


    Canaan Motor Club, Canaan, NH

    http://www.canaanmotorclub.com


    I understand that this track is very tight and technical. Never been there.



    Forum software is limiting me to 10 embedded videos per post, so here's a raw link for Club:

    https://youtu.be/dlMAFNrAsvM



    Club Motorsports, Tamworth NH

    http://clubmotorsports.com/


    Currently only Fishtail is hosting track days here.

    This is another noise-sensitive track. Get a db killer, put the stock exhaust back on your bike, whatever... make it quiet or you're going home. Bitching about it won't help.

    Another beautiful new track with big elevation change... a "right proper road course" that makes you feel like you're going somewhere.

    Track map can be downloaded here:
    http://clubmotorsports.com/_pdfs/ClubMotorsportsMap.pdf




    Onboard video:
    https://youtu.be/ILHdWUxZurw

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    Re: 2019 Northeast Track Day Reference thread

    Fishtail 2019 schedule.

    NHMS
    Monday April 29th
    Monday May 20th
    Friday June 7th. (Cop day)
    Monday July 29th
    Monday September 9th
    Monday October 7th

    Canaan Motorsports Park
    Sunday May 26
    Saturday & Sunday July 20, 21

    Palmer Motorsports Park
    Monday Aug 26

    Club Motorsports, Inc.
    Monday & Tuesday June 10, 11


    Yep Tamworth baby!!

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    Re: 2019 Northeast Track Day Reference thread

    Wow. That's a lot of information.

    I know your not promoting one track or organization directly, but Tony and Eric might have an issue with you posting non-supporting track day orgs on the forum seeing as how they pay for the right to promote on nesr themselves.

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    Re: 2019 Northeast Track Day Reference thread

    Thanks... didn't know that. If there's an objection I'll gladly yank the offending content. This is intended to be an even-handed community resource that will hopefully encourage participation in track days for all, not a commercial effort.

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    Re: 2019 Northeast Track Day Reference thread

    It's just information... I don't see anything wrong with it.

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    Re: 2019 Northeast Track Day Reference thread

    Cool and useful consolidation of info... I'll be at NYST all season long but would love to make another weekend at Palmer this upcoming season, loved that track.

    EvolveGT is the only other org I see that has days at NJMP aside from the whole riders club debacle which put a lot of Moto days on lockdown. I probably won't be riding there too much because of the price and availability now. I got into track riding there and would like to see how much my times have improved from riding other tracks.

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    Re: 2019 Northeast Track Day Reference thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Zolden View Post
    Cool and useful consolidation of info... I'll be at NYST all season long but would love to make another weekend at Palmer this upcoming season, loved that track.

    EvolveGT is the only other org I see that has days at NJMP aside from the whole riders club debacle which put a lot of Moto days on lockdown. I probably won't be riding there too much because of the price and availability now. I got into track riding there and would like to see how much my times have improved from riding other tracks.
    Thanks. I'll add Evolve to the listings as time permits. I know nothing about them because I ride with TTD almost exclusively. I've done a Penguin day and a couple of NYST "native" days, but that's all.

    Any other organizations to throw into the mix? N2, perhaps? Wondering who people around here ride with.

    And yeah... it's just (hopefully useful) info. This is not the place to discuss the pros and cons of various organizations and how they operate. I have my own views on that, but it should be kept out of this thread.

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    Re: 2019 Northeast Track Day Reference thread

    Quote Originally Posted by adouglas View Post
    Thanks... didn't know that. If there's an objection I'll gladly yank the offending content. This is intended to be an even-handed community resource that will hopefully encourage participation in track days for all, not a commercial effort.
    I could be wrong and definitely understood your intent, so maybe that will make a difference since your not talking about pricing or promoting a specific event. Just thought I'd give you heads up.

    I'm sure a mod can weigh in. Half of them work for Tony anyways. Lol

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    Re: 2019 Northeast Track Day Reference thread

    Quote Originally Posted by adouglas View Post
    Thanks. I'll add Evolve to the listings as time permits. I know nothing about them because I ride with TTD almost exclusively. I've done a Penguin day and a couple of NYST "native" days, but that's all.

    Any other organizations to throw into the mix? N2, perhaps? Wondering who people around here ride with.

    And yeah... it's just (hopefully useful) info. This is not the place to discuss the pros and cons of various organizations and how they operate. I have my own views on that, but it should be kept out of this thread.
    Absolute usually does a lot in Jersey. They usually give racers a deal and have done events with penguin.

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    Re: 2019 Northeast Track Day Reference thread

    Quote Originally Posted by sdog30 View Post
    Absolute usually does a lot in Jersey. They usually give racers a deal and have done events with penguin.
    For those that don't know yet, ACE is now The Riders Club which is in direct partnership with the track. Roy (from ACE) is running it but they instituted a pretty pricey membership structure and increased the price of ad hoc track days by quite a bit. They say otherwise but I believe this is why other orgs are getting locked out or just not able to score any days, they have something like 50+ days through the season and most of the weekends last I checked.

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    Re: 2019 Northeast Track Day Reference thread

    I'm hoping to run a day with N2, seems like they're all over the place, if you're willing to travel.

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    Re: 2019 Northeast Track Day Reference thread

    Super stoked for the three day event that Penguin will be running in September. I rode Tamworth a few years back and fell in love. Fingers crossed to be there for the 6/11 date. Anyone who hasn’t ridden that track should put it on their bucket list.
    Thank you OP for starting this thread. It’s nice to finally see a fresh motorcycle topic on a motorcycle based website.

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    Re: 2019 Northeast Track Day Reference thread

    Tamworth is amazing. I love that horsepower hill set of turns. Go downhill than up...fast love it. Not to mention the views at the track.

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    I didn't think n2 was doing much in the northeast anymore.

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    Re: 2019 Northeast Track Day Reference thread

    Quote Originally Posted by sdog30 View Post
    I didn't think n2 was doing much in the northeast anymore.
    NJMP is the closest they get to us. N2 runs there:

    April 29 - Thunderbolt
    May 20 - Thunderbolt
    June 2,3 - Thunderbolt
    June 30 - Lightning
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kurlon View Post
    NJMP is the closest they get to us. N2 runs there:

    April 29 - Thunderbolt
    May 20 - Thunderbolt
    June 2,3 - Thunderbolt
    June 30 - Lightning
    July 1 - Lightning
    October 5,6 - Thunderbolt

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    Re: 2019 Northeast Track Day Reference thread

    I would very much like to ride Tamworth. Is anyone else planning on making it to one of those days?

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    Re: 2019 Northeast Track Day Reference thread

    I will be there for sure

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    Yes.

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    Re: 2019 Northeast Track Day Reference thread

    Quote Originally Posted by maxim_X View Post
    I would very much like to ride Tamworth. Is anyone else planning on making it to one of those days?
    My plan is to ride Tamworth Tuesday 6/11, Penguin 6/12,6/13 at NHMS. Hope to see you all up there.

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    Re: 2019 Northeast Track Day Reference thread

    Quote Originally Posted by maxim_X View Post
    I would very much like to ride Tamworth. Is anyone else planning on making it to one of those days?
    I have to imagine those days will sell out faster than a dead show in the 90s.

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    Re: 2019 Northeast Track Day Reference thread

    Quote Originally Posted by maxim_X View Post
    I would very much like to ride Tamworth. Is anyone else planning on making it to one of those days?
    JC, I'll be running Tamworth with Fishtail this year.

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    I can hardly wait to run the flat track at Loudon.

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    Re: 2019 Northeast Track Day Reference thread

    Quote Originally Posted by sdog30 View Post
    I could be wrong and definitely understood your intent, so maybe that will make a difference since your not talking about pricing or promoting a specific event. Just thought I'd give you heads up.

    I'm sure a mod can weigh in. Half of them work for Tony anyways. Lol
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    This is all publicly available information posted by a non-affiliated person.
    Personally, I think it's fine but we can check w/ the admins to make sure.

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