NASCAR K&N Pro Series East 125

Noah Gragson celebrates after winning this year’s 125 at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville. The race will return Sept. 16, 2017.

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NASCAR is coming back to New Jersey Motorsports Park in 2017.

The Millville racetrack announced its 2017 spectator schedule Wednesday, and it includes the return of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series on Sept. 16 to the park’s 2.25-mile Thunderbolt Raceway.

That same weekend, the Vintage Racer Group will showcase historic and vintage race and sports cars on Lightning Raceway on Sept. 16 and 17.

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The K&N Pro Series debuted at NJMP in 2016 and drew large crowds for the track’s first-ever NASCAR race. Noah Gragson, who recently signed a deal to race in NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series full time next season, won the 125.

Other highlights from the 2017 season include the return of 24 Hours of LeMons on May 13 and 14 and the fifth annual AHRMA Vintage Motorcycle Festival and Swap Meet July 14-16.

Also, the MotoAmerica Superbike Championship of New Jersey will return to the track Sept. 8-10. The Millville stop will be round nine of the 10-round series.

The track has also tried to diversify its schedule in 2017 by adding some off-track activities, including the Zerbini Family Circus May 14-15.

Track officials said there are also plans in the works for a food truck festival, beer festival, wine festival and a “Bark in the Park” Pet Walk/Run.

“The versatility of NJMP makes us unique, and we are thrilled to provide a wide variety of on and off-track events to our fans in 2017,” said Brad Scott, chief operation officer, in a statement. “NJMP saw record crowds in 2016 with the addition of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, and we look forward to providing another year of on and off-track excitement that our fans have come to know and love.”

One event that’s new for the park’s go-karting track is the Rotax U.S. Open on June 24 and 25.

“We are excited to host our U.S. Open event at New Jersey Motorsports Park in 2017,” said Maxspeed Entertainment Race Promotions Director Garett Potter in a statement. “There is a large contingent of Rotax and shifter kart racers in the Northeast, and this will give some of the regional drivers a taste of running in a national level event. NJMP is the perfect host for our world-class event, as the facility is ideally located and the track offers great, action-packed racing.”



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