Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Extreme Chunkin

October 14, 2017 - October 15, 2017

LOUDON, N.H. – With unseasonably warm temperatures anticipated for the weekend, the third annual Extreme Chunkin pumpkin launching competition is expecting the furthest carries in its history. Twenty teams will battle it out between four different divisions on Oct. 14 and 15 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, with world record-holder American Chunker – the two-time reigning air cannon champion – looking to break the one-mile mark.
“This is such a fun time of year at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Nothing beats fall in New England, and nothing illustrates that best than pumpkins flying across the property,” said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of the speedway. “This is truly a family event, and we look forward to a terrific weekend filled with everything from great food to smashing pumpkins.”
The event, which pits backyard engineers in an all-out battle for pumpkin launching greatness, will feature four divisions: Air Cannon, Trebuchet, Catapult/Torsion, and Youth. Each division will feature three rounds of competition, including two rounds on Saturday and the final round on Sunday.
American Chunker, a $180,000 air cannon out of Merrimack, N.H., will try to make it three titles in a row this weekend. In 2015, American Chunker shot a pumpkin more than 4,500 feet across the speedway’s property and then followed it up last year with a shot of nearly 4,200 feet to earn the top prize both years.
On top of the competition launching events, Extreme Chunkin will have a number of opportunities for attending fans to participate in various activities, including airbrush tattoo artist stations, kids archery tent, go-karts, the Monster Energy Trailer, a fried donut tent, pizza trailer, mini-donut stand, bread bowl tent, chicken tenders tent, burgers tent, beer tent, and a roaming refreshment cart.
The New Hampshire Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities will also be offering children a chance to ride through a tricycle course that weaves in and around hay bales.
Exhibition events will include a 200-foot crane that will be making drops every hour, including a 700-pound pumpkin. The Yankee Siege Trebuchet, a six-time world champion that weighs 58,000 pounds, has 10-foot wheels, and is a gravity-driven machine, will launch cars, pianos and a massive thousand-pound pumpkin across the speedway property.
Tickets are $10 if purchased in advance and $15 on the day of the event. Children 10 and under are free.
The month of October is a busy one at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with Extreme Chunkin set for Oct. 14-15 and the 24 Hours of Lemons on Oct. 20-21. For more details and ticket information on these events, or to purchase tickets to the 2018 July Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series weekend and the September Short Track Extravaganza weekend, please stop by our ticket office, visit the speedway website at www.nhms.com, or call Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931.


October 14, 2017
October 15, 2017


New Hampshire Motor Speedway
1122 Rte 106 North
Loudon, NH 03307 United States