The Pennsylvania Dutch Classic has been an annual event of Maple Grove Raceway’s schedule since 1971. That marks this year as the 45th anniversary as one of the oldest and most prestigious events on the NHRA sportsman schedule, the Dutch Classic, attracts hundreds of racers from across the country to compete.
The cool fall air makes for some of the quickest passes for the season and the NHRA record books. Fans who venture out for the 2016 Dodge NHRA Nationals can return the next weekend and witness these record breaking runs first hand. Since these two events are back to back, many of the same Sportsman cars fans see during Nationals continue the excitement less than a week later. Racing classes include Stock, Super Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Street, Top Sportsman and Top Dragster.
In addition to the Sportsman classes, the EFI Source Northeast Index Racers Series at the Grove return on Saturday and Sunday, October 8-9 for race number six. Index classes- 11.50, 10.00 and 8.50 racers have two days to perfect their car in hopes of making a trip to Victory Lane on Sunday. For those unfamiliar with Index racing, it has been described as doorbanger racing meets bracket racing. It is heads Heads-Up competition as both cars leave the starting line at the same time and run down the track to the finish line.
Racers begin arriving on Wednesday, October 5 to park from 4 to 8PM. On Thursday, October 6, a track operated Test and Tune will run from 10AM to 4PM, with a $75 fee for car and driver. Records can be set during the Test and Tune for Stock and Super Stock.
Adult/ Crew Daily Spectator $20
Teen Daily Spectator $10
2-Day Adult/ Crew $35
2-Day Teen $20
3-Day Adult/ Crew $55
Full Event Teen $30
Full Event Adult/ Crew $65
Children 12 years and under Free
*Car Pit Parking $30
*RV No Tow Pit Parking Pass $60
*Prices do not include admission fees
Thursday Test and Tune $75
8.50 Index $100
10.0 Index $55
11.50 Index $55
$170 for NHRA Classes (Stock, Super Stock, Super Gas, Super Street, Super Comp, Top Dragster, Top Sportsman)
Total cash and awards for the 45th running of the Pennsylvania Dutch Classic is a record $53,000.00. The “Dutch” continues with support from PC Richard and Son, a longtime partner with NHRA and Maple Grove Raceway.
The new Super Saturday Shootouts add another layer of excitement for NHRA sportsman racing fans and should draw some of the best NHRA sportsman racers in the country.
Championship Sunday ends with the champions being crowned in Comp, Super Stock, Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Street, Top Sportsman and Top Dragster.
Championship Sunday also features the last points race in 2016 for the EFI Source Northeast Index Racers Series and the first ever champions at Maple Grove Raceway in 8.50, 10.0, 11.5, 12.5 and Pro Dial will be crowned at the “Dutch”.
Based on last year’s outstanding support in Super Stock and Stock eliminator winner in each eliminator will receive $2,000.00 plus a $1,000.00 bonus from Gold Rush Trailers for a total of $3,000.00 to win in each eliminator. Gold Rush portion, $2,000.00.
The “Young Gun” Jim Beattie Memorial Award will continue for 2016. $250.00 awarded to the highest finishing driver in Super Stock or Stock 25 years of age or younger. Sponsored by ATI Performance Products
GM Performance has posted $500.00 to the winner in Stock, Super Stock and the two Factory Shootouts, total posted $2,000.00. Winning entries must be a COPO Camaro.
Super Saturday Shootouts
Hemi Challenge – Penske Truck Leasing will again sponsor the popular shootout and MOPAR will offer a special Hemi Challenge trophy to the Champion. $4000.00 win, $2000.00, Runner up, $500 semis, $100 quarter finals. The total cash payout for this year’s challenge is $7,800.00.
Flat Out Shootout– Top 8 qualifiers in Super Stock and the top 8 qualifiers in Stock will line up for a 8 car shootout. No breakouts, just flat out racing! Each class will pay $750.00 to win, $400 runner up and Semis will receive $100.00. Total per eliminator $1,350.00 total $2,700.00. Sponsored by Gold Rush Trailers, $2,700.00.
Factory Showdown, blown Shootout– Top 8 qualifiers will run for a purse of $1,000.00 to win, $500.00 runner up and $100 to the semis, total of $1,700.00 Sponsored by Ray Barton Racing Engines.
Factory Showdown, aspirated Shootout – Top 8 qualifiers will run for a purse of $1,000.00 win, $500 runner up and $100 to the semis, total of $1,700.00. Sponsored by Micro Strategies.
.90 Shootout – 8 top qualifiers in each class, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street will run a shootout with each class paying $500 win, $250 runner up. Total of $750.00 each class, total for 3 classes $2,250.00. Gold Rush Trailers sponsored for $1,700.00.