Next event at Maple Grove Raceway: Oct. 2-5 NHRA Nationals, NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series

The next event on Maple Grove Raceway’s busy 2014 schedule will be its biggest: The 30th annual NHRA Nationals for the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, Oct. 2-5.

General admission and reserved seating now is on sale for the biggest drag race in the Northeast and kids tickets start at just $10 each day.

The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series attracts the world’s biggest names in professional drag racing to the Reading, Pa., area each year, including: 16-time Funny Car world champion John Force, seven-time Top Fuel Dragster champion Tony Schumacher, 2012 Top Fuel Dragster champion Antron Brown, 41-time Funny Car winner Ron Capps and recent NHRA U.S. Nationals winner Alexis DeJoria. The nitromethane-burning NHRA Top Fuel Dragsters and Funny Cars routinely blaze the 1,000-ft. track at speeds in excess of 320 miles per hour.

Now in its 52nd year of operation, historic Maple Grove Raceway — America’s quickest and fastest drag strip — is recognized as a leading facility in the sport of NHRA-sanctioned drag racing. Currently, MGR holds three national records: Top Fuel Dragster (Antron Brown, 3.701 sec., set in 2012), Pro Stock Motorcycle (Andrew Hines, 6.728 sec., in 2012) and Top Alcohol Funny Car (Frank Manzo, 5.411 sec., in 2011).

For tickets and information, please call Maple Grove Raceway at (610) 856-9200 or visit https://t9.extremetix.com/Online/?siteID=2560. Follow Maple Grove Raceway on Facebook and Twitter (@maplegrove).

30th ANNUAL NHRA NATIONALS

SPECTATOR ADMISSION

Thursday, Oct. 2 — Sportsman racing only.

Adult general admission: $15.

Juniors (ages 6-15) and children (ages 5 and under): Free.

Friday, Oct. 3 — Professional qualifying begins.

Adult reserved admission: $44.

Adult general admission: $40.

Junior reserved admission: $15.

Junior general admission: $10.

Children reserved: $5.

Saturday, Oct. 4 — Professional qualifying continues.

Adult reserved admission: $60.

Adult general admission: $50.

Junior reserved admission: $20.

Junior general admission: $10.

Children reserved admission: $10.

Sunday, Oct. 5 — Final eliminations.

Adult reserved admission: $60.

Adult general admission: $50.

Junior reserved admission: $20.

Junior general admission: $10.

Children reserved admission: $10.

NHRA NATIONALS WEEKEND SCHEDULE

Thursday, Oct. 2 — Sportsman classes only.

8:45 a.m. — Sportsman qualifying.

4 p.m. — Comp Eliminator qualifying.

6 p.m. — Secure track.

Friday, Oct. 3 — Professional qualifying begins.

8:45 a.m. — Sportsman eliminations.

10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. — Comp Eliminator qualifying sessions.

11:30 a.m. — Top Alcohol Funny Car and Dragster qualifying.

1:15 p.m. — Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle qualifying.

2 p.m. — Top Fuel Dragster and Funny Car qualifying.

3:15 p.m. — Top Alcohol Funny Car and Dragster qualifying.

4:15 p.m. — Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle qualifying.

5 p.m. — Top Fuel Dragster and Funny Car qualifying.

7 p.m. — Secure track.

Saturday, Oct. 4 — Professional qualifying continues.

8:45 a.m. — Sportsman eliminations.

10:30 a.m. – First round of Comp Eliminator eliminations.

11:15 a.m. — Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle qualifying.

Noon — Top Fuel Dragster and Funny Car qualifying.

1 p.m. — Top Alcohol Funny Car and Dragster qualifying.

2 p.m. — Second round of Comp Eliminator eliminations.

2:15 p.m. — Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle qualifying.

3 p.m. — Top Fuel Dragster and Funny Car qualifying.

4 p.m. — Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car eliminations.

7 p.m. — Secure track.

Sunday, Oct. 5 — Final eliminations.

10 a.m. — Pre-race ceremonies.

11 a.m. — Final eliminations begin.

4:30 p.m. — Estimated time of event completion.

Schedule subject to change.

Vincent Branca overall winner of NHRA Summit Jr. Drag Racing League Challenge

Vincent Branca of Norristown, Pa., scored twice in final eliminations at Maple Grove Raceway to clinch the King of the Hill title Saturday (Sept. 20) at Maple Grove Raceway during the NHRA Summit Jr. Drag Racing League Challenge. The event originally was scheduled for Aug. 24 but was rained out.

Branca first defeated Jamie Rothenberger of Glenmoore, Pa., in the Jr. Dragster 16-17 age group final, then won King-of-the-Hill finale over C.J. Ketterer of Sellersville, Pa. More >

2014 Maple Grove Raceway event schedule (revised Aug. 24)

Revised: Aug. 24, 2014

Revisions: Aug. 24 NHRA Summit Jr. Drag Racing League Challenge and the Race 4 Ronald’s House rescheduled to Sept. 20 and Oct. 26, respectively.

 

OCTOBER

2-5 – NHRA Nationals. NHRA Mello Yellow Drag Racing Series. Featuring: Top Fuel Dragster, Funny Car, Pro Stock, Pro Stock Motorcycle. Countdown to the Championship event.

9-12 – P.C. Richard & Son Pennsylvania Dutch Classic presented by Penske Truck Leasing.

18 – 10K Footbrake Nationals. (Rain date: Oct. 19.)

25 – Fall swap meet/flea market.

26 — Race 4 Ronald’s House (rescheduled from Aug. 24).

Juanita Price, winner of The Great Maple Grove Raceway Talent Hunt, to sing national anthem at NHRA Nationals Oct. 5

Maple Grove Raceway has found its golden voice. Juanita Price was selected as the winner of MGR’s talent search, which ran from Sept. 5-19, and will sing the national anthem during opening ceremonies at the NHRA Nationals on Sunday, Oct. 5.

Price was born in Lancaster County and currently resides in Reading, Pa. She has sung with the Reading Choral Society and currently sings with the DOXA gospel vocal ensemble. More >

Office of Attorney General partners with Maple Grove Raceway for safer communities

Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane announced her office is partnering with Maple Grove Raceway in an effort to keep communities drug- and crime-free, and will join the organization at the upcoming NHRA Nationals.

“This partnership with Maple Grove provides a very positive environment for delivering an important message about the dangers of drugs along with other information about the AG’s office,” Attorney General Kane said. “We welcome every opportunity to educate the public and we look forward to these NHRA events moving forward.” More >

JEG: WIN AT MAPLE GROVE = CHAMPIONSHIP

Two of the years Coughlin won at Maple Grove, he also went on to win the Pro Stock title

Long before JEGS.com/Mopar Dodge Pro Stock driver Jeg Coughlin Jr. ever raced at Maple Grove Raceway, he knew he’d like the venerable race track.

Coughlin, the youngest of four brothers in the famed drag-racing family, began racing in the early 1990s, following in the footsteps of his dad and older brothers John, Troy and Mike.

Jeg Jr. had heard nothing but good things about Maple Grove, so he was pumped up when he finally got to race there. More >