Maple Grove

Schumacher, Hagan, Brogdon, Krawiec win NHRA Nationals


Matt Hagan took over the Funny Car points lead by racing to victory Sunday at the NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.

Hagan crossed the finish line in spectacular fashion when his Dodge Charger’s engine exploded following a 4.333-second pass at 215.00 mph, defeating Tommy Johnson Jr. He was appearing in his third final of the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship and picked up his second win in the playoffs.

Hagan, who has three victories on the season and 13 in his career, opened up a 36-point advantage on 16-time world champ John Force with two races remaining in the playoffs. More >

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


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

25 – Fall swap meet/flea market.

26 — Race 4 Ronald’s House (rescheduled from Aug. 24) with Gambler Race and Test ‘n’ Tune.

All of Team JEGS “goes pink” for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Team JEGS is going all-in for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, with all of its race cars sporting a pink paint scheme for races in October.

The effort will be spread across NHRA, ARCA, CRA, and other special events and will include 10 Coughlin family members.

“October, with it being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, is near and dear to a lot of our hearts, not just here in America but around the world,” Jeg Coughlin Jr. said. “Being affiliated with the James Cancer Hospital at Ohio State University with the JEGS Foundation, we couldn’t be more proud to work with our partners there and with Mopar, Dodge, Mac Tools, Oakley, Speedco, and Traxxas to turn this car into a nice tribute to breast cancer awareness.” More >

Enders-Stevens continues championship charge at NHRA Nationals

The battle for the 2014 Pro Stock championship moves to Maple Grove Raceway for this weekend’s NHRA Nationals, and Elite Motorsports driver Erica Enders-Stevens is motivated to get to the top.

She has won four times this season and is third in the Pro Stock points standings at the halfway point of the Countdown to the Championship. She’s a little more than three rounds out of first place, though, with three races remaining this season. More >

Funny car star Matt Hagan hopes to reverse fortunes from a year ago at NHRA Nationals

Courtesy: NHRA Communications

Matt Hagan

For a driver who won the first race of the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship, Funny Car driver Matt Hagan doesn’t exactly sound comfortable.

That’s because Hagan, the 2011 world champion, knows from his own experiences there is still plenty that can happen during the six-week playoff sprint to the finish. Hagan had his own impressive late-season rally to claim his world championship, while he suffered through the other side a year ago. More >

Allen Family — racing since 1959 — headed to Oct. 2-5 NHRA Nationals

By John Bisci

L to R: Sherwood, Michael Jr. and Michael Allen. (John Bisci photo)

This is a story about family. A story about an accomplished and respected father. A story about a proud son. Sure, it involves cars and drag racing, but that’s just nuts ‘n’ bolts. The real story is about family.

Sherwood Allen started drag racing in 1959, when the sport still was in its infancy. Living in Aston, Pennsylvania, Allen was surrounded by drag strips and he hit them all, including Island Dragway in New Jersey, Cecil County in Maryland and Maple Grove Raceway. More >