Maple Grove

Major rules change for Jr. Dragsters

The NHRA announced it has changed the 12.90 minimum dial-in to 11.90 for the 8-9 year olds in the NHRA Summit Jr Drag Racing League, effective immediately.

“We have been evaluating the NHRA Summit Jr Drag Racing League and found this change was necessary to address the evaluation of the Jr Dragsters”, said Josh Peterson, Vice President of Racing Administration. “This is the second change we have made to the Jr Drag Racing League, last year we accepted a cost effective engine into the series, the Briggs and Stratton 206 to address rising costs in the league.

Amendments to the 2014 NHRA Jr Drag Racing League rulebook can be found on NHRARacer.com and NHRA’s Jr Dragster website.

NHRA Nationals Tickets on sale now!

Tickets for the NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway went on sale to the general public on April 1.

Don’t wait to get your seats for the Oct. 2-5 event, the biggest on the Maple Grove schedule!

See the stars of the NHRA Mello Yello Series, including John Force, Tony Schumacher, Antron Brown, Jeg Coughlin and Erica Enders-Stevens.

The race will once again be part of the Countdown to The Championship, so these racers will be going all out to secure their position for the season championship.

You can order your tickets two different ways:

  • The easiest way is to order online here. You can get your tickets this way 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Or you can call the Maple Grove Raceway offices at (610) 856-9200 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

MGR to launch new NHRA Youth Racing program sponsored by Universal Technical Institute

Maple Grove Raceway will launch an exciting new program for aspiring young drag racers. The program, called NHRA Youth Racing, was designed by the National Hot Rod Association to give teenage boys and girls – ages 13-16 – the opportunity to race against their peers in full-bodied street vehicles with an adult co-driver as their teammate. The new program will combine racing with car safety and will be sponsored at MGR by Universal Technical Institute. NHRA Youth Racing allows teens to learn to drag race safely, in a full-size car, without having to purchase a purpose-built race car.

 “This is another tool in our sport’s toolbox to attract youth and their parents to drag racing,” said MGR Vice President and General Manager Lex Dudas. “The program will be conducted during our local bracket racing events and is an excellent way for parents to bond with their children.” More >

Oct. 2-5 NHRA Nationals ticket renewal deadline is March 31

The ticket renewal deadline for the 2014 NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway is fast approaching. Those who received a notice to renew their tickets to the Oct.2-5 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series national event will have until midnight on Monday, March 31, to retain their reserved seats before they go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, April 1.

The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series attracts the biggest names in professional drag racing every year to historic Maple Grove Raceway. Experience blazing speeds in excess of 320 miles per hour powered by nitromethane-burning engines producing more than 7,000 horsepower. Pro (Top Fuel Dragster, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle) qualifying will take place on Friday and Saturday (Oct. 3-4) with eliminations on Sunday, Oct. 5. More >

Jason Leber named Operations Manager

Jason Leber has been named Operations Manager at Maple Grove Raceway.

Leber, 39, is a veteran track employee, having worked at MGR since 2003.

“I’m glad we were able to promote from within,” said MGR Vice President and General Manager Lex Dudas. “Jason has worked hard here for more than nine years and I am confident he will excel in this position.”

“I’m excited to be given the opportunity to be appointed the Operations Manager of the track,” Leber said. “I started working here in the tech inspection area from 2003 to 2005. I came back to work at the track in 2007, working in tech, then helping wherever I was needed. This is a great opportunity for me.” More >

Spring automotive swap meet April 5-6

Car collectors, racers and auto enthusiasts in general will flock to Maple Grove Raceway next weekend for the largest automotive swap meet in the region. MGR’s annual spring flea market will take place April 5-6 at the track. Gates will open at 8 a.m. each day.

More than 600 vendors are expected to participate in the much-anticipated event that pairs vendors of all things automotive with enthusiasts seeking cars, rare parts and racing equipment.

Vendor space is still available. A 15 ft.-by-20 ft. vendor space costs only $35 for one day or $50 for both days.

General admission is $5 for adults and kids 12 and under (accompanied by an adult) are free. More >