The NHRA Mello Drag Racing Series will return to Maple Grove Raceway for the 30th annual NHRA Nationals on Oct. 2-5. Tickets for the event now are on sale and may be purchased by calling MGR at (610) 856-9200 or online at www.MapleGroveRaceway.com.

Young drag racing fans in the junior (ages 6-15) and children (ages 5 and under) ticket categories are entitled to substantial discounts for the Northeast’s biggest professional drag racing event. For example, a reserved seat ticket for Sunday’s final eliminations is $60 for adults, but only $20 for “juniors” (ages 6-15) and $10 for children (ages 5 and under).

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 and 41-time Funny Car winner Ron Capps. 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.

This event is even more significant in the fact it is within the NHRA’s late-season six-race Countdown to the Championship and is crucial to drivers and riders battling for the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series points titles.

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).

SPECTATOR ADMISSION

Thursday, Oct. 2

Adult general admission: $15.

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

Friday, Oct. 3

Adult reserved admission: $44.

Adult general admission: $40.

Junior reserved admission: $15.

Junior general admission: $10.

Children reserved: $5.

Saturday, Oct. 4

Adult reserved admission: $60.

Adult general admission: $50.

Junior reserved admission: $15.

Junior general admission: $10.

Children reserved admission: $10.

Sunday, Oct. 5

Adult reserved admission: $60.

Adult general admission: $50.

Junior reserved admission: $20.

Junior general admission: $10.

Children reserved admission: $10.

WEEKEND SCHEDULE

Thursday, Oct. 2

8:45 a.m. — Sportsman qualifying.

4 p.m. — Comp Eliminator qualifying.

6 p.m. — Track closed.

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. — Track closed.

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 Fuel Dragster and Funny Car eliminations.

7 p.m. — Track closed.

Sunday, Oct. 5 — Final eliminations.

10 a.m. — Pre-race ceremonies.

11 a.m. — First round of Top Fuel Dragster and Funny Car eliminations.

Noon — First round of Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle eliminations.

12:15 p.m. — Second round of Top Alcohol Funny Car and Dragster eliminations.

1 p.m. — Second round of Top Fuel Dragster and Funny Car eliminations.

1:30 p.m. — Second round of Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle eliminations.

1:45 p.m. — Semi-final round of Sportsman eliminations.

2:25 p.m. — Semi-final round of Top Alcohol Funny Car and Dragster eliminations.

2:30 p.m. — Semi-final round of Top Fuel Dragster and Funny Car eliminations.

2:45 p.m. — Semi-final round of Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle eliminations.

3:25 p.m. — Final round of Sportsman eliminations.

3:35 p.m. — Final round of Top Alcohol Funny Car and Dragster eliminations.

3:40 p.m. — Final round of Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle eliminations.

3:45 p.m. — Final round of Top Fuel Dragster and Funny Car eliminations.

4:30 p.m. — Track closed.

Schedule: NHRA.com and is subject to change.