It’s time for Mega Mopar!
Now in its third season at Maple Grove Raceway, the Mega Mopar Action Series returns Saturday and Sunday, June 22-23, with what promises to be an even bigger show for Chrysler vehicles on both the racetrack and the show field.
Gates open each day at 8 a.m., as The Grove will feature both quarter-mile drag racing, the Jersey Thunder Jet Dragster, a huge car show – with judging on both days – a swap meet and a manufacturers midway.
The biggest race of the weekend is the Hemi Challenge, which is being presented by Penske Truck Leasing. See these powerful Barracudas and Darts speed up to over 150 mph in a head’s up racing format. The winner gets a guaranteed $4,000. The defending champion is Charlie Westcott Jr.
Also on the racing card is the 422 All-Stars and its stable of nostalgic Super Stock cars of the mid-1960s that were an integral part of the East Coast drag racing culture, including HEMI-powered Chryslers. These cars can run down the track at 8 or 9 seconds with speeds up to 160 mph.
With the 422s also featuring a batch of 427 Fords and Chevrolets, they will fit in well with Saturday’s Mopar vs. the World format that includes the S&W Race Cars Challenger Shootout Trophy race.
In fact, every make and model is welcome for Saturday’s bracket classes. Mopar racers will be on hand defending their brand against Fords, Chevys and anything else that comes through the gate!
There will be two days of bracket racing in six different classes:
- The ATI Performance Products Late Model Hemi Challenge. This is for cars from 2005 to present.
- Quick 8.
- Nostalgia Stock-Super Stock combo.
- Electronics (7.00 and up).
- Non-electronics (7.50 and up).
- Street Mopar DOT.
All the categories, with the exception of Quick 8 and Street DOT, have an entry fee of $50, car and driver, and a winner’s share of $600.
It costs $75 to enter Quick 8, which has $1,000 for the winner. Street DOT’s entry is $35 with $200 for the winner.
The car show will feature 16 different classes and prizes on both days. Ray Barton, the renowned Hemi engine builder, will be making his top 25 picks on Saturday, while the main awards will be presented on Sunday. Judging will be conducted by the Delaware Valley Mopar Association.
Car show participants can enter for $40 for both days or $25 for one day. The entry includes admission for both driver and passenger. There’s also a chance to test and tune for an additional $10 per day.
For the swap meet, a 15- by 20-foot spot can be secured for $25. The fee includes a one-day general admission ticket to the event.
Spectators can enter for $20 each day or $35 for the weekend. Children 12-and-under are free with a paid adult.