Racing season to open with Test ‘n Tune

Maple Grove Raceway will roar to life for the 2014 season on Saturday morning, April 12, with grudge racing and a Test ‘n’ Tune session.

The grudge racing program is informal and allows novices to try their hand at the sport and veterans to hone their skills. Grudge racing is open to street-legal vehicles and race cars arriving at the drag strip on trailers. Racers may choose their opponents or compete against each other in random pairings.

Local E.T. bracket racers will make good use of the Test ‘n’ Tune session in preparation for the first points race of the Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail on Saturday, April 26.

Gates will open at 9 a.m. and racing will begin at 10 a.m. The staging lanes will close at 3:30 p.m. and racing will conclude at 4 p.m.

Race entry is $20 for street-driven cars and $25 for trailered race cars. Adult spectator admission is $10 and kids 12 and under are free.

Universal Technical Institute High School Challenge April 27

Maple Grove Raceway will host its annual Universal Technical Institute High School Challenge on Sunday, April 27.  Students will drag race in street-legal cars, competing for bragging rights against other area high schools. The Challenge also offers aspiring young mechanics and racers an opportunity to showcase what they’ve learned in automotive classrooms in front of their peers. Also on the schedule is a high school alumni race: All past participants are welcome to compete in the special Alumni Eliminator.

The overall winner on April 27 will represent Maple Grove Raceway at the NHRA Northeast Division Summit Racing Series E.T. Final in September. More >

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 >