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Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals are extended through ’19 season

NHRA has extended its contract with Maple Grove Raceway to host the NHRA Nationals for an additional five years.

That means The Grove will continue to showcase the Top Fuel Dragsters, Funny Cars, Pro Stockers and Pro Stock Motorcycles of the NHRA Mello Yello Series through the 2019 season.

The ’14 event, the event’s 30th year at The Grove, will be held Oct. 2-5 as part of the Countdown to the Championship. More >

Wins vault drivers into Countdown lead

Top Fuel driver Shawn Langdon and Funny Car’s John Force both extended their points leads and edged closer to world championship titles by racing to victories on Sunday at the Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.

Jeg Coughlin Jr. (Pro Stock) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were winners at the fourth of six playoff races in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship. More >

Simpers wins E.T. Shootout

Gary Simpers receives his golf cart from MGR vice president/general manager Lex Dudas.

Gary Simpers and his Comet station wagon won the E.T. Shootout at Maple Grove Raceway Sunday during the Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals. A Pro E.T. driver in the Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail Series, Simpers won the annual “golf cart” race over Jeffrey Burnley from the Top Bike class.

The winning pass was 10.617 seconds at 104.30 mph that was .14 over his dial-in. Burnley was a little slower off the starting line and ran 11.690 at 103.63 on his sled that was .25 over his dial.

As runner-up, Burnley won a 32-inch HD TV courtesy of P.C. Richard & Son.

The yellow golf cart won by Simpers was sponsored by D&G Golf Carts, Awesome Vinyl, Potty Queen and P.C. Richard & Son.

Harley goes to raffle winner

Dan Mabe and his new Harley-Davidson.

Out of the hundreds who donated $20 to Alex’s Lemonade Stand for a chance at winning a new Harley-Davidson motorcycle, Dan Mabe was the one who had this name picked.

The Delta, Pa., resident was present at Maple Grove Raceway Sunday morning before the start of the Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals to pick up his brand new 2013 Harley-Davidson XL 1200V Seventy-Two Sportster Motorcycle with a chrome yellow pearl finish.

Maple Grove Raceway, along with Classic Harley-Davidson, Don Schumacher Racing and the Reading Eagle teamed up for the raffle to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand. Tickets valued at $20 have been sold through the summer with all proceeds going to the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.

Line jumps in Pro Stock

John Force qualified in the No. 1 position and became the new Funny Car points leader on Saturday at the 29th annual Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.

Morgan Lucas (Top Fuel), Jason Line (Pro Stock), and Michael Ray (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also will lead their categories into Sunday’s 11 a.m. eliminations as No. 1 qualifiers at the 22nd race of the season and the fourth of six playoff races in the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship. More >

The Force is with him

John Force powered to the first three-second run of his standout career and raced to the qualifying lead in Funny Car Friday at the 29th annual Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.

Morgan Lucas (Top Fuel), Allen Johnson (Pro Stock), and Michael Ray (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were qualifying leaders in their categories at the fourth of six events in the NHRA Mello Yello Series Countdown to the Championship playoffs.

Qualifying continues Saturday at 11:15 a.m. (ET) and 2:15 p.m. before Sunday’s eliminations at 11 a.m. More >