2016 Dodge NHRA Nationals

Schedule of Events

Thursday, September 29:

8:45 AM Sportsman Qualifying

6:00 PM Secure Track


Friday, September 30:

8:45 AM Sportsman TT & Qualifying 

1:15 PM Pro Stock Qualifying *

2:00 PM Nitro Qualifying *

4:15 PM Pro Stock Qualifying

5:00 PM Nitro Qualifying

6:25 PM Jet Funny Cars

6:30 PM Secure Track


Saturday, October 1:

8:45 AM Sportsman Eliminations

11:15 AM Pro Stock Qualifying

12:00 PM Nitro Qualifying

2:45 PM Pro Stock Qualifying

3:30 PM Nitro Qualifying


Sunday, October 2:

11:00 AM Pre-Race Ceremonies

12:00 PM Nitro Eliminations- Round 1

1:00 PM Pro Stock Eliminations- Round 1

1:45 PM Nitro Eliminations- Round 2

2:15 PM Pro Stock Eliminations- Round 2

3:15 PM Pro Stock Eliminations- Semi-Finals

3:35 PM Nitro Eliminations- Semi-Finals

4:30 PM Pro Stock Eliminations- Finals

4:37 PM Nitro Eliminations- Finals

4:45 PM Secure Track 

*Pro Stock includes: Pro Stock Motorcycles & Pro Stock Cars

*Nitro includes Funny Cars & Top Fuel Dragsters

Schedule Subject to Change


GLENDORA, Calif. (Sept. 2016) – Dodge has signed an agreement to become the title rights sponsor of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event at Maple Grove Raceway.
The 32nd annual Dodge NHRA Nationals will be held Sept. 29-Oct. 3 and is the third race in the six-race NHRA Countdown to the Championship. The track is traditionally one of the quickest on the NHRA circuit and has been the site of several national records through the years.
“The Dodge NHRA Nationals in the Keystone state is an integral part of the championship hunt,” said Brad Gerber, NHRA vice president and chief development officer. “We are pleased to have Dodge involved with the event and will build upon their relationships in the sport of NHRA Drag Racing.”
The title rights sponsorship builds upon the alliance with the NHRA and Dodge, the American performance brand of FCA US LLC. Another FCA brand, Mopar, is the title rights sponsor of the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals, the event held annually in Denver. Dodge is also the manufacturer of choice for world champions Matt Hagan in Funny Car, as well as JegCoughlin Jr. and Erica Enders in Pro Stock. The manufacturer is also the preferred car make for many racers in the Funny Car, Pro Stock and Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series competitors.
“Dodge has had a strong history in NHRA drag racing dating back to the early 1960s,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and Fiat – FCA North America. “Our brand is rooted in performance, and our role as title sponsor at Maple Grove Raceway provides a direct connection with the NHRA fans who take Dodge performance from the strip to the street. In recent years, successful Mopar race teams have campaigned Dodge-branded vehicles in the Funny Car and Pro Stock classes, but now with the launch of the Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak fielded by Joe Welch Racing in NHRA Factory Stock, Dodge and Mopar have taken their close collaboration to the next level.”
Fans of the Dodge NHRA Nationals will be sure to take part in the inaugural Mopar Mega Block Party free fan-admission event, at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading from 4 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29. The stadium’s baseball diamond will be transformed into the Mopar brand’s home field for one night to kick-off an action packed race weekend.
The Dodge NHRA Nationals will also feature thrilling competition in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series. As always, fans will have the opportunity to interact with their favorite drivers as they’re granted an exclusive pit pass to the most powerful and sensory-filled motorsports attraction on the planet.
Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. NHRA presents 24 national events featuring the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. NHRA provides competition opportunities for drivers of all levels in the NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. NHRA also offers NHRA Jr. Street program for teens and the Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 5 to 17. In addition, NHRA owns and operates five racing facilities: Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; Gainesville Raceway in Florida; National Trail Raceway in Ohio; Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis; and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. For more information, log on to NHRA.com, or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter.
The Dodge brand is America’s mainstream performance brand. With the purification of the brand and consolidation with SRT, Dodge is focusing on its performance roots with every single model it offers. The Dodge and SRT brands offer a complete lineup of performance vehicles that stand out within their own segments. Dodge is the mainstream performance brand and SRT is positioned as the ultimate performance halo of the Dodge brand, together creating a complete and balanced performance brand with one vision and one voice.
From muscle cars to minivans, crossovers and full-size SUVs, the Dodge brand’s full lineup of 2017 models deliver best-in-class horsepower, class-exclusive technology, unmatched capability and a slew of cool features, such as LED headlamps, Dodge signature racetrack tail lamps, active exhaust, cold-air induction, 8.4-inch touchscreen Uconnect infotainment centers and 7-inch customizable gauge clusters, to name a few. For the 2017 model year, the Dodge brand lineup features the 25th anniversary Viper, Durango, Grand Caravan, Journey, Charger and Challenger, including the new Charger Daytona and Challenger T/A, as well as the 707-horsepower Challenger SRT Hellcat, the most powerful and fastest muscle car ever and the Charger SRT Hellcat, the quickest, fastest and most powerful sedan in the world.  
NHRA National Event Ticket Exchange Policy

There will be no compensation regardless of weather conditions.

QUALIFYING (typically run on Friday and Saturday):
If Pro nitro qualifying is rained out, customer will be entitled to 100 percent credit*.
Following the completion of one round of Pro nitro qualifying, no compensation.

ELIMINATIONS (typically run on Sunday):
A total rainout — customer is entitled to 100 percent credit*.
Following the completion of one round of Pro nitro eliminations, customer will be entitled to 50 percent credit*.
Following the completion of two rounds of Pro nitro eliminations, no compensation.
Refer to specific event schedules for time trials, qualifying, and eliminations days.

Customer must retain ticket stub to enter on rescheduled date.

If a customer cannot attend the rescheduled event, the ticket holder must retain the ticket(s) for use toward ticket purchase for next year’s event. Customer is responsible for any difference due to price increases, account fees, etc.

All sales are final. No refunds. NHRA is not responsible for lost or stolen tickets. Credentials will not be honored.

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Join the festivities on Sept. 29th at FirstEnergy Stadium when MOPAR hits town to kick off the Dodge NHRA Nationals race weekend at Maple Grove Raceway. It’s the MOPAR Mega Block Party! Live music, fireworks, monster truck rides and a MOPAR car show featuring over 100 current and classic cars. Also, a few of the NHRA drivers will be signing autographs and participating in the Home Run Derby. This free event has entertainment for the whole family, so don’t miss it.

Records Held 

  • 1989: Bob Glidden won his 75th National event during NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove
  • 1989: First successful side by side 4 second Top Fuel pass by Joe Amato and Shirley Muldowney
  • 1992: Cory McClenathan, first Top Fuel driver to achieve a run in 4.7 seconds at Nationals
  • 1994: First side by side Top Fuel pass by Mike Dunn and Blaine Johnson in which both drivers eclipse 300 mph
  • 2012: Maple Grove Raceway’s 50th Anniversary- 4 National records set during Keystone Nationals: Antron Brown (Top Fuel) 3.107 seconds; Jack Beckman (Funny Car) 3.986 seconds; Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) 6.728 seconds; Jason Line (Pro Stock) 6.477 seconds and 214.35 mph
  • Only two drivers who set a record at Maple Grove have never won here: Shawn Langdon (Top Fuel) and Mike Ashley (Funny Car)

               -2012: Shawn Langdon (Top Fuel) 334.15 mph (MPH 1000)

               -2006: Mike Ashley (Funny Car) 330.96 mph (MPH 1320)

Guest Information:
  • Listen to the race broadcast on 91.3 FM.
  • Coolers are permitted at most events. Maximum size: 12 inches. Check with racetrack staff with any questions.
  • Pets are permitted, but must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in the grandstands (except service animals assisting those with disabilities).
  • Smoking in the grandstands is prohibited.
  • Customers are permitted to exit the facility, but must have a hand stamp and ticket stub in their possession in order to reenter the track.
  • Please use Orange, Green or Blue Lots — or the free lot at Maple Grove Park.
Prohibited items:
  • Alcohol.
  • Glass bottles or containers.
  • Seatback-type cushions in grandstands.
  • Radio-controlled aerial devices (a.k.a. “drones”) of any type.
  • Other items in the judgment of management or security staff which pose a safety hazard or diminish the enjoyment of the event by other patrons.

RV Court

The RV Court area, located behind track side, has already reached 80% of capacity. We have a number of spots remaining at $600 and they come with two (2) general admission credentials, good for Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Enter on Thursday and check out Sunday evening or Monday morning. Call 610-856-9200 to reserve your RV Court space now.

Parkside RV Court

Parkside RV Court is being offered across the street from Gate 4 at Maple Grove Park. The spaces are $200.00 for the weekend, Thursday, September 29th- Sunday, October 2nd. Call 610-856-9200 to reserve and purchase a spot.

Club Nitro

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Don’t wait! Club Nitro is selling fast. We are at 54% capacity, so get your tickets now before they run out. Maple Grove Raceway’s new upscale hospitality chalet area for Nitro Fans at the 2016 Dodge NHRA Nationals set for September 30 thru October 2 are selling fast. The new are will be located in the professional pit area adjacent to the track with great food every day and viewing of the pro finish line at the 1000 foot mark of the record setting all concrete track.

Premium Parking

MGR is offering a limited number of premium parking spaces for the NHRA Keystone Nationals. Spots are $25 each day and must be purchased in advance with your race day tickets. Again, limited number of spots are available. Call 610-856-9200 to purchase your tickets and premium pit parking. If you wish to order online, you can add premium parking prior to check out.