The NHRA Countdown to the Championship heads to Reading, Pennsylvania, home of Maple Grove Raceway, for the Auto Plus NHRA Nationals this weekend, Thursday through Sunday, October 4th through 7th. The event, the fourth in the six-race “playoff” series, will feature all four Full Throttle Drag Racing Series categories – Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle – along with Sportsman racing throughout the weekend.
In 2011, two new national record e.t.’s were set by Del Worhsam in Top Fuel and Jason Line in Pro Stock. Last year’s winners – Spencer Massey (Top Fuel), Robert Hight (Funny Car), Line (Pro Stock) and Hector Arana Jr. (Pro Stock Motorcycle) – will be defending their titles at this year’s event, with Countdown competition coming from the likes of Antron Brown, Tony Schumacher, Ron Capps, Mike Neff, Erica Enders, Allen Johnson, Andrew Hines and Ed Krawiec.
Spectator gates open Thursday through Saturday at 8 a.m. ET, and Sunday at 8:30 a.m. ET. Sportsman qualifying begins Thursday and ends on Friday, with eliminations beginning Saturday morning at 8:45 a.m. ET. Friday also features two sessions of professional qualifying beginning at 1 and 4 p.m. ET; pro qualifying concludes Saturday with sessions at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. ET. Eliminations begin Sunday at 11 a.m. ET, preceded by the popular NHRA Track Walk at 9:30 a.m. ET and driver introductions at 10:15 a.m. ET.
Tickets are still available for the Auto Plus NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway – Thursday adult general admission tickets are $12, while Friday adult tickets are $37 (general admission) and $44 (reserved seating ). Saturday adult tickets are $49 (general admission) and $59 (reserved), and adult tickets for eliminations on Sunday are $49 (general admission) and $60 (reserved). Child and Junior ticket prices are also available – find out more about the event and purchase tickets at www.maplegroveraceway.com.
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