29th annual Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals
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Maple Grove Raceway
30 Stauffer Park Lane
Mohnton, PA 19540-7751
Elevation: 548 feet
Tickets: www.maplegroveraceway.com; 610-856-9200
Radio Frequency: 91.3 FM
Maple Grove Raceway has a long history of record performances, including the first side-by-side quarter-mile four-second and 300-mph Top Fuel passes, and the cool October climates continue to offer more of the same. The event is the fourth in four weeks and marks the midpoint of the Countdown to the Championship.
2012 Recap: On a record-breaking weekend during which three national e.t. records and two speed records were set, every category had runs that were among the three quickest of all time. Antron Brown ran the quickest e.t. in NHRA history, a national record 3.701, in the Top Fuel semifinals, but it was rookie Khalid alBalooshi rebounding from a tough season to score his first win. Mike Neff won in Funny Car, V. Gaines was the surprise winner in Pro Stock, and Eddie Krawiec beat teammate Andrew Hines in a Pro Stock Motorcycle final that was completed two weeks later during qualifying at the Las Vegas event.
How to Get There: The track is 10 miles south of Reading and 65 miles west of Philadelphia. From Reading, take Route 176 south to the Green Hills exit, then go south (left) six miles on Route 10 to Alleghenyville Road and turn right, following signs to the raceway. From Philadelphia, take the Pennsylvania Turnpike west to Exit 298, then take Route 10 north six miles to Alleghenyville Road and turn left, following the signs. From Harrisburg, take the Pennsylvania Turnpike east to Exit 286, Route 222. Follow Route 222 north to Route 568 East, then follow the signs.
Visitor Information: Greater Reading Convention & Visitors Bureau, www.readingberkspa.com, 610-375-4085 or 800-443-6610