Rockingham Dragway 2015 Schedule

January 26, 2015 by  
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ROCKINGHAM SCHEDULE INCLUDES RACES FOR TWO WHEELS, FOUR WHEELS AND FEET

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. – Rockingham Dragway owner Steve Earwood announced Monday a comprehensive 2015 schedule that for the first time in 17 years features the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series along with the PDRA Pro Mod Series, the AMRA all-Harley Motorcycle Series, the Dieffenbach Classic Rock Super Chevy Show presented by Richmond County Tourism and even a race that uses manpower instead of horsepower.

The sandhills area track will open for the first time on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, for the first event in the 2015 Rock Solid Test-and-Tune Series and two weeks later will play host to the annual Racers Appreciation weekend featuring free entry for all ET racers.

The first of Rockingham’s feature races will be the second annual “Roar at the Rock” PDRA Springnationals, April 10-12, featuring three classes of Pro Mod cars plus Top Dragsters, Top Sportsman and two Jr. Dragster classes.

On May 16, the track will be reconfigured to accommodate the Rugged Maniacs Series which features a three-mile run through an obstacle course that includes climbing towers, underground tunnels, waterslides and other challenges followed by a party on site featuring music, mechanical bulls and adult bounce houses.

“The Rugged Maniacs is something that’s trending nationally,” Earwood said, “and we’re pretty excited to be included. I think there are 21 events planned this year. Austin, Chicago, Seattle, Portland, L.A., Atlanta. It’s pretty impressive what they do and we’re anxious to see how it plays out.”

The Lucas Oil Series, which features NHRA’s Sportsman stars, returns to the track May 29-31 and the annual Iron Horse Smoke Out Bike Rally makes its sixteenth stop a month later (June 19-20).

The Dieffenbach Super Chevy Show returns Oct. 9-11 with its traditional all-Chevys, all-the-time format before the track reverts to two wheels Oct. 16-18 with the annual AMRA Jim McClure Nitro Harley Nationals.

Also new for 2015 is the SouthRock Motorcycle Grudge Series hosted jointly by Rockingham and by South Georgia Motorsports Park in Valdosta and the Hot Rock Summer Sizzler, part of the Manufacturers Cup motorcycle series.

For complete schedule go to www.rockinghamdragway.com

Maple Grove Raceway Releases 2015 Schedule

January 26, 2015 by  
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Maple Grove Raceway Releases 2015 Schedule

MOHNTON, Pa. — Maple Grove Raceway today released its 2015 schedule. Headlining the 2015 calendar is the 31st annual NHRA Keystone Nationals for the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series on Oct. 1-4.

Fifteen dates are reserved for the Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail E.T. bracket racing series: May 2, May 9, May 16, May 17, May 31, June 20, June 28, July 4, July 5, July 11, July 12, Aug. 1, Aug. 2, Aug. 8 and Aug. 22.

This year’s schedule contains many special events, including: Mega Mopar Series (May 30), The Great Bull Run (June 13), Glory Days Nostalgia Drags (June 27), Super Chevy Show (July 17-19), Keystone Diesel Truck Nationals (July 25), American Muscle Mustangs (Aug. 15), Fun Ford Series (Sept. 5), Monster Trucks (Sept. 6), Latin-American Sport Compacts (Sept. 12-13) and the P.C. Richard & Son Dutch Classic Presented By Penske Truck Leasing (Oct. 8-11).

APRIL
11 — Saturday — Spring flea market

MAY
2 — Saturday — Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail E.T. bracket series race No. 1
3 — Sunday — U.T.I. High School Challenge
8 — Friday — Auto Locator Fast Friday
9 — Saturday — Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail E.T. bracket series race No. 2
15 — Friday — Auto Locator Fast Friday
16 — Saturday — Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail E.T. bracket series race No. 3, Mid-Atlantic .90 Series
17 — Sunday — Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail E.T. bracket series race No. 4, Mid-Atlantic .90 Series
21 — Thursday — Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series test
22 — Friday — Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series
23 — Saturday — Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Showdown at Sundown
24 — Sunday — Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series
25 — Monday — Memorial Day — Rain date for Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series
29 — Friday — Auto Locator Fast Friday
30 — Saturday — Mega Mopar Series, East Coast Stock-Super Stock Series
31 — Sunday — Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail E.T. bracket series race No. 5, East Coast Stock-Super Stock Series

JUNE
5 — Friday — Auto Locator Fast Friday
6 — Saturday — Race For Ronald McDonald House
7 — Sunday — VW June Bug Classic XXVIII, Jr. Dragster Challenge
13 — Saturday — The Great Bull Run
14 — Sunday — Rain date for The Great Bull Run
19 — Friday — Auto Locator Fast Friday
20 — Saturday — Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail E.T. bracket series race No. 6
21 — Sunday — Father’s Day — Doug Foley’s Drag Racing Experience
26 — Friday — Auto Locator Fast Friday
27 — Saturday — Glory Days Nostalgia Drags, summer flea market
28 — Sunday — Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail E.T. bracket series race No. 7

JULY
3 — Friday — Auto Locator Fast Friday
4 — Saturday — Independence Day — Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail E.T. bracket series race No. 8, National Dragster Challenge

5 — Sunday — Scott’s Transmission Center Racer Appreciation Day, Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail E.T. bracket series race No. 9

10 — Friday — Auto Locator Fast Friday
11 — Saturday — Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail E.T. bracket series race No. 10
12 — Sunday — Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail E.T. bracket series race No. 11
17 — Friday — Super Chevy Show Presented By Original Parts Group
18 — Saturday — Super Chevy Show Presented By Original Parts Group
19 — Sunday — Super Chevy Show Presented by Original Parts Group
24 — Friday — Auto Locator Fast Friday
25 — Saturday — Keystone Diesel Truck Nationals
26 — Sunday — Rain date for Keystone Diesel Truck Nationals
31 — Friday — Auto Locator Fast Friday

AUGUST
1 — Saturday — Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail E.T. bracket series race No. 12
2 — Sunday — Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail E.T. bracket series race No. 13
7 — Friday — Auto Locator Fast Friday
8 — Saturday — Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail E.T. bracket series race No. 14, East Coast Stock-Super Stock Series

9 — Sunday — ATI Performance Products Racer Appreciation Day, East Coast Stock-Super Stock Series
15 — Saturday — American Muscle Mustangs
16 — Sunday — Rain date for American Muscle Mustangs
21 — Friday — Auto Locator Fast Friday
22 — Saturday — Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail E.T. bracket series race No. 15, NHRA King of the Track

23 — Sunday — Hannum’s Harley Davidson Show (drag races, www.hannumshdmedia.com)

24, 25, 26, 27 — Monday-Thursday — Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School

28 — Friday — Auto Locator Fast Friday
29 — Saturday — Rumble at The Grove: Pro Mods, ATI Performance Products Racer Appreciation Day, Jr. Dragsters

30 — Sunday — Doug Foley’s Drag Racing Experience

SEPTEMBER
4 — Friday — Auto Locator Fast Friday
5 — Saturday — Fun Ford Series
6 — Sunday — KSR Motorsports Monster Truck & Thrill Show
7 — Monday — Labor Day — Rain date for KSR Motorsports Monster Truck & Thrill Show
11 — Friday — Auto Locator Fast Friday (final ALFF of the season)
12 — Saturday — Latin-American Sport Compacts
13 — Sunday — Latin-American Sport Compacts
19 — Saturday — Test ‘n’ Tune, “grudge” racing
20 — Sunday — UTI Funday Sunday

OCTOBER
1 — Thursday — NHRA Keystone Nationals (Mello Yello Drag Racing Series national event)
2 — Friday — NHRA Keystone Nationals (Mello Yello Drag Racing Series national event)
3 — Saturday — NHRA Keystone Nationals (Mello Yello Drag Racing Series national event)
4 — Sunday — NHRA Keystone Nationals (Mello Yello Drag Racing Series national event)
8 — Thursday — P.C. Richard & Son Dutch Classic Presented By Penske Truck Leasing
9 — Friday — P.C. Richard & Son Dutch Classic Presented By Penske Truck Leasing
10 — Saturday — P.C. Richard & Son Dutch Classic Presented By Penske Truck Leasing
11 — Sunday — P.C. Richard & Son Dutch Classic Presented By Penske Truck Leasing
17 — Saturday — 10k Footbrake Nationals
18 — Sunday — Rain date for 10k Footbrake Nationals
24 — Saturday — Fall flea market

Schedule is subject to change.

Now in its 53rd year of operation, historic Maple Grove Raceway is recognized as one of the leading NHRA-sanctioned drag strips in the United States. MGR’s 31st annual NHRA Keystone Nationals Mello Yello Drag Racing Series national event will take place Oct. 1-4, 2015.

For more information, please call Maple Grove Raceway at (610) 856-9210 or visit www.maplegroveraceway.com. Follow Maple Grove Raceway on Facebook and Twitter (@maplegrove).

Camaro Goes Funny Car Racing in 2015 with John Force

January 22, 2015 by  
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The new 2015 Chevrolet Camaro will compete in the 2015 NHRA Funny Car Series with none other than John Force Racing (JFR). The 18-time Championship team has agreed to a multi-year contract to put Courtney Force, Robert Hight, and of course, John Force in Camaros. The team’s Top Fuel Dragster with Brittany Force behind the wheel will also be adorned with the iconic gold bow-tie.

“John Force is a champion and a legend both on and off the track, as a driver and as a team owner,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet Vice President for Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “John Force is a racer’s racer and a fierce competitor, and we are excited to welcome John and his team back to Chevrolet.”

“It is great to be back with Chevrolet. I started my career in a Chevy and my plan is to keep racing with them for many years to come. This is a great American company and we are excited about the opportunities in front of us,” said John Force, CEO John Force Racing and 16-time Funny Car champion.

Force has a long-standing relationship with Chevrolet, racing Corvettes, Citations, Luminas, Cavaliers and Camaros over his career. In 1994, Force won the NHRA Funny Car Championship racing a Chevrolet Lumina to an incredible 50-8 round win record, 11 final rounds, 10 wins and 12 No. 1 qualifiers.

“I won my first round of racing, went to my first final and got my first No. 1 in a Chevy. Since then I have won more rounds, races, championships than anyone in the sport. I have the record for most No. 1 qualifiers too and I can’t wait to get to the Winternationals and start adding to those records in a brand new Chevy,” added Force.

Last season was a landmark year for Chevrolet in racing, earning five manufacturers championships and six drivers championships. Chevrolet also notched notable victories in some of the year’s biggest races such as the Daytona 500, Brickyard 400, IndyCar Duel in Detroit, and the 24 Hours of Daytona, along with NHRA U.S. Nationals wins in Pro Stock and Stock Eliminator. With the signing of John Force Racing, 2015 should prove to be one of the best years in Chevrolet racing history. As this season unfolds, be sure to keep your browser locked to The BLOCK for all the latest inside news, features and happenings in the world of Chevrolet Performance.

 

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