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Photos, Facts and History of Maple Grove Raceway

Image taken from above Maple Grove Raceway.
A Google Satelitte image of Maple Grove Raceway



Located: Mohnton, Pennsylvania (Just south of Reading)
Opened: August, 1962
Track Length: 1/4 mile dragstrip
Elevation: 158 - 165 meters


Maple Grove Raceway was first opened in August, 1962 and is located in Mohnton, Pennsylvania - around 10 miles south of Reading, just off the Pennsylvania Turnpike. It consists of a 1/4 mile NHRA sanctioned dragstrip and was built on the former site of Brecknock Speedway - a pre WWII race track. The dragstrip hosts the NHRA's Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals each year dating back to 1985 when it was called the Castrol GTX Keystone NHRA Nationals.

It has been the site of many historic drag racing feats, including the first ever side-by-side Top Fuel Dragster runs done in just four seconds. This was added to the record books in 1989 by Joe Amato and Shirley Muldowney. That was just one example of the many NHRA "firsts" that would be seen at Maple Grove Raceway.

Each weekend from March to November there is exciting racing held at the track, ranging from Jet-powered vehicles, Nostalgia Racing, and Top Fuel Dragsters, to Street Bike races and Street Legal Grudge racing. Throughout the year there is something to interest nearly every racing enthusiast. Some of the special events seen from the facility include the Super Chevy Show and the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.

Since it opened, Maple Grove Raceway has become one of the best drag racing tracks in the United States.


A photo of the dragstrip and the surrounding land.
Maple Grove Raceway and some of the land that surrounds it.

Picture showing the length of Maple Grove Raceway.
This image shows the length of the dragstrip, in a shot taken from above the starting/grandstands area.