O’FALLON, MO – The American Drag Racing League (ADRL) makes its return to historic Maple Grove Raceway with the ADRL Northeast Drags II presented by Penske on May 4-5. It is the third of 10 races on the 2012 ADRL Tour.
With new classes, a World Championship format and expanded family fun midway, there is considerable excitement and anticipation surrounding the world’s premier eighth-mile drag racing league as it returns to Maple Grove for the second time. The ADRL made its debut at the track in 2011.
Along with the highly-anticipated and revolutionary new SuperCar Showdown class, all of the ADRL’s professional classes will make compete at Maple Grove, including Pro Junior Dragster (PJD), Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman (TS), Aeromotive Fuel Systems Pro Modified (PM), Extreme Pro Stock (XPS), Pro Extreme Motorcycle (PXM), Mickey Thompson Extreme 10.5 (XTF), Pro Nitrous (PN) and Pro Extreme (PX), the quickest and fastest full-bodied, doorslammer class in the world.
Racing for the first time anywhere in the world in 2012 is the highly-anticipated SuperCar Showdown. The ADRL SuperCar Showdown will showcase the latest factory-produced, dealership-available automobiles in all-out drag racing with no handicap starts or performance restrictions, adding even more excitement to the ADRL’s fast-paced show.
At the ADRL’s debut at Maple Grove in 2011, Frankie Taylor set a new world record with an 1/8-mile pass of 3.581 in Pro Extreme, making it the quickest 1/8-mile ever in the United States. Khalid Al-Balooshi also piloted the first nitrous car in drag racing history to go 200 miles per hour in an 1/8-mile race at last year’s event.
The gates open at 10 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, with the first round of qualifying on Friday set to begin at 12 p.m. On Saturday, the racing will begin at 12 p.m. with the final qualifying session. The first round of eliminations starts at 3:30 p.m., with special jet car passes and other exhibition runs concluding the evening on Friday and Saturday.
For more information on the ADRL Northeast Drags II presented by Penske, visit www.adrl.us/adrl-northeast-drags-ii/.
Tickets are $15 for adults Friday or Saturday, $25 for a two-day, full-event pass, free for children 12-under and will be on sale soon. They will available at Maple Grove Raceway or through www.adrl.us/schedule/tickets. A $5 coupon is also available at all area NAPA Auto Parts stores.ENTERTEXT
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