Local drag racing fans can get revved up over news from the National Hot Rod Association.
The NHRA announced Tuesday that it has extended its contract with Maple Grove Raceway to host the Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals for an additional five years.
The move means the track in Brecknock Twp., Berks Co., south of Reading, will continue to showcase the event through the 2019 season, each year drawing to Berks County thousands of out-of-town fans who fill local hotels and generate millions of dollars for the region's economy.
The 2014 NHRA Nationals, scheduled for Oct. 2 through Oct. 5, will be the event’s 30th year at Maple Grove.
"We have had a great partnership with NHRA for the past 30 years of the Nationals and we are looking forward to many more," said Lex Dudas, vice president/general manager, Maple Grove Raceway, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012.
"With a reputation for producing great racing action and national record performances, Maple Grove Raceway continues to be a great partner in helping to grow the sport of NHRA drag racing in the eastern Pennsylvania region," said Tom Compton, president, NHRA, which has had an affiliation with Maple Grove since the 1960s.
Maple Grove's event is considered one of the fastest in all of motorsports, said track officials, adding that four of the six current NHRA national records have been set at Maple Grove in the past two years.