Pandemic causes NHRA to cancel 2020 Maple Grove Raceway national event

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The NHRA has to issue a statement on Monday announcing the cancellation of another national event. This time around, it was the lone race in the Northeast.

The Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil at Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, Pennsylvania has been canceled. The event was supposed to be the first race after the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis in Brownsburg, Indiana before the cancellation.

Maple Grove Raceway 2020 national event canceled (Photo by the NHRA)

“We are extremely disappointed to announce the cancellation of the September national event, which has been a staple event for the past 35 years,” Maple Grove Raceway President Kent Lewis said. “Due to the pandemic, Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf has severely limited attendance at events for the 2020 season.”

For the past several seasons, this event has kicked off the NHRA Countdown to the Championship. However, there is no Countdown to the Championship in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The restrictions put in place by Governor Tom Wolf caused them race to be cancelled. Presently, there’s a 250 people in an outdoor setting.

Maple Grove Raceway has been operating with limited racers and crews at their facility due to Wolf’s restrictions at the events they have held. The Grove’s events have been without spectators.

They’re trying to survive this crazy year as the track is up for sale. This is the third marquee event that they’ve lost in 2020.

The 2020 Street Outlaws No Prep Kings has been moved to 2021. Also, the PDRA recently announced the cancellation of their first-ever event at Maple Grove Raceway.

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