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MECHANICSVILLE, MARYLAND- Maryland International Raceway ™ (MDIR) proudly announces Its 2018 Speed Unlimited Performance ET Series and other additional ET feature events which includes more dates, more full-weekend racing and more special event programs.
Beyond the expanded points schedule for this season, which includes nearly $9,000 in the end-of-season points fund and the Rick’s Jewelers “Ring for the Queen” program, MDIR will play host to an additional twenty-plus ET racing date opportunities for racers.
The 2018 points schedule will include fifteen points races for competitors in both Top ET and Mod ET and sixteen points racers for Hubble Motorsports Jr. Dragster including five two-day race weekends providing extra racing for one trip to the track.
The 2018 points ET Series will begin Saturday, March 31 and will run through the season finale on Sunday, October 7.
New for 2018, the ET Series will be competing at the 10th Annual Atomizer Racing Injectors Door Wars event with separate points races both Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April 15.
ET Series points races will continue the following weekend on April 21 as well as additional events scheduled for May 12 and May 26.
Another new opportunity for ET racers to compete beyond the points schedule will come into play with the first of two NOLimit PromotionsTriple Crown $25K’s, May 17-20. The second Triple Crown $25K event will return later in the summer, July 19-22.
For Ron Hubble Motorsports Jr. Dragster competitors, the can’t-miss weekend is the Young Guns Showdown on Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1. The event includes two points races on Saturday and one on Sunday totaling three in just one weekend. Special features include a $1,000 to win event and 330’ races on Saturday as well as special age-group class races, best appearing, best reaction time contests and more on Sunday. New for 2018, the adults will also be part of the big weekend with separate ET Series point races for Top ET and Mod ET competing both days.
Two weeks later, the ET Series points chase returns to Budds Creek for the 40th Annual Jet Wars event. An additional points race was added to Sunday giving ET racers separate points races on July 14 and 15.
August 11-12 marks the return of the Speed Unlimited ET Series Summer Blowout Weekend which includes $5,000 to win Top ET, $2,000 to win Mod ET and $500 to win Jr. Dragster each day as well as a 330’ shootout for Hubble Motorsports Jr. Dragster, and a “party-at-the-line for all competitors on Saturday night.
Next on deck is the Super Chevy event as an extra race opportunity August 18-19 for Chevy/GM and Jr. Dragster competitors.
Yet another new ET feature at MDIR for 2018 is the IHRA Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Spectacular, August 24-26. This three-day event is open to Box, No Box and Jr. Dragster, was created to produce a fun double-race weekend with increased purses that are affordable for grassroots, bracket racing competitors who support their local tracks each week.
The next points race will take place on September 1, which will also be the last day to qualify for bracket finals as well as the Wild Card race.
The 9th Annual Legends at Budds Creek is back on September 8 and offers ET racers with 1989 or older race cars yet another opportunity to compete.
A few weeks later, MDIR will also once again play host to the IHRA Team Finals on September 27-September 30 giving team #MDIR home-track advantage, as well as allowing qualified racers the opportunity to race close to home and in front of family and friends.
Top ET will once again have two $5,000 to win events during the 33rd Annual Superchargers Showdown October 5 and 6. New for 2018 the ET Series competitors will have separate points races on both Saturday, October 6 and Sunday, October 7. Sunday’s race will also serve as the last day to qualify for the IHRA Summit Super Series event, as well as the final points race of the season where champions will be crowed!
Even though the points season will come to a close on October 7, racing is still open for business. Ford racers can take advantage of the Ford Fever Classic on October 19-21 and for the Mopar competitors, it’s the Mopar Eastern Classic on October 27.
A reminder that MDIR will also host two special $1,500 to win ET Combo events at the Spring and Fall Swap Meets on March 25 and November 11), giving racers plenty of chances to race down the legendry Budds Creek track.
Beginning in 2018, both Swap Meet ET Combo races, Super Chevy, Ford Fever and Mopar events will all be on the 1/8 mile.
Beyond the exciting and expanded schedule, MDIR has also announced a pairing rule change for 2018. For Top ET only, door cars will be called to the lanes first, followed by dragsters, for the first 3 rounds of eliminations (not including re-entry). Single-file door cars will be paired front to back until none or one are left and any single remaining door car left will run with dragsters. This will be in effect at all ET races beginning this season.
Royce Miller the IRG COO and acting GM at Maryland International Raceway stated “We have worked very hard in the off-season to provide the best overall ET program we could. With the additional Speed Unlimited ET Series points races and special events, this truly is one of the best years ever for ET racers at MDIR. Now it is up to the ET racers to support, and invite others to support, these events so they are successful and stay on the schedule for future years”.
Point Event Dates:
- March 31 – ET Series Kick-off
- April 14 – Door Wars
- April 15 – Door Wars
- April 21 – ET Series
- May 12 – ET Series
- May 26 – ET Series
- June 30 – ET Series/Young Guns
- July 1 – ET Series/Young Guns
- July 14 – Jet Wars
- July 15 – ET Series
- August 11 – ET Series Summer Blowout
- August 12 – ET Series Summer Blowout
- September 1 -– ET Series – Wild Card Race
- October 6 – Superchargers
- October 7 -– ET Series Finale
Non-Points ET Racing Event Date Opportunities:
- March 25 – Spring Swap Meet Gambler’s Race
- May 4 – PDRA Bracket Bash
- May 5 – PDRA Bracket Bash
- May 17 – Triple Crown $25K
- May 18 – Triple Crown $25K
- May 19 – Triple Crown $25K
- May 20 – Triple Crown $25K
- July 19 – Triple Crown $25K
- July 20 – Triple Crown $25K
- July 21 – Triple Crown $25K
- July 22 – Triple Crown $25K
- Aug 18 – Super Chevy
- Aug 19 – Super Chevy
- Aug 25 – IHRA Sportsman Spectacular
- Sept 28 – IHRA Team
- Sept 29 – IHRA Team Finals
- Sept 30 – IHRA Team Finals
- Oct 5 – Supercharges (Top ET)
- Oct 20 – Ford Fever Classic
- Oct 21 – Ford Fever Classic
- Oct 27 – Mopar Classic
- Oct 27 – Mopar Classic
Learn more about the MDIR ET program: http://racemdir.com/central/index.htm