Rev up your engines and get ready for a thrilling weekend at the Northern Michigan Dragway as it gears up to host its 26th Annual Mopars Against the World event from Thursday, July 27th, to Saturday, July 29th, 2023. This three-day extravaganza promises to be a power-packed celebration of speed, camaraderie, and fierce competition.
Known for drawing the largest attendance of all dragway events each season, Mopars Against the World is a spectacle that brings together car enthusiasts and racing aficionados from far and wide. The event celebrates the iconic Mopar vehicles, including Chrysler, Dodge, Plymouth, Jeep, and Eagle/AMC, as they go head-to-head against other makes in thrilling drag races.
This year’s event comes on the heels of Northern Michigan Dragway’s most successful season to date. The May’s Bonfire Salute and June’s Bowtie Challenge set new records for entry numbers in the history of these marquee events. In fact, the most recent event held on July 15th saw a staggering 293 race entries staged in the first round alone, a testament to the event’s popularity and the passion it ignites among participants and spectators alike.
The action-packed weekend kicks off on Thursday, July 27th, with Time Trials starting at 4 pm. Friday, July 28th, will see another round of Time Trials beginning at 11 am, followed by the adrenaline-pumping Eliminations at 2 pm. The excitement culminates on Saturday, July 29th, with Time Trials at 11 am, leading up to the highly anticipated Eliminations at 2 pm.
Spectators are in for a treat, with a special ticket pricing structure for each day. You can choose to attend on Thursday or Friday for $25, which also includes access on Saturday. Alternatively, if Saturday is the only day that suits your schedule, tickets are available at a reduced price of $15. Kids aged 8-13 can join in on the fun for $15 on Thursday or Friday, including Saturday, or $10 on Saturday only. As always, kids aged 7 and under get in for free!
One of the event’s major highlights is the Top Doorslammers category, where participants will compete for a chance to win a grand prize of $2000, along with an additional $500 for the Top Qualifier. The stakes are high, with a Consolation Race offering a prize of $150 to the winner. With a $150 Entry Fee, this category is sure to draw some of the fiercest contenders in the drag racing community. The Top Doorslammers category will feature two qualification runs on Friday, leading to the nail-biting eliminations on Saturday.
For those seeking even more excitement, the Bracket I (box) and Bracket II (no box) categories offer lucrative cash prizes. Friday’s winner in Bracket I will take home $2000, while Saturday’s victor will claim a staggering $6000. On the other hand, Bracket II offers $2000 to Friday’s winner and a jaw-dropping $10,000 to Saturday’s champion. The weekend entry fee for these categories is $175, or participants can choose to enter on a single day with $100 on Friday and $125 on Saturday. For those craving a second chance, re-entry is possible with a fee of $40 on Friday and $50 on Saturday.
The action doesn’t stop there! Pro Trophy (9.99 & faster) competitors will battle it out on both Friday and Saturday, each vying for glory with a $25 entry fee and a $10 re-entry fee. Meanwhile, Street Trophy (8.00 & slower) participants will showcase their skills on Thursday and Friday, with a $25 entry fee and a $10 re-entry fee for each day.
The young motorsport enthusiasts also get their chance to shine in the Juniors category, divided into Advanced and Mini divisions. Thursday and Friday will be the days for Junior racers to put their talents to the test. The Advanced category entry fee is set at $20 daily, with a $10 re-entry fee, while the Mini category has a $10 entry fee per day, also with a $10 re-entry fee.
With the support of sponsors Allstar Performance & Pertronix, the 26th Annual Mopars Against the World promises an unforgettable weekend filled with roaring engines, burning rubber, and heart-pounding moments. Located at 13991 Potter Rd., Bear Lake 49614, the Northern Michigan Dragway is the place to be from July 27th to July 29th, 2023.