Type: Drag Strip
Length: 1/4 Mile
Race Days: March through November
Divisions: Junior Dragster, Pro Modified, Pro Stock, Street Stock, Super Street
Fan Capacity: 10,000+
Seating: Bench Style Seating
Parking: On Site Parking is Free
Carry-In Policy: Coolers Allowed - Beer Allowed / No Glass
Alcohol Policy: Available On Site
Smoking Policy: Designated Areas Only
Chair Policy: No Outside Chairs Allowed
Camping: Available Nearby
Security: Private Security On Site
Senior Discount: Yes
Military Discount: Yes
Payment Options: Cash & Credit Cards
ATM On Site: Yes
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Maryland International Raceway was first built in 1966, by Joe LaRoque. The very first opening event in July, 1966, was called the NASCAR Top Fuel Championships. This Top Fuel event was won by Ronnie Still in a Hemi Small Block Chevy. The raceway’s name at that time was St. Mary’s Drag-O-Way. Joe retained ownership of the raceway for just a little over a year. In 1967, Bill Cairns (a car dealership owner) bought the facility. He renamed the track to Budds Creek Raceway. Bill was a St. Mary’s County resident himself. The operation remained under his control until 1972.
The track was then purchased by Tod Mack and Larry Clayton. The name was again changed to the present Maryland International Raceway. Their creative thinking and ingenuity for the raceway built a foundation for the sport. The first U.S. Pro Stock Open, back in 1975, was a hit! The turnout for the event was so much more than they expected, and they actually ran out of tickets! Among some of the innumerable things that Tod and Larry did at the raceway was at one time, there were two Christmas trees on the track, and four lanes.
Ownership changed hands yet again to Royce and Linda Miller. Leased by Miller in late 1989, the name was unchanged. Royce was actually the MDIR Super Pro Track Champion in 1984 too. The track remained NHRA until 1991. Then in the opening of the 1992 season, MDIR took a new leap to the International Hot Rod Association. With all of his racing and business experience (he also owns commercial real estate in Manassas, VA that he leases), he was the right man for the job. The lease agreement finally ended when Miller purchased the track in February, 1998.