Sad News

It’s with a heavy heart to inform our racers and fans of the passing of a great man within our sport.  Jim Beattie, the founder of ATI Performance Products passed away last Friday.

Jim was not only a great supporter of Maple Grover Raceway since the early 1970’s but he supported many sportsman racers over the years with great contingency program offerings as well as great service to ATI’s many and loyal customers.

Beattie also owned one of the mid-70’s best nitro funny car operations, Black Magic, driven by Al Segrini and tuned by Bill Barrett.  The car was a consistent runner and was a feature car at many of the east coast’s big funny car shows.

The family owned corporation will go on with son, JC Beattie, at the helm.  JC has done a great job since assuming a major role within the Baltimore based company.

We’d like to pass our condolences to JC, Jim’s wife Lynn and the entire Beattie family.  We’ll all miss him!

13 Days to the Spring Flea Market

Mark your calendar for Saturday April 11th as we kick the gates open for the Spring Flea Market.  Over the years this event has grown both in vendors and buyers and we anticipate another great turnout.  Gates open for Vendors at 7AM.  See you there!

Maple Grove Raceway to Unveil New and Improved Website

Maple Grove Raceway officials and ARC Marketing Solutions have teamed up to create a new website for Maple Grove Raceway.  The project has been ongoing since early January and is expected to be launched the week of April 3rd.

In making the announcement Maple Grove’s Lex Dudas stated, “We have been operating with the same website since 2008 and we were due for a complete overhaul.  We’re very happy to be working with ARC Marketing to build the new platform and website.”

ARC’s Jon Carroll stated; “We’re excited to be involved in the design and rollout of the new website for Maple Grove Raceway.  We’re a local company and we wanted to show the drag racing world what we have to offer. Maple Grove Raceway’s site has grown each and every year with more and more race fans depending on the website for current information and our goal is to make the site more user friendly and informative.”

Concrete Racing Surface Update

A sub base of stone was added this week as well as a new 4” drainage system to help move foundation water away.  The concrete forms are being installed for the first pour of 200 feet.  Now a waiting game as we need 3 days of above freezing weather including night time temperatures.   The long range forecast looks like we might get a break in temperatures next week.  Let’s keep our fingers crossed!

Ken’s Kustom Chassis to Support Junior Dragster Racer Appreciation Days


Kerry Kissinger of Ken’s Kustom Chassis announced this week that his family’s chassis business will contribute cash awards for the three junior dragster racer appreciation days during the 2015 season at Maple Grove Raceway.

The junior appreciation days will offer a total of $500 cash to the eliminator champion at each race.

The dates for Junior Appreciation Days are May 9, July 5 and the juniors will join the Outlaw Pro Mods at the Rumble at the Grove on August 29th.

For further information contact Jason Leber at

Please Click on picture for Ken’s Kustom Chassis webpage 




Attention, Area Eateries

Maple Grove Raceway is undertaking a new program to enhance and inform our fans and racers as to what Berks County and beyond offer in dining experiences when they visit our area.

Please refer to the Fan Info tab on the homepage of our website,  where you will see the start of our “local area dining” page.

The package includes an business card ad on our website and a business card ad in the new Local Dining section in all editions of our 1320 Hotline Drag Racing News which will run in two printed editions and two online versions for the 2015 season.

Another feature to be added will be drive times and miles to your restaurant to help the fans when they leave the track for the day.

If you’d like to have your establishment in this affordable package, please contact Lex Dudas at or call the office at 610-856-9200.