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Fans can experience VIP treatment with DSR

Once again, Maple Grove Raceway is teaming up with Don Schumacher Racing to offer Friday hospitality. For only $130, fans can get a reserved seat ticket and get the VIP experience behind the ropes in the DSR pits! The experience includes a catered meal, meet-and-greet with the DSR drivers, door prizes and refreshments throughout the day.These tickets are only sold over the phone. For more information call (610) 856-9210.

Racing season to open with Test ‘n Tune

Maple Grove Raceway will roar to life for the 2014 season on Saturday morning, April 12, with grudge racing and a Test ‘n’ Tune session.

The grudge racing program is informal and allows novices to try their hand at the sport and veterans to hone their skills. Grudge racing is open to street-legal vehicles and race cars arriving at the drag strip on trailers. Racers may choose their opponents or compete against each other in random pairings.

Local E.T. bracket racers will make good use of the Test ‘n’ Tune session in preparation for the first points race of the Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail on Saturday, April 26.

Gates will open at 9 a.m. and racing will begin at 10 a.m. The staging lanes will close at 3:30 p.m. and racing will conclude at 4 p.m.

Race entry is $20 for street-driven cars and $25 for trailered race cars. Adult spectator admission is $10 and kids 12 and under are free.

Major rules change for Jr. Dragsters

The NHRA announced it has changed the 12.90 minimum dial-in to 11.90 for the 8-9 year olds in the NHRA Summit Jr Drag Racing League, effective immediately.

“We have been evaluating the NHRA Summit Jr Drag Racing League and found this change was necessary to address the evaluation of the Jr Dragsters”, said Josh Peterson, Vice President of Racing Administration. “This is the second change we have made to the Jr Drag Racing League, last year we accepted a cost effective engine into the series, the Briggs and Stratton 206 to address rising costs in the league.

Amendments to the 2014 NHRA Jr Drag Racing League rulebook can be found on NHRARacer.com and NHRA’s Jr Dragster website.

NHRA Nationals Tickets on sale now!

Tickets for the NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway went on sale to the general public on April 1.

Don’t wait to get your seats for the Oct. 2-5 event, the biggest on the Maple Grove schedule!

See the stars of the NHRA Mello Yello Series, including John Force, Tony Schumacher, Antron Brown, Jeg Coughlin and Erica Enders-Stevens.

The race will once again be part of the Countdown to The Championship, so these racers will be going all out to secure their position for the season championship.

You can order your tickets two different ways:

  • The easiest way is to order online here. You can get your tickets this way 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Or you can call the Maple Grove Raceway offices at (610) 856-9200 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Tony Elmo retires after 22 years of service; Clair named new Event Services Director

Event Services Director Tony Elmo has retired from Maple Grove Raceway after 22 years and John Clair has been named as his replacement. Clair has been working at MGR for 30 years and will report directly to Vice President and General Manager Lex Dudas.

“We’re going to miss Tony,” Dudas said. “He put his heart and soul into Maple Grove Raceway and was not only a great team member, but I was proud to call him a friend.  We wish him the best in his retirement.  He will still be with us in a consulting role.”

“I worked at Maple Grove Raceway for 22 years,” Elmo recalled. “I started at the gates, then worked my way up. In 2001 I was named Event Services Director.

“My best memories of the track were working with Lex Dudas in general. Lex taught me a lot. Last year was one of our best (NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series) national events and 2008 was really good too – no rain and a huge crowd. Our local racers really support the track. I will miss it.” More >

John Bisci named Director of Communications

John Bisci, a 25-year veteran of motorsports public relations, has been named Director of Communications for Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, Pennsylvania. Bisci comes to Maple Grove Raceway after serving as Public Relations Manager at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for more than 13 years. Bisci will lead Maple Grove Raceway’s corporate communications, media relations and public relations efforts and will report directly to Vice President and General Manager Lex Dudas.

Prior to serving as Public Relations Manager for Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Bisci spent six years working as a media specialist for NASCAR teams and sponsors. Bisci launched his motorsports media career in 1988 and served as public relations director for three short tracks in the Northeast. More >