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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.

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 >

2013 Money Trail All-Star Team

The 2013 Maple Grove Raceway All-Star team was announced during Saturday night’s Money Trail Banquet.

The team was picked by a vote of the racers.

The 2013 Maple Grove All-Star Team: More >

Winners honored at banquet

Dozens of Maple Grove Raceway’s best racers crowded the ballroom at the Crowne Plaza Reading Hotel Saturday night for the 51st annual Money Trail Awards Banquet.

Over $30,000 in cash, trophies and contingency awards was handed out during the ceremony to the top 48 drivers in the five Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail E.T. Series, Jr. Dragsters and the ATI Stock-Super Stock Shootout.

Dozens of racers, whether or not they were in the money, were on hand with friends and family. It’s a great tradition that Maple Grove management is looking to continue far into the future.

The season champions for the Money Trail Series had their turn in the spotlight as Lanny Werley (Gold Rush Trailers Super), Brock Moshier (Ciccarone Racing Products Pro), Paul Werner (P.C. Richard & Son Street), Cory Stuebner (Ray’s Yamaha Top Bike), Vincent Branca (Jr. Dragster) and Lee Risser (ATI Stock-Super Stock) were recognized in their respective classes. More >

Winners honored at NED banquet

Three Maple Grove Raceway drivers were recognized during the NHRA Northeast Division banquet held Saturday night at Hershey Lodge:

  • Hollie Ray-Bausher (Shillington, Pa.) for winning the 12-13 year-old age group at the NHRA Northeast Division Jr. Dragster League championship last August at Mason-Dixon Dragway.
  • Scott Smith (Birdsboro, Pa.) for winning Street Class at the Summit Racing Series E.T. Finals in September at Numidia Dragway.
  • Mark Price Jr. (Collegeville, Pa.) for winning the 10-11 age group at the NHRA Northeast Division Jr. Dragster League championship last August at Mason-Dixon Dragway.

Also honored was Team Maple Grove for winning an unprecedented 13th team championship at the Summit Racing Series E.T. Finals in September at Numidia Dragway.