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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 >

The votes are in!

We’d like to thank everyone who attended our annual Racers Meeting as well as all of you that responded to the recent survey we sent out. We e-mailed all members having an e-mail address on their membership form and for those that didn’t have emails we mailed hard copies via mail.

The voting process ended at the close of business on Monday, March 10. A total of 54.5 percent of the 2013 membership submitted either electronic ballots or hard copy ballots. We would like to thank each and every one of you that participated at the racer meeting and the voting process.

In reviewing the results 54.5 percent of the members participated in the vote, 45.5 percent members didn’t respond and when you look at the final vote tallies all three main issues were within 2 or 3 votes on each issue!

Here are the results and what we are doing for 2014: More >

NAPA returns to Maple Grove

After a few years absence, NAPA Auto Parts is coming back to Maple Grove Raceway as a major promotional partner.

“NAPA has always been an enthusiastic partner and we look forward to working with them in the years to come,” said MGR vice president/general manager Lex Dudas. “The NAPA brand is very big in Southeastern Pennsylvania, so it’s a natural fit at Maple Grove.”

The multi-year deal includes an extensive advertising package that includes a finish-line scoreboard and naming rights for the timing tower. NAPA will also take over sponsorship of the Money Trail Awards Banquet.

“NAPA Auto Parts is excited to revitalize our partnership with Maple Grove Raceway,” said Jeff Riling, executive vice president of Quaker City Motor Parts. “This allows us to continue to share our enthusiasm for high performance with our customers and associates, many of whom are passionate drag racing fans.

“We look forward to having our customers join us at events throughout the year at Maple Grove Raceway. “

NHRA Factory Stock Showdown coming to The Grove

NHRA announced the dates for the 2014 NHRA Factory Stock Showdown that will include stops at the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series in Gainesville, Fla., Indianapolis, Reading, Pa., and Las Vegas.

The program in its third year will feature three new stops beginning with the Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville, March 13-16 and ending with the NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Oct. 30-Nov. 2.  The second stop on the calendar will be the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals held at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Labor Day weekend, Aug. 27 – Sept. 1, where the program was introduced in 2012, and will be followed by the NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway in Pennsylvania, Oct. 2-5.

The event in Indy highlighted the 2013 series, featuring 27 entries as Chris Holbrook defeated Dave Connolly in the final round with his ’13 Mustang Cobra Jet.  The NHRA Factory Stock Showdown was designed to showcase the NHRA Ford Mustang Cobra Jet, Dodge Mopar Challenger Drag Pak and the Chevrolet COPO Camaro. More >