For its 52nd season, Maple Grove Raceway will once again offer a full schedule of drag racing action from late April to mid October.
The season will feature the return of many fan favorites, along with some big additions to the slate.
The 30th NHRA Nationals on Oct. 2-5 should continue to be one of the fastest races on the Mello Yello Series schedule and a pivotal part of the Countdown to the Championship. All four 2013 season champions – Shawn Langdon (Top Fuel), John Force (Funny Car), Jeg Coughlin (Pro Stock) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) – earned Wallys at Maple Grove en route to their respective titles.
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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.
The Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail E.T. Series, one of the oldest bracket racing series in the country, will begin its 44th season at Maple Grove Raceway on April 26, the first of 15 scheduled races for 2014.
The Money Trail will run in three sessions, with the season concluding on Aug. 31. Racers in five classes – Goldrush Trailers Super, Ciccarone Racing Products Pro, P.C. Richard & Son Street, Ray’s Yamaha Top Bike and Jr. Dragsters – will race for points over the course of the summer for season championships and a chance to represent Maple Grove at the Summit Racing E.T. Finals in September. Novice racers can take part in the Trophy category.
The ATI Stock-Super Stock Shootout will take part in four races on the weekends of July 5-6 and Aug. 8-9.
Bracket racers can also take part in specialty events, including two NHRA King of the Track races on June 14 and Aug. 2, while the Jr. Dragster Challenge will be run on Aug. 24.
The rest of the 2014 schedule will be announced shortly. Events that are already on the calendar include: Spring Flea Market (April 12-13); NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series (May 22-25); Great American Bull Run (June 7); Mega Mopar Action (June 22); Super Chevy Show presented by Chevy Performance (July 11-13); Keystone Diesel Truck Nationals presented by Mack Trucks and Denver Truck Painting (July 26-27); Fun Ford Weekend (Sept. 13); NHRA Nationals (Oct. 2-5); NHRA Pennsylvania Dutch Classic (Oct. 9-12); Fall Flea Market (Oct. 25).
The full Money Trail schedule:
- Session 1 – April 26, May 10, May 17, May 18, May 31.
- Session 2 – June 14, June 21, July 5, July 6, Aug. 2.
- Session 3 – Aug. 3, Aug. 9, Aug. 10, Aug. 30, Aug. 31.
Schedule is subject to change.
Here is defending NHRA Mello Yello Series Top Fuel champion Shawn Langdon making a burnout during the beginning of 2014 testing at Palm Beach International Raceway. Hard to believe that this year’s drag racing season begins in just a few weeks.
Don’t forget, Langdon will be back at Maple Grove Raceway on Oct. 2-5 to defend his NHRA Nationals title.
Maple Grove Raceway would like to extend its condolences to the family of our friend Ron “Moose” Wentzel, who died this weekend after a courageous battle with brain cancer.
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Over three decades the Super Chevy Show presented by Chevy Performance at Maple Grove Raceway has grown into the largest event on the tour, drawing hundreds of racers and car show participants to the legendary facility.
A major change for 2014 is Super Chevy will be held been held earlier in July, on the weekend of July 11-13.
The event kicks off on Friday, July 11 with rounds of time trials for the racers. Racing will then continue through the weekend. The car show portion will be held Saturday and Sunday only with awards on each day. More >