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Looking for a free agent to sign, the NFL’s Oakland Raiders found their man . . . .at Maple Grove Raceway!
Billy Boyko, who has come to Maple Grove with his racing family for years, just wrapped up an all-star football career at Lehigh University, where he earned all-league honors.
A linebacker, the 6-foot-2, 239-pound Boyko had a team-high 104 tackles for the Mountain Hawks last fall and attracted the attention of NFL scouts. He specifically caught the eyes of the Raiders during a “Pro Day” held by Lehigh in March in which scouts watched Boyko and other potential NFL players go through various drills.
“In the NFL, nothing is guaranteed and there’s a lot of work to do,” Boyko said, “but I’m excited to get the work done and prove myself.”
During the last day of the NFL Draft on Saturday, Boyko helped work on his father’s dragster during the season opener of the Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail and kept two cell phones in his pockets at all times. More >
After opening its 2013 season with a single race last weekend, the Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail E.T. Bracket Racing Series will be coming back to Maple Grove Raceway this weekend with events on Saturday and Sunday.
Both days will feature a twist. Saturday’s race will also include the first of two NHRA King of the Track event; Sunday will include the debut of the Boninfante Friction B1 Index Series.
The weekend begins Friday night, May 3, with the initial Auto Locator Grudge Race of the season. Those wanting to see what their car can do on a racetrack are welcome to enter Maple Grove’s gates after 4 p.m. Racing begins promptly at 5. Admission is $20 for street driven cars and $25 for entries on a trailer. Spectators are $10 with children 12 and under free. More >
Brandon Witmeyer and his 1985 Olds 442 left Maple Grove Raceway Sunday afternoon with two championships.
Not only did the student at York Tech win the Universal Technical Institute High School Challenge individual championship, he also brought the team championship to his school.
Several dozen racers were on hand Sunday for the annual event that featured races in three classes, including UTI students and faculty and a bracket class for alumni. More >
Marty Flegal and Brock Moshier both come from Lancaster County to race at Maple Grove Raceway, the two are friendly rivals. The two compete in the Ciccarone Racing Products Pro Eliminator in the Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail E.T. Series and over the years they’ve each had their share of success on The Grove’s quartermile.
Saturday, in the Sunoco Race Fuels E.T. Series opener, Flegal and Moshier both met in the final in what could be a preview of a fun summer of racing. This time it was Flegal (Lititz, Pa.) and his 1998 S-10 pickup taking the win light. More >
Maple Grove Raceway’s local racers will be featured this Saturday as the Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail E.T. Bracket Series will be run for the first time in 2013.
On tap for Sunday is the Universal Technical Institute High School Challenge, which gives aspiring mechanics and racers a chance to show what they’ve learned in front of their peers.
Saturday will be Opening Day for the ’13 Money Trail, the first of 17 races this season. This will be the 43rd season for the Money Trail, one of the oldest bracket series in the country. More >
Paul Thimm Jr.’s house and racing garage are only a couple miles from Maple Grove Raceway. The local economy will surely benefit from the Mohnton, Pa., racer winning Sunday’s $10,000 first prize in the Spring Footbrake Nationals.
In the final, he beat Old Bridge Raceway Park regular James Young (Parsippany, N.J.) in a very close call. Both drivers jumped the start too quickly, but it was Young who got the red light and the foul because his reaction time was a mere .004 quicker.
Moving through the ladder, Thimm’s ’27 Roadster faced some stiff competition, but he received the benefit of some itchy trigger fingers. More >