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Joe Amato explains his success

Here’s a great one-on-one interview with drag racing legend and successful business owner Joe Amato from the show “Northeast Pennsylvania Business Journal” on WVIA-TV, the PBS affiliate in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

To watch the show click here.

Date set for Summit Jr. Dragster Eastern Conference Finals

NHRA announced today that the 2014 NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League’s Western Conference Finals and Eastern Conference Finals will be held at Rocky Mountain Raceways near Salt Lake City and Bristol Dragway in Tennessee, respectively.

The NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Western Conference Finals will move to Utah’s scenic Rocky Mountain Raceways for the first time, July 10-12, 2014, while the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Eastern Finals will return to Eastern Tennessee’s famed Thunder Valley, July 24-26. More >

Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals are extended through ’19 season

NHRA has extended its contract with Maple Grove Raceway to host the NHRA Nationals for an additional five years.

That means The Grove will continue to showcase the Top Fuel Dragsters, Funny Cars, Pro Stockers and Pro Stock Motorcycles of the NHRA Mello Yello Series through the 2019 season.

The ’14 event, the event’s 30th year at The Grove, will be held Oct. 2-5 as part of the Countdown to the Championship. More >

Maple Grove gift certificates on sale

With Thanksgiving upon us and Christmas fast approaching, those looking to get the perfect holiday gift for the drag racer or fan in the house don’t have to go far.

Maple Grove Raceway is once again offering gift certificates in $25 denominations. These certificates can be used toward the purchase of tickets for any Maple Grove event during the 2014 season. They can also be applied toward race entry fees and used at the Maple Grove Souvenirs stand.

To purchase certificates, visit the Maple Grove Raceway offices at 30 Stauffer Park Lane (across the street from the track), or call (610) 856-9200 during regular business hours.

Scott Smith competes at Pomona

Maple Grove Raceway’s Scott Smith lost to eventual champion Jeff Hefler in the first round of the Summit Sportsman class eliminator Sunday during the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals at Pomona, Calif.

Smith (Birdsboro, Pa.) punched his ticket to California by winning the Street championship at the NHRA Northeast Division Summit E.T. Finals back in September at Numidia Dragway. His first-place finish helped Team Maple Grove claim its 13th team title.

The annual race at Pomona brings together the bracket racing champions from all seven NHRA divisions to compete for a national championship.

In his race, Smith and his 1980 Malibu went 11.972 seconds at 108.59 mph and broke out by .028 under his dial-in.

On the other hand, Hefler (Fort Worth, Texas), driving a ’65 Impala, had the advantage off the starting line and grabbed the win with a pass of 12.231 at 112.14 that was .041 over.

Wanted: Operations Manager

Maple Grove Raceway is in need of a take-charge person to serve in the operation manager’s position. This position answers directly to the General Manager. Job duties include:

  • Knowledge and operation of Compulink timing system.
  • Scheduling employees for all events.
  • Serving as the event director at all racing events.
  • Scheduling and implementing mid-week track rentals.
  • Overseeing maintenance of all racetrack owned equipment.
  • Preparing and maintaining the racing surface at all events.

Knowledge and experience with the NHRA rulebook, ET bracket racing and NHRA sportsman racing is required. Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent industry experience required. Verbal, written and digital communication skills are essential. Salary dependent on experience. Possible advancement within the company. Please submit resume to:

Lex Dudas, VP – GM,

Maple Grove Raceway

30 Stauffer Park Lane

Mohnton, PA. 19540

Or email resume to ldudas@maplegroveraceway.com