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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

Manufacturers Series announces ’14 schedule

The Manufacturers Series, which is comprised of the Super Chevy Show, Fun Ford Weekend and Mega Mopar Action automotive events is geared up for the 2014 season with the release of the new 33 event-schedule that includes the dates for the newest host track to join the tour, U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Mich.

All three branded Series tours will make a stop at the “Fastest Track in Michigan,” giving Chevrolet, Ford and Mopar fans in the Great Lakes region a place to see the finest show cars and fastest drag cars in the area compete for an historic first-place win during the 2014 stops in Martin, Mich.

“We are excited to have U.S. 131 Motorsports Park join the Manufacturers Series events for our Chevy, Ford and Mopar fans in Michigan to showcase Detroit iron and competition of the American brands,” said Lex Dudas, Manufacturers Series president.

The Super Chevy Show presented by Chevrolet Performance will include 12 events in 2014 beginning in Jupiter, Fla. at Palm Beach International Raceway with a new date of April 4-6, and ending at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas October 11-12. Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas will be returning to a two-day Saturday-Sunday event May 17-18, 2014 and will share a weekend doubleheader with Virginia Motorsports Park in Petersburg, Va.

Royal Purple Raceway will host the first of 12 Blue Oval Fun Ford Weekend dates for the 2014 season on March 29, with U.S. 131 Motorsports Park kicking off mid-season as the sixth event on July 13. Texas Motorplex will host the final event for 2014 on November 8, with a later date to beat the Texas heat.

Texas Motorplex will kick-off the 9 event Mega Mopar Action Series March 29, while Mopar Action Magazine welcomes U.S. 131 Motorsports Park to its namesake Series May 15. Virginia Motorsports Park and Palm Beach International Raceway will share a weekend in September as the first doubleheader for the Series on the September 20-21, weekend with Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, Calif. wrapping up the season Oct. 4-5, 2014.

Maple Grove Raceway will host the series on the following dates: Mega Mopar (June 21), Super Chevy (July 11-13) and Fun Ford (Sept. 13). More >

Raser gets double as season ends

That's two winner's checks for Dave Raser!

Dave Raser saved his best for last at Maple Grove Raceway Saturday.

The competitor from Oxford, Pa., won two of the six classes contested in the Turkey Trots E.T. bracket race that completed The Grove’s 2013 season. Raser won Pro and Street eliminators in his 1984 Ford station wagon.

Winners received a $25 grocery gift card to use toward Thanksgiving dinner in addition to prizes based on a standard Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail purse. More >