Maple Grove

Jessie Rothenberger wins first UTI Jr. Dragster meet of 2014

It’s official: Jessie Rothenberger of Glenmoore, Pa., is the first winner of the 2014 season at Maple Grove Raceway. Rothenberger scored the Universal Technical Institute Jr. Dragster Series win on the starting line when her opponent, Kyle Robb of Denver, Pa., “red-lit” (fouled) during the final round of eliminations.

UTI Jr. Dragster winner Jessie Rothenberger

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Saturday: UTI Jr. Dragsters, Test ‘n’ Tune, grudge racing

Maple Grove Raceway will host Jr. Dragster racing, a Test ‘n’ Tune session and grudge racing on Saturday morning, April 19.

This will be the first points meet of 2014 for the NHRA Jr. Dragsters, sponsored at MGR by Universal Technical Institute.

Grudge racing is open to street-legal vehicles and race cars arriving at the drag strip on trailers. Racers may choose their opponents or compete against each other in random pairings.

Gates will open at 9 a.m. and racing will begin at 10 a.m. The staging lanes will close at 3:30 p.m. and racing will conclude at 4 p.m.

Grudge racing entry is $20 for street-driven cars and $25 for trailered race cars.

Crew passes are $10.

2014 Maple Grove Raceway schedule

Revised: April 16, 2014

Revision: Nov. 9 event added.



19 – Grudge racing, Test ‘n’ Tune; Jr. Dragster points race.

26 – Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail Race No. 1.

27 – Universal Technical Institute High School Challenge.



2 – Auto Locator Fast Friday grudge racing. More >

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In Memory of Roger Sinistri Sr.

Roger Sinistri Sr., of Spring Township, Pa., passed away April 7 at age 79. Sinistri was inducted into Maple Grove Raceway’s Walk of Fame in 2006 and also was voted into the Eastern Motorsport Press Association’s Hall of Fame.

A self-employed professional engine builder and tuner, Sinistri won Top Stock Eliminator class at the 1968 NHRA U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis with driver Larry Lombardo in the famous “Buckshot” Corvette. Lombardo went on to set several national records in 1969 using Sinistri horsepower.

He is survived by wife Patricia (Reigle), children Sherry (Fellen), Annamarie (Boyer) and Roger Jr., and five grandchildren.

Services will be held April 11 at the  Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home in West Reading with burial in Forest Hills Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 1 Reed St., Suite 200, Philadelphia, PA 19147. More >

NHRA Youth Racing licensing at Maple Grove Raceway

Licensing dates: Sunday, April 27, during the UTI High School Challenge and Saturday, May 10, during the Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail event.

Licensing fee: $15 for a tech card and normal crew fees for parents and/or guardians at $15.

First race: Saturday, June 14, as part of the Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail event. Entry fee for car and driver will be $25. More NHRA Youth Racing race dates will be announced in the near future.


Minor application for NHRA Youth Racing program:

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Fans can experience VIP treatment with DSR

Once again, Maple Grove Raceway is teaming up with Don Schumacher Racing to offer Friday hospitality. For only $130, fans can get a reserved seat ticket and get the VIP experience behind the ropes in the DSR pits! The experience includes a catered meal, meet-and-greet with the DSR drivers, door prizes and refreshments throughout the day.These tickets are only sold over the phone. For more information call (610) 856-9210.