Maple Grove

This weekend: Swap meet and flea market Saturday, Race 4 Ronald’s House Sunday

The final weekend of activity for the 2014 season is just a few days away as Maple Grove Raceway will host a swap meet and flea market on Saturday, Oct. 25, starting at 7 a.m. A 15 ft.-by-20 ft. vending space costs only $35. Admission is $5 for adults and children 12 and under (accompanied by a paid adult) are free.

On Sunday, Oct. 26, local drag racers once again will be giving back to their community when they compete in the second Race 4 Ronald’s House charity event of 2014 at Maple Grove Raceway. All proceeds from the entry fees will be donated to the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House. Drivers and riders will race for trophies, plaques and gift cards.

Gates will open at 8 a.m. with racing at 9 a.m. Eliminations will follow two time trial runs. More >

Rosa scores $10,000 payday at Maple Grove Raceway’s Footbrake Nationals

Mike Rosa of Wolcott, Conn., scored a $10,000 payday by defeating Rich Panicaro of Mercerville, N.J., in the final round of eliminations of today’s Footbrake Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.

Mike Rosa (John Bisci photo)

Rosa chose the left lane in his red 1964 Chevrolet Nova while Panicaro occupied the right lane in his 1980 Oldsmobile Cutlass. Panicaro fouled (“red-lit”) on the starting line, handing the win to Rosa.

“I’ve never raced for this much money before,” said Rosa, whose home track is Lebanon Valley Dragway in West Lebanon, N.Y., “and I’ve never won this much money before.” More >

In memoriam: Doris Grater

It is with sadness we report the passing of Doris Grater, matriarch of the Grater drag racing family. Please join us in keeping Doris and her family in your thoughts and prayers during this sorrowful time.

From her published obituary:

Doris (Little) Grater, of Zieglerville, Pa., passed away peacefully at the age of 75 on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at her residence surrounded by her family. She was the wife of longtime Maple Grove Raceway racer John E. “Jack” Grater, to whom she was married to for more than 56 years. More >

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Results from the 43rd annual P.C. Richard & Son Dutch Classic presented by Penske Leasing

The 43rd edition of Maple Grove Raceway’s annual P.C. Richard & Son Dutch Classic presented by Penske Leasing now is in the record books. The event – the final NHRA Division 1 race of 2014 – was hampered by rain on Friday and Saturday but enjoyed perfect conditions on Sunday. The event drew entries from Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Connecticut, Massachusetts, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland and Quebec.

Hemi Challenge final round: Wolkitz (near lane) won. (John Bisci photo)

HEMI CHALLENGE: Gary Wolkwitz (Califon, N.J.) defeated Bucky Hess (Bunker Hill, W.V.), 8.280 sec./159.19 mph to 15.234 sec./54.53. Hess fouled (-.018) as did Wolkwitz (-.006). More >

Schumacher, Hagan, Brogdon, Krawiec win NHRA Nationals

Courtesy: NHRA.com

Matt Hagan took over the Funny Car points lead by racing to victory Sunday at the NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.

Hagan crossed the finish line in spectacular fashion when his Dodge Charger’s engine exploded following a 4.333-second pass at 215.00 mph, defeating Tommy Johnson Jr. He was appearing in his third final of the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship and picked up his second win in the playoffs.

Hagan, who has three victories on the season and 13 in his career, opened up a 36-point advantage on 16-time world champ John Force with two races remaining in the playoffs. More >