Maple Grove

MGR to repave track for better, more consistent surface; Concrete pouring to begin as soon as weather permits

Maple Grove Raceway’s quarter-mile, NHRA-sanctioned drag strip  will undergo a significant facelift in order to create a better, more consistent racing surface for its racers.

The track will be torn up beginning at the 770-foot point of the track and will continue past the finish line. The track currently is concrete from the starting line to the 770-foot point. The old paving will be replaced to create an all-concrete drag strip from start to finish.

“We are making a significant investment in the track to create a better, more consistent surface for our racers,” said MGR Vice President & General Manager Lex Dudas. “Maple Grove Raceway is famous as the NHRA’s quickest and fastest track where national records are set. We are confident our racers will be excited about the improved surface and the fans will be thrilled with the speed and performance.”

Two-time NHRA Funny Car champion Matt Hagan is excited about the new track.

Matt Hagan drives a Dodge Funny Car sponsored by Rocky Footwear & Apparel for Don Schumacher Racing. Hagan won the Funny Car final at the NHRA Nationals in October and went on to earn his second points championship.

“Maple Grove was the turning point for our team,” said Hagan, driver of the Don Schumacher Racing  explained. “It is where we took over the points lead and never looked back. I love racing at Maple Grove especially when the conditions are always so good, usually good enough to set a world record. The track is phenomenal, prep is phenomenal and the fans are phenomenal. I am looking forward to getting back there to try to set another world record.” More >

MGR sponsor Inn at Reading freshens up

The changes will be very apparent to guests arriving at the Inn at Reading.

All 170 guest rooms are undergoing bathroom renovations and the hallways have new carpeting. Walls are freshly painted. More >

March 1: Annual MGR racer meeting

Annual Maple Grove Raceway racer meeting:
Sunday, March 1
Crowne Plaza Reading (Pa.)
Doors open at 9 a.m.
Full-size car meeting: 10 a.m.
Jr. Dragster meeting: 11:30 a.m.

NHRA Jr. Street: New video and web page for novice racers ages 13-16

Check out the new video (filmed at Maple Grove Raceway) and web page for the NHRA Jr. Street program, which launched last year at Maple Grove Raceway. More >

MGR bracket racers: Watch your e-mail account for all star ballot

Attention, Maple Grove Raceway Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail members: Please watch your e-mail account for the 2014 all star ballot survey for the 2014 awards banquet. Your vote counts! Please complete it as soon as possible.

Off-season office hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Maple Grove Raceway’s offices are open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. during the off-season.