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NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship No. 1 contender John Force headed to NHRA Nationals

The NHRA Mello Drag Racing Series will return to Maple Grove Raceway for the 30th annual NHRA Nationals on Oct. 2-5. The NHRA Nationals is the fourth meet in the six-race Countdown to the Championship for the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series points battle and is crucial to drivers and riders who aspire to be champion. The Countdown to the Championship is the drag racing equivalent to other pro sports’ playoffs.

The top-seeded drivers in the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series’ four pro categories (Top Fuel Dragster, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle) recently participated in a teleconference in preparation for the start of the Countdown to the Championship on Sept. 12.

John Force is a 16-time NHRA Funny Car champion and leads the points in his class. Force not only is a driver, but the team owner of a stable of three Funny Cars and one Top Fuel Dragster. (Two of his cars are piloted by his daughters, Brittany and Courtney.) Force also is in the midst of an intensive sponsorship search. Despite the many distractions, his car is consistent and one of the strongest in the NHRA Funny Car ranks.

John Force

“We work as a team,” Force explained. “If you look at my Traxxas Ford with Courtney (Force) and Robert Hight in the Auto Club Mustang, and me with Castrol, we work as a team. I think we’ve been in the last seven or eight final rounds. We won a bunch of them. I got hot at the beginning of the year. I struggled. We got hot again. And something happened at testing. We tried some stuff, got off our game. And then we got back on our game with the Traxxas (Nitro Shootout), got the win there. And the (Alexis) DeJoria girl, doing a great job, took me out in the final at Indy. I didn’t like it, but her dad did. So I’ve got girls, too, and I was excited for her. I didn’t like losing. But now that’s all gone. Indy’s over. It’s all about the Countdown. I need a championship as much as the other drivers out there want it. And my focus is going to be dead on.” More >

NHRA U.S. Nationals winners coming to Maple Grove Raceway in one month

What do Richie Crampton, Alexis DeJoria and Shane Gray have in common? They all won their pro classes at the NHRA U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis on Labor Day and are headed to Maple Grove Raceway in just one month.

Alexis DeJoria and Richie Crampton celebrate at the U.S. Nationals.

The 30th annual NHRA Nationals will take place at MGR on Oct. 2-5, and the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series attracts the world’s biggest names in professional drag racing each year to the Reading, Pa., area. More >

Final Maple Grove Raceway 2014 Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail points

Maple Grove Raceway’s  2014 Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail series concluded on Sunday, Aug. 31.

Champions for the 2014 season include: Brock Moshier (Gold Rush Trailers Super Pro), Brock Moshier (Ciccarone Racing Products Pro), Joe Stuebner (Ray’s Yamaha Top Bike), Dave Raser (P.C. Richard & Son Street), C.J. Ketterer (Universal Technical Institute Jr. Dragster), Mark Petitdemange (ATI Stock-Super Stock). More >

Final 2014 Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail event at Maple Grove Raceway: Wins to Alesin, Walleigh, Karol, Augustine; remaining finals rained out

Aug. 31 – The final round of the Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail E.T. bracket racing points series was held today at Maple Grove Raceway. Four final rounds of eliminations were completed (Ray’s Yamaha Top Bike, NHRA Jr. Street, Trophy and U.T.I. Jr. Dragster) and three were rained out (Gold Rush Trailers Super Pro, Ciccarone Racing Products Pro and P.C. Ricahrd & Son Street).

2014 MGR Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail points champions: Brock Moshier (Gold Rush Trailers Super Pro), Brock Moshier (Ciccarone Racing Products Pro), Joe Stuebner (Ray’s Yamaha Top Bike), Dave Raser (P.C. Richard & Son Street), C.J. Ketterer (U.T.I. Jr. Dragster), Mark Petitdemange (ATI Stock-Super Stock).

Keith Alesin won the Ray's Yamaha Top Bike final.

Aug. 31 final-round results:

RAY’S YAMAHA TOP BIKE: Keith Alesin (Mohnton, Pa.) defeated Danny Boyer (York, Pa.).

U.T.I. JR. DRAGSTER: Gabrielle Walleigh (Reading, Pa.) defeated Skyler Stump (Mechanicsburg, Pa.).

NHRA JR. STREET: Jake Karol (Mohnton, Pa.) defeated Robert Weidenhammer (Reading, Pa.).

TROPHY: Charles Augustine (Kutztown, Pa.) defeated Sue Feger (Red Lion, Pa.). More >

Latin American Sport Compacts III Sept. 6-7 at MGR

Gates will open both days at 8 a.m.

For event information and vendor spaces: (215) 783-6921.

Follow Latin American Sport Compacts III on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1442359822690036/.

Race classes will include: Pro Mod, Quick 16 (Import Sport Compact), Quick 32 (Import vs. Domestic, no box), Bracket 1 (11.99 sec. and faster), Bracket II (12.00 sec. and slower), Super Pro V8 11.99 and faster, Honda Battle (11.50 sec. and faster).

The weekend will begin with Auto Locator Fast Friday on Friday, Sept. 5. Gates will open at 4 p.m. with heads-up racing and testing from 5-10 p.m. More >

Scott’s Transmission Center Racer Appreciation Day Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail results

Brian Crump, Bill Moore, Elise Renninger, Mark Schwalm, Kyle Robb, Michael Witmer and Robert Weidenhammer shared victory lane Saturday during Scott’s Transmission Center Racer Appreciation Day at Maple Grove Raceway. The event also was the next-to-last points race for the 2014 Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail E.T. bracket Series. Final-round winners in the Super Pro, Pro, Street and Top Bike (motorcycle) classes earned large cash bonuses courtesy of Scott’s Transmission Center in Lebanon, Pa. More >