Maple Grove

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 memory of Raymond Beadle

Champion driver and team owner was inducted into Maple Grove Raceway’s Walk of Fame in 2012

With sadness we note the passing of Raymond Beadle. Beadle, who was inducted into Maple Grove Raceway’s Walk of Fame in 2012 during the track’s 50th anniversary celebration, passed away today at age 70.

Raymond Beadle passed away at age 70 on Oct. 20, 2014.

Beadle is best known to drag racing fans as the driver, then owner-drive of the legendary Blue Max Mustang Funny Car in the 1970s. After driving for Blue Max team owner Harry Schmidt, Beadle purchased the operation and launched an enviable winning streak that began with a win at the 1978 NHRA Winston Finals in Ontario, Calif. He captured three consecutive NHRA Funny Car titles (1979-1981). Beadle also won three IHRA Funny Car titles.

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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 >

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


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 >

2014 Maple Grove Raceway event schedule (revised Aug. 24)


18 – 10K Footbrake Nationals. (Rain date: Oct. 19.)

25 – Fall swap meet/flea market.

26 — Race 4 Ronald’s House (rescheduled from Aug. 24) with Gambler Race and Test ‘n’ Tune.