Maple Grove

Universal Technical Institute returns as Jr. Dragster sponsor

Universal Technical Institute will return as the primary sponsor of Maple Grove Raceway’s Jr. Dragster program as part of a multi-year agreement announced today.

In addition, UTI will continue its sponsorship of two events, the High School Challenge and the Funday Sunday Trophy Day. More >

Evan Jones named Sales & Marketing Coordinator

Evan Jones has been named Sales & Marketing Coordinator for Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, Pennsylvania. His new role will encompass group ticket sales, group hospitality sales, overseeing the operation of corporate suites, coordinating and fulfilling all corporate contracts. Evan also will develop marketing and promotional campaigns surrounding the busy Maple Grove Raceway schedule.

Jones – a Virginia native raised in Pennsylvania – is a veteran journalist, having worked for newspapers in North Carolina, Virginia and Pennsylvania (including the Reading Eagle) from 1991 to 2009. Jones has worked for Maple Grove Raceway since 2009 as Director of Communications. More >

John Bisci named Director of Communications

John Bisci, a 25-year veteran of motorsports public relations, has been named Director of Communications for Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, Pennsylvania. Bisci comes to Maple Grove Raceway after serving as Public Relations Manager at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for more than 13 years. Bisci will lead Maple Grove Raceway’s corporate communications, media relations and public relations efforts and will report directly to Vice President and General Manager Lex Dudas.

Prior to serving as Public Relations Manager for Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Bisci spent six years working as a media specialist for NASCAR teams and sponsors. Bisci launched his motorsports media career in 1988 and served as public relations director for three short tracks in the Northeast. More >

The votes are in!

We’d like to thank everyone who attended our annual Racers Meeting as well as all of you that responded to the recent survey we sent out. We e-mailed all members having an e-mail address on their membership form and for those that didn’t have emails we mailed hard copies via mail.

The voting process ended at the close of business on Monday, March 10. A total of 54.5 percent of the 2013 membership submitted either electronic ballots or hard copy ballots. We would like to thank each and every one of you that participated at the racer meeting and the voting process.

In reviewing the results 54.5 percent of the members participated in the vote, 45.5 percent members didn’t respond and when you look at the final vote tallies all three main issues were within 2 or 3 votes on each issue!

Here are the results and what we are doing for 2014: More >

NAPA returns to Maple Grove

After a few years absence, NAPA Auto Parts is coming back to Maple Grove Raceway as a major promotional partner.

“NAPA has always been an enthusiastic partner and we look forward to working with them in the years to come,” said MGR vice president/general manager Lex Dudas. “The NAPA brand is very big in Southeastern Pennsylvania, so it’s a natural fit at Maple Grove.”

The multi-year deal includes an extensive advertising package that includes a finish-line scoreboard and naming rights for the timing tower. NAPA will also take over sponsorship of the Money Trail Awards Banquet.

“NAPA Auto Parts is excited to revitalize our partnership with Maple Grove Raceway,” said Jeff Riling, executive vice president of Quaker City Motor Parts. “This allows us to continue to share our enthusiasm for high performance with our customers and associates, many of whom are passionate drag racing fans.

“We look forward to having our customers join us at events throughout the year at Maple Grove Raceway. “

Big money races to be run May 3 and 4

A new big-money race has been added to Maple Grove Raceway’s 2014 schedule. The Scott’s Transmission Center Spring Bracket Nationals will be May 3 and 4 with separate races, the Pep Boys Speed Shop Twin 10s, on each day and the winner taking home $10,000.

In the past, The Grove has hosted such races for cars in the Pro and Street E.T. Eliminator classes. What makes this race different is that it welcomes dragsters, cars, motorcycles and sleds from Super and Top Bike eliminators.

While the winner will get the big payday, placing in the race is also lucrative. The runner-up gets $2,000 and semifinalists get $1,000 while round money begins in the third round.

Entry is into the race is $125 pre-entry, or $150 at the gate. The field will be capped at 256 vehicles and there will be no buybacks. Gates will open at 8 a.m. each day.

There will also be “races within the race” including the Black Arrow Race Engines Top Duck Race on Saturday and Sunday featuring round 1 and 2 losers, along with new entries. Entry is $60 with a $2,000 first prize and the runner-up getting $800 and semifinalists $400. Round money begins in the third round.

Safeco Insurance will be sponsoring a Dash for Cash Daily with a $200 top prize and JBM Construction will award the $150 Last Man Standing in each class that isn’t a semifinalist or a finalist.

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