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 >
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 >
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.
Team JEGS is going all-in for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, with all of its race cars sporting a pink paint scheme for races in October.
The effort will be spread across NHRA, ARCA, CRA, and other special events and will include 10 Coughlin family members.
“October, with it being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, is near and dear to a lot of our hearts, not just here in America but around the world,” Jeg Coughlin Jr. said. “Being affiliated with the James Cancer Hospital at Ohio State University with the JEGS Foundation, we couldn’t be more proud to work with our partners there and with Mopar, Dodge, Mac Tools, Oakley, Speedco, and Traxxas to turn this car into a nice tribute to breast cancer awareness.” More >
The battle for the 2014 Pro Stock championship moves to Maple Grove Raceway for this weekend’s NHRA Nationals, and Elite Motorsports driver Erica Enders-Stevens is motivated to get to the top.
She has won four times this season and is third in the Pro Stock points standings at the halfway point of the Countdown to the Championship. She’s a little more than three rounds out of first place, though, with three races remaining this season. More >
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For a driver who won the first race of the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship, Funny Car driver Matt Hagan doesn’t exactly sound comfortable.
That’s because Hagan, the 2011 world champion, knows from his own experiences there is still plenty that can happen during the six-week playoff sprint to the finish. Hagan had his own impressive late-season rally to claim his world championship, while he suffered through the other side a year ago. More >