Maple Grove

Funny car star Matt Hagan hopes to reverse fortunes from a year ago at NHRA Nationals

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Matt Hagan

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 >

Allen Family — racing since 1959 — headed to Oct. 2-5 NHRA Nationals

By John Bisci

L to R: Sherwood, Michael Jr. and Michael Allen. (John Bisci photo)

This is a story about family. A story about an accomplished and respected father. A story about a proud son. Sure, it involves cars and drag racing, but that’s just nuts ‘n’ bolts. The real story is about family.

Sherwood Allen started drag racing in 1959, when the sport still was in its infancy. Living in Aston, Pennsylvania, Allen was surrounded by drag strips and he hit them all, including Island Dragway in New Jersey, Cecil County in Maryland and Maple Grove Raceway. More >

Vincent Branca overall winner of NHRA Summit Jr. Drag Racing League Challenge

Vincent Branca of Norristown, Pa., scored twice in final eliminations at Maple Grove Raceway to clinch the King of the Hill title Saturday (Sept. 20) at Maple Grove Raceway during the NHRA Summit Jr. Drag Racing League Challenge. The event originally was scheduled for Aug. 24 but was rained out.

Branca first defeated Jamie Rothenberger of Glenmoore, Pa., in the Jr. Dragster 16-17 age group final, then won King-of-the-Hill finale over C.J. Ketterer of Sellersville, Pa. More >

Juanita Price, winner of The Great Maple Grove Raceway Talent Hunt, to sing national anthem at NHRA Nationals Oct. 5

Maple Grove Raceway has found its golden voice. Juanita Price was selected as the winner of MGR’s talent search, which ran from Sept. 5-19, and will sing the national anthem during opening ceremonies at the NHRA Nationals on Sunday, Oct. 5.

Price was born in Lancaster County and currently resides in Reading, Pa. She has sung with the Reading Choral Society and currently sings with the DOXA gospel vocal ensemble. More >

Office of Attorney General partners with Maple Grove Raceway for safer communities

Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane announced her office is partnering with Maple Grove Raceway in an effort to keep communities drug- and crime-free, and will join the organization at the upcoming NHRA Nationals.

“This partnership with Maple Grove provides a very positive environment for delivering an important message about the dangers of drugs along with other information about the AG’s office,” Attorney General Kane said. “We welcome every opportunity to educate the public and we look forward to these NHRA events moving forward.” More >

JEG: WIN AT MAPLE GROVE = CHAMPIONSHIP

Two of the years Coughlin won at Maple Grove, he also went on to win the Pro Stock title

Long before JEGS.com/Mopar Dodge Pro Stock driver Jeg Coughlin Jr. ever raced at Maple Grove Raceway, he knew he’d like the venerable race track.

Coughlin, the youngest of four brothers in the famed drag-racing family, began racing in the early 1990s, following in the footsteps of his dad and older brothers John, Troy and Mike.

Jeg Jr. had heard nothing but good things about Maple Grove, so he was pumped up when he finally got to race there. More >