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.
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >