The Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail, which features the best of regional drag racing, will conclude its 2013 season Saturday with the season finale at Maple Grove Raceway.
There will also be a special feature at the end of the race to crown the new King of the Track. On Sunday, the future of drag racing will be in the spotlight with the Junior Dragster Challenge.
The weekend kicks off Friday night with Auto Locator Grudge Racing. Those wanting to see what their car can do on a racetrack are welcome to enter Maple Grove’s gates after 4 p.m. Racing begins promptly at 5. Admission is $20 for street driven cars and $25 for entries on a trailer. Spectators are $10 with children 12 and under free.
There will also be a Gamblers’ Race for an additional $25 with a 100 percent payout. Racers may sign up in the first floor of the Auto-Plus Tower and the field will be capped at 16 cars.
Gates open Saturday at 9 a.m. with time trials at 10 and eliminations to follow.
Season points championships will be finalized in the Money Trail. The most competitive race is in Gold Rush Trailers Super Eliminator where the top three drivers – No. 1 Lanny Werley (Leesport, Pa.), No. 2 Don Mattson (Mohnton, Pa.) and No. 3 Scott Lorish (Center Valley, Pa.) – are all within 36 points of each other.
In the other classes:
Brock Moshier (Lititz, Pa.) has already clinched the season championship in Ciccarone Racing Products Pro Eliminator.
Paul Werner (Sinking Spring, Pa.) has a commanding lead in P.C. Richard & Son Street Eliminator, 40 points (four rounds) ahead of Scott Smith (Birdsboro, Pa.).
Cory Stuebner (Hamburg, Pa.) also has a seemingly safe 68-point lead on second-place Danny Boyer (York, Pa.) in Ray’s Yamaha Top Bike.
Vincent Branca (Norristown, Pa.) has a 33-point lead on second-place Kyle Robb (Denver, Pa.) in Junior Dragsters. A couple of round wins by Branca can settle the issue.
The annual King of the Track race gives the weekly racers from the Money Trail, as well as racers from other tracks, a chance to race for a special Wally Parks Trophy.
After the Money Trail race, the winners from Super, Pro, Street and Top Bike eliminators will take part in a special runoff race. The car with the best package is the winner.
Also on Saturday, names will be drawn for the annual Money Trail ET Shootout that will be held during the Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals on Oct. 5-6. Sixteen racers – four each from the Money Trail eliminators from all the winners, runners up and semifinalists during the season – will be chosen to race for a golf cart.
On Sunday, gates open at 8 a.m. with time shots at 9 and eliminations to follow.
The race will feature the annual Junior Drag Racing Challenge where young racers will have a chance to win a miniature Wally Parks Trophy.
There will also be a non-points bracket race.