Tony Elmo retires after 22 years of service; Clair named new Event Services Director
Event Services Director Tony Elmo has retired from Maple Grove Raceway after 22 years and John Clair has been named as his replacement. Clair has been working at MGR for 30 years and will report directly to Vice President and General Manager Lex Dudas.
“We’re going to miss Tony,” Dudas said. “He put his heart and soul into Maple Grove Raceway and was not only a great team member, but I was proud to call him a friend. We wish him the best in his retirement. He will still be with us in a consulting role.”
“I worked at Maple Grove Raceway for 22 years,” Elmo recalled. “I started at the gates, then worked my way up. In 2001 I was named Event Services Director.
“My best memories of the track were working with Lex Dudas in general. Lex taught me a lot. Last year was one of our best (NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series) national events and 2008 was really good too – no rain and a huge crowd. Our local racers really support the track. I will miss it.”
“Tony was one of a kind, easy to get along with. I’ll miss him,” Clair said. “I’ve worked 30 national events at Maple Grove and have never missed one. I started as an usher, then worked in security, working all gates. I also helped out at the starting line in the restricted area. For 10 years, I’ve been an event supervisor under Tony, his right-hand man. I’m looking forward to working with the Maple Grove staff, the racing community and the fans.”
“Tony was very understanding, passionate and dedicated,” said Event Services Supervisor Rory Ulrich.