The 2014 edition of Maple Grove Raceway’s annual Universal Technical Institute High School Challenge now is in the record books. Erica Grater won the High School final, Carter Dumps triumphed in the U.T.I. class and Rich Pennington scored the Alumni class victory. Daniel Boone High School was the overall high school winner.
The final round of High School eliminations was a showdown between two third-generation drag racers. Erica Grater, of Perkiomenville, Pa. — racing for Perkiomen Valley High School — defeated J.T. Sheaffer of Lancaster, Pa., who was representing Penn Manor High School. Grater ran 11.525 seconds (on a 11.58 sec. dial-in) at 119.57 mph. Sheaffer ran 11.502 seconds (on a 11.57 sec. dial-in) at 113.10 mph. Grater will represent Maple Grove Raceway at the NHRA Northeast Division Summit Racing Series E.T. Final in September.
In the final round of U.T.I. class competition, Carter Dumps of York, Pa., defeated Joseph Beyers of Staten Island, N.Y. Dumps’ blue Subaru ran 15.332 sec./86.19 mph to Beyers’ Mustang at 14.671 sec./92.73 mph.
Rich Pennington of Bartow, Pa. (representing Pottstown H.S.) defeated Jesse Petas of West Chester, Pa. for Alumni class honors.
Officials were forced to use a tie-breaker to determine the overall high school winner. Daniel Boone H.S. and Perkiomen Valley H.S. were tied at six round wins each at the end of eliminations. The best reaction time during eliminations was used as the tie-breaker and Daniel Boone won with a reaction time of .084 sec. to Perkiomen Valley’s .087 sec.
HIGH SCHOOL POINTS (round wins):
1. Daniel Boone High School — 6 (won using tie-breaker).
2. Perkiomen Valley High School — 6
3. Boyertown High School — 4
Garden Spot High School — 4
Penn Manor High School — 4
6. Spring Ford High School — 3
7. Tulpehocken High School — 2
8. Cocalico High School — 1
Upper Perkiomen High School — 1
MGR’s first three-day weekend of drag racing will take place May 2-4. The weekend kicks off with Fast Friday Grudge Racing on May 2, followed by a Test ‘n’ Tune session and grudge racing on Saturday. The Spring Bracket Nationals will take place on Sunday, May 4, with bracket racing for the following classes: Super Pro ($2,500 to win), Pro ($1,500 to win), Street ($500 to win), Top Bike ($500 to win) and Jr. Dragsters. Standard entry fees will apply for the event: Super Pro — $70 per car and driver; Pro — $50; Street — $40; Top Bike — $45 and Jr. Dragsters — $30. The races are non-points events for all eliminators. Gates will open at 8 a.m. with time trials at 9 a.m., followed by eliminations.
Now in its 52nd year, historic Maple Grove Raceway’s is recognized as a leading track in the National Hot Rod Association. Maple Grove Raceway’s annual NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series national event, the NHRA Nationals, will take place Oct. 2-5. Follow Maple Grove Raceway on Facebook and Twitter (@maplegrove).