Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail opener, UTI High School Challenge this weekend
Maple Grove Raceway’s local racers will be featured this Saturday as the Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail E.T. Bracket Series will be run for the first time in 2013.
On tap for Sunday is the Universal Technical Institute High School Challenge, which gives aspiring mechanics and racers a chance to show what they’ve learned in front of their peers.
Saturday will be Opening Day for the ’13 Money Trail, the first of 17 races this season. This will be the 43rd season for the Money Trail, one of the oldest bracket series in the country.
These events pit local drivers in four different NHRA classes – Gold Rush Trailers Super Eliminator, Ciccarone Racing Products Pro Eliminator, P.C. Richard & Son Street Eliminator and Ray’s Yamaha Top Bike. Competitors race for points and a season championship.
They also compete for a chance to represent The Grove at the Summit Racing Series Northeast Division ET Finals, which will be held in September at Numidia, Pa. Winners from that event move on to the NHRA World Finals in November at Pomona, Calif.
Defending track champions are Barry Sauder (Ephrata, Pa.) and Rick Terkowski (Gilbertsville, Pa.) in Super; Paul Thimm Jr. (Mohnton, Pa.) in Pro; Paul Werner (Sinking Spring, Pa.) in Street; and Kyle Gockley (Mohnton, Pa.) in Top Bike.
Also racing during Money Trail events are Trophy cars – regular street cars – and Junior Dragsters, who will also be taking part in their own season points race.
Gates open Saturday at 9 a.m. with time trials beginning at 10 a.m. and eliminations immediately after the second round of time shots. Spectators are $15; teens ages 13-15 are $10; and children 12 and under are free.
Sunday’s UTI High School Challenge will give younger racers a chance to safely race their cars down The Grove’s quarter-mile strip and a chance to represent their respective schools.
Spring-Ford High School is the defending team champion. Bobby Mihalcik from High Point Baptist Academy won last year’s overall championship. Nearly 40 high schools from an area ranging from the Lehigh Valley to York were represented.
The High School Challenge will get underway Sunday morning with gates opening at 8 a.m. and time trials starting at 9:30. Race entry is $25, while spectators pay $15, juniors ages 13-15 pay $10 and children 12 and under are free.
Maple Grove Raceway’s 51st season includes events at the track every weekend between April and November. The 29th annual Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals will be held Oct. 3-6.