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: 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
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 >
Juanita Price, winner of The Great Maple Grove Raceway Talent Hunt, to sing national anthem at NHRA Nationals Oct. 5
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 >
Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane announced her office is partnering with Maple Grove Raceway in an effort to keep communities drug- and crime-free, and will join the organization at the upcoming NHRA Nationals.
“This partnership with Maple Grove provides a very positive environment for delivering an important message about the dangers of drugs along with other information about the AG’s office,” Attorney General Kane said. “We welcome every opportunity to educate the public and we look forward to these NHRA events moving forward.” More >
Two past winners will carry local sponsorship on their cars at the 30th annual NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.
Don Schumacher Racing’s Spencer Massey will carry the colors of ODYSSEY® Battery. EnerSys®, the manufacturer of ODYSSEY® batteries, is headquartered in Reading, Pa.
Massey won the 2011 edition of the NHRA Nationals in the Top Fuel Dragster category and is in the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship.
In the Funny Car ranks, Micro Strategies, an award-winning technology company, will sponsor two-time NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series champion Tony Pedregon at the NHRA Nationals. Pedregon won the 2005 Funny Car final at MGR’s NHRA Nationals in 2005.
Micro Strategies is located in Denville, N.J., with an office in Malvern, Pa., just 31 miles from MGR.
“Being a drag racer myself, it’s a natural progression for Micro Strategies to team up with Tony, who is a great representative of the sport,” said Anthony Bongiovanni, President and CEO of Micro Strategies. “Drag racing has helped us engage current and potential customers. They love the speed, power and technology that surrounds NHRA drag racing. Our sponsorship serves as unique, high-impact platform to showcase Micro Strategies’ multitude of business solutions.” More >