NAPA returns to Maple Grove

After a few years absence, NAPA Auto Parts is coming back to Maple Grove Raceway as a major promotional partner.

“NAPA has always been an enthusiastic partner and we look forward to working with them in the years to come,” said MGR vice president/general manager Lex Dudas. “The NAPA brand is very big in Southeastern Pennsylvania, so it’s a natural fit at Maple Grove.”

The multi-year deal includes an extensive advertising package that includes a finish-line scoreboard and naming rights for the timing tower. NAPA will also take over sponsorship of the Money Trail Awards Banquet.

“NAPA Auto Parts is excited to revitalize our partnership with Maple Grove Raceway,” said Jeff Riling, executive vice president of Quaker City Motor Parts. “This allows us to continue to share our enthusiasm for high performance with our customers and associates, many of whom are passionate drag racing fans.

“We look forward to having our customers join us at events throughout the year at Maple Grove Raceway. “

Big money races to be run May 3 and 4

A new big-money race has been added to Maple Grove Raceway’s 2014 schedule. The Scott’s Transmission Center Spring Bracket Nationals will be May 3 and 4 with separate races, the Pep Boys Speed Shop Twin 10s, on each day and the winner taking home $10,000.

In the past, The Grove has hosted such races for cars in the Pro and Street E.T. Eliminator classes. What makes this race different is that it welcomes dragsters, cars, motorcycles and sleds from Super and Top Bike eliminators.

While the winner will get the big payday, placing in the race is also lucrative. The runner-up gets $2,000 and semifinalists get $1,000 while round money begins in the third round.

Entry is into the race is $125 pre-entry, or $150 at the gate. The field will be capped at 256 vehicles and there will be no buybacks. Gates will open at 8 a.m. each day.

There will also be “races within the race” including the Black Arrow Race Engines Top Duck Race on Saturday and Sunday featuring round 1 and 2 losers, along with new entries. Entry is $60 with a $2,000 first prize and the runner-up getting $800 and semifinalists $400. Round money begins in the third round.

Safeco Insurance will be sponsoring a Dash for Cash Daily with a $200 top prize and JBM Construction will award the $150 Last Man Standing in each class that isn’t a semifinalist or a finalist.

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NHRA Factory Stock Showdown coming to The Grove

NHRA announced the dates for the 2014 NHRA Factory Stock Showdown that will include stops at the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series in Gainesville, Fla., Indianapolis, Reading, Pa., and Las Vegas.

The program in its third year will feature three new stops beginning with the Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville, March 13-16 and ending with the NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Oct. 30-Nov. 2.  The second stop on the calendar will be the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals held at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Labor Day weekend, Aug. 27 – Sept. 1, where the program was introduced in 2012, and will be followed by the NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway in Pennsylvania, Oct. 2-5.

The event in Indy highlighted the 2013 series, featuring 27 entries as Chris Holbrook defeated Dave Connolly in the final round with his ’13 Mustang Cobra Jet.  The NHRA Factory Stock Showdown was designed to showcase the NHRA Ford Mustang Cobra Jet, Dodge Mopar Challenger Drag Pak and the Chevrolet COPO Camaro. More >

2013 Money Trail All-Star Team

The 2013 Maple Grove Raceway All-Star team was announced during Saturday night’s Money Trail Banquet.

The team was picked by a vote of the racers.

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Winners honored at banquet

Dozens of Maple Grove Raceway’s best racers crowded the ballroom at the Crowne Plaza Reading Hotel Saturday night for the 51st annual Money Trail Awards Banquet.

Over $30,000 in cash, trophies and contingency awards was handed out during the ceremony to the top 48 drivers in the five Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail E.T. Series, Jr. Dragsters and the ATI Stock-Super Stock Shootout.

Dozens of racers, whether or not they were in the money, were on hand with friends and family. It’s a great tradition that Maple Grove management is looking to continue far into the future.

The season champions for the Money Trail Series had their turn in the spotlight as Lanny Werley (Gold Rush Trailers Super), Brock Moshier (Ciccarone Racing Products Pro), Paul Werner (P.C. Richard & Son Street), Cory Stuebner (Ray’s Yamaha Top Bike), Vincent Branca (Jr. Dragster) and Lee Risser (ATI Stock-Super Stock) were recognized in their respective classes. More >

Pat Garlits passes away

The staff of Maple Grove Raceway would like to offer its deepest condolences to Don Garlits on the passing of his beloved wife, Pat.

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