In Memoriam: Dale Thierer

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MGR racer Scott Smith finishes runner-up at NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series finale in Pomona, Calif.

Scott Smith of Birdsboro, Pa., finished runner-up in the Summit Sportsman category Sunday at the 50th annual Auto Club NHRA Finals in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season finale at Pomona, Calif.

Smith faced Bill Crutcher in the final round of Summit Sportsman competition but fouled (“red-lit”) on the starting line, handing the victory to his opponent.

Smith is one of the top competitors in Maple Grove Raceway’s Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail bracket racing series. He finished third in points in the P.C. Richard & Son Street class. Crutcher competes in NHRA’s Division 2 and races at Music City Raceway in Nashville. More >

MGR, NHRA featured on NBC’s Today Show

NBC’s Today Show taped a segment on professional drag racing at Maple Grove Raceway during the NHRA Nationals.

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Race 4 Ronald’s House wins to Cain, Burnley, Ormsbee; Close to $9,000 raised for Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House

Local drag racers once again gave back to their community today when they competed in the second Race 4 Ronald’s House charity event of 2014 at Maple Grove Raceway. All proceeds from the entry fees were donated to the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House. Drivers and riders raced for trophies, plaques and gift cards.

A total of 179 racers competed and close to $9,000 was raised for Ronald McDonald House of Philadelphia. More >

Rosa scores $10,000 payday at Maple Grove Raceway’s Footbrake Nationals

Mike Rosa of Wolcott, Conn., scored a $10,000 payday by defeating Rich Panicaro of Mercerville, N.J., in the final round of eliminations of today’s Footbrake Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.

Mike Rosa (John Bisci photo)

Rosa chose the left lane in his red 1964 Chevrolet Nova while Panicaro occupied the right lane in his 1980 Oldsmobile Cutlass. Panicaro fouled (“red-lit”) on the starting line, handing the win to Rosa.

“I’ve never raced for this much money before,” said Rosa, whose home track is Lebanon Valley Dragway in West Lebanon, N.Y., “and I’ve never won this much money before.” More >

In memory of Raymond Beadle

Champion driver and team owner was inducted into¬†Maple Grove Raceway’s Walk of Fame in 2012

With sadness we note the passing of Raymond Beadle. Beadle, who was inducted into Maple Grove Raceway’s Walk of Fame in 2012 during the track’s 50th anniversary celebration, passed away today at age 70.

Raymond Beadle passed away at age 70 on Oct. 20, 2014.

Beadle is best known to drag racing fans as the driver, then owner-drive of the legendary Blue Max Mustang Funny Car in the 1970s. After driving for Blue Max team owner Harry Schmidt, Beadle purchased the operation and launched an enviable winning streak that began with a win at the 1978 NHRA Winston Finals in Ontario, Calif. He captured three consecutive NHRA Funny Car titles (1979-1981). Beadle also won three IHRA Funny Car titles.

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