Help Wanted: Join our team for the NHRA Nationals in October

Maple Grove Raceway is looking for dedicated workers to add to its team for the Oct. 2-5 NHRA Nationals. Positions open include: parking staff, gate staff, clean-up staff, staging lanes staff and other assigned positions to help support the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event to make it successful again this year.

To arrange an interview, interested candidates should contact John Clair, MGR Director of Event Services, at (484) 650-1290 or More >

Rule clarification for Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail E.T. bracket racing series: Entries (page 6)

Rule clarification for competitors in the Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail E.T. bracket racing series at Maple Grove Raceway.

Rule clarification — August 4, 2014

Entries, page 6

Car and driver combinations may enter more than one category, but not twice within the same category.  One driver is not permitted to enter two vehicles in the same category.  Two drivers are permitted to use the same vehicle in the same category. More >

Rain ends Sunday’s Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail meet early; Pyfrom, Greenly, Branca, Weidenhammer score wins before event halted

Maple Grove Raceway fought an off-and-on battle with weather over the weekend. Auto Locator Fast Friday was rained out. MGR was able to complete a Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail E.T. bracket racing series meet on Saturday, but Sunday’s show was stopped by rain before all classes could complete eliminations.

Drivers in the Super Pro, Pro and Street classes — all halted by rain — will split the purses and will be awarded Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail points for the last round of eliminations completed.

Drivers/riders in Top Bike, Trophy, Jr. Street and Jr. Dragster classes were able to complete their eliminations. More >

Gary Simpers wins NHRA King of the Track title during Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail bracket series competition

Gary Simpers of North East, Md., is the new NHRA King of the Track at Maple Grove Raceway. Simpers defeated Brent Long of Center Valley, Pa., in the final round of King of the Track competition. The final-round winners of the four Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail E.T. bracket series classes squared off to determine the new King of the Track.

In the first round, Long — who won the Street final — defeated Top Bike class winner Danny Boyer of York, Pa. Simpers — winner in the Super Pro class — met and defeated Pro class winner Todd Thoman of York, Pa. Simpers then met Long in the final round of King of the Track eliminations.

Gary Simpers (right) is the 2014 MGR NHRA King of the Track. (John Bisci)

Simpers is no stranger to MGR’s victory lane: he won the ATI Stock/Super Stock class final at MGR on July 5.

Racing continues Sunday, Aug.3, with another round of Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail E.T. bracket series competition. Gates will open at 8 a.m. with racing at 9 a.m. More >

Aug. 24 Race 4 Ronald’s House to benefit Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House

Drag racers will be giving back to their community again on Sunday, Aug. 24, when they compete in the Race 4 Ronald’s House charity event at Maple Grove Raceway. All proceeds from the entry fees will be donated to the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House.

Race 4 Ronald’s House will be held in conjunction with the NHRA Jr. Dragster National Dragster Challenge and a Test ‘n’ Tune session.

Drivers and riders will race for trophies, plaques and gift cards.

The entry fee is $65 and includes car or motorcycle, driver and one crew member. Racing is open to all types of cars, trucks and motorcycles. More >

Twenty MGR Jr. Dragster drivers headed to Aug. 8-9 NHRA Division 1 Jr. Championships

Twenty U.T.I. Jr. Dragster series drivers from Maple Grove Raceway will be headed to the NHRA Division 1 Jr. Championships in Numidia, Pa., on Aug. 8-9.

The 20 racers will be split into two 10-car teams: MGR1 and MGR2. Among the entrants will be three Ketterer siblings: Paige (8-9 age group), C.J. (12-13) and Jeremy (14-15). The Ketterer trio from Sellersville, Pa., will be joined by twin sisters Jamie and Jesse Rothenberger of Glenmoore, Pa.

Also on the roster are 2013 MGR champion Vincent Branca (Norristown, Pa.), three-time 2014 MGR winner Elizabeth Pyles (East Prospect, Pa.), Chris Smolenski (Perkasie, Pa.), Kyle Robb (Denver, Pa.), Kelsey Brinckman (Boyertown, Pa.), Amber Bell (Hershey, Pa.), Skyler Stump (Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Matt Witkowski (Elverson, Pa.), Brian O’Brien (Coatesville, Pa.), Katlynn Hoffman (Birdsboro, Pa.), Robert Pennabaker (Morgantown, Pa.), Mark Price Jr. (Collegeville, Pa.), Ranae Nyce (E. Greenville, Pa.), Braylon Kuhn (Douglassville, Pa.) and Deja Brown (York, Pa.). More >