In memoriam: Doris Grater

It is with sadness we report the passing of Doris Grater, matriarch of the Grater drag racing family. Please join us in keeping Doris and her family in your thoughts and prayers during this sorrowful time.

From her published obituary:

Doris (Little) Grater, of Zieglerville, Pa., passed away peacefully at the age of 75 on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at her residence surrounded by her family. She was the wife of longtime Maple Grove Raceway racer John E. “Jack” Grater, to whom she was married to for more than 56 years. More >

Results from the 43rd annual P.C. Richard & Son Dutch Classic presented by Penske Leasing

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 final round: Wolkitz (near lane) won. (John Bisci photo)

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 >

Schumacher, Hagan, Brogdon, Krawiec win NHRA Nationals


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 >

Allen Family — racing since 1959 — headed to Oct. 2-5 NHRA Nationals

By John Bisci

L to R: Sherwood, Michael Jr. and Michael Allen. (John Bisci photo)

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 >

Office of Attorney General partners with Maple Grove Raceway for safer communities

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 >