Local sponsorship for top nitro drivers Massey, Pedregon at NHRA Nationals

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 >

Local racers will be part of the big show at NHRA Nationals; Jr. Street racers will make national event history

The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series delivers the world’s biggest names in professional drag racing to the Reading, Pa., area each year, including: 16-time Funny Car world champion John Force, seven-time Top Fuel Dragster champion Tony Schumacher and 2012 Top Fuel Dragster champion Antron Brown. And joining these star attractions this year on the historic drag strip will be some local “household names” like Vincent Branca, Jake Karol and Lee Ann Ormsbee.

Local racers will get their day in the sun at the Oct. 2-5 NHRA Nationals in the forms of all-out competition, exhibition runs and car displays. More >

Results from Fun Ford Weekend Presented By Manderbach Ford

Fun Ford Weekend Presented By Manderbach Ford at Maple Grove Raceway concluded without a hitch today after suffering a rainout on Saturday. Fans were treated to an all-Ford car show (hosted by the Berks County Mustang Club), drag racing, children’s activities and a swap meet. The event was presented by the Manderbach Ford dealership in Temple, Pa.

DRAG RACING RESULTS:

MustangGuys Fastest 5.0 sponsored by S&W Race Cars: Won by Matt Ricchezza, Cherry Hill, N.J. More >

Local racers to represent Maple Grove Raceway at NHRA Summit Racing Series Division 1 E.T. Finals in Delaware

Local racers who were the top drivers and riders in Maple Grove Raceway’s 2014 Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail E.T. bracket racing series will represent the track at the NHRA Summit Racing Series Division 1E.T. Finals on Sept. 18-21 at U.S. 13 Dragway in Delmar, Del.

“We’re very proud of our racers,” said MGR Vice President & General Manager Lex Dudas. “They’re a good group of competitors and Team Maple Grove has won this event 13 times since 1984.”

The 2014 Team Maple Grove roster includes: More >

Puerto Rico’s Rojas wins Latin American Sport Compacts III Pro Mod finale

Isaias Rojas of San Juan, Puerto Rico won tonight’s Pro Mod finale during the Latin American Sport Compacts III Presented By USA Auto Supply event at Maple Grove Raceway.

Rojas and Steve Kramer of Pasadena, Md., waded through the stout 16-car qualified field to face each other in the final round of eliminations.

The cars raced side-by-side to the finish line but Kramer’s bid for the win came up short as a shower of sparks ended his run at the stripe.

Rojas ran 5.946 sec./236.80 mph to Kramer’s 6.282 sec./208.42 mph and clinched the Pro Mod title. More >

NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship No. 1 contender John Force headed to NHRA Nationals

The NHRA Mello Drag Racing Series will return to Maple Grove Raceway for the 30th annual NHRA Nationals on Oct. 2-5. The NHRA Nationals is the fourth meet in the six-race Countdown to the Championship for the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series points battle and is crucial to drivers and riders who aspire to be champion. The Countdown to the Championship is the drag racing equivalent to other pro sports’ playoffs.

The top-seeded drivers in the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series’ four pro categories (Top Fuel Dragster, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle) recently participated in a teleconference in preparation for the start of the Countdown to the Championship on Sept. 12.

John Force is a 16-time NHRA Funny Car champion and leads the points in his class. Force not only is a driver, but the team owner of a stable of three Funny Cars and one Top Fuel Dragster. (Two of his cars are piloted by his daughters, Brittany and Courtney.) Force also is in the midst of an intensive sponsorship search. Despite the many distractions, his car is consistent and one of the strongest in the NHRA Funny Car ranks.

John Force

“We work as a team,” Force explained. “If you look at my Traxxas Ford with Courtney (Force) and Robert Hight in the Auto Club Mustang, and me with Castrol, we work as a team. I think we’ve been in the last seven or eight final rounds. We won a bunch of them. I got hot at the beginning of the year. I struggled. We got hot again. And something happened at testing. We tried some stuff, got off our game. And then we got back on our game with the Traxxas (Nitro Shootout), got the win there. And the (Alexis) DeJoria girl, doing a great job, took me out in the final at Indy. I didn’t like it, but her dad did. So I’ve got girls, too, and I was excited for her. I didn’t like losing. But now that’s all gone. Indy’s over. It’s all about the Countdown. I need a championship as much as the other drivers out there want it. And my focus is going to be dead on.” More >