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1320 Hotline Summer 2014

Tickets on sale for Oct. 2-5 NHRA Nationals — Big discounts for young fans

The NHRA Mello Drag Racing Series will return to Maple Grove Raceway for the 30th annual NHRA Nationals on Oct. 2-5. Tickets for the event now are on sale and may be purchased by calling MGR at (610) 856-9200 or online at www.MapleGroveRaceway.com.

Young drag racing fans in the junior (ages 6-15) and children (ages 5 and under) ticket categories are entitled to substantial discounts for the Northeast’s biggest professional drag racing event. For example, a reserved seat ticket for Sunday’s final eliminations is $60 for adults, but only $20 for “juniors” (ages 6-15) and $10 for children (ages 5 and under).

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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 >

Team Maple Grove Raceway shines at NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Eastern Conference Finals

Team Maple Grove Raceway’s Jr. Dragster teams walked away with their fair share of the hardware over the weekend in Bristol, Tenn., at the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Eastern Conference Finals.

Team Maple Grove won the Team Spirit Award over entries from tracks located in Alabama, Michigan, Indiana, Georgia, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Texas, Ohio and New Jersey.

Team Maple Grove won the Team Spirit Award. (Brinckman photo)

Team MGR’s Benjamin Spotts of Douglassville, Pa., finished runner-up in the 12-Year-Old Division. Spotts was defeated by Jarrod Kissinger of Sinking Spring, Pa., in the final round of eliminations. More >