In Memoriam: Denny Darnell

Noting, with sadness, the passing of Denny Darnell on Saturday.

From 1991 to 1998, Darnell served as Director of Communications for the National Hot Rod Association before becoming Senior Manager of Media Relations for Sports Marketing Enterprises at R.J. Reynolds for five years. He supported the company’s motorsports sponsorships, including NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series national events.

In Memoriam: Hank Endres

With sadness we also note the passing of veteran drag racer Hank Endres, 76, of Pennsville, N.J. on Oct. 4.

Hank began racing in the mid-1950s and continued until his retirement from driving Top Fuel Dragsters in 1989. He won the NHRA Div. 1 Championship in 1978. He was inducted into the National Nostalgia Drag Racing Association Legion of Honor in 2012 for his contributions to the sport. In his later years he was involved in restoring and showing classic cars. More >

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 >