Rain forces postponement of Spring Bracket Nationals presented by Scott’s Transmission Center to Aug. 24

May 4, 2014 — 11:30 a.m. Eastern

Rain has forced postponement of today’s Spring Bracket Nationals presented by Scott’s Transmission Center at Maple Grove Raceway. A new date for the event will be announced later this week. All racers who paid to enter today will receive a 100 percent credit on their entry fee. The event has been rescheduled to Sunday, Aug. 24. More >

NHRA Youth Racing program takes off at MGR; First race set for Sunday, June 1

Maple Grove Raceway launched its NHRA Youth Racing program — also known at MGR as the U.T.I. Junior Street class — on Sunday, April 27. Three teenage drivers signed up for licensing on Sunday: two boys and one girl.

Nathan Hammerle, 13, of Royersford, Pa., was first on the track. Hammerle made his license runs in a 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier. Drag racing was not new to him: his father and brother competed on the quarter mile in the past.

“I liked it,” said Hammerle. “I thought it was cool going down the same track as the professional NHRA drivers.”

Samantha Hess, 14, of Mountville, Pa., drove a 2003 GMC Sierra. Like Hammerle, Hess — a Centerville Middle School student — was no stranger to the strip. More >

May 10 and June 1: Index Series drag racing

Maple Grove Raceway will host two dates of Index Series drag racing: on Saturday, May 10 and Sunday, June 1.

On Saturday, May 10, the sole Index Series class run will be 11.50 Index. The MGR winner and runner-up on May 10 will be invited to participate in a special eight-car showcase eliminator at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series national event at Old Bridge Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J. on May 30-June 1.

On Sunday, June 1, MGR will host Index Series racing for the following classes: 8.50 Index, 10.00 Index and 11.50 Index.

The Index Series is open to full-bodied street cars only (a.k.a. “doorslammers”) and the 8.50 Index winner will be paid $1,000 on May 10 and June 1. More >

Help wanted: Maple Grove Raceway is looking for a few good men — and women

Maple Grove Raceway is looking for a few good men — and women — to join our team.

Positions available for race day staff include: technical inspection, staging lanes, burnout/water box and computer (CompuLink timing system).

Please contact MGR Operations Manager Jason Leber at: jleber@maplegroveraceway.com.

Busy May 2-4 weekend includes Spring Bracket Nationals presented by Scott’s Transmission Center

Maple Grove Raceway’s first tripleheader weekend of the still-young 2014 season will take place May 2-4. Drag racing action begins on Friday with Auto Locator Fast Friday Grudge Racing. Grudge racing is informal, non-points racing for everyone from novices to sportsman drivers and riders.

Saturday will be a tune-up for the main event on Sunday. The Test ‘n’ Tune session and grudge racing will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

On Sunday, MGR will present the non-points Spring Bracket Nationals, featuring Super Pro, Pro, Street, Top Bike and Jr. Dragster classes. The Super Pro class will pay $2,500 to the winner of final eliminations. More >

U.T.I. High School Challenge wins to Grater, Dumps, Pennington, Daniel Boone High School

The 2014 edition of Maple Grove Raceway’s annual Universal Technical Institute High School Challenge now is in the record books. Erica Grater won the High School final, Carter Dumps triumphed in the U.T.I. class and Rich Pennington scored the Alumni class victory. Daniel Boone High School was the overall high school winner.

The final round of High School eliminations was a showdown between two third-generation drag racers. Erica Grater, of Perkiomenville, Pa. — racing for Perkiomen Valley High School — defeated J.T. Sheaffer of Lancaster, Pa., who was representing Penn Manor High School.  Grater ran 11.525 seconds (on a 11.58 sec. dial-in) at 119.57 mph. Sheaffer ran 11.502 seconds (on a 11.57 sec. dial-in) at 113.10 mph. Grater will represent Maple Grove Raceway at the NHRA Northeast Division Summit Racing Series E.T. Final in September. More >