Despite the best efforts of the Maple Grove track crew, Mother Nature decided to be a pest for a second consecutive weekend.
The 10K Footbrake Nationals was mostly completed Saturday night. However, after four weather delays, heavy rains arriving at 8:15 p.m. were just too much. Even if it was a short rainfall, track drying efforts would’ve brought racing right up against curfew.
The 12 remaining drivers agreed to split the purse — with the $10,000 first prize, the $2,000 runner-up prize and the remaining round money — and still took home a pretty good payday.
Maple Grove will have two big events next weekend. Saturday is the annual fall automotive flea market and the Sunday is the Ghosts and Goblins at The Grove bracket race.
Hundreds of drivers are expected to compete on Saturday, Oct. 19 for thousands of dollars in prizes as Maple Grove Raceway runs its annual Pro Eliminator Footbrake Nationals.
Saturday’s race features a guaranteed $10,000 for the winner, with a $2,000 payout to the runner-up. Round money, starting at $75, begins in the third round.
Gates open at 8 a.m. with one round of time trials beginning at 9. Eliminations begin immediately following time trials. Racers who haven’t already pre-entered may compete for $130, while crewmembers may enter for $15. Buybacks after the first round of eliminations are $60.
The raindate for this event is Sunday, Oct. 20.
Due to the heavy rains from the nor’easter soaking Southeastern Pennsylvania, the 42nd annual P.C. Richard & Son Pennsylvania Dutch Classic presented by Penske Truck Leasing has been canceled.
Maple Grove Raceway and the NHRA Northeast Division made the decision Friday morning as the wet weather was soaking the grounds and creating flash flood conditions.
There will be no rain date as Maple Grove’s schedule is full through October and the first week of November.
“We love this race and we didn’t like to do this,” said MGR vice president/general manager Lex Dudas. “We have held ‘The Dutch’ for over four decades and we appreciate the racers and fans who have supported it over the years. We look forward to seeing everybody back here in 2014.”
Racing will resume on Saturday, Oct. 19 with the 10K Footbrake Nationals.
The rainy weather that has saturated Southeastern Pennsylvania forced Maple Grove Raceway and the NHRA Northeast Division to pull the plug on Thursday’s round of the P.C. Richard & Son Pennsylvania Dutch Classic presented by Penske Truck Leasing.
Washed out were time trials for Stock, Super Stock, Super Comp, Super Stock and Super Gas classes; and qualifying for Top Dragster, Top Sportsman and Comp. All classes are scheduled to begin time trials and qualifying on Friday.
Parking and tech remained open through the day.
Gates open Friday at 8 a.m. with time trials beginning at 9:30.
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