Participants in the Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail have been asked to vote on rules changes for the 2014 season, including:
- Splitting the 15-race season into two sessions, or keeping it as one season-long session.
- Keeping door cars and dragsters separate in Super until round 3, or combining them for all rounds.
- Whether or not to offer a “last chance” race during Money Trail races for all cars eliminated in the first or second round.
The ballots were e-mailed last week, while those who didn’t give MGR their e-mail address received their ballot via U.S. Mail.
Voting will end Monday, March 10.
A new big-money race has been added to Maple Grove Raceway’s 2014 schedule. The Scott’s Transmission Center Spring Bracket Nationals will be May 3 and 4 with separate races, the Pep Boys Speed Shop Twin 10s, on each day and the winner taking home $10,000.
In the past, The Grove has hosted such races for cars in the Pro and Street E.T. Eliminator classes. What makes this race different is that it welcomes dragsters, cars, motorcycles and sleds from Super and Top Bike eliminators.
While the winner will get the big payday, placing in the race is also lucrative. The runner-up gets $2,000 and semifinalists get $1,000 while round money begins in the third round.
Entry is into the race is $125 pre-entry, or $150 at the gate. The field will be capped at 256 vehicles and there will be no buybacks. Gates will open at 8 a.m. each day.
There will also be “races within the race” including the Black Arrow Race Engines Top Duck Race on Saturday and Sunday featuring round 1 and 2 losers, along with new entries. Entry is $60 with a $2,000 first prize and the runner-up getting $800 and semifinalists $400. Round money begins in the third round.
Safeco Insurance will be sponsoring a Dash for Cash Daily with a $200 top prize and JBM Construction will award the $150 Last Man Standing in each class that isn’t a semifinalist or a finalist.
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For its 52nd season, Maple Grove Raceway will once again offer a full schedule of drag racing action from late April to mid October.
The season will feature the return of many fan favorites, along with some big additions to the slate.
The 30th NHRA Nationals on Oct. 2-5 should continue to be one of the fastest races on the Mello Yello Series schedule and a pivotal part of the Countdown to the Championship. All four 2013 season champions – Shawn Langdon (Top Fuel), John Force (Funny Car), Jeg Coughlin (Pro Stock) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) – earned Wallys at Maple Grove en route to their respective titles.
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Three Maple Grove Raceway drivers were recognized during the NHRA Northeast Division banquet held Saturday night at Hershey Lodge:
- Hollie Ray-Bausher (Shillington, Pa.) for winning the 12-13 year-old age group at the NHRA Northeast Division Jr. Dragster League championship last August at Mason-Dixon Dragway.
- Scott Smith (Birdsboro, Pa.) for winning Street Class at the Summit Racing Series E.T. Finals in September at Numidia Dragway.
- Mark Price Jr. (Collegeville, Pa.) for winning the 10-11 age group at the NHRA Northeast Division Jr. Dragster League championship last August at Mason-Dixon Dragway.
Also honored was Team Maple Grove for winning an unprecedented 13th team championship at the Summit Racing Series E.T. Finals in September at Numidia Dragway.
The Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail E.T. Series, one of the oldest bracket racing series in the country, will begin its 44th season at Maple Grove Raceway on April 26, the first of 15 scheduled races for 2014.
The Money Trail will run in three sessions, with the season concluding on Aug. 31. Racers in five classes – Goldrush Trailers Super, Ciccarone Racing Products Pro, P.C. Richard & Son Street, Ray’s Yamaha Top Bike and Jr. Dragsters – will race for points over the course of the summer for season championships and a chance to represent Maple Grove at the Summit Racing E.T. Finals in September. Novice racers can take part in the Trophy category.
The ATI Stock-Super Stock Shootout will take part in four races on the weekends of July 5-6 and Aug. 8-9.
Bracket racers can also take part in specialty events, including two NHRA King of the Track races on June 14 and Aug. 2, while the Jr. Dragster Challenge will be run on Aug. 24.
The rest of the 2014 schedule will be announced shortly. Events that are already on the calendar include: Spring Flea Market (April 12-13); NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series (May 22-25); Great American Bull Run (June 7); Mega Mopar Action (June 22); Super Chevy Show presented by Chevy Performance (July 11-13); Keystone Diesel Truck Nationals presented by Mack Trucks and Denver Truck Painting (July 26-27); Fun Ford Weekend (Sept. 13); NHRA Nationals (Oct. 2-5); NHRA Pennsylvania Dutch Classic (Oct. 9-12); Fall Flea Market (Oct. 25).
The full Money Trail schedule:
- Session 1 – April 26, May 10, May 17, May 18, May 31.
- Session 2 – June 14, June 21, July 5, July 6, Aug. 2.
- Session 3 – Aug. 3, Aug. 9, Aug. 10, Aug. 30, Aug. 31.
Schedule is subject to change.
Maple Grove Raceway’s Scott Smith lost to eventual champion Jeff Hefler in the first round of the Summit Sportsman class eliminator Sunday during the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals at Pomona, Calif.
Smith (Birdsboro, Pa.) punched his ticket to California by winning the Street championship at the NHRA Northeast Division Summit E.T. Finals back in September at Numidia Dragway. His first-place finish helped Team Maple Grove claim its 13th team title.
The annual race at Pomona brings together the bracket racing champions from all seven NHRA divisions to compete for a national championship.
In his race, Smith and his 1980 Malibu went 11.972 seconds at 108.59 mph and broke out by .028 under his dial-in.
On the other hand, Hefler (Fort Worth, Texas), driving a ’65 Impala, had the advantage off the starting line and grabbed the win with a pass of 12.231 at 112.14 that was .041 over.