Barry Sauder wins Super.
For the first time in nearly two months, E.T. bracket cars were back in the spotlight Sunday at Maple Grove Raceway as the annual Ghosts and Goblins at The Grove returned to mark the beginning of the end of the 2013 season.
The annual event has a Halloween theme and several racers and their families took part in the festivities. Prizes were awarded for such categories as best costume, best decorated pit area and best costumed pet. There was trick-or-treating in the pits throughout the afternoon. More >
Maple Grove Raceway’s regular season is on the homestretch and two events will give fans and racers another chance to experience The Grove before it shuts down for the season.
The annual Fall Flea Market will be on Saturday, Oct. 26 followed by the Ghosts and Goblins at The Grove bracket race on Sunday, Oct. 27.
The Flea Market, which features hundreds of vendors selling parts and other automotive items, begins at 7 a.m. Vendors can rent a 15- by 20-foot space for $35. Buyers can enter for $5, and children 12 and under are free with a paid adult.
It will be a day of Halloween fun and bracket racing as Maple Grove Raceway ends October with a very busy, and fun, Sunday with the annual Ghosts and Goblins at The Grove. More >
Shane Sweigart wins the open class.
Under a beautiful autumn sun, over a hundred cars made their way to Maple Grove Raceway on Sunday for the annual Universal Technical Institute Funday Sunday.
It’s a race in which all participants win a trophy, with each class winner getting the opportunity to stuff a 6-foot award into his car for the ride home. There was an open class for all racers in cars 10 seconds or slower, along with another for UTI students and instructors, and another for motorcycles and sleds. More >
Maple Grove Raceway, boosted by Scott Smith’s Street Eliminator championship, won the team title in the NHRA Northeast Division Summit Racing E.T. Finals Saturday at Numidia Dragway.
It’s the 13th championship for Team Maple Grove, an unprecedented amount.
Smith is now eligible to race against other NHRA division champs at the final Nationals race of the season in November at Pomona, Calif.
Also helping the cause were semifinal finishes by Gary Simpers in Pro and Joe Stuebner in Top Bike.
Denny Renninger has a big fan club in Victory Lane.
Denny Renninger saved his best for last. The Leesport, Pa., racer was the Pro class winner Sunday as Maple Grove Raceway presented its annual National Dragster Challenge.
Even though the Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail E.T. Series wrapped up its season on Labor Day weekend, several racers returned to The Grove for a chance to win a prestigious Wally trophy that features the likeness of NHRA founder Wally Parks. For just about any drag racer, earning one can be considered a career highlight.
Wallys were also handed out to Derrick Fox (Super), Tom Harhart (Street) and John Lippincott (Top Bike).
The Race 4 Ronald’s House charity race was also held, and nearly 60 drivers took part. The annual event put together by Denny Parisan from County Corvette of West Chester, Pa., benefits the Ronald McDonald House of Philadelphia.
Another charity event kicked off the weekend. The Humane Society of Berks County held its annual Walk for the Animals and Walktoberfest on Saturday, drawing thousands of animal lovers and their dogs. More >
Jackie Grater wins the Quick 32.
For a second year in a row, Maple Grove regular Jackie Grater was one of the last drivers standing at the end of the Latin American Sports Compacts race.
While billed as an import event, this race also welcomed domestic models. Grater (Perkiomenville, Pa.) and his 1988 Thunderbird made his way to PPC Lubricants Victory Lane after winning the Quick 32 class.
He defeated an ’80 Starlet driven by Jose Diaz (Lancaster, Pa.) in the final with a pass of 8.379 seconds at 137.48 mph that was boosted by a superior reaction time.
The weekend had a definite Latin flavor as a large crowd made its way to Maple Grove to watch seven racing classes and a car show.
Also on hand was the Northeast Outlaw Pro Mods that were here for their third race of the season at The Grove. The winner this time was local racer Tyler Hard (Harrisburg, Pa.), who made his way through a very competitive field. More >