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.
Some of the other returning big events for the season: More >
Over three decades the Super Chevy Show presented by Chevy Performance at Maple Grove Raceway has grown into the largest event on the tour, drawing hundreds of racers and car show participants to the legendary facility.
A major change for 2014 is Super Chevy will be held been held earlier in July, on the weekend of July 11-13.
The event kicks off on Friday, July 11 with rounds of time trials for the racers. Racing will then continue through the weekend. The car show portion will be held Saturday and Sunday only with awards on each day. 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 >
The Berks County Mustang Car Club had some more car show winners Sunday during Fun Ford Weekend.
It was a short list as everything that day was cut short because of rain.
- Best of Show: Bob Mess, ’73 Mach 1
- Best High School Car: Randy Glahn, ’00 Mustang
- Best Engine: Tom Mee, ’01 Mustang
- Best Paint: John Risola, ’98 Mustang GT
- Diamond in the Rough: Richard Balthaser, ’83 Capri RS
- MCA Award: Bill Colosimo, ’68 Shelby
- Berks County Car: Charlie Trexler, ’01 Roush.
Curt Rubendall wins Bracket 2 in a Mustang.
Saturday’s portion of Fun Ford Weekend at Maple Grove Raceway was billed as “Fords vs. The World.”
All makes and models were welcome to race The Grove’s quartermile track as fans of Fords, along with Chevys and Mopars, kept track of which cars were still standing as racers made their way through the elimination brackets of three different mixed classes.
There was also special Ford only classes, including Mustang Madness, Tough Truck, VMP Superchargers True Street Shootout and the Aeromotive Cobra Jet Challenge.
Also, several dozen cars took part in a car show hosted by the Berks County Mustang Car Club and there was a swap meet. The Jersey Thunder Jet Dragster entertained fans.
Sunday’s portion of the Weekend was rained out. More >
Roy Hill's Top 25 picks.
Here are the car show winners from the first day of the Fun Ford Weekend at Maple Grove Raceway: More >