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.
The 2013 Maple Grove Raceway All-Star team was announced during Saturday night’s Money Trail Banquet.
The team was picked by a vote of the racers.
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Dozens of Maple Grove Raceway’s best racers crowded the ballroom at the Crowne Plaza Reading Hotel Saturday night for the 51st annual Money Trail Awards Banquet.
Over $30,000 in cash, trophies and contingency awards was handed out during the ceremony to the top 48 drivers in the five Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail E.T. Series, Jr. Dragsters and the ATI Stock-Super Stock Shootout.
Dozens of racers, whether or not they were in the money, were on hand with friends and family. It’s a great tradition that Maple Grove management is looking to continue far into the future.
The season champions for the Money Trail Series had their turn in the spotlight as Lanny Werley (Gold Rush Trailers Super), Brock Moshier (Ciccarone Racing Products Pro), Paul Werner (P.C. Richard & Son Street), Cory Stuebner (Ray’s Yamaha Top Bike), Vincent Branca (Jr. Dragster) and Lee Risser (ATI Stock-Super Stock) were recognized in their respective classes. More >
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 >
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.
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.