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 >
Big Truck class champion Jim Peddicord.
As with any event, Maple Grove Raceway management didn’t know what to expect when it scheduled the first Keystone Diesel Nationals over the winter.
The signs for a great event were there in the months leading up the July 27 date. Mack Trucks, an industry giant, signed up as presenting sponsor. Other industry sponsors then came aboard. Also, Super Show Rigs helped with promotion and spread the word through the trucking community.
The result was a successful first act. With great summer weather, 365 trucks were at Maple Grove, including 158 in the judging show field and 85 on the racetrack. More >
These big and powerful machines are actually not strangers to Maple Grove Raceway.
Throughout the season, diesel-powered tractor trailers transport racecars and equipment to dozens of events. When the NHRA Mello Yello Series arrives in October for the Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals, it’s a neat sideshow watching the transports wind their way down the country roads to The Grove.
On Saturday, July 27, the trucks won’t be supporting actors; they will have the top billing. More >