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 >
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 >
Racing will get underway in the Latin American Sports Compacts at 9 a.m. Sunday morning.
The first round of eliminations for the Northeast Outlaw Pro Mods will be around 11 a.m.
Maple Grove Raceway will start its transition from summer to fall with its final Auto Locator Grudge Race of the season Friday night followed by the Latin American Sports Compact weekend on Saturday and Sunday.
The weekend kicks off Friday night with Grudge Racing. Those wanting to see what their car can do on a racetrack are welcome to enter Maple Grove’s gates after 4 p.m. Racing begins promptly at 5. Admission is $20 for street driven cars and $25 for entries on a trailer. Spectators are $10 with children 12 and under free.
The Latin American Sports Compact race will feature the best of import racing, though drivers are more than welcome to bring their domestic rides. Gates open each day at 8 a.m. with racing beginning at 9.
There will also be a car show on Sunday with a $35 entry fee for car and driver.
Race classes include Quick 16 and Quick 32, along with Imports vs. Domestics, Bracket I (11.99 and faster); Bracket II (12.00 and slower); Super Pro vs. 11.99 and Faster; and Honda Battle (11.50 and Faster). Domestic cars are welcome to race.
Entry fee for Brackets I and II is $45 each. It is $55 for either the Super Pro or Honda races. Entry fee for the Quick 32 is $75 and the Quick 16 is $100.
Also taking part is the popular Northeast Outlaw Pro Mods, which will be making yet another appearance at The Grove this summer.
Time trials and qualifying will be on Saturday with eliminations on Sunday.
Tickets for adults are $20 on Saturday, $25 on Sunday or $40 for the weekend. Teens ages 13-15 are $10 each day and children 12-and-under are free with a paying adult.