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.
Michael VanDenHeuvel wins Bracket 2.
As is the tradition at Maple Grove Raceway, the Super Chevy Show presented by Original Parts Group was a marathon. With nearly 700 race entries and well over 300 car show entries, everyone wanted their share of the three-day weekend.
From the swap meet and manufacturers’ midway to the Hanna Motorsports Jet Cars and the True Street Challenge, The Grove was bustling with activity from 7 p.m. Friday morning to 7 p.m. Saturday night.
With the sun setting on Sunday, a select group of racers were able to bring their cars to PPC Lubricants Victory Lane for some very happy celebrations.The non-electronics Bracket 2 itself featured 205 cars and veteran racer Michael VanDenHeuvel (Elkton, Md.) won it in his 1984 Olds Cutlass. He clinched the win when the ’98 S-10 pickup driven by Martin Flegal (Ephrata, Pa.) broke at the starting line. VanDenHeuvel, a Maple Grove regular, finished his pass in 11.442 seconds at 115.54 mph. More >
The Saturday Car Show winners at Super Chevy.
The weather just a tad cooler on Saturday at Maple Grove Raceway, but the action was still hot as the Super Chevy Show presented by Original Parts Group went head first into the weekend.
Over 600 cars took part in the drag race portion while nearly 200 were on the show field for the first day of the Car Show.
There were three brackets for racers along with the Northeast Outlaw Pro Mods, who finished up qualifying for Sunday’s eliminations. Fredy Scriba in his ’63 Corvette was the top Pro Mod qualifier with a pass of 6.114 seconds at 235.51 mph. More >
Get Your 1320ft worth of Pro Modified action July 19th through July 21st. Continuing this year at the Super Chevy Show at Maple Grove will be the “Chevy vs. the World” Pro Mod Wars format that will be a 16 car field, combining Nitrous, Blowers and Turbos with our standard rules. All NEOPMA Members would be eligible for this event, regardless of make or model. Chevy Pro Mods have dominated and won the first three years. Do the other manufacturers have something for the Chevy’s this year?
The Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Association will be hazing the quarter mile of Maple Grove Dragway for their ultimate side by side drag racing, all the best Pro Mods from Nitrous to Supercharged to Turbocharged will be adding to the excitement of the “Super Chevy Show” this coming weekend. More >