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Sun, 26 Jan 2014, 16:22 PM

Maple Grove Raceway Releases 2014 Schedule
Courtesy of Evan Jones





MOHNTON, Pa. - 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:

o The Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series on May 22-25. The NHRA's Sportsman series returns for a 45th time with some of drag racing's up-and-coming stars. Saturday's round will conclude with 260-mph Top Alcohol Dragsters and Funny Cars finals as fans can take advantage of Maple Grove's popular $25 carload deal on Saturday night.

o Mega Mopar Action Series on June 22. The first of the three Manufacturers Series events, the weekend will feature a jamboree of enthusiasts who love Dodge, Chrysler, Plymouth and AMC Products.

• Super Chevy Show presented by Chevy Performance on July 11-13. The largest such show in the country featured over 600 race entries and hundreds of car-show entries in 2013. It's a summer paradise for Chevy lovers.

• The Keystone Diesel Nationals on July 26-27 will be a mecca for big truck racers in this part of the country. Ever want to see those big rigs on the Pennsylvania Turnpike rumble down a dragstrip in competition? Here's your chance!

• Fun Ford Weekend on Sept. 13-14. Fans of the Blue Oval have turned out in droves to race or show in honor of their favorite brand. Look for a bigger and better FFW in 2014.

• Penske Truck Leasing Pennsylvania Dutch Classic presented by P.C. Richard & Son on Oct. 9-12. It's one of the oldest Sportsman races in the country and it comes back for the 43rd edition. It's also part of the NHRA's Northeast Division Open Series, which invites the best Sportsman racers from all over the country to participate.

Also returning are the Latin American Sports Compacts on Sept. 6-7, the VW June Bug Classic on June 8 and the 10K Footbrake Nationals on Oct. 18.

Maple Grove will introduce some new and exciting events in 2014:

• The Great Bull Run on June 7. The festival will feature multiple runnings of the bulls throughout the day followed by Tomato Royale, a large tomato food fight open to the public. For those who prefer watching rather than participating, spectator areas will be set up along The Great Bull Run track and around the Tomato Royale arena and will include live music, festival games, food and beverages.

• KSR Motorsports Thrill Show on July 19. It will be quite a day with monster trucks, motorcycle stunts and jet cars.

Local racers will find plenty of action. The Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail E.T. Series, which features local racers competing for season points, is scheduled to have 15 races split into three sessions this summer. People wanting to test their cars on the drag strip will get over a dozen opportunities with Auto Locator Fast Friday Grudge Racing that will be held on Friday nights through the summer.

The ATI Stock-Super Stock Shootout returns with four dates that will be included as part of the Money Trail. Racers from this popular NHRA Sportsman class will compete for points on July 5-6 and Aug. 9-10.

The Grove will once again host three automotive flea markets: April 12-13, June 28 and Oct. 25.

April
6                        Import Faceoff
12-13                        Spring Flea Market
19                        Test and tune/grudge racing - Junior Dragster Money Trail Points
20                        Closed Easter
26                        Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail 1
27                        UTI High School Challenge

May
2                        Auto Locator Fast Friday Grudge Racing
3                        Spring Bracket Nationals, Ultimate Gambler
4                        Spring Bracket Nationals, Ultimate Gambler
9                        Auto Locator Fast Friday Grudge, Ladies Nite, all lady spectators free
10            Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail 2, 11.5 Index, Winner & Runner up will be invited to
Toyota NHRA Nationals
11                        Closed, Mother's Day
16                        Auto Locator Fast Friday Grudge Racing
17                        Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail 3/MASGA/MASCA/MASSA
18                        Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail 4/MASGA/MASCA/MASSA
22-25                        Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series
26                        Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, rain date
30                        Auto Locator Fast Friday Grudge Racing
31                        Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail 5

June
1            Index Racing 8.50, 10.0 11.5, Top Dragster, Top Sportsman, ET Gamblers, Ronald
McDonald House race, Junior Dragster Money Trail points race
7                        Great American Bull Run
8                        VW June Bug Classic XXVII
13                        Auto Locator Fast Friday Grudge, Ladies Nite, all lady spectators free
14                        Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail 6, NHRA King of the Track (1)
15                        Pure Speed Drag Racing Experience - by Doug Foley
16                        Pure Speed Drag Racing Experience - by Doug Foley (Monday)
20                        Auto Locator Fast Friday Grudge Racing
21                        Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail 7
22                        Mega MOPAR Action
27                        Auto Locator Fast Friday Grudge Racing
28                        Glory Days, Nostalgia Event, plus 422 All Stars
28                        Summer Flea Market
29                        Glory Days, Nostalgia Event

July
4                        Auto Locator Fast Friday Grudge Racing
5                        Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail 8, Money Trail Stock - Super Stock
6                        Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail 9, Money Trail Stock - Super Stock
11-13                        Super Chevy Show
18                        Auto Locator Fast Friday Grudge Racing
19                        Monster Truck and Motorcycle Thrill Show
20                        Closed
25                        Auto Locator Fast Friday Grudge Racing
26-27                        Keystone Diesel Truck Nationals

August
1                        Auto Locator Fast Friday Grudge Racing
2                        Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail 10, NHRA King of the Track (2)
3                        Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail 11
8                        Auto Locator Fast Friday Grudge, Ladies Nite, all lady spectators free
9                        Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail 12*, Money Trail Stock - Super Stock
10                        Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail 13*, Money Trail Stock - Super Stock
15-16                        American Muscle Mustang Event
17                        American Muscle Mustang, Rain Date
22                        Auto Locator Fast Friday Grudge Racing
             Pure Speed Drag Racing Experience
23                        Pure Speed Drag Racing Experience - by Doug Foley
24            Junior Dragster Challenge / Test and Tune - ET Gamblers,
Ronald McDonald House race
29                        Auto Locator Fast Friday Grudge Racing
30                        Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail 14
31                        Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail 15
                        *NO JUNIOR POINTS, DUE TO NHRA JUNIOR DIVISIONALS
September
3-4                        Frank Hawley Drag Racing School, Super Comp - Super Gas
5                        Frank Hawley Drag Racing School, Dragster Adventure

5                        Auto Locator Fast Friday Grudge Racing
6-7                        Latin American Sports Compacts
12                        Auto Locator Fast Friday Grudge Racing
13-14                        Fun Ford Weekend
20                        TNT/Grudge
21                        UTI Funday Sunday, Trophy Day
27-28                        Closed, in preparation for Auto-Plus Nationals


October
2-5                        NHRA Nationals
9-12                        NHRA Pennsylvania Dutch Classic
18                        10K Footbrake Nationals
19                        10K Footbrake Nationals rain date
25                        Fall Flea Market

(Schedule subject to change)





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