Maple Grove Raceway Announces Improvements to Facility
20 Jan, 2015
The track will be torn up beginning at the 770-foot point of the track and will continue past the finish line. The track currently is concrete from the starting line to the 770-foot point. The old paving will be replaced to create an all-concrete drag strip from start to finish.
“We are making a significant investment in the track to create a better, more consistent surface for our racers,” said MGR Vice President & General Manager Lex Dudas. “Maple Grove Raceway is famous as the NHRA’s quickest and fastest track where national records are set. We are confident our racers will be excited about the improved surface and the fans will be thrilled with the speed and performance.”
Matt Hagan drives a Dodge Funny Car sponsored by Rocky Footwear & Apparel for Don Schumacher Racing. Hagan won the Funny Car final at the NHRA Nationals in October and went on to earn his second points championship.
“Maple Grove was the turning point for our team,” said Hagan, driver of the Don Schumacher Racing explained. “It is where we took over the points lead and never looked back. I love racing at Maple Grove especially when the conditions are always so good, usually good enough to set a world record. The track is phenomenal, prep is phenomenal and the fans are phenomenal. I am looking forward to getting back there to try to set another world record.”
Popular Erica Enders-Stevens won the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock championship and is a fan of MGR.
“This is great news,” Enders-Stevens proclaimed. “Maple Grove is a really cool track and when the weather conditions are good, the naturally-aspirated, 500-inch motors we use in our race cars can really make big horsepower. A lot of places say they are record-setting tracks, and it’s true there have been records set elsewhere, but Maple Grove offers up those kinds of conditions every year so it’s great to know the track will be able to handle it. It’ll be good for the fans watching also. I love the facility.”
Work on the track will commence as soon as the weather permits. The concrete work will be done by Descco Design & Construction in Fleetwood, Pa.
Due to the track reconstruction, drag racing at MGR will start on May 2. The spring flea market and swap meet will take place on the raceway grounds on April 11.