Store Updates for Maple Grove Raceway
In the past five months since purchasing Maple Grove Raceway, veteran NHRA racer Kenny Koretsky and his family, which includes his sons Kenny Jr. and current Pro Stock racer Kyle, have been hard at work on renovations. and historical installation updates. .
Many improvements have already been made and will be noticeable to fans and race teams heading into the 37th Annual Pep Boys NHRA National Championships this weekend. It’s been a tremendous amount of work, but the Koretsky family is thrilled to show off the renovated facility during the opening race of the NHRA countdown to the championship.
“It’s been a lot of work for everyone and there’s still a lot of work to do, but we’re proud of what we’ve done and the response we’ve already heard from fans and riders alike,” Kyle said. Koretsky. “We even had runners who offered to help the place succeed. There is a lot of history here and we want to make sure this trail succeeds. Our family is invested in it body and soul and there is no room for failure. It’s not in our vocabulary. We’ve built a strong team here and we’re looking forward to a great race and a great future here.
Among the updates are complete renovations to both towers, including all VIP suites and the timing tower, as well as the completion of the first phase of a new on-track audio system. They began the process of adding new LED lights throughout the track, as well as repaving the upper lot, the diversion at the top end – which was also widened to 35 feet – and the start line.
The Koretsky family and their team have also created 11 new RV sites and plan to add 30 more for next season. They added new AC, new fencing, fresh paint, improved the overall look of the property, and recently completed bathroom renovations. The concessions menu for race fans has also been completely revamped, as the Koretsky family has focused on improving the fan experience at the track in all areas.
“It took a lot of work to bring it up to our level and it will continue to take work. We’re not done yet,” Koretsky said. “The racecourse is only part of it. Fans want a clean facility, they want to eat well, and we want to make sure we provide our customers and fans with a great facility. It’s something we’re very proud of and that’s what we want to achieve here.
Already a fan-favorite facility and a penchant for delivering some of the fastest, fastest racing in NHRA history, Koretsky and his family are focused on making Maple Grove Raceway a destination track for years to come. . This year’s race will feature all four professional classes, as championship riders from Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle will look to kick off their world championship bids with a win. Located in the heart of Amish country, the track has always provided a beautiful scenic backdrop for the huge fan base.
Brittany Force, who will start the playoffs as the Top Fuel points leader, had the fastest run in NHRA history at the facility in 2019 with his 3.623-second run, while Billy Torrence (Top Fuel), Tommy Johnson Jr. (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Steve Johnson (Pro Stock Motorcycle) won last year’s race. This year’s playoff opener will air on both the FOX broadcast network and Fox Sports 1 (FS1) in 2022 and will also serve as an adjacent NFL broadcast on FOX, putting the NHRA on a huge platform. to open its 2022 playoffs.
“I hope everyone notices and appreciates the work we’ve done,” Koretsky said. “If you had seen this place five months ago to today, you would have said it wasn’t even possible. We want to see that excitement in everyone when they get here. We had a few hiccups and it was stressful and it went on for a lot of hours, but seeing the excitement of all the hard work everyone put in was the icing on the cake for me. We’re hoping for a full house and we want to make it a top-notch facility.
In Top Fuel, Force will be looking to open the playoffs with a win against stars like reigning four-time world champion Steve Torrence, Indy winner Antron Brown, Leah Pruett, Mike Salinas and Justin Ashley.
Robert Hight had a record-breaking season in Funny Car, running away with the points lead with six wins. He will look for a victory in Reading against Indy winner Ron Capps, Matt Hagan, Bob Tasca III and Cruz Pedregon.
Greg Anderson is off to back-to-back victories at Reading, a run after claiming his 100th career win. Looking to stop him, points leader Erica Enders, who has six wins in 2022, Aaron Stanfield, Koretsky, Dallas Glenn and Troy Coughlin Jr.
In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Matt Smith will be looking to begin his title defense against reigning event winner Steve Johnson, Joey Gladstone, Angelle Sampey, Eddie Krawiec, Angie Smith and Karen Stoffer.
The Pep Boys NHRA Nationals will also feature exciting competition in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, as well as the Constant Aviation Factory Stock Showdown category. Fans can experience all the thrills of a jet car show after nitro qualifying on Friday, while the race also includes the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League Shootout. On Saturdays, fans can also attend Nitro School to learn about how the cars work and hit their thrilling speeds.
Top Fuel Motorcycle star Larry “Spiderman” McBride will be in action at Reading as part of the Pep Boys NHRA National Championships. McBride clocked an incredible 268.38 mph in Virginia to make the fastest motorcycle pass in drag racing history and the veteran will make exhibition passes in Reading, trying to go even faster on a track where several record performances have taken place over the years.
Race fans at Maple Grove Raceway can enjoy special pre-race ceremonies that feature and celebrate each of the drivers racing for the prestigious Wally on Sunday and include the fan-favorite SealMaster track ride. The final must-do experience of any NHRA event is the Winner’s Circle celebration on Sunday after the race is over, where fans are invited to congratulate the winners of the Pep Boys NHRA Nationals event.
As always, fans also get an exclusive pass to the most powerful and sensory motorsport attraction on the planet in Reading. This unique opportunity gives fans a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the teams in action and service their hot rods between rounds, get autographs from their favorite NHRA riders, and more. Fans can also visit the NHRA’s popular Nitro Alley and Manufacturers Midway, where race sponsors and vendors create an exciting atmosphere that includes interactive exhibits, mock competitions, merchandise, food and fun for the whole family. family. The new Pep Boys Mid-Run Display will include tire change challenges, oil change challenges, a slot car track and more, adding even more mid-run excitement.
NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series qualifying will include a round at 4:45 p.m. ET on Friday, September 16 and the final two qualifying rounds on Saturday, September 17 at 12:15 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. Final eliminations are scheduled. for 10:30 a.m. ET on Sunday, September 18. TV coverage includes qualifiers on FS1 at 7:00 p.m. ET Friday, 11:00 a.m. Sunday, then eliminations on FOX at 2:00 p.m. or 4:30 p.m. ET on Sunday. Check local listings for Sunday broadcast times on FOX in your area.
To purchase tickets for the Pep Boys NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway, visit www.NHRA.com or call 800-884-6472. All children 12 and under will be admitted free to the general admission area with a paying adult. For more information about the NHRA, please visit www.NHRA.com.
(Courtesy of NHRA Communications)