better way to celebrate your 50th year of some of the best
drag racing on the east coast than to host a Fun
Ford Weekend? 2012 not only marks Maple Grove Raceway's
golden anniversary of racing, but August 17th - 19th also
marks the return of the Fun Ford Weekend Series presented
by Roush Yates, JE Pistons and Joe Gibbs Driven to the SE
corner of the Keystone State.
it comes to some of the most memorable moments in drag racing,
there aren't many tracks that hold the history of Maple
Grove," says Jeff Lacina, Marketing
Director for the Fun Ford Weekend Series. "From nostalgia
racing, Top Fuel dragsters, and jet-powered vehicles to
Street Bike races and Street Legal Grudge racing, the team
at Maple Grove always puts together top-notch events for
both the racers and the spectators." Maple Grove Raceway
enters its 50th year of continuous operation in 2012. The
facility owned by the Stauffer family began operating in
1962 and is the site of many historic drag racing firsts.
Ford Racer Roy Hill To Attend Maple Grove Raceway Fun Ford
Roy Hill has been a loyal Ford driver
since 1982. That’s been a quality of the North Carolina
native and drag racer since he started his competition career
as a teenager; companies that have helped him over the years
like Goodyear and Coca-Cola have a friend in Hill who drives
a 2012 Cobra Jet Mustang in the NHRA Super Stock class.
So it shouldn’t be a surprise that Hill, who worked
with such racing giants as Richard Petty, Ronnie Sox and
Buddy Martin, was asked to be a celebrity car show judge
and match race at the Fun Ford Weekend at Maple Grove Raceway.
involved in Ford, we were fortunate to have the first Cobra
Jet in 2010 to purchase and put in my school,” said
Hill, who has trained numerous racers over the years. “Ford
is a couple of years ahead of where the Dodge Drag Pak cars
and the Camaros will be,” Hill added. “Ford
has the advantage right now. We know that Dodge and GM can
catch up. I’m feeling good about the engine program,
but we’re not going to stop. We’re developing
a modular 5.4 engine in there and the difference in the
2013 car will be 250 pounds lighter. They will still be
will bring a couple of those Mustangs to The Grove for some
match racing during the August Fun Ford Weekend event. Also,
Hill will go to the car show and pick his 25 favorite cars.
On Saturday, Aug. 18, “Hill’s Picks” will
be honored at Fun Ford Weekend. Out of that group, 12 cars
will be selected to participate in 50 Cars for 50 Years
at the Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals. The winners will have admission
covered to the Oct. 7 car show at the Nationals for himself
and one crew member.
Maple Grove Fun Ford Weekend event will also include a Fairlane
Club of America "mini-meet". If you own a 1962-1976
Ford or Mercury mid-size (Fairlane, Torino, Montego, Ranchero,
Cyclone, etc...) and want to participate in the Fairlane
Club of America Mini-meet, visit their website at www.fairlanet.com/minimeet.
For more information about Fun Ford Weekend, visit FunFordWeekend.com.