Koretsky household to unveil quite a few updates to Maple Grove Raceway
For the previous 5 months since they’ve bought Maple Grove Raceway, veteran NHRA racer Kenny Koretsky and his household, which incorporates his sons Kenny Jr. and present Professional Inventory driver Kyle, have been laborious at work on renovations and updates to the historic facility.
Quite a few enhancements have already been made and will probably be noticeable for followers and race groups heading into this weekend’s thirty seventh annual Pep Boys NHRA Nationals. It’s been an incredible quantity of labor, however the Koretsky household is happy to point out off the revamped facility on the opening race within the NHRA Countdown to the Championship.
“It’s taken a number of work from everybody and there’s nonetheless a number of work to be accomplished, however we’re pleased with what we’ve accomplished and the response we’ve already heard from followers and racers,” Kyle Koretsky stated. “We’ve even had racers who’ve provided to assist the place succeed. There’s a number of historical past right here and we wish to make sure that this observe succeeds.
“Our household has put our coronary heart and soul into this and there’s no room for failure. That’s not in our vocabulary. We’ve constructed a powerful workforce right here and we’re trying ahead to having a fantastic race and a fantastic future right here.”
Among the many updates are full renovations to each towers, together with the entire VIP suites and the timing tower, in addition to the completion of the primary part of a brand new audio system on the observe. They’ve began the method of including new LED lights all through the complete observe, in addition to repaving the higher lot, the turn-off on the high finish – which has additionally been widened to 35 ft – and the beginning line.
The Koretsky household and their workforce have additionally created 11 new RV spots for tenting with plans so as to add 30 extra for subsequent season. They’ve added new air con, new fencing, contemporary paint, improved the general look of the ability, and lately accomplished renovations to the bogs.
The concession menu for race followers has additionally been fully revamped, because the Koretsky household has put a powerful emphasis on bettering the fan expertise on the observe in all areas.
“It’s taken a number of work to get it to our customary and it’s going to proceed to take work. We’re not accomplished but,” Koretsky stated. “The racetrack is simply a part of it. Followers need a clear facility, they wish to eat nicely, and we wish to make sure that we give our clients and followers a fantastic facility. That’s one thing we take a number of pleasure in and that’s what we wish to accomplish right here.”
Already a fan-favorite facility and penchant for delivering a number of the quickest and quickest runs in NHRA historical past, Koretsky and his household are centered on making Maple Grove Raceway a vacation spot observe for years to return. This 12 months’s race will characteristic all 4 skilled classes, as playoffs as championship drivers in Prime Gas, Humorous Automotive, Professional Inventory, and Professional Inventory Motorbike will look to begin their world championship bids with a win. Positioned within the coronary heart of Amish nation, the observe has all the time boasted an exquisite, scenic backdrop for the large fanbase.
Brittany Power (pictured in 2021), who will begin the playoffs because the Prime Gas factors chief, made the quickest run in NHRA historical past on the facility in 2019 along with her run of three.623-seconds, whereas Billy Torrence (Prime Gas), Tommy Johnson Jr. (Humorous Automotive), Greg Anderson (Professional Inventory) and Steve Johnson (Professional Inventory Motorbike) gained final 12 months’s race. This 12 months’s playoff opener will probably be broadcast on each the FOX broadcast community and Fox Sports activities 1 (FS1) in 2022 and also will function the NFL adjoining broadcast on FOX, placing the NHRA on an enormous platform to open its 2022 playoffs.
“I hope everybody notices and enjoys the work we’ve put in,” Koretsky stated. “If you happen to noticed this place 5 months in the past to right now, you’d have stated this wasn’t even doable. We wish to see that pleasure from everybody once they get right here.
“We’ve had some hiccups and it’s been irritating and a number of hours however seeing the joy from all of the laborious work everybody has put in, that’s the icing on the cake for me. We’re hoping for a packed home, and we wish to make this a premier facility.”
In Prime Gas, Power will look to open the playoffs with a victory in opposition to standouts like four-time defending world champ Steve Torrence, Indy winner Antron Brown, Leah Pruett, Mike Salinas, and Justin Ashley.
Robert Hight has loved a banner season in Humorous Automotive, working away with the factors lead on the power of six victories. He’ll search for a Studying win in opposition to Indy winner Ron Capps, Matt Hagan, Bob Tasca III and Cruz Pedregon.
Greg Anderson is after back-to-back wins in Studying, a race after choosing up his one centesimal profession victory. Trying to cease him is factors chief Erica Enders, who has six wins in 2022, Aaron Stanfield, Koretsky, Dallas Glenn and Troy Coughlin Jr.
In Professional Inventory Motorbike, Matt Smith will look to begin his title protection dealing with off with defending occasion winner Steve Johnson, Joey Gladstone, Angelle Sampey, Eddie Krawiec, Angie Smith, and Karen Stoffer.
The Pep Boys NHRA Nationals additionally will characteristic thrilling competitors within the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Collection, in addition to the Fixed Aviation Manufacturing facility Inventory Showdown class. On Friday, followers can witness all of the thrills of a jet automobile exhibition after nitro qualifying, whereas the race additionally options the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League Shootout. On Saturday, followers can even attend Nitro Faculty to study extra about how the vehicles function and attain their thrilling speeds.
Prime Gas Motorbike star Larry “Spiderman” McBride will probably be in motion at Studying as a part of the Pep Boys NHRA Nationals. McBride went an unbelievable 268.38-mph in Virginia to make the quickest bike cross in drag racing historical past and the veteran will make exhibition passes in Studying, trying to go even sooner at a observe the place a number of record-breaking performances have taken place through the years.
Race followers at Maple Grove Raceway can benefit from the particular pre-race ceremonies that introduce and rejoice every of the drivers racing for the distinguished Wally on Sunday and contains the fan favourite SealMaster Monitor Stroll. The ultimate can’t-miss expertise of any NHRA occasion is the winner’s circle celebration on Sunday after racing concludes, the place followers are invited to congratulate the Pep Boys NHRA Nationals occasion winners.
As all the time, followers additionally get an unique pit cross to essentially the most highly effective and sensory-filled motorsports attraction on the planet in Studying. This distinctive alternative provides followers a novel likelihood to see groups in motion and repair their sizzling rods between rounds, get autographs from their favourite NHRA drivers, and extra. Followers can even go to NHRA’s standard Nitro Alley and Producers Halfway, the place sponsors and race distributors create an thrilling ambiance that features interactive shows, simulated competitions, merchandise, meals, and enjoyable for the complete household. The brand new Pep Boys halfway show will embody tire change challenges, oil change challenges, a slot automobile observe, and rather more, including much more pleasure to the halfway.
NHRA Tenting World Drag Racing Collection qualifying will characteristic one spherical at 4:45 p.m. ET on Friday, Sept. 16, and the ultimate two rounds of qualifying on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 12:15 and three:45 p.m. Ultimate eliminations are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. ET on Sunday, Sept. 18. Tv protection contains qualifying motion on FS1 at 7:00 p.m. ET on Friday, 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, after which eliminations on FOX at 2:00 or 4:30 p.m. ET on Sunday. Verify native listings for Sunday broadcast occasions on FOX in your space.
To buy tickets to the Pep Boys NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway, go to http://www.NHRA.com or name 800-884-6472. All youngsters 12 and beneath will probably be admitted free within the common admission space with a paid grownup. For extra details about NHRA, please go to http://www.NHRA.com.