Sunday, April 14, 2024

Maple Grove Ready to Welcome Back 3rd Annual Dave Stine Memorial

The 3rd Annual Mid Atlantic .90 Series Dave Stine Memorial Race heads to Maple Grove Raceway on July 21-23, 2023.

Race preview & photos provided by Mid Atlantic .90 Series

READING, PA – Dave Stine grew up in a hot-rodding family. His father, John, and mother Joyce were both car people who enjoyed their hot rods, passing on that love to their offspring. Dave and his brother Dean both raced motorcycles for a while before Dave became infatuated with four wheels, finally ending up with a dragster to run in NHRA’s Super Comp class.  

On January 31st, 2021, Dave lost his life in an ATV Accident near his home near Maple Grove Raceway. Since then, the Mid Atlantic .90 Series & the Stricker / Stine family have thrown together an event in honor of Dave’s life. The Inaugural Dave Stine Memorial paid out $10,000 to the winners in Super Comp & $5,000 to Super Gas & Street with a Top Sportsman & Dragster mixed into the event also, in 2022 the event went above and beyond with over $32,000 given away to the winners in the .90 classes plus the addition of Junior Dragsters but, a rain out on Sunday put a small damper on the event and car counts.

With events already taken up the weekend before the Lucas Race & National Event at Maple Grove, Race Promoter Rob Keister decided to shoot for a Mid-Summer Classic this year where the weather is normally pretty good, you get the sun up longer and it can be warm late for night racing if possible.

The 3rd Annual Dave Stine Memorial will kick off on July 21-23, 2023. On the 21st Gates will kick open at 3pm with a Nitrofish Test & Tune open to all racers beginning at 5pm till 10pm. Racers wishing to get in will have till 9pm to get in for the night before having to stack outside. Gates swing back open at 7am for tech and warm-up with Juniors kicking off the day at 8:30 for Q1, Pro Eliminator, Super Street, Super Gas, Super Pro & Super Comp will round out the first rotation. Super Pro & Pro will run 1/8 mile and go into eliminations following Q1 with buybacks for those who don’t turn on the win light after R1. Top Dragster & Sportsman will run 2 qualifiers at the 1/8 mile distance on Saturday with the popular Bad 8 race to close out the night and 1 qualifier on Sunday before eliminations.

New this year will be the first annual Dave Stine Memorial Car Show that is open to all types of cars, trucks, bikes to come show off your rides for prizes at days end on the 22nd from 11 to 5pm. 

Fuel Factory & Roadrunner Race Fuels will be the presenting sponsor for this event along with AA Auto Salvage stepping up to the plate to guarantee $5,000 to win in all the .90 classes who will run on the normal ¼ mile distance on Saturday the 22nd for only a low $170 entry fee. Once racing is winding down on Friday & Saturday Night racers can swing on by for 2 bands playing in the newly renovated beer garden at the grove, there will also be a Racers BBQ on Saturday from 6 to 9pm as an appreciation to the racers for their attendance.

For more information please reach out to Rob Keister at 856-332-2851 or BKSG1198@gmail.com for more information.

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