Local drag racers once again gave back to their community when they competed in the second Race 4 Ronald’s House charity event of 2014 at Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, Pa. All proceeds from the entry fees were donated to the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House. Drivers and riders raced for trophies, plaques and gift cards.
A total of 179 racers competed and close to $9,000 was raised for Ronald McDonald House of Philadelphia (http://www.philarmh.org/). The race was contested on a 1/8-mile track.
“Today definitely was one of the most successful Race 4 Ronald’s House events,” said organizer Denny Parisan. “It was the seventh Race 4 Ronald’s House and we raised close to $9,000. It made me happy to see we had so many people — not only beginners but also seasoned drivers — come out and join the fun, all for a trophy.”
Many local businesses provided gift cards to be used as prizes for the participants. David Dissinger, Director of Speed Shops for Pep Boys Auto Parts Stores, donated $1,000 to the event. Shawn Brobst, MGR’s Director of Retail Operations, donated 10 percent of the proceeds from the Sunday food, beverage and souvenir sales.
The event originally was scheduled for Aug. 24 but was postponed to Oct. 26 due to rain. The event marked the final race of the 2014 season at MGR.
RM1 (Novices): Shannon Cain (Blacksburg, Va.) Infiniti G37X, .289 9.00 9.104 sec./71.81 mph def. Brian Osborne (West Chester, Pa.) 2012 Ford F-150, .382 9.50 9.644 sec./73.32 mph.
RM2 (Experienced): Jeff Burnley (Palm, Pa.) 1979 Chevrolet Malibu, .015 7.39 7.424/89.71 def. John Grater (Zieglerville, Pa.) 1970 Ford Torino, .090 7.36 7.370/95.67.
Gambler Race: Bob Ormsbee (Harrisburg, Pa.) 1967 Camaro, .037 6.98 7.004/95.25 def. John Grater (Zieglerville, Pa.) 1970 Ford Torino, .100 7.36 7.377/95.64. (John Bisci photo)