Summit Motorsports Park
Summit Motorsports Park New Home of NHRA Summit Racing Series North Central Division ET Bracket Finals
Norwalk, OH – As one of the most popular and prestigious tracks in the country, Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio, is now the new home of the NHRA Summit Racing Series North Central Division ET Bracket Finals.
The renowned race had been held at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indiana every year, and will begin its run at America’s Racetrack Sept. 16-20, 2020.
In addition to competing for a coveted NHRA Division 3 championship on the storied strip, racers will be competing for a chance to chase a world championship at the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, California.
“This is an opportunity to bring the best of the North Central Division and the Summit Racing Series to Summit Racing’s backyard, as it’s located so close to Summit Motorsports Park,” said William Tharpe, director of the NHRA North Central Division. “In addition to that, it’s an opportunity to create a new experience for the ET Bracket Finals and for everybody. Sometimes, to grow, you have to venture out of your comfort zone, and Summit Motorsports Park, which is reputed for its customer service, is a good place for us to do that.”
Norwalk, OH – There was everything from rip-roaring action to record attendance all year long at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio, and extra elements will ensure that 2020 is even bigger, better and more breathtaking.
Drivers will dive in for the 39th Annual Spring Warm-Up, April 11, and then the 14th Annual Cavalcade of Stars presented by Budweiser, one of the largest NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series events in the country, May 15-17.
Cruise-ins and fun-runs will be part of the 6th Annual Super Summit, June 5-6, and the 26th Annual Hot Rod Power Tour will get in gear with its first of seven stops on June 7. The PDRA (Professional Drag Racers Association) begins what is sure to be a riveting run at America’s Racetrack, June 11-13, and Top Fuel Dragsters, Funny Cars and other furiously fast cars will take over for the 14th Annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, June 25-28.
In addition to a considerable number of classic cars, there will be a just-announced Fuel show for the 19th Annual Lingenfelter Performance Engineering Blue Suede Cruise presented by ScottRods Custom Hot Rods and Fiberglass, July 10-12.
Norwalk, OH – Pro Mod drivers brought heaps of horsepower to several events at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio this year as part of the R&R Auto Body, DeCerbo Construction and P2 Contracting Rumble Wars Extreme 8.
They included the 13th Annual Cavalcade of Stars presented by Budweiser, 18th Annual Lingenfelter Performance Engineering Blue Suede Cruise, JR1 Racing Oil 7th Annual Monster Mopar Weekend, 42nd Annual Kelly Night Under Fire and the 18th Annual Honeywell Garrett NMCA All American Nationals, featuring the Chevrolet Performance 50th Anniversary COPO Camaro Shootout presented by COPO Parts Direct and the Ford Performance Cobra Jet Showdown presented by Watson Racing, and at each and every one, drivers were committed to a chase for the season championship.
Among them was Jason Kalso of Clarkston, Michigan, who earned his first-ever event win in front of more than 40,000 fans at the 42nd Annual Kelly Night Under Fire at Summit Motorsports Park. There, he went as quick and fast as 3.82 and 195 mph in the eighth-mile in his 1970 Barracuda-bodied car powered by a 521 cubic-inch Hemi by Level Performance and a supercharger by Al Billes
The production presented to a packed house also featured several surprises.
“I could not be more proud of how hard our team worked or appreciative of the overwhelming response from our fans,” said Bill Bader Jr., Summit Motorsports Park president. “It was the largest-attended Kelly Night Under Fire in the event’s 42-year history. Great weather, great performances and perhaps the best Kelly Night Under Fire we’ve ever produced!”
During opening ceremonies, Bader Jr. enthusiastically introduced all of the performers as they paraded down track and waved to more than 40,000 cheering fans. He also delivered an impassioned speech, and Rhythm ’n Rhyme performed “The Star-Spangled Banner,” a giant American flag was unfurled over the track and military planes flew by in formation.
Norwalk, OH – The running of the Lucas Oil Super 64 presented by American Race Cars on the eve of the Kelly Night Under Fire has become an annual tradition at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.
The runoff-style race features Summit Motorsports Park Edelbrock Super Series Finish Line Club members who are in the top sixteen in points in Edelbrock Super Pro, Edelbrock Pro, Edelbrock Sportsman Delivered on Time by TFC Transportation and Wiseco/Cycle Tech Super Bike as of Aug. 1.
For this year’s race, which took place yesterday, Aug. 9, $48,800 was on the line, with winners earning $10,000 each, runners-up earning $1,000, semifinalists earning $200, quarterfinalists earning $100 and eighth finalists earning $50.
Norwalk, OH – After a tornado touched down yesterday, Aug. 6, 2019 at Summit Motorsports Park and surrounding areas in Norwalk, Ohio, minimal damage occurred, no one on-site was injured and a story was posted to the park’s website and social media to assure fans that repairs would be made in time for the 42nd Annual Kelly Night Under Fire, this Saturday, Aug. 10 at Summit Motorsports Park.
“We’ve been receiving a lot of calls from people who are hearing about the tornado secondhand and didn’t see our story on our website or social media, so they’re wondering whether Night Under Fire is canceled, but it’s definitely not canceled,” said Bill Bader Jr., president of Summit Motorsports Park. “Clean-up is underway, we’ll be ready to go and showtime is at 7 p.m. That’s the word we want to spread.”
Various ticket levels are available, but fans are urged to get tickets now as they’re selling quickly. Summit Motorsports Park is at 1300 State Route 18, Norwalk, Ohio. For information or tickets, call 419-668-5555 or visit www.summitmotorsportspark.com.
The special and spectacular event will feature fan-favorite NHRA Funny Car drivers John Force, Robert Hight, Ron Capps, Tim Wilkerson, Cruz Pedregon and Dale Creasy Jr., who will race down track at well over 300 mph with their hot headers lit.
The legendary Bob Motz will blast off in his jet engine-powered truck and leave fans wondering what he’ll burn up behind him, and drivers bringing extra heat in their jet engine-powered vehicles and competing in the North American Jet Car Championship are Danny Sullivan and Chicago Rush, Ernie Bogue and Beast from the East, Robert Albertson and Blazing Angel, Josh Graham and Eastern Raider, Tony Franco and MAV TV, Al Zukaskas and Hot Blade and Shelly Segal and Fire Starter.
Richard Hutchins will go wheels-up in his Chevy-powered VW bus, Chevy Rebellion, and additional action will come from ScottRod’s AA/Gassers and the R&R Auto Body, DeCerbo Construction and P2 Contracting Rumble Wars Extreme 8. Top Alcohol Dragster driver Corey Michalek will fire up his Energize dragster to face Top Alcohol Dragster driver JP Gutierrez and his MGM Grand Detroit dragster.