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Monster Mopar Weekend Wheels Into Summit Motorsports Park

Everything from Darts and Daytonas to Challengers and Chargers will be featured and flying at the 6th Annual JR1 Racing Oil Monster Mopar Weekend presented by Thitek, Friday-Sunday, July 27-29, 2018 at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.

In addition to a car show, there will be racing in categories including Big Dog, DDS Trailer Sales Super Pro, Pro, Nick Wilson Memorial Nostalgia Super Stock presented by A&A Transmissions, Mr2 Performance Hemi Super Stock, Bloomer Performance Sportsman, King of the Street, CRT 10.00 Shootout and Gentry Auto 11.50 Index.

The OSTDyno HemiFest, with the CJR Performance Hellcat Shootout and Modern Street Hemi Shootout Gen 3 Hemi Showdown, will add to the action, and the combined purse is a plentiful $40,000. There also will be a trophy class.

A manufacturers’ midway and swap-meet featuring everything from tachometers to transmissions will round out the event.


Large Turnout at Lingenfelter Performance Engineering Blue Suede Cruise

More than 2,500 show cars and 300 race cars rolled in and revved up for the Lingenfelter Performance Engineering Blue Suede Cruise, July 13-15 at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.

In addition to fun-runs, there was Nostalgia Drag Racing League competition, and in the series’ Pro Comp category, Dave Bommarito blasted to the win with an 8.51 on an 8.50 index over Gary Leever, while in Pro Gas, Phil Stamps secured the win with a 9.52 on a 9.50 index over Shawn Grant. In Pro 7.50, Bo Boles used a 7.61 to defeat Kelly Key, and in Pro 7.00, Billy Smith won with a 7.00 over Jeff Sanborn.

In Hot Rod Eliminator, Joseph Luzar Jr. landed an 11.42 on an 11.47 dial to defeat Josh Carpenter despite breaking out, and Gasser Magazine Nostalgia Gas A-G class competition saw Ron Doran, David Bowen, Larry Cousino, Graeme Tyler, Freddy Wilkerson, Dale Healy and Mike Anderson earn wins. In Gasser Magazine Nostalgia Gas, Steve Tanzella took the win with a 10.03 on a 9.90 index over Craig Murray, and in Gasser Magazine Competition Gas, Larry Shawberry sailed to the win with a 10.13 on a 10.00 index when Jay Rust broke out. That set the stage for the Gasser Magazine Run-Off between Tanzella and Shawberry, and Tanzella won when Shawberry couldn’t complete the run.

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Pioneering Racer Barb Hamilton-Advey Named Grand Marshal at Blue Suede Cruise

With an intense interest in racing back in the early 1960s, Barb Hamilton-Advey would spend many days and many nights at the race track.

She would watch racers work on their cars, and then she would watch them wheel to wins.

All the while, she would be thinking about how she wanted to be doing exactly what they were doing, and how she wanted to wrangle up some tools, wrench on a car and go wide-open throttle down track.

But at the time, racing was a male-dominated sport, and the twenty requests for a competition license that she sent to the sport’s sanctioning body between the years 1962 and 1963 were rejected.

While she was decidedly disappointed, she was determined, and she was not willing to be deterred. Finally, in 1964, in the 1937 Willys Gasser she had purchased for $750, she became the first woman to receive a license to drive a supercharged car in the National Hot Rod Association.

She immediately began traveling from race track to race track with her close friend and crew chief, Nancy Leonello, by her side, and when she wasn’t busy putting gas in her tank or pulling the heads off of her engine, she was competing in the C/GS — or C-Gas Supercharged — category.

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Street Rods Will Rule at Blue Suede Cruise at Summit Motorsports Park

Drivers are set to shine up and show their 1972 and earlier street rods at the 17th Annual Lingenfelter Performance Engineering Blue Suede Cruise, July 13-15, 2018 at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.

They’ll also make fun-runs down the recently reconstructed track while music of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s plays in the background.

The event evocative of poodle skirts and pompadours will feature the Nostalgia Drag Racing League, Gasser Magazine Gasser Appreciation Race, a manufacturers’ midway, swap meet, vintage fashion show, Vanessa’s Women’s World shopping and door prizes from Summit Racing Equipment, Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels, Trick Flow Specialties, Lincoln Electric, Kellys Island Venture Resort, Erie Furniture Outlet, Cyclone Transmission, Callies Performance Products, the Diamond Collection and others.

Summit Motorsports Park supporter ScottRods Custom HotRods and Fiberglass is even building a 1934 Ford Roadster roller, valued at $22,000, to be given away during the event.

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Summit Motorsports Park Launches Mobile App

Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio has launched a mobile app to give fans a new way to explore all of its offerings.

The mobile app, which follows the recent redesign of the park’s website, was developed by William J. Thomas Consulting and features the same content found on the website.

Additionally, mobile app users will receive push-notifications for breaking news, event updates, promotions, contests and more.

The app is available through the Apple App Store and Google Play, the official app store for Android smartphones and tablets.

“This app was more than a year in the making, and I’m excited to be able to finally take it to market,” said Bill Bader Jr., Summit Motorsports Park president.

Among the many events coming up at Summit Motorsports Park — and highlighted on the park’s mobile app and website — are the 17th Annual Lingenfelter Performance Blue Suede Cruise, July 13-15, 41st Annual Kelly Services Night Under Fire, which is set to be another capacity-crowd spectacle with more than fifty performers, fireworks and special effects, Aug. 11, 17th Annual NMCA All-American Muscle Nationals, Aug. 24-26 and the Summit Racing Equipment Shakedown at the Summit presented by Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels, home to some of the quickest and fastest door cars in the country, Sept. 13-16.

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Special Permit Parking for Pregnant & Senior Visitors at Summit Motorsports Park

As part of its ongoing commitment to customer service, Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio will offer a special permit parking area for pregnant or senior visitors ages 65 and older at the 12th Annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals and the 41st Annual Kelly Services Night Under Fire.

The 12th Annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, which will feature everything from Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars to fireworks, will be June 21-24, and the 41st Annual Kelly Services Night Under Fire, which will feature more than fifty performers, fireworks and special effects, will be Aug. 11. Capacity or near-capacity crowds are expected for both.

The special permit parking area, which is in addition to the handicapped parking area already available, is limited to the first 15 pregnant visitors and the first 35 senior visitors ages 65 and older who call Summit Motorsports Park at 419-668-5555 to request a permit. Permits will be issued on a first come, first served basis.

After parking, the pregnant or senior visitors ages 65 and older will have the option to board a shuttle to be dropped off near their preferred location within the park, and there’s no charge for the service.

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Super Summit Takes the Stage at Summit Motorsports Park

Muscle cars, monster trucks and motorcycles will be in the spotlight at Super Summit, 2-9 p.m. Friday, June 8 and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, June 9 at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.

In addition to cruise-ins, the ever-growing event will feature fun-runs sponsored by JBA Performance Exhaust and UMI Performance, an autocross course sponsored by RideTech and — new for this year — an off-road obstacle course sponsored by Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels for participants with 4X4s.

Cars from the Great Lakes Nostalgia Funny Car Circuit and ScottRods AA/Gassers will fire up for fascinating cackle fests, and as a just-announced element, Ryan Martin and Jeff Lutz of “Street Outlaws No Prep Kings” will sign autographs and make passes.

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