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NMCA All-American Nationals Returns to Summit Motorsports Park in 2021

– 5 Year Contract with Summit Motorsports Park to Host NMCA All-American Nationals
– NMCA All-American Nationals Event Date—August 26-29, 2021
– Championship NMCA Drag Racing & Car Show + Factory Drag Racing + Street Car Extravaganza

Santa Ana, CA – The NMCA Muscle Car Nationals is thrilled to announce the NMCA All-American Nationals is returning to Summit Motorsports Park (Norwalk, Ohio) in 2021 with a five-year contract extension. The national event moves back to its regular weekend of August 26-29, 2021.

The NMCA All-American Nationals is one of the biggest stops on the NMCA tour and was moved to an alternate location in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s returning to its home for 2021 through 2025 and will also include the Chevrolet Performance COPO Camaro Shootout Presented by COPO Parts Direct and the Ford Performance Cobra Jet Showdown Presented by Watson Racing. In addition to factory drag racing shootouts there are other unique features like specialty street car categories for Dodge//Mopar Gen III Hemi Shootouts and TorqStorm Superchargers True Street.

“Our racers, sponsors, and fans enjoy going to Summit Motorsports Park, one of the premier drag race facilities in the world where the Bader family offers its guests outstanding customer service. We were thankful to find a temporary home for the All-American Nationals, however, we’re happy to bring it back to Summit Motorsports Park,” said Rollie Miller, General Manager and National Event Director at NMCA Muscle Car Nationals.

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Substantial 2021 Edelbrock Super Series at Summit Motorsports Park Taking Shape

Norwalk, OH – Summit Motorsports Park has had a special relationship with its sportsman racers for more than 50 years. It is proud to be the home of some of the most ambitious, adept, competitive and commanding racers in the country, and it is proud to offer prestigious programs that reward those racers for their achievements, with steady support from well-known and well-respected companies.

While Summit Motorsports Park was not able to open in 2020 because of financial reasons related to the global pandemic, its commitment to sportsman racers has not faltered. As a result, Summit Motorsports Park is thrilled to announce the 2021 Edelbrock Super Series.

“2020 was disheartening for so many people, especially our sportsman racers, who are our foundation,” said Bill Bader Jr., president of Summit Motorsports Park. “They’ve been with us since the beginning, and not being able to race at their home track this year was a huge disappointment. I want to demonstrate how important our base is to our success.”

The 2021 Edelbrock Super Series will feature 15 races, which is an increase from the 10 races previously offered.

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Summit Motorsports Park Proud to Present Patriot Pass for 2021

Norwalk, OH – While Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio will not be open this year because of the global pandemic, it will be open next year.

Plenty of planning is underway, and racers, race fans, supporters and sponsors can expect the park to use its passion and pride to resiliently rebound.

The powerful cars, pyrotechnics, the park’s patriotism and its pledge to continue to present electrifying entertainment will return, and because the park is eager to show appreciation for the steadfast support it has received amid the global pandemic, it’s announcing the affectionately-named Summit Motorsports Park Patriot Pass.

“The proud men and women who stand ready to defend God and country against enemies or detractors are known as patriots,” said Bill Bader Jr., Summit Motorsports Park president, about the inspiration behind calling the park’s first-ever season pass the Summit Motorsports Park Patriot Pass.

In addition to general admission access to any event at America’s Racetrack in 2021, pass holders will be welcomed at a no-wait entrance.

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Top Fuel’s Justin Ashley Added to Entertainment Lineup at Kelly Night Under Fire

Norwalk, OH – After showing serious skills in Top Dragster and Top Alcohol Dragster, Justin Ashley stepped onto the Top Fuel stage last year.

He has accomplished a lot in short order, as he has driven his super-slick StrutMasters.com, Auto Shocker and KATO Fastening Systems dragster to a best of 3.72 and 323 mph, and is in contention for an NHRA Rookie of the Year award.

Recognizing that he’s rapidly rising, Summit Motorsports Park president Bill Bader Jr. invited the New York-based driver to race at the 43rd Annual Kelly Night Under Fire – The Greatest Show in Drag Racing™ — on Aug. 8, 2020 at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.

“I have been hearing about how great this event is for a long time, and it was definitely something that I had wanted to take part in some day, so I’m very grateful for this opportunity,” said Ashley, who also is the subject of an internet-based series titled #FixFlipFuel and runs a fix-and-flip realty business in New York. “My team and I are really looking forward to the show.”

Sharing the spectacular stage at the event with Ashley — who also will be in action at the 14th Annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, June 25-28, at Summit Motorsports Park — will be, as previously-announced, Funny Car drivers John Force, Jack Beckman, Terry Haddock and Dale Creasy Jr.; Top Fuel drivers Brittany Force, Antron Brown and Cameron Ferre, and Bob Motz and Russ Lethbridge and their jet engine-powered trucks.

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Planning Underway for an Unparalleled 43rd Annual Kelly Night Under Fire

Norwalk, OH – With enormous amounts of entertainment, energy and explosives planned, the 43rd Annual Kelly Night Under Fire – The Greatest Show in Drag Racing™ — is shaping up to be a spine-tingling spectacle on Aug. 8, 2020 at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.

Bob Motz, who famously burned down the billboard behind the burnout box in his jet engine-powered truck at last year’s event, will be back, and Russ Lethbridge and his jet engine-powered truck will also be part of the all-new show.

Famous and fast NHRA Funny Car drivers John Force, Jack Beckman, Terry Haddock and Dale Creasy Jr., and NHRA Top Fuel dragster drivers Brittany Force, Antron Brown, Cameron Ferre, and one more to be named, will be flying.

Bringing even more heat will be North American Jet Car Championship contenders Ernie Bogue and Beast from the East, Josh Graham and Eastern Raider, Danny Sullivan and Chicago Rush, Robert Albertson and Blazing Angel, Shelly Segal and Firestarter, Al Zukaskas and Hot Blade and Tammy Gatlin and Lone Star Lightning. An appearance by Scotty “Heat” Holdridge, who had a wreck in his 50 Cal jet engine-powered dragster a while back and is building a new dragster, is tentative.

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Excellence Abounds at Summit Motorsports Park’s Edelbrock Banquet of Champions

Norwalk, OH – The exceptional efforts and awe-inspiring achievements of the 2019 Summit Motorsports Park champions were celebrated during the 46th Annual Edelbrock Banquet of Champions presented by Lincoln Electric, Jan. 18, 2020, at Kalahari Resorts and Conventions in Sandusky, Ohio.

“The evening was outstanding and out of this world,” said Bill Bader Jr., president of Summit Motorsports Park. “Spirits were high as we all came together to celebrate so many wonderful accomplishments. I’m proud of every person recognized, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for Summit Motorsports Park in 2020.”

The ceremony opened with grand entrances by Bear Motorsports Junior Dragster presented by Wiseco Novice champion Vince Tiburzi and his father, Cary Tiburzi; Intermediate champion Roman Iocoangeli and his mother, Lesley Iocoangeli; Advanced champion Ava Lawson and her grandfather, Ray Bouman; Wiseco/Cycle Tech Super Bike champion Tom McGowan and his wife, Farrah McGowan; Edelbrock Sportsman Delivered on Time by TFC Transportation champion Larry Strohscher and his wife, Nancy Strohscher; Edelbrock Pro champion Brian Cireddu and his friend, Amanda Hoover, Edelbrock Super Pro champion John Boes and his wife, Lisa Boes, and 2018 Bill Bader Sr. Sportsman of the Year, Tim Schmidt and his girlfriend, Abbie Cottrill.

Chris Harben sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” before Summit Motorsports Park’s Bill Bader, Jr., Evan Bader, and Bobbie Bader began hosting the ceremony, with Edelbrock’s Cary Redman as a co-presenter.

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Summit Motorsports Park Named Racetrack of the Year by NMCA

Norwalk, OH – Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio, was named Racetrack of the Year during the NMCA Muscle Car Nationals presented by E3 Spark Plugs Awards Ceremony presented by Aerospace Components on Dec. 13 at the Indiana Convention Center.

The track is one of six on the series’ annual tour, and last summer warmly welcomed its impressive drivers for the 18th Annual NMCA All-American Nationals presented by Whipple Superchargers, which featured the Chevrolet Performance 50th Anniversary COPO Camaro Shootout presented by COPO Parts Direct and the Ford Performance Cobra Jet Showdown presented by Watson Racing.

“NMCA is proud to present Summit Motorsports Park with Racetrack of the Year for 2019,” said Steve Wolcott, CEO of the NMCA. “Summit Motorsport Park’s hard work and support has helped grow the NMCA All-American Nationals event each year, resulting in one of the largest racer turnouts on the series’ schedule. We also successfully celebrated the 50th Anniversary COPO Camaro Shootout with Chevrolet Performance in 2019 resulting in a truly historic event.”

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