Norwalk, OH – Summit Motorsports Park was named NHRA North Central Division Track of the Year during the NHRA North Central Division Land of the Winners Awards Banquet, Dec. 8, 2018, at the Wyndham Indianapolis West.
This marks the ninth time the beloved track has received the award at the festive event which honors Division 3 champions in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Jr. Drag Racing League and other series.
Summit Motorsports Park, which underwent a $1.6 million track reconstruction project early this year, is fresh off a stellar season which saw record-setting racing, record-setting attendance and riveting entertainment. Planning is already underway for next year, which spools up with the 38th Annual Spring Warm-Up on April 13-14 and is followed by the 13th Annual Cavalcade of Stars presented by Budweiser, an NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, May 17-19.
“We feel extremely honored to have again been named NHRA North Central Division Track of the Year,” said Bill Bader Jr., Summit Motorsports Park president. “With recognition comes responsibility, and we stand committed to delivering the very best guest experience possible.”
Drivers will fire their engines for the 38th Annual Spring Warm-Up, April 13-14 followed by the 13th Annual Cavalcade of Stars presented by Budweiser, which is celebrated as the largest NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event in the country, May 17-19, and the Inaugural DragMania Drag Racing Festival, May 31-June 2.
Fun-runs and cruise-ins are part of Super Summit, June 7-8, while Top Fuel Dragsters, Funny Cars and fireworks are part of the 13th Annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, June 20-23 and classic cars come together for the 18thAnnual Lingenfelter Performance Engineering Blue Suede Cruise, July 12-14.
After that is the Inaugural Patriot Nationals (Midwest Junior Super Series), June 28-30, and catch Challengers, Chargers and other cars at the 7th Annual Monster Mopar Weekend, July 26-28, and everything from Tempests to Trans Ams at the 28th Annual Ames Performance Pontiac Nationals, Aug. 1-4.
A huge amount of horsepower was in the house for the Summit Racing Equipment Shakedown at the Summit presented by Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels, Sept. 13-16 at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.
Drivers turned the wicks way up for a chance to win $166,350 across the categories, and as a result, there were wild wheelies and wild passes all weekend long on the track prepped by Total Venue Concepts’ Kurt Johnson, as well as Jake Green and Summit Motorsports Park’s Sam Lance and crew.
In Aeromotive Fuel Systems Pro Mod, where $40,000 awaited the winner, Carl Stevens drove Jim Bell’s Camaro to a 5.64 to set the set the pace and was prepared to push through the rounds, but slapped the wall in the first round of eliminations, ending his weekend. Making it all the way to the final were Melanie Salemi and her Firebird and Dave Norris and his Corvette, and after abundant anticipation, Salemi sailed to a 5.72 to win on a solo run after Norris’ car leaked fluid.
During a test session held on Sept. 13 to advance the Summit Racing Equipment Shakedown at the Summit presented by Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels, Sept. 14-16 at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio, David Adkins blasted to a 6.03 at 243.63 mph followed by a 5.975 at 243.11 mph in his car built by Jerry Bickel Race Cars and topped with a Synergy Composites 1970 1/2 Camaro body.
“Those are world records for the quickest quarter-mile ET and fastest mph for an LS-powered car, and it’s the second radial car ever to go 5s,” said Adkins of Michigan. “I’ve been running eighth-mile, so for these quarter-mile passes, it felt different to have the chutes out and to be standing on the brake to get the car stopped, but it was worth it.”
Adkins’ potent powerplant consists of a Baker Racing Engines-built 427 cubic-inch LS engine on a Noonan billet block topped with Baker billet heads and a Thomsen Motorsports intake, and the extra kick is courtesy of twin 94mm Garrett turbos with Turbosmart wastegates and blowoff. An RPM Transmissions-built Turbo 400 and ProTorque converter put power down in the car rolling on Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels 315 drag radials.
Heads-up and highly-unpredictable racing will be rolled out at the Summit Racing Equipment Shakedown at the Summit presented by Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels, Sept. 13-16, 2018 at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.
Among the captivating categories are Aeromotive Pro Mod, Atomizer Racing Injectors Outlaw 10.5, Speedwire Systems Radial vs. The World, Holbrook Racing Engines Top Sportsman, Wiseco X275, Callies Pro Street, UPR Ultra Street, Factory Stock, DXP235 and Trick Flow Specialties Open Comp.
The total purse is a whopping $166,350, with winners picking up $40,000 in Aeromotive Pro Mod, $10,000 in Atomizer Racing Injectors Outlaw 10.5 and Speedwise Systems Radial vs. The World, $7,000 in Holbrook Racing Engines Top Sportsman and Wiseco X275, $5,000 in Callies Pro Street and UPR Ultra Street, $2,500 in Factory Stock and DXP235 and $2,000 in Trick Flow Specialties Open Comp.
Classmates can climb into their cars and cruise down track at the 30th Annual University of Northwestern Ohio High School Nationals presented by Patriot 500 Racing on Sept. 9, 2018 at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.
The fun-filled event, which was originally to take place in the spring before being rescheduled for fall, will see students from several area schools, and the winner of the race will receive a $10,000 University of Northwestern Ohio scholarship as well as a tall trophy. The runner-up will receive a $5,000 scholarship, and the semifinalists will receive $4,000 scholarships while quarterfinalists will receive $2,000 scholarships.
Additionally, as students win rounds, they earn points for their schools, and the winning school will receive a trophy. There also will be separate races for instructors, parents and alumni, with trophies given to the winner and runner-up of the instructors’ race and the winner, runner-up and semifinalists of the alumni race.
The 42nd Annual Kelly Services Night Under Fire is set for Aug. 10, 2019, and by all accounts, it will be even bigger and better and shine even more brightly than this year’s event.
Information about the spectacle and its special performers will be released in the days to come, but meanwhile, upcoming events at the park include the 17th Annual Honeywell Garrett NMCA All-American Muscle Nationals featuring the Ford Performance Parts 50th Anniversary Cobra Jet Reunion and the Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series, Aug. 24-26, Summit Racing Equipment Shakedown at the Summit presented by Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels, with some of the quickest and fastest door cars in the country, Sept. 13-16, and the Cometic Gasket Halloween Classic XLV presented by Harland Sharp, Oct. 13-21.