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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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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.”

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2020 Summit Motorsports Park Schedule to Spotlight the Spectacular

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.

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Kalso Rounds Up Rumble Wars Extreme 8 Championship at Summit Motorsports Park

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

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