Summit Motorsports Park
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.
The event considered to be the largest of its kind in the country will offer bracket and heads-up racing as well as a car show, swap-meet, manufacturers’ midway and opportunities to buy or sell Pontiacs. Fans will see cars that have been at the event before as well as cars that have not.
Nostalgia Super Stockers will be in the spotlight, and popular Pontiac racer Arnie “The Farmer” Beswick, who has piloted plenty of Super Stockers and Funny Cars through the years, including his 1964 GTO nicknamed the Tameless Tiger, will talk with fans and sign autographs.
The Ames Performance Buffet will be offered for race, show and swap-meet participants on Saturday, with a variety of other food available for purchase throughout the weekend, including a pound of Velvet ice cream for $1.
Norwalk, OH – Allen Willison of Mansfield, Ohio was the winner of a 1948 Fiat sedan delivery roller professionally built by ScottRods Custom HotRods and Fiberglass on July 14, 2019 at the 18th Annual Lingenfelter Performance Engineering Blue Suede Cruise presented by ScottRods Custom HotRods and Fiberglass at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.
Willison’s name was chosen in a drawing that took place on the starting line, where the car was waiting, and there was great applause as he made his way from the stands to the starting line to join Summit Motorsports Park’s Evan Bader and ScottRods Custom HotRods and Fiberglass’ Scott Leber and to see his new car up-close.
According to Leber, the car is unique and features a custom-fabricated chassis with front suspension components including a gun-drilled axle with traverse leafspring, hairpin radius rods, shocks, disc brakes and Unisteer rack and pinion steering, and rear suspension components including a four-link with coilover shocks, Ford 9-inch rear-end housing with 31-spline axles and drum brakes. It’s rolling on new wheels and tires, and the entire package is valued at $20,000.
Norwalk, OH – Racing and revelry will be all the rage for junior dragster drivers at the Summit Racing Equipment Patriot Nationals presented by Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels, June 28-30 at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.
The inaugural event, which is part of the Protect the Harvest Midwest Junior Super Series presented by Lucas Oil, is for youth ages 6-17 and their families and friends. Eleven different categories of racing, as well as a gamblers’ race, will be contested.
As a super-special element, NHRA Top Fuel driver Antron Brown, NHRA Funny Car driver Bob Bode and NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Andrew Hines will mix it up with drivers in the pit area.
“We’ll have all of these stars in the pit area, and I think that will be a cool experience for all of the kids, whether they follow the Protect the Harvest Midwest Junior Super Series presented by Lucas Oil or not,” said Bill Bader Jr., Summit Motorsports Park president.
The fun-filled event will feature a water theme, and there will be a water slide, jump-houses, a slip-and-slide, water balloons and more. Summit Motorsports Park staff members will even have water-squirters.