Summit Motorsports Park
In recognition of the thousands of fans who annually attend the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park to experience 330-plus mph cars, fireworks and more, the Greater Ohio Showmen’s Association bestowed upon Summit Motorsports Park its first Best Special Event award.
Greater Ohio Showmen’s Association trustee Jeff Otterbacher presented Summit Motorsports Park president Bill Bader, Jr. with a specially-designed plaque during this year’s event, which was June 23-26, 2016 at Summit Motorsports Park and culminated with Funny Car driver Ron Capps, Top Fuel driver Shawn Langdon, Pro Stock driver Jason Line, Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Eddie Krawiec and Pro Mod driver Billy Glidden in the winner’s circle.
“Last year, when the president of our association, Jo Ellen Albanese, was working as a food vendor at Summit Motorsports Park, she couldn’t help but notice how well the Baders run their business, how helpful the team members are and how clean the park is,” said Otterbacher. “Kevin Pope, who also works as a food vendor at Summit Motorsports Park, realized we didn’t have an award for Best Special Event, and we decided it would be fitting to give the first one to Summit Motorsports Park.”
In addition to cruise-ins, drag-strip fun-runs and autocross, the event will boast the Summit Racing Equipment-sponsored BIGFOOT Monster Truck and its driver, Larry Swim, who will take part in a captivating car-crush and talk with fans about everything from high horsepower to high jumps in his truck equipped with long-travel shocks and “zoomie” style headers that make it loud and proud.
Also on site will be BIGFOOT #5, which rolls on super-size tires that measure 120X48X60 and weigh a whopping 2,400 pounds each, and the Super Summit event truck.
NHRA North Central Division 3 director Jay Hullinger was named grand marshal during pre-race ceremonies at the 10th Annual Cavalcade of Stars presented by Budweiser at Summit Motorsports Park on May 22, 2016.
During an impassioned speech delivered on the starting line just before drivers fired their engines for first round of eliminations, Summit Motorsports Park president Bill Bader, Jr. spoke of his longtime friendship with Hullinger, and how he has had a profound impact on members of the racing community on personal and professional levels.
He went on to talk about how Hullinger was introduced to the sport as a child, as his family operated Bunker Hill Drag Strip in Bunker Hill, Indiana, and how he literally – not figuratively – spent his mornings, afternoons and evenings there as he and his family actually lived on-site.
Norwalk, OH – After being introduced to race cars and racing as a baby — yes, a baby — in 1969 through his father’s supercharged Hemi-powered 1933 Willys, Paul Noakes developed an attraction to all things fast.
His family knew that and understood that, so they weren’t surprised when he asked at the age of eighteen in 1988 if he could use his dad’s 1972 Challenger-bodied Funny Car to run a series of 7.50 passes to earn a competition license.
He continued to race in that car at various tracks near his home in Ontario, before purchasing a Probe-bodied Funny Car five years later to race in the United Drag Racers Association.
Rather than simply saying he was on a mission going into the 2015 race season in his orange and blue Chevrolet Monte Carlo-bodied car, Todd Robertson proved it
The NHRA North Central Division Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Top Alcohol Funny Car driver powered to a best of 5.62 at 257 mph, earned a trip to the winner’s circle at the race in Indianapolis, Indiana and emerged as the runner-up at the races in Norwalk, Ohio and Bowling Green, Kentucky on his way to claiming the championship in the category known for its fierce competitors in finely-tuned machines.
The win in Indianapolis was especially rewarding for the Michigan-based driver, as it was his first in the class.
“It feels awesome to have been able to win that race and and then win the championship,” said Robertson. “It was huge, and it was beyond our wildest dreams, because we’re racing against people who have been doing this for twenty-plus years, and they know what they’re doing.”
Designed by internationally-known company Musco, it will feature fifteen galvanized steel poles on the Budweiser side of the park from the head of staging to the sandtrap, where an additional pole will be located on the Summit side of the park. Each will be outfitted with more than a hundred 1500-watt luminaries.
“This will improve the fan experience because they’ll be able to see better, and it will improve the driver experience, because they’ll have consistent lighting from one end of the track to the next end of the track,” said Bill Bader, Jr., Summit Motorsports Park president.
NORWALK, OH – John Force and the Castrol GTX High Mileage team brought the packed house at Summit Motorsports Park to their feet with a rousing 4.03 4 second pass at 319.45 mph good enough for the No. 3 provisional spot in Funny Car. The other two JFR Funny Cars were going to track record ETs but overpowered the track. In Top Fuel second year driver Brittany Force experienced extreme tire shake in the second session but remained in the top twelve going into Saturday’s final day of qualifying.
With two strong and consistent qualifying runs under his belt, John Force and his Castrol GTX High Mileage Mustang kicked off the 8th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals by qualifying in the third spot with a solid 4.034 second run at 319.45 mph. He also picked up one NHRA Mello Yello Bonus Point and is looking to end his winless streak at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio this Sunday.