Summit Motorsports Park
American Race Cars, whose slogan is “Champions Built Here!”, was started in 2004 by Mark Horton, a former IHRA Super Rod champion, and Travis Colangelo, a multi-time bracket winner, and is based in Port Clinton, Ohio.
Committed to customer service and focused on being a fixture in the chassis-building business, the company has become famous for fabricating durable and dependable dragsters for sportsman racers across the country.
At Summit Motorsports Park, reigning Edelbrock Super Pro champion Steven Schmidt, and drivers Eric Manuel, Chris Bear and Randy Scheuer Jr. are among those who showcase the style and strength of American Race Cars-built dragsters every time they fire up and fly down track.
Celebrating its 100th year, Cornwell Quality Tools is a family- and employee-owned mobile tool company headquartered in Wadsworth, Ohio. In addition to distribution centers in Wadsworth, Ohio and Clearfield, Utah, it has manufacturing facilities in Albion, Ohio, Mogadore, Ohio and Van Wert, Ohio, and it employs more than 300 people.
The highly regarded and reputable company uses high-grade alloy steel and modern heat-treating methods to produce products that are known for their design and durability, and more than 650 mobile tool dealers proudly sell the company’s products across the country.
Race fans can explore the Cornwell Quality Tools mobile truck at several signature events at Summit Motorsports Park, and specially-made signage boasting the company will be placed in prime spots throughout the park.
Norwalk, OH – The amazing accomplishments of the 2018 Summit Motorsports Park champions earned an abundance of accolades during the energetic 45th Annual Edelbrock Banquet of Champions presented by Lincoln Electric, January 19, 2019 at Kalahari Resorts and Conventions in Sandusky, Ohio.
“The weekend was pure magic,” said Bill Bader Jr., Summit Motorsports Park president. “Everything was perfect, there was an electricity in the air from beginning to end and expectations are incredibly high for 2019 at Summit Motorsports Park. I’m proud of our champions and congratulate each of them on a season of incredible accomplishment.”
The ceremony opened with side-by-side entrances by Bear Motorsports Junior Dragster presented by Wiseco Novice champion Alena Schafer and her father, Mark Schafer, Intermediate champion Morgan Curtis and her father, Bill Curtis, Advanced champion Mackenzie Kerns and her father, Ron Kerns, Wiseco/Cycle Tech Super Bike champion Michael Maday and his stepfather Tony Dolamore, Edelbrock Sportsman Delivered on Time by TFC Transportation champion Alyssa Galanek and her father Joe Galanek, Edelbrock Pro champion AJ Buchanan and his wife, Amy Buchanan, Edelbrock Super Pro champion Steven Schmidt and his wife, Kristen Schmidt, and 2017 Bill Bader Sportsman of the Year, Rick Guenther and his wife, Gina Guenther.
The $40 Grand Nationals presented by Hughes Performance, formerly the $10 Grand Nationals which was in its 27th year, is set for Aug. 30-Sept. 1, 2019.
The total payout for the event is an enticing $262,875. On Friday, the payout is $72,625 with $15,000 to win, while on Saturday, the payout is $110,125 with $40,000 to win and on Sunday, the payout is $80,125 with $20,000 to win. Buy-backs will be available for the first round of eliminations for $150, and payouts begin in the third round of eliminations.
The number of entries will be limited to 425 and the three-day fee is $600 for car and driver, $50 for adult non-drivers and $10 for children ages 6-12. The entry fee can be split into three payments of $200 each.
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.