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Summit Motorsports Park Guest Services Advocate Helps Plan Perfect Visits

Every year, more than 500,000 guests are welcomed to Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.

They experience everything from sportsman drag racing to professional drag racing, and fireworks to flyovers at the major motorsports venue located on more than 225 acres.

They also explore breakfast, lunch and dinner options, including Velvet ice cream served for $1 per pound, in the park’s various concessions, and Summit Motorsports Park-themed apparel, hats, tumblers, keychains and more in the park’s Quarter Mile Clothing Company.

Away from the park, there are many shopping, dining and lodging options, as well as opportunities to visit everything from amusement parks to museums, especially for guests coming in for multi-day events.

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ROBERT HIGHT SITS NO. 1 FRIDAY AT THE 50TH NHRA GATORNATIONALS

GAINESVILLE, FL — Opening day of qualifying at the 50th anniversary Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway saw NHRA two-time world champion Robert Hight in a familiar position, at the top of the Funny Car class with the provisional No. 1 spot. Sixteen-time world champion John Force is sitting in the sixth spot and, in Top Fuel, 2017 champ Brittany Force is holding the No. 3 spot with rookie Austin Prock in 11th.

The first session of qualifying was anything but foreshadowing for Funny Car points leader Robert Hight. Hight had to click off before reaching half-track for only a 5.809-second pass. With cooler temperatures thanks to a delay early in the first qualifying round, Hight and his Auto Club of Southern California team powered to a 3.928-second pass at 305.15 mph with a cylinder out to take over the No. 1 spot. Hight is chasing his third No. 1 at Gainesville Raceway and third consecutive of the season.

“First off, I don’t think that’s going to stay No. 1 with the forecast cooling down 10 degrees but honestly, I wouldn’t have thought when I made that run it would stay. At top end I said it’d be top five. I really thought somebody would run in the 80s and run better. I put a cylinder out down there and shut it off because it sounded horrible.

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DSR Gainesville Friday Qualifying Report – by the Numbers

Gainesville, FL

DSR Gainesville Friday Highlights:

  • Ron Capps ran low E.T. of the first qualifying session, and third quickest of Q2, racking up four bonus points en route to the provisional Funny Car No. 3 spot
  • Matt Hagan and Tommy Johnson Jr. join Capps as provisional top-half qualifiers
  • Leah Pritchett recorded the second quickest pass of the opening Top Fuel session to earn two bonus points and a Saturday starting position from the top-half of the field
Driver Information:

Top Fuel:

ANTRON BROWN
Driver of the Matco Tools Top Fuel Dragster 

Q1: 4.010 E.T. at 246.30 MPH
Q2: 4.743 E.T. at 156.21 MPH

Provisional Qualifying Position: No. 13

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SHANE TUCKER STEADILY IMPROVES ON FRIDAY AT GATORNATIONALS

GAINESVILLE, FL – Shane Tucker knows he has a mountain to climb as he pursues his first NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock world championship. The 34-year-old driver from Australia is making his second appearance at the historic Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway. After two qualifying sessions Tucker and his Auzmet/StructGlass Chevrolet Camaro sit No. 15 on the strength of his 6.706 second, 205.57 mph pass. The speed was his fastest of 2019 and showed his tune up is headed in the right direction.

“Everything is new. We have new motors from Nick Ferre and we are just trying to find where they are happy,” said Tucker from his pit area at the end of the day. “We are also getting everyone to gel and work together. It was a mad thrash all week to get here. We missed a couple of days of testing so that cost us probably eight runs. We are making up time here at the race which is tough. We are running smart and trying to not hurt parts.”

“Looking at the data from the first session to the second session we think we can pick up the performance ever more in the third qualifying session. I think we can be there on Sunday and have a chance to run really well. It is just a case of getting everything caught up quick enough,” added Tucker.

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Mike Lewis Inducted into International Drag Racing Hall of Fame

GAINESVILLE, FL – Don Schumacher Racing Senior Vice President Mike Lewis was welcomed into the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame Thursday evening in Gainesville, Fla. ahead of the 50th annual NHRA Gatornationals. Lewis was recognized by The Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing for his expansive and tenured career in the sport of which he is so passionate.

“Don Garlits had attended our DSR Open House last September and volunteered to sign autographs with all of our drivers and I ended up taking him to dinner on that Sunday night,” said Lewis as he fondly recalled the moment when he was informed he would be inducted into the 2019 class. “He called me shortly after and I just thought he was calling to say thank you for dinner and instead he informed me of the nomination.

“To get a call from Don Garlits and learn that I was going to be inducted into the Hall of Fame was beyond imagination. Of course, I’ve had a lot of time to think about it since then and every night I’d kind of close my eyes and rehearse what I was going to say but really, it didn’t fully sink in until last night.”

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Line X Named Presenting Sponsor of PDRA North-South Shootout

FREDERICKSBURG, VA – LINE-X, a global leader in protective coatings development and availability, has been named the presenting sponsor of the third race on the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) 2019 tour. The PDRA North-South Shootout presented by LINE-X Protective Coatings will take place May 2-4 at Maryland International Raceway in Budds Creek, Md.

“PDRA is excited to welcome LINE-X Protective Coatings as the presenting sponsor of our Maryland event,” said Will Smith, marketing director, PDRA. “They’re a new PDRA event sponsor, but they’re not new to the PDRA scene. We’re glad to have LINE-X involved in this new expanded role.”

With over 25 years of industry experience and technical expertise, LINE-X is known as a market leader in spray-on truck bedliners. LINE-X is the largest automotive aftermarket retail franchise in North America, while the LINE-X Franchise Network has operations expanding around the globe.

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ROBERT HIGHT VISITS BRISTOL DRAGWAY TO PREVIEW THE 2019 SEASON

BRISTOL, TN — With less than a month to go before cars hit the track in East Tennessee, Robert Hight joined drivers from across motorsports at Bristol Motor Speedway & Dragway on Wednesday, March 13th, to preview the upcoming season.

Two-time NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series champion Robert Hight, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Corey LaJoie, NASCAR Xfinity Series rookie Justin Haley and NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series champion Brett Moffitt were on hand to meet with media, chat with regional business leaders, industry sponsors, Bristol ticket holders and more. The quartet also spent time on the main stage for Q&A sessions with Sirius XM and Performance Racing Network host Brad Gillie.

The cities of Bristol, Kingsport and Johnson City were well represented at the 2019 Season Preview as business leaders got an in-depth look at what’s to come in 2019.

Following the event, a few lucky winners were able to take the ride of a lifetime during a session of track laps with Hight, LaJoie and Haley.

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