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.
ST. LOUIS, MO – Oklahoma City’s Aaron Wells outlasted a stout Pro Mod field Aug. 3, at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, taking home his second Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS) win of the year and tightening his grip on the season points lead.
Also picking up MWPMS event trophies at the historic drag strip near St. Louis were Dan Phelps in Race Star Wheels Top Dragster, Bob Gulitti in Top Sportsman, Alan Felts in X275 Drag Radial, and Jon Stouffer in the unique MWPMS Slammers class for Pro Mod non-qualifiers and first-round runners up.
Wells and his supercharged, Bickel-built ’67 Mustang ran 3.712 seconds at 203.98 mph over the Gateway eighth mile to qualify third for the 16-car Pro Mod field. Number-one starter Todd Martin posted a 3.706 in his blown ’68 Mustang, followed by Chad Green at 3.709 in a nitrous-huffing 2017 Corvette. Craig Sullivan held on to the 16th-and-final spot with a 3.89 after 24 entries made qualifying attempts.
“I really believe there’s a number-one qualifier curse, so I’m good with not being number one, but number two or three is good. I’m satisfied with that,” Wells insisted. “All I care about is being consistent. In this series that’s a necessity, especially with some of these cars as fast as they are.”
MORRISON, CO – Stevie “Fast” Jackson was already itching to get back to the dragstrip. A phone call from Jim Whiteley on Saturday was the final nudge the star driver needed to return to Bandimere Speedway for this weekend’s Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod presented by J&A Service, Elite Motorsports, Big O Tires and benefiting One Cure.
Jackson, the NHRA Pro Mod points leader, had begrudgingly planned on sitting out the race in 2019 as he honed in trying to win his first NHRA world championship.
But when it came down to the final decision-making hours, the love of the sport, plus lure of racing on Thunder Mountain in his blown Bahrain 1 Racing Camaro with $100,000 on the line, was too much to resist.
MORRISON, CO – Garrett Advancing Motion, a premier turbocharger manufacturer servicing drag racers across the world, will be joining the list of 2019 sponsors for the Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod. The third annual event, known as the highest-paying Pro Mod race in the world, will take place Aug. 9-10 at Bandimere Speedway, just outside of Denver.
The addition of Garret Advancing Motion adds another standout company to the World Series of Pro Mod presented by J&A Service, Elite Motorsports, Big O Tires and benefiting One Cure, which will award $100,000 to the winner of the 16-car-field.
“Being one of the major turbo manufacturers, it’s always one of our focuses not just to manufacture the products, but to be a part of putting them to the test and sponsoring teams and working with the racing series that allow our products in the field to support it,” said Tim Coltey, marketing specialist at Garret Advancing Motion. “We have a pretty impressive group of partners that we’re working with and they’re really putting the turbos to work and seeing what they can do.”
Auburn Hills, MI – Defending NHRA Northwest Nationals winner Ron Capps came up just short in his bid to score back-to-back wins in Seattle racing his Mopar-powered Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car on Sunday at Pacific Raceways near Kent, Washington.
The two-time 2019 Funny Car winner made a charge through the field to give Dodge//SRT Mopar its fifth consecutive opportunity to capture an event victory. Capps wasn’t able to overtake John Force in the final after knocking out fellow DSR and Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car driver Matt Hagan in the semifinals. DSR teammate Jack Beckman also advanced to the semifinals.
Tommy Johnson, Jr., Capps and Beckman give Dodge//SRT Mopar three drivers inside the top-five in the championship standings through 16 of 24 events.
KENT, WA — John Harold Force, who as a kid battled polio and poverty while dreaming of a career in professional sports, applied an exclamation point to one of motor racing’s most unlikely success stories Sunday when he drove his PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil / Lighting Chevrolet Camaro SS to a final round victory over Ron Capps to win the 32nd annual Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways.
It was the 150th Mello Yello tour victory for Force, who already has been enshrined in the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in Talladega, Ala., and the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in Daytona Beach, Fla., and who most certainly will be a first ballot inductee into the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame in Ocala, Fla., once he retires from competition.
“Well, it’s been 25 races, Denver last year. (Crew chief Brian) Corradi and Daniel Hood and for (Tim) Fabrisi have had to put up with me all year, not happy with the way the car steered, how I sat in it, not happy with so many things. And then I got the monkey on my back and it drives you nuts. You go to bed every night and (but) the monkey taught me so much, that you need to focus on your car if you want to do good. I’m just doing stuff all the time and I don’t even know my car. And you know Corradi and (Austin) Coil said. ‘You’ve got to get to know your car. You’ve got to live it. You’ve got to love it. You’ve got to study the drivers.’ I said I do all that, but I wasn’t. So sometimes you need a slap in the face. And that was the monkey that made me focus. To live my car and it’s been fast the last four or five races. Give me a good race car, I can race. I may not be as young as these kids and a hot shot on that Tree. But I’m excited. The future of our sport. There’s so much potential out here.”
Kent, WA – Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Northwest Nationals
DSR Seattle Elimination Highlights:
Ron Capps raced to his third final round appearance of the 2019 season; it was the fifth consecutive event where DSR has placed a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car in the finals
Capps’ run to the final advanced him to fourth in points and allowed him to clinch a berth in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship
Jack Beckman’s semifinal finish also helped him secure a berth in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship; Beckman is currently ranked fifth
Countdown contender (Sonoma clinch) Tommy Johnson Jr. leads the DSR Funny Car brigade and leaves Seattle ranked third in the championship standings
Antron Brown closes out the Western Swing by moving into second in the Top Fuel standings
Driver of the Matco Tools Top Fuel Dragster