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Famous cars and fireworks to fly at Night Under Fire

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Aug 2, 2018 at 1:00 PM

NORWALK — Fast famous cars and fireworks will fly as part of the 41st annual Night Under Fire on Aug. 11 at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk.

The action-packed event will feature fan-favorite NHRA Funny Car drivers John Force, Robert Hight, Tim Wilkerson, Del Worsham, Dale Creasy Jr. and an additional driver to be announced soon. They will race down track at well over 300 mph during a weekend off for the Mello Yello Series teams.

Bob Motz and his jet engine-powered Kenworth truck and Chris Darnell and his Shockwave triple jet engine-powered truck will blast off.

Among the jet engine-powered cars to compete as part of the North American Jet Car championship are Sarah Edwards and Queen of Diamonds, Ernie Bogue and Beast from the East, Scotty “Heat” Holdridge and Fifty Cal, Robert Albertson and Blazing Angel, Tammy Gatlin and Lone Star Lightning, Shelly Segal and Fire Starter, Al Zukauskas and Hot Blade and Danny Sullivan and Chicago Rush.

The Lucas Oil Mav TV Missile Dragster, Lucas Oil Terminal Velocity Dragster and Bill Lutz also will be featured.

Mike Mantel will go wheels-up in the 1968 Barracuda wheelstander Hemi Under Glass, and four nostalgia pro stock cars will go down track, including Rod Shop's Colt, Warren Johnson's Firenza, Bob Glidden's Arrow and Rickie Smith's Thunderbird.

The Nostalgia Drag Racing League’s Pro 7.0 category will be in competition, and the ScottRod’s AA/Gassers will round out the on-track action.

The not-to-be-missed finale features a $125,000 fireworks display shot off from multiple locations throughout the park.

"With 100 events on our calendar each year, I always circle this one as our best opportunity to deliver 'The Norwalk Experience,' — and nothing is spared," Summit Motorsports Park President Bill Bader Jr. said.

"Ultimately, we’re only as good as our last Night Under Fire," he added. "With the addition of the North American Jet Car championships and two jet semi-trucks, it's going to be special. Fuel, fire and fireworks ... What could be better?"

Various ticket levels are available from $13 to $202, but fans are encouraged to get tickets in advance — as they're selling quickly. For information or tickets, call 419-668-5555 or visit summitmotorsportspark.com.

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