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Night Under Fire next step for Easton

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Aug 10, 2018 at 4:45 AM

NORWALK — Australian tuner and racer Steve Easton will be making a major role swap this weekend at the Night Under Fire, the largest single-day drag racing event in the country on Saturday at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk.

The former crewman for NHRA superstar Courtney Force is continuing to develop as a driver in the Pro Mod ranks and will be vying for one of the eight available spots in the R&R Auto Body/DeCerbo Construction Rumble Wars Extreme 8.

With two qualifying runs on Saturday, the young racer from Down Under knows he will have his hands full against eighteen other Pro Mod racers.

“We took the Patriot Pro Mod to the track last week and made some good shake down runs," Easton said. "I haven’t been full track with the car yet but we are hoping for some good conditions and good luck at the Night Under Fire. When I was on Courtney’s Funny Car, I was blown away by the size and spectacle of the event and have dreamed of being there driving a Funny Car ever since my first experience at the race.

"Racing Pro Mod at Night Under Fire is a great first opportunity," he added. "Just getting a chance to steer a car at that event is a big deal. We took everything we had to test last weekend at Dragway 42. There isn’t anything left in our garage it is all in the trailer.”

Qualifying will take place at 11 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. and only the quickest eight drivers will qualify for the show which will start at 7 p.m.

Pro Mods will be the first cars down the track and Easton would love to be a part of that spectacle.

“We did OK at testing last weekend. We are going to get parked on Friday as Summit Motorsports Park and then see how it goes on Saturday,” Easton said. “We will have two qualifying runs and we are just going to go out and see what happens.

"The Pro Mods are opening the big show and it would be an honor to be one the eight cars racing in front of that massive crowd," he added. "It will be a tough field to qualify for and we are just going to do our best.”

This summer, Easton expanded his role with the Patriot Pro Mod team to help transition the team’s 1963 Corvette from a big block Chevy power plant to an AJPE 521ci Hemi. He has been consulting with the team for about two years and was instrumental in their success with the Chevy.

“It’s time to put in some extra commitment and bring my driving suit,” Easton said. “I am putting all my effort into driving. I love tuning and driving but driving is definitely where I get the most satisfaction. Just the fact that you know you, as the driver, are the last point of attack motivates me. The driver has the last word in succeeding on the race track.”

Easton is dedicating himself to this new role with the team, which included relocating from Indiana to Ohio for the summer. He has been working with the team to get the beautiful 1963 Chevy Corvette built by Tim McAmis on the race track. After the Night Under Fire Easton, will continue to campaign the Patriot Pro Mod at select events in the greater Ohio area.

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