After months of discussions and promotions, it's finally here the inaugural National Hot Rod Association event in Norwalk.
The Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals has already drawn in the biggest name in drag racing John Force. Force has raced in Norwalk before, but this will be the first time he has done so competitively.
"This is a huge untapped market ... I think (Bill) Bader has joined the right team at the right time. The NHRA is where they need to be," he said.
The NHRA is a big step up from the International Hot Rod Association think AAA baseball to the Majors. But NHRA is not content to just be the king of drag racing, they want to be as big as NASCAR. A lofty goal, and one that can only help lift Norwalk's profile, even if NHRA ultimately falls short. You know the saying: Aim for the moon, if you fail you'll land among the starts.
But don't take our word for it. Former Cleveland Cavaliers star and NHRA driver Larry Nance, who lives in Akron, has been touting the city to everyone.
"When I first heard this race was coming here, I started to make plans to race,'' he said. "This race means a lot to me because all of the people I talk to about NHRA. It's only an hour away and those people can see what I'm talking about.''
Even without having run a single competitive race yet, this event has already attracted more attention to the area than any IHRA event. Congratulations to the Bader family for getting this off the ground.