Summit Nationals start Thursday

NHRA's biggest stars coming to Norwalk.
Joe Centers
Jun 29, 2013


The first three races of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series that featured the Pro Stock Motorcycle category were like a dream for Hector Arana Jr. on his Lucas Oil Buell. He won the first three events (Gainesville, Charlotte, Houston) and was the No.1 qualifier at Charlotte and Houston.

The following two events have been tough with first round losses plaguing the team. Arana Jr. retains his points lead in the category and is confident the best is yet to come as the third-year-rider prepares for the seventh annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, July 4-7 here at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park.

Spencer Massey (Top Fuel), Mike Neff (Funny Car), Vincent Nobile (Pro Stock) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were the winners at last year's national event.

"I got it all out of my system, and hopefully that won’t happen any more for the rest of the year," Arana Jr. said. "I had a feeling something like this was going to happen. You do so well, and I just felt like there was no way I was going to doing so amazing. The whole time, I felt like something was going to happen. I'm just glad it happened now, early in the season, instead of in in the Countdown. I think we got it all out of our system and we should be ready to rock and roll."

If Arana Jr. is to seal the deal and race to the winner’s circle Sunday, he will have to outlast a field of 16 Pro Stock Motorcycle racers that can easily win the event. John Hall recorded his first NHRA Mello Yello Series victory in Epping, N.H. recently and Michael Ray in his sophomore season recorded his second career win at Houston.

Everyone coming to the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals will watch the continuation of the tight points battle in Top Fuel with Shawn Langdon leading the standings and seven-time champ Tony Schumacher lurking in second. Massey, Antron Brown, Bob Vandergriff and Steve Torrence have all won events this season and will be looking to add another win to the ledger.

In Funny Car, racers will continue their battle for the top points position, which multiple drivers — Matt Hagan, Johnny Gray, Ron Capps and Cruz Pedregon — have occupied this season. John Force and his daughter Courtney have both won races, and they and Alexis DeJoria, Del Worsham and 2012 world champion Jack Beckman will be searching for the win.

Pro Stock is led by 2009 world champion Mike Edwards who with three wins is atop the standing in the Factory-Hot Rod category. 2012 world champion Allen Johnson, four-time champion Jeg Coughlin and Shane Gray will all look to take home the win at the event.

As always, fans can interact with their favorite drivers because every ticket is an exclusive pit pass, allowing them to see firsthand the highly skilled mechanics service their hot rods between rounds. While visiting the pits, fans won’t want to miss the interactive NHRA Nitro Alley and the NHRA Manufacturers Midway.

THURSDAY, July 4 - LUCAS OIL SERIES qualifying at 9 a.m.

FRIDAY, July 5 - LUCAS OIL SERIES eliminations 8:00 a.m.
TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER & FUNNY CAR qualifying at 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
PRO MOD DRAG RACING SERIES qualifying at 4 and 6:30 p.m.
MELLO YELLO SERIES qualifying at 4:45 and 7:15 p.m.

SATURDAY, July 6 - LUCAS OIL SERIES eliminations at 8:00 a.m.
TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER & FUNNY CAR qualifying at 10:00 a.m. and 1st round eliminations at 4:00 p.m.
PRO MOD DRAG RACING SERIES qualifying at 11 a.m.; First round of eliminations at 1:30 p.m.
MELLO YELLO SERIES qualifying at 11:45 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.

SUNDAY, July 7 - Phil Dirt & The Dozers Concert at 9 a.m.
Pre-race ceremonies, 10 a.m.
MELLO YELLO SERIES eliminations begin at 11 a.m.

Top Fuel - 3.780 seconds by Larry Dixon, June ’10; 322.73 mph by Spencer Massey, June ’12.
Funny Car - 4.032 seconds by Ashley Force Hood, June ’10; 313.15 mph by Del Worsham, June ’10.
Pro Stock - 6.583 seconds by Ron Krisher, June ’11; 209.36 mph by Krisher, June ’11.
PS Motorcycle - 6.887 seconds by Hector Arana Jr., June ’11; 194.49 mph by Andrew Hines, June ’10.

TICKETS: For tickets, call (419) 668-5555 or purchase online by clicking below.




Sounds like a great reason to leave town for the holiday weekend


Did they put you on the back porch to see if you barked or cried, when born ?

swiss family

Whopper.... please by all means , if you have a difficult time supporting our Local offerings, please feel free to go, maybe if you find someplace that has more things that you would enjoy.. maybe you could think of moving closer to them.. I am proud to say that the racetrack is a part of Norwalk, and it is to some, what puts us on the map...if I were you , since you find the need to get out of town for the holidays, I would suggest that you fill up your tank at any Norwalk gas station , where last week alone they were 14 cents higher in price than any other stations outside the city limits.. I would also suggest that you appreciate and enjoy the local interests like the racetrack,and maybe even stick around for the fireworks and the parade as well..I do NOT know where you think you will find any better holiday fun, but if you do , enjoy it..


I have no problem supporting anything local-and I do support local events on a regular basis, but face facts-the raceway is as much of a headache as it is a help to the local economy due to the increased traffic, pollution, and numerous other issues. Sorry if I offended you and your civic pride you self-righteous,judgemental do**chebag


Guess you REALLY HATE Cedar Point too huh? Have you lived in this area all your life? Summer must really just suck for you. Christmas must really be bad too. Heck, just stay home and shop on line. Save gas, time and the hassle of traffic.

It's a Jeep thing

Oh boo hoo. Lol that track bring plenty of people and business to this town. Traffic and pollution? BFD. Traffic blows in norwalk everyweekend and I bet you don't drive an electric car.

JudgeMeNot's picture

pollution? LMAO. What other issues do you speak of?


I did fill up in Ashland 3.09 :)


Won't the county airport be in the way?




Blues - FYI over 50 children got FREE airplane rides yesterday morning from that airport. Along with over a dozen ground support volunteers, EIGHT pilots DONATED their time, aircraft and fuel for the sole benefit of the children in our area and all you can do is put the airport and its pilots down. How many kids get free rides in the dragsters at the racetrack?

Ralph Wiggum

I don't know, how many kids will get free rides at the racetrack? Will it cost the county taxpayer the same amount in lost tax revenue and maintenance costs as it did at the airport for those 50 kids?


Ralphie - Your comment makes no sense. Those eight pilots paid for the fuel out of their OWN pockets so those 50+ kids could have a free airplane ride, fuel that they bought AT THE AIRPORT. Roughly 10 gallons per hour X 8 planes = 80 gallons X 3 hours of flight = 240 gallons X $6.19 gallon = $1486 of fuel bought at the Huron County Airport on Saturday alone. Part of the taxes from the sale of that fuel goes to the county. The profit goes to the maintenance costs of the airport. So, those 50+ kids got a FREE airplane ride, the airport earned a profit, and the county received tax money, too. What is your problem?


Windy. I am on the side of the county airport. I was being sarcastic. Lighten up.


The Cavalcade was a free event put on by Summit Motorsports about a month ago. You say 50 kids rode for free at the airport, but 35000 attended the Cavalcade a month ago. Both are beneficial to the Norwalk economy, so don't "put the racetrack down" either.

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Why not 100 kids? Some felt left out.

Scranton Tibbs

I agree whopper,,,tried to book a hotel for the wknd. $160 a night is the best I could find. Are you people fn high? IT'S NORWALK.....Oh my god. White trash AND pretentious......God help us all.


Try and book a hotel room in SANDUSKY in the about price gouging. It should be illegal, I agree. Noone complains about that though.

It's a Jeep thing

Why would you book a hotel when you live 5 minutes from the hotel. People that come from all over WILL pay that. Tough.

JudgeMeNot's picture

They was gonna throw a party.


You can't call it price gouging when it is a simple lesson of supply and demand. People travel from all over the U.S. to visit Cedar Point. When the season ends, what attraction on the North Coast is there to attract people? If there was a winter attraction, the rates would be high year round. With no winter attractions, that gives you the reason why many hotels in Port Clinton, Sandusky, Huron, Vermilion shut down for the winter.


1) it isn't called the World Nationals anymore, that was the IHRA event when it was an IHRA track.

2) Scranton, part of the reason for those high prices is because it is also Cedar Point's biggest weekend and the Norwalk hotels have been re bought by the Ruta family who will ask for every dime they can make. If the hotels are not sold out, the rate will drop significantly around 9pm each night and the hotels will sell out. I used to manage hotels, here for the Ruta's and in Indianapolis where big events are hosted just about every weekend.


I think some of these readers need anti-depressants. Complain complain complain.

It's a Jeep thing

Well, its good to see the local support. Lol be thankful people actually come to our town, and use our businesses! I guess yall will be happy when billy packs up and moves and or bustling airport shuts down. Haa!


If the "Three Stooges" had a brain among them, they would stop trying to shut down the airport and start trying to capitalize on the benefits of having an airport right next to a racetrack just like those at Indianapolis, Daytona and Talladega. If it were not for the poor leadership of these elected officials, Norwalk could have the LOWEST unemployment rate in the state instead of one of the highest.


Indy does not have an airport next to their track, either one of them.


Oops, my bad. That should have been Sebring instead of Indy.


The tax revenue the raceway brings to Norwalk and Huron County is well worth the minor inconvenience here and there.


How American! No subsidies here. We are fortunate to have this.