Night Under Fire

The Night Under Fire is full of rich tradition, from bone rattling fuel funny cars to Bob Motz performing his famous fiery burnout show, concluding with a spectacular fire works show you can only see here!

You've gotta be here... August 9 2014!


In 2013, Summit Motorsports Park celebrated our 50th Anniversary and the celebration took place during the Night Under Fire presented by Kelly Services.
If you missed this once in a lifetime event, then shame on you!  Here is what you missed.

John Force beats teammate Robert Hight in the Final!  Spiderman McBride on a track record pass, 5.88 E.T.! Jill Canuso and her new ride!

John Force beats teammate Robert Hight in the final, having one of his quickest runs at Summit Motorsports Park, running a 4.045 @ 315.93 M.P.H.

Larry “Spiderman” McBride
runs the quickest E.T. ever on two wheels, at Summit Motorsports, at 5.885 at a blazing 220.04 M.P.H.!

Jill ‘Lil Jiant’ Canuso competes in her new Queen of Diamonds II.

Tim Chitwood standing on top of his truck, on two wheels! Chris Morena performing his spectacular suicide spircal car jump! Bubba Blackwell jumping over a row of cars!
 Benny  Big Foot free stylin! War Wizard Free stylin!

Monster Trucks and stunt drivers evaded the drag strip by performing death defying stunts and jumps!  Even Benny "the Bomb" decided to put off retirement for another opportunity at blowing himself up!

Race fans packed the house in showing their appreciation for 50 years of fun and excitement.  Many made signs to display their gratitude.  One group of fans held up a sign that stated “Happy 50th, Burn down the sign like 09!”  And at their command, that is exactly what Bob “King of Quake” Motz did, as he didn't’ want to disappoint the fans.   

Fans hoping to catch Bob Motz's attention! Bob Motz didn't see the sign on this pass! Motz doesn't disappoint fans!

The evening wrapped up with a spectacular Bader Signature Fireworks show presented by R&R Auto Body, like none other ever seen before. 
Watch our now famous 2013 Night Under Fire Commercial

One of the traditions that have become just as popular as the Fuel Funny Cars, Jets and the Bader Family Signature Fireworks is our
John Force/Bader Family Die-cast program.    

Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Car
This year’s die-cast commemorates our golden anniversary (1963-2013) and is the 11th car in the John Force/Bader Family Series of Die-casts.  This “must have” 50th Anniversary car is decorated with a premium gold finish to signify our 50th anniversary!  The National Flag and our red, white and blue team colors complete with stars and stripes are included to exemplify our patriotism and pride for this great Country! Our special 50th anniversary logo completes the theme of the car.

Only 1,500-1/24th scale Liquid Gold Premium Finish cars will be produced, each selling for $100 plus shipping.

For the serious John Force collector, we’re offering fifty (50) White Gold Premium Finish 1/24th scale cars for $500/each plus shipping.  These very special limited-edition cars will also include the following extras:
    1.    Certificate of Authenticity!

    2.    John Force Autographed Picture!
    3.    Special “Meet & Greet” during the 50th Anniversary Celebration Night Under Fire with John Force!
    4.    Special Commemorative Cloisonné Pin, 50th Anniversary Night Under Fire T-Shirt and More...!

The 50th Anniversary Car is on sale NOWTo order this car, please call the office at 419-668-5555 Monday through Friday during business hours.    

The John Force Winner's Circle
Want to kick your Auto Plus Night Under Fire experience up a notch?  The John Force Winner’s Circle is our premiere race fan hospitality package.  JFWC members will sit in first-class starting line seats; have access to a private hospitality chalet which includes complimentary snacks, drinks and a sit down dinner; access to a private patio viewing area and private restrooms.  Each patron will also receive a member’s only event goodie bag filled with exclusive Night Under Fire Souvenirs.  The John Force Winner Circle package includes the following amenities:

  • First-class starting line seats
  • Pit access to witness all of the “behind the scenes” activity pit crews experience in getting their ‘hot rods’ ready to race.  
  • Access to the VIP Chalet
  • Complimentary soft drinks and bottled water all day
  • Two complimentary alcoholic drinks for adults (cash bar available)
  • Complimentary meals and snacks all day long, including a sit down dinner!
  • Access to a private patio viewing area
  • Private Restrooms
  • Special Collectors Goodie Bag containing premium Night Under Fire Souvenirs
  • Reserved VIP parking with the purchase of two or more John Force Winners Circle memberships

Each John Force Winner’s Circle ticket just $199!  Limited seating available, call 419-668-5555 to reserve your seats today!

   Reserved Seat Pricing  
   Adult - Motz
$ 45
   Adult - Summit Club $ 50
   Adult - All other sections $ 40
   Child 11 & Under - Motz            $ 20
   Child 11 & Under - Summit Club $ 25
   Child 11 & Under - All other sections $ 15
   John Force Winner's Circle $199

Each ticket includes access into the pit areas and General Admission Parking is FREE!



  Trackside - Electric Motorhome    $150
  Trackside - Non-Electric Motorhome    $100
  Primitive Camping (Family & Scotty's Camping    $ 50


*  Upon purchase, Guests will receive a permit that will need to be placed in the windshield of your motorhome, camper or camping vehicle prior to entering into the park. 

* All occupants of the motorhome area and primitive campsites must have an event pass.  Please call our office with any of your questions

Trackside Motorhome Camping

We have upgraded our trackside electric motorhome sites to 50 amp power service.  Please plan accordingly as we only have a very limited supply of adapters to rent.      

Family Primitive Camping

Camping for truck campers (loaded into the bed of a pick-up truck), pop-up trailers also known as tent or folding camping trailers, and tents. No generators will be permitted.  Camping spaces are approximately 20' X 50' each.   The campground location is subject to change
dependent upon weather and ground conditions.  Campers inside the Family Primitive Campgrounds must adhere to "quiet hours" 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. 

Scotty's Camping
is located just west of the main entrance into the Park, Enter off route 18 (Wilson's Drive).  This campground is for all types of recreational vehicles, including tents. 

Restricted Arrival/Departures: 
Early move-in for advance purchasers will be on Friday August 8, 2014 between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.  Please do NOT arrive prior to 10:00 a.m. on Friday as we have no holding areas available.  We will stop accepting guests at 8:00 p.m. Friday evening and reopen on Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m.

Because of the large influx of traffic on Saturday, August 9, 2014, it is necessary that we restrict traffic to incoming only between the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. If you need to leave the facility you will need to to do so before 1:30 p.m.  If you have an emergency, please contact your area manager.

On-Premise services for our campers:

  • Ice:  Ice will be available to all motorhome and campground guests!
  • Showers:  Permanent showers are located on the Budweiser side of the track.  Shower tickets are $4.00 each
  • Permanent Shower Hours: 
    • Friday  3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    • Saturday 7:30 a.m. to End of racing.
  • Port-a-johns:  are located throughout the Summit Side (west side) of the park.
  • Kurtzman Sanitation:  will be on site offering motorhome-pumping services; please pay Kurtzman Sanitation directly for their services. 
  • Oney Water Hauling:  will be on site offering fresh water; please pay Oney Water Hauling directly for services. 
  • Firewood:  will be available beginning Friday Night at 8:00 p.m.; please pay vendor directly for services. 

Sawmill Creek
is the official resort of Summit Motorsports Park.

Sawmill Creek Lodge is nestled on the shores of Lake Erie and is a full service hotel featuring 240 deluxe guest rooms and suites.  Sawmill Creek Resort features an 18 hole Tom Fazio designed championship golf course, a private beach, jet ski, kayak and bike rentals, indoor and outdoor pools, a state nature preserve and unique shops, located in an 1887 barn.  Choose from 3 dining options during your stay.

Visit and you will understand quickly, it's simply the best place to stay.

For the 'Night Under Fire' book a double bed room for $159 or a king bed room for $169

To take advantage of these great rates, contact Sawmill Creek at (800) 729-6455 and provide the code (NUF14)


   Thurs Aug 7
   Linder's Lot Opens for Racers only   8:00 a.m.
   Friday Aug 8    
   Racer credentialing in Linder's Lot begins   10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
   Spectator Camping & Motorhome Move-in   10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
   Saturday Aug 9    
   Racer Credentialing & Pit Parking (Linder's Lot)     
    7:00 a.m.
   Spectator Gates Open     8:00 a.m.
   Spectator Camping & Motorhome Move-In     8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
   Time Trials     9:00 a.m.
   Autograph Session (Bud Chalet)
   Pre-Race Ceremonies     5:30 p.m.
   Showtime     7:00 p.m.
   Sportsman Racing   Will take place on Sunday!
Stay tune for update!!

   Schedule subject to change without notice!

   This is a point's race for our Mr. Gasket Super Series program. Race classes being contested this evening are: Mallory Super Pro, Mr. Gasket Pro,
   Wiseco/Cycle Tech Super Bike and Accel Sportsman.  Car & Driver fees for all four classes at this event are $35.

Weather - In the event of inclement weather, updates will be available at or

For Event info please contact:  Nettie Damron at or 419-668-5555.

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