Triple-triple lifts Nick Moss to the top of the 2012 Frank Hawley Perfect Light Bonus

Nick won a Frank Hawley drag racing class in 2013 at Summit Motorsports Park

NORWALK, Ohio -- Nick Moss tricked his blue ‘55 Chevy so it’s hopping at the starting line.

The technique logged five perfect lights in 2012, earning a Frank Hawley Super Comp or Super Gas drag racing class in 2013 at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.

“That’s awesome!” said Nick Moss, 21, Amherst, Ohio, a mechanical engineering student at Cleveland State University, when he heard he won.Nick Moss stages with determination in his 1955 Chevy. Moto Lenz photo

Three of those perfect lights -- with a reaction time of “000” on the E.T. slip -- happened on July 28, 2012, Nick Moss said.

“I’m pretty focused when it comes to my reaction time,” Nick Moss said, adding he earned other perfect lights, but forgot to turn in the time slips for credit.

A 13-year veteran at the track, Nick first lined up at the tree as an eight-year-old racing in Bear Motorsports Junior Dragsters presented by American Race Cars.

Three years ago Nick switched to the ’55 Chevy, which was owned by his late uncle, to race in the Mr. Gasket Pro class.

Nick’s father, Chad Moss, Amherst, Ohio, taught Nick and his sister, Katrina, how to race.

“I like the competition,” Nick Moss said. “My whole family is out there. There’s a lot of good people out there. You meet a lot of good friends. And I like to go fast.”

Not everything followed along smoothly for Nick last summer.Frank Hawley Drag Racing School, class portrait

“We had some problems with the car because it was a different motor,” Nick said. “Toward the end of the year we started getting it figured out and I started going rounds.”

Sometimes Nick works on a practice tree. But is there a secret?

“I don’t know,” Nick Moss said. “I just go up there and try to do the best I can. Some days you’re feeling it, and you can just get good lights.

“I was feeling it this year.”

The Frank Hawley Perfect Light Bonus program included triple-zero reaction times logged during time trials and eliminations in the 2012 Mr. Gasket $50,000 Super Series.

Based in Florida, the Frank Hawley Drag Racing School offers classes at race tracks around the United States.

A Super Comp, Super Gas, Bring-Your-Own-Car class tools June 10-11, 2013 to Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.Nick Moss mashes gas in his 1955 Chevy. Moto Lenz photo

The instructors alternate between classroom discussions and on-track passes in real race cars.

Students may drive their own door cars, dragsters, or Funny Cars, or those provided by Frank Hawley.

Last summer, college professors, a business owner, a mechanic, a truck driver, new racers and a man with “driving a dragster” on his bucket list, attended the Frank Hawley Drag Racing School at Summit Motorsports Park.

Also, friends and co-workers took a collection and sent to the class a cancer survivor who had been a drag racing fan for 50 years.

For more information about the Frank Hawley Drag Racing School, check out the Website at

The Mr. Gasket $50,000 Super Series, the local points races on Saturdays at Summit Motorsports Park, includes:

  • Three classes of Bear Motorsports Junior Dragsters presented by American Race Cars.
  • Lakewood Stock
  • Accel Sportsman delivered on time by TFC Transportation
  • Wiseco/Cycle Tech Super Bike
  • Mr. Gasket Pro
  • Mallory Super Pro

Find more information about the Mr. Gasket $50,000 Super Series by clicking the “Racers” tab at the top of the home page.

Or call the Summit Motorsports Park office for a free season brochure at 419-668-5555.

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