- Wednesday 03 April, 2013
NORWALK, Ohio – ‘Tis the season for crunching engine installations as the 2013 Golden Anniversary racing season burns rubber at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.
As the official engine builder for Summit Motorsports Park, Ronnie Vnuk Jr., 44, owner of V’s House of Horsepower, 2067 Midway Drive, Twinsburg, Ohio 44087, applies the power behind the roar.
“I’m a one-man shop,” Ronnie Vnuk Jr. said. “Once those doors open I’m really moving.”
For the third season, V’s House of Horsepower donates a 582 cu. in. big block Chevy racing engine, valued at up to $25,000, as one of the elite prizes in the Super 64 runoff of top Finish Line Club points earners.
That’s a pretty pack of power.
Ronnie Vnuk Jr. established V’s House of Horsepower about nine years ago, after working for Gellner Engineering doing basically the same work, he said.
“I’m a full-service machine shop for engine building,” Ronnie Vnuk Jr. said. “I build racing engines. I do a wide variety of stuff, like repairs on the engine. I would pull the motor, transmission, rear end. I do welding, fabrication, including motorcycles and custom Harley stuff.”
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Growing up in Northfield Village, Ohio, east of Cleveland, Ronnie Vnuk Jr. learned the ways of the dragstrip from his racer father, Ron Vnuk Sr.
“From when I was a kid I was working on cars,” Ronnie Vnuk Jr. said. “I did my own things on cars.”
Young Ronnie first tinkered on a 1950 Chevy. But a 1968 Camaro with a four-speed, 427 big block Chevy cut the lights as his first racing vehicle in the Pro class.
“I’ve been through a lot of race cars,” Ronnie Vnuk Jr. said. “As of this time I have four. I just sold one in December, so I had five at one point.”
Most recently, Ronnie Vnuk Jr. raced a 2009 Mullis swing arm monoshock dragster with a 598 big block Chevy engine in Mallory Super Pro at Summit Motorsports Park, he said.
“Racing is a hobby more than anything,” Ronnie Vnuk Jr. said. As the official engine builder at Summit Motorsports Park, Ronnie Vnuk Jr. gathers parts donated by associate sponsors, buys some parts on his own, builds the engine, dynos it, and donates it to the track.
“And somebody else wins it,” Ronnie Vnuk Jr. said, adding the racing engine is valued from $20,000 to $25,000.
So sign up for the Finish Line Club at Summit Motorsports Park. The Super 64 prizes are awarded on top of the event cash payouts and the cash bonuses for placing well in the points standings.
Competition toward the Super 64 begins at the Funny Car Fox Hunt on April 27, 2013 at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.
Racers in four classes of the Mr. Gasket $53,100 Super Series -- Mr. Gasket Pro, Mallory Super Pro, Wiseco Cycle Tech Super Bike, and Accel Sportsman delivered on time by TFC Transportation -- may sign up for the Finish Line Club and race for points all season.
The top 16 points earners in each of the four classes qualify for the Super 64 and race off for the special prizes. The winner of each class advances to the Final Four Championship.
Once in the Final Four, a racer is guaranteed one of the top four prizes:
• A 582 cu. in. big block Chevy engine built by V’s House of Horsepower with these associate sponsors:
- Trick Flow, heads and intake.
- Wiseco, pistons.
- Summit Racing Equipment, block.
- K1, crank, rods.
- Mr. Gasket, wires, gasket, distributor.
- Manton, push rods.
- Harland Sharp, rocker arms.
• A 2013 swing arm monoshock dragster built by McIlvain Race Cars with these associate sponsors:
- AFCO, shocks, springs, radiator.
- Riggeal’s Performance Fiberglas, Fiberglas parts.
- Mickey Thompson, four tires.
- Moser Engineering, axles.
- R&R Auto Body, paint.
- Summit Racing Equipment, master cylinder.
- Weld Racing, four wheels.
- Pro-Werks & Stiletto, spindles, steering arms, pinion, steering box.
• A 2013 Crystal SS racing trailer by Vintage Trailers.
• A pick of one recreational vehicle from J&J Sales:
- 2013 Kawasaki Brute Force 750 ATV.
- Sea Doo GTS watercraft with trailer.
- Yamaha F28 motorcycle.
- Ski Doo 600 GTZ snowmobile.
- Kawasaki Mule 610 side-by-side ATV.
For the other terrific prizes in the Super 64, check out the Summit Motorsports Park season brochure, available by calling the office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 419-668-5555, or on this Website in the RACERS tab.
Children ages eight through 18 who race in Bear Motorsports Junior Dragsters presented by Wiseco may compete in the Finish Line Club, but not in the Super 64.
The 2013 season marks fifty years of fun at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio. We’re celebrating all year!