Crunch time!

Clean slate; going for points.Works of heart.

NORWALK, Ohio – Hours away from the Funny Car Fox Hunt our Mr. Gasket $53,100 Super Series racers set their hearts by that 9 a.m. start time on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.

In a blink of a Christmas tree, you’ll be mashing gas and gathering win lights.

The beginning of the 2013 Golden Anniversary season stages a crunch time like no other. Everybody’s doing it: wrenching, torqueing, tweeking, testing, washing, packing, stacking, checking the list.

Because the Funny Car Fox Hunt features Bear Motorsports Junior Dragsters presented by Wiseco with semifinal and final rounds during the fire show, we changed the run order.

We hope to pack in the most racing as quickly as possible. After all, your fans deserve a great show!

Moms, grandmas, aunties, sisters, cousins, daughters…At the Funny Car Fox Hunt, we feature family friendly free admission for women and girls.
Couldn't resist a nostalgia photo. Were you there?
Of course Grandma loves drag racing! Especially the Funny Car Fox Hunt!

Please note the run order for time trials round #1:
   Mr. Gasket Pro
   Bear Motorsports Junior Dragster presented by Wiseco
   Wiseco/Cycle Tech Super Bike
   Mallory Super Pro
   Bear Motorsports Junior Dragster presented by Wiseco
   Accel Sportsman delivered on time by TFC Transportation
   Lakewood Stock

During time trials round #2, Junior Dragsters go extra rounds and begin their eliminations. We hope the Junior Dragsters progress to semifinal rounds in time for the fire show.

This event may require some creative crew assignments and speed wrenching by dads keeping up with a Junior Dragster in addition to their own ride.Panoramic view.

The run order for time trials round #2 includes:
   Junior Dragster Elimination Round 1
   Junior Dragster Elimination Round 2
   Super Bike
   Super Pro
   Junior Dragster Elimination Round 3 (At conclusion we need to be in semifinals of each class)

Also, a 3:30 p.m. meeting on the Budweiser side includes the 12 Junior Dragster drivers who race in the fire show along with Jill Canuso and the Hanna Motorsports Queen of Diamonds Jet Dragster, and eight Funny Cars from the Great Lakes Nostalgia Funny Car Circuit.

When hot rod rubber meets pavement at 9 a.m., we can’t wait to see your winter projects.

Kirby McLennan, Temperance, Mich., the 2012 Mallory Super Pro champion, said racing won the battle with his bucket list, so he’s returning to defend his title. Others can’t resist the war for win lights.

“I’m coming back,” said 2011 and 2012 Mr. Gasket Pro Champion Brian Cireddu, Brunswick, Ohio. “Nothing’s really changed. I went through the engine, replaced the rings and bearings and freshened it up.

“I got a new motorhome, though,” said Brian Cireddu.

As time and money converge, many Entrance of the 2012 Mr. Gasket $50,000 Super Series Champions.competitors burn the midnight oil out in the shop to finesse their projects.

“I’m still working on them,” said A.J. Buchanan, Vickery, Ohio. “It’s been slow going.”

Adam’s black 1991 Mustang with a big block Ford 460 stock motor lines up in Mr. Gasket Pro this year.

“I put a new roll cage in it, one I can go faster with,” A.J. Buchanan said. “Put carpet in it. Rewired the entire car; just a lot of little stuff.”

A new addition to the Buchanan pit shows up as a cooperative venture with Bruce Beard, Fremont, Ohio, in a 1987 Chevy S10 pickup with a 355 small block Chevy engine.

“My stepdad picked it up at Indy last year at the bracket finals,” A.J. Buchanan said. “It’s a project me and him are working on. We’re going to campaign in Super Pro this year and hurt some dragster drivers’ feelings. There’s nothing dragster drivers hate more than getting beat by a slow truck.”

Of course, lining up in two classes creates extra challenge.

“I’m hoping this season isn’t too bad,” A.J. Buchanan said, “but to start it’s a lot of work. Usually I get a lot of help from friends and family. It makes it a heck of a lot easier.”

Debbie Lampshire, Cleveland, said their major winter project pleases her husband, Kevin.

“We got the transmission done,” Debbie Lampshire said. “Wes Buckley.He took it for a little test run, and he said it’s going better than it ever has. Mark did a nice job.”

And her brother-in-law Gene Lampshire’s son, David, races a blue Firebird this year, Debbie Lampshire said.

Also, Four Door George Lampshire refreshed a transmission and added new headers, Debbie Lampshire said.

Then Steve Lampshire, Canal Fulton, Ohio, found an enclosed trailer, so a suitable tow vehicle topped his winter projects, Debbie Lampshire said.

Come on out to the Funny Car Fox Hunt and visit with these racers and their families.

At Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio, we’re celebrating fifty years of fun. Join us!

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