FAQ's

Summit Motorsports Park welcomes thousands of racers through its gates each year. However, we understand there may be a few more who would like to tackle the Summit Motorsports Park quarter mile, but need a better idea of what a day at Summit Motorsports Park would entail. The following is a list of frequently asked questions to ease your visit (and racing) at the track.

What kinds of things are there for my kids to do?
We pride ourselves in being family friendly- and therefore kid-friendly as well. Summit Motorsports Park has a creative playground adjacent to the staging lanes so children are never very far from their parents. We also hold “Kid’s Games” throughout the year at select events, occupying between two and three hours with a number of special activities just for the kids- and always with creative stuff they can take home! We also hold a “Kid’s Night” once a year where we plan an entire day around the kids; racecar rides, Velvet ice cream, activities, games- and giveaways, too!

What is there for my wife to do?
Summit Motorsports Park is located within a ten-minute drive from unique shops located in Downtown Milan, the birthplace of Thomas Edison and home to a number of antique shops, and Uptown Norwalk, rich with many different Main Street Shops and Restaurants. We also have our own Quarter Mile Clothing Company your wife may love to browse the latest fashions.

What food do you offer at the concession stands?
We offer a wide variety of food and beverages all day long.  We serve burgers using only the highest quality Black Angus Beef, and are proud of our signature items such as Nitro Nachos,our four cheese 8” personal pan pizza by Freschetta, and a whole lot more!

Do you use LED bulbs?
Yes! Summit Motorsports Park installed the NHRA-Sanctioned LED bulbs at the start of the 2005 season.

What is the run order for a ACCEL Super Series Saturday Points Meet?
We do not release the run order for any meet until our first call for time trials.

What gate do I use to come in for most events?
For ACCEL Super Series Saturday Points Meets, we use the gate located on Route 601 (Budweiser Gate) on the East side of the track.

What is Linder’s Lot and when do I go there?
Linder’s Lot is a holding area where we line up rigs who arrive early for special events. To ensure participants are handled quickly, efficiently, and with as little hassle as possible, we employ a system where rigs line up in Linder’s Lot after receiving a ticket with a number. When our gates are scheduled to be open, those tickets are taken in order, and the lot is released in that same order- giving everyone the equal footing that if you arrived first, you will have your first chance at a spot.

If Linder’s Lot opens at 8am, can I get there a 6am and sit on the edge of the highway?
No! The Highway Patrol has issued Summit Motorsports Park several warnings that if they encounter rigs lined up along the highway, they will issue tickets. They installed signs all along Route 18 proclaiming the area as a “no parking” zone. They will (and have!) issued tickets to rigs waiting to get in. Our suggestion is to arrive only at the scheduled time to open.

How do Eliminations work?
We will always publish two times for each race- when time trials begin; and when eliminations begin. We strive very hard to start eliminations at the scheduled time. Although sometimes things happen that push back the start, we maintain our schedule very closely. When Eliminations begin, it is the responsibility of the driver to listen for class calls from the announcer. We do not follow patterns! Eventually, we will announce “round robin” mode, which means as long as you continue to win, come right back to the staging lanes.

Do you use crosstalk?
Crosstalk is used in Quick Time Super Pro and Wiseco/Cycle Tech Super Bike. We will also utilize crosstalk at any Summit Motorsports Park produced event where delay boxes are permitted.

What happens if it rains?
Drag Racing is a sport that relies on a dry racing surface for competition. To combat precipitation on the drag strip, Summit Motorsports Pak uses a combination of five machines, including a state of the art Jet Engine to dry the track. President Bill Bader, Jr. is persistent at track drying, and will make every effort possible to dry the surface following a rain delay. Sometimes, though, Mother Nature prevents a race from completing. If an event is cancelled due to inclement weather, the promoter of the race, i.e. Summit Motorsports Park, NHRA, Tri-Power Pontiac or NMRA/NMCA, etc. will make the call regarding rain checks- and only at the time of cancellation. We will not speculate or predict what will happen if a race is cancelled. We are optimists!! Every race will be run to completion!

Do you really play Polka Music?
Why of course, its a Summit Motorsports Park Tradition! (But not all day long.)

What if I miss my class call?
Make-up runs are not permitted. This is the main reason it is imperative that you listen closely to the PA announcer. If you miss your call during eliminations, you will not be permitted another run. We have turned a few disgruntled drivers away- but are sure they never missed another one! Our PA is broadcast on FM 88.5 for your convenience.

Can I bring my four-wheeler and let my kids ride around on it?
No, for obvious safety reasons, only individuals aged sixteen years and older can operate vehicles of any kind on the track property.

What kind of race gas do you sell?
We sell Sunoco blue 110 leaded and Sunoco purple 112 leaded. We also sell methanol (straight alcohol). Prices can change without notice, please contact the track for updated pricing.

Do you really sell a pound of ice cream for a dollar?
Yes- another great Summit Motorsports Park Tradition!

Are we allowed to bring our own alcohol beverages to the track?
No. The State of Ohio now classifies Summit Motorsports Park in the same category as Cleveland Browns Stadium or Progressive Field; therefore making it unlawful to bring alcohol onto our property. For your convenience, we sell beer near the concession stands.

How many time trials can I get?
Time trials are subject to change depending on the number of participants. Our suggestion is to be here on time so you can get as many as possible! If I get there right at 5:00pm- can I still get a time trial? (Points Races) No, we do not allow time for time trials for latecomers.

What kind of technical inspection do you perform?
Each vehicle that races at Summit Motorsports Park must go through a technical inspection. After review, they will receive a tech sticker good for six months. Our inspections are thorough and complete, and we maintain safety is our number one priority.

If I’m coming for just one day but there is another event going on that weekend- when do I have to leave?
This is an important question! If you are here to race one day (for example) the ACCEL Super Series, but there is another event being held the next day, you will need to leave when the competition is completed on that day. Following competition, we conduct a sweep of the pit area, inviting those who only have one-day tickets to purchase the next day. If they do not wish to stay, they need to leave when racing is completed.

What radio station do you transmit?
88.5 FM. Can I bring glass containers? No. Glass containers of any kind are not permitted on Summit Motorsports Park grounds. Broken glass does a terrible number on rubber tires! Can I bring the family pet? Sure, all pets are welcome! But we recommend you put them on a leash and clean up after them, too!

Do you have restrooms or porta johns?
Both! Our full service restroom and showers are located on the East side of the track, and are staffed as long as we are open and competition is underway. Porta Johns are located at certain points throughout the property for your more “immediate” needs.

How about camping?
Racers are welcome to camp for free in their pit area.

Can we stake in the asphalt?
In 2007 we completed a $7 million dollar expansion project, which included paving approximately 25 acres of pit parking.  We thank you in advance for NOT staking in our asphalt.  This will help preserve the life of our pit area, so that you may continue to enjoy for years to come.  Use water or concrete barrels when necessary.  A $100 fine per stake will be issued if someone is caught doing this.  We also request that you put blocks under all jacks and leveling feet. 

If I'm not parked near an electrical outlet can I use an extension cord?
There are electrical boxes throughout the park for you, our guest, to use at no additional charge.  We ask that you do not stretch cords across roads or overhead to plug into these outlets.

How about campfires?
We permit them only in the grass areas (west side of the race track) and we encourage you to contain them with fire rings- be prepared to provide your own fire ring! They are in short supply!

Do you have showers?
Where do you buy the shower tokens/ tickets? Yes, we have showers. Tokens can be purchased at the main window of our concession stand.

What time does ice cream open?
It varies at different events, but generally by Noon.

Where do I pay?
You will purchase both your tickets to enter and your race entry at the gate before you park.

How do I sign up?
To race, all you need to do is purchase a tech card from one of our ticket sellers and turn it in either at your technical inspection, or the rear of staging during your time trials.

Do you sell firewood?
We have local individuals sell firewood only during select events. Stop by guest service to find out.

Do you have a motorhome pump station?
Our sanitation service, Kurtzman Sanitation, is on the property on most days of the larger events to accommodate pumping needs.

When do you start payout?
What round is the money round? Depending on the event, payout is announced frequently on the PA system. Listen carefully or stop by customer service to be sure!  Please be certain to bring some form of ID with you. 

What is the track’s elevation?  
853’

Camping & MotorHome


Tent and motor home camping areas are available during MOST spectator events at Summit Motorsports Park.

  • To guarantee you have a spot, we highly recommend that you secure a camping spot in advance, as many of our events sell out.  
  • Due to the limited amount of camping and motor home spaces available, 'DAY OF' sales cannot be guaranteed. 


CAMPING

  • We permit the following vehicle types in our primitive camping areas:  truck campers (loaded into the bed of a pick-up truck), pop-up trailers also known as tent or folding camping trailers, and tents
  • One passenger vehicle or two motorcycles are permitted per campsite; extra vehicles must park in spectator parking
  • The Family Campground is reserved for families with children and everyone is required to behave accordingly.  Quiet hours will be strictly enforced between 11pm and 7am
  • Due to safety concerns, the Health Department has determined that NO GENERATORS are permitted in the Family Camping area.


RV/MOTORHOME

  • TRACKSIDE electric and non-electric motorhome area:  Recreational vehicles are permitted including Class A, B, & C, travel trailers, fifth wheels, sport utility or toy hauler, and truck campers.  No pop-up, folding camping trailers or tents.
  • Up to one additional motor vehicle or two motorcycles are permitted to park in your Motorhome site. *Golf carts, ATV, etc. count as one vehicle.  Additional trailers are not permitted on the site.
  • Motorhomes should be parked pulled in or backed in and centered on the motorhome designated number
  • One framed, properly secured canopy is permitted on the motorhome site in addition to attached awnings
  • 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

 
GENERAL CAMPING AND MOTORHOME RULES

  • NHRA National Event Only: GOLF CARTS, ATV’S, etc. ARE PROHIBITTED INSIDE THE PARK
  • The speed limit in the pits is 10 miles-per-hour.  All motor vehicle operators must have a valid state driver’s license
  • The owner of the Camping/Motorhome site will be responsible for all members of his/her party
  • After 1:00am, any noise complaints from neighbors in all camping/motorhome areas are grounds for immediate removal. Exception: Family Camping quiet hours are between 11pm and 7am
  • To gain access to a Camping/Motorhome space, you must have a Camping/Motorhome pass and a daily admission ticket.  Only full event ticket holders will be permitted on the Trackside Motorhome or Family Camping sites after racing is completed
  • Campfires are permitted.  Guest must provide their own fire ring
  • You are expected to leave your site as clean as you found it
  • All roadways and walkways must be kept clear
  • Due to race car movement within the pit area, arrival and departure times must be observed
  • Alcohol may be consumed responsibly on your site
  • Illegal activities or activities that violate local laws and Camping/Motorhome rules are not permitted.  Lewd behavior, offensive signs, public intoxication and/or profanity will not be tolerated.  Violators will be arrested and removed from the facility as well as forfeiting all renewal rights.  NO REFUNDS!
  • Pets must be kept on a leash.  Please clean up after them.  They must also not be a nuisance to other guests.
  • No glass containers of any kind are permitted on the grounds
  • No fireworks of any kind are permitted on the grounds
  • State and county health department rules must be obeyed.  Dumping waste water onto the ground or into holes on facility property is NOT permitted.


ADDITIONAL AREA CAMPING OPTIONS

AREA DUMP STATIONS

 

 

Seating Map

Provided at the request of our guests, this map shows both sides of our grandstands in the 'seating bowl'. Please note:

  • Where you see the wheelchair icons, those are spaces saved for people needing to sit in wheelchairs throughout the show. There are NO SEATS in that row. However, friends/relatives can sit in our 'companion' seating, which is the first row behind the wheelchair seating. In order to purchase a seat in the first row, one must purchase a wheelchair seat first.
  • No Alcohol areas - located in the last Garlits Grandstand (2C) on the Budweiser side of the racetrack. Or Section (3D) on the Summit side. If phoning our office to purchase tickets, specify the side of the racetrack you'd like to sit on as well as the no alcohol section, if that is where you'd like to sit.
  • The following sections have been converted from reserved seating to general admission seating for Night Under Fire:
    Summit Side:  Thomas Section 4A, 4B, 4C
  • Due to recent fire and safety concerns, lawn chairs and/or seating alternative to bleachers is no longer permitted in the grandstands or anywhere in the seating bowl.
  • The Budweiser grandstands face west. This means as the sun sets, if you are sitting on the Budweiser side, the sun might be in your face. (That is, we HOPE it is... it means the weather must be nice!) If you think having the sun in your face would bother you, be certain you select seats on the Summit side.
  • Our pit parking area for show cars, changes from race to race depending on the overall space required etc. If you wish to sit on the side closest to the 'show cars' i.e. jet cars, funny cars etc., verify with our office prior to purchasing your tickets, which side will 'host' the professional category cars.
     
    If you have a question about something we have not covered here, please bring it to our attention. Perhaps by addressing your topic in this section, we will provide an answer regarding the same issue for another guest. Phone our office: 419 668-5555 Monday-Friday 9AM-5PM or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


 Click here to See Our Seating Map!

 

 

Guidelines

In order to make everyone’s experience at the race track a pleasant one we ask our fans to follow the following guidelines.

  • When entering the grandstands, please have your ticket available and ready to show the usher.
  • Fans may not stand in aisles, on stairways, landings, handicap ramps & especially in front of wheelchairs.
  • People taking pictures can do so but must immediately return to their seat so as to not block the vision of others.
  • Coolers in the stands are limited to 14” and must be placed under the seats.  Again, glass bottles are not permitted within the park.
  • Umbrellas/obstructions - Items that would obstruct other guests view are prohibited.
  • Seat cushions, bleacher seats – are permitted, but cannot exceed 18”.
  • Due to recent fire and safety concerns, lawn chairs and/or seating alternative to bleachers is no longer permitted in the grandstands or anywhere in the seating bowl.
  • Animals are not permitted in the grandstands.  For their safety and others, animals must remain either in your pit area or campsite. 
  • Please refer to the "Guest Code of Conduct"

 

Track Info

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