- Friday 26 April, 2013
VP Racing Fuels Test N’ Tune packed the track!
NORWALK, Ohio – Usually you mash the gas, but this time you floored us.
From Junior Dragsters to Funny Cars, grocery getters, bikes and big trucks, you emptied garages and tooled the track on a beautiful spring evening at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.
You proved you know the reason for our 2013 Golden Anniversary season!
Catching up with your winter projects might take longer than we thought. But in between wheelies, smokey burnouts and rumble, we spoke with a few of you in the staging lanes.
Kimmi Barnhill, Fredricktown, Ohio, brought out her sweet little 1962 Corvette, with a new paint job!
Then Jason Lee drove a red 1986 Mustang with NMCA on the windshield and “Ox” O’Donnell, Toledo, crewing.
On the creative side, not many altereds bring along their own newspaper delivery box. So we figure Jim and Margaret Wengstrom must be well read.
A member of the Pistons Hot Rod Association, a car club, Jim Wengstrom built the “Hazardous Materials” altered, with a Homerville Gazette newspaper box as an intake.
“He’s a retired fireman from Cleveland Hopkins Airport,” Margaret Wengstrom said. “He’s trying to get his license tonight.”
Nicole Strauss, 17, a junior at Firelands High School, pointed out a custom feature on her 2012 Halfscale Junior Dragster, recently painted by R&R Auto Body: When the light catches the white areas just right, you can see Mickey Mouse heads in the paint.
“We really like Disney,” said Nicole Strauss, who hopes to attend college and study physical therapy.
With clear skies and a gentle breeze, the heart-pounding thunder we heard pealed out from Monty Stotz and his Blue Thunder Funny Car.
And Rich Brouwer tricked out a Red Buick, Sudden Impact, for gas mashing business.
After 49 years of drag racing, Greg Fedak, Brownstown, Mich., passed his dragster along to Chris Cadle, 23, Monroe, Mich.
“I’m 65,” Greg Fedak said. “It’s time to put a young man in the seat. He’s more competitive. I started racing in 1964. I’ve been around a long time.”
For 12 of those 49 years, Greg Fedak crewed on a Top Fuel car, The Rogue, driven by Louis Novotny, Greg Fedak said.
“Billy’s dad used to have us out here match racing all the time,” Greg Fedak said.
Waiting for the head of staging to signal Junior Dragster time trials, Spencer Lacy and his grandfather, Len Searl, Norwalk, doubled up fists and punched out a sequence.
In the burnout box, Junior Dragster driver Dalton Conn, 10, Wellington, Ohio broke on his first attempt down the track. But Dalton will be back, said his aunt, Veronica Boile, Akron, Ohio.
“He got it as a Christmas present,” Veronica Boile said. “His first run and he doesn’t get to go down.”
Dalton’s dad, Chris Conn, intends to bring his race car on Saturday morning to compete in the Funny Car Fox Hunt, Veronica Boile said.
Also, James Conn, Veronica’s and Chris’s father, left his race car at home in Virginia so he could support Dalton, Veronica said.
“So we have three generations.”
On Saturday, April 27, 2013, Summit Motorsports Park opens the gates wide at 8 a.m. for the Funny Car Fox Hunt showcasing Jill Canuso and the Hanna Motorsports Queen of Diamonds Jet Dragster, eight Funny Cars from the Great Lakes Nostalgia Funny Car Circuit, hundreds of sportsman racers in the Mr. Gasket $53,100 Super Series, and youth ages eight through 18 in Bear Motorsports Junior Dragsters presented by Wiseco.
The Funny Car Fox Hunt features family friendly free admission for women and girls. Admission for men costs $15; boys ages six through 12, $5; boys younger than age six, free.
Racing rumbles off the starting line at 9 a.m. and continues all day.
The semifinal and final rounds of Bear Motorsports Junior Dragsters presented by Wiseco enjoy prominence as part of the fire show!
Also, a Buick Race Day is Sunday, April 28, 2013.
Since 2013 marks fifty years of fun at Summit Motorsports Park, we’re celebrating all year. Join us!