Night Under Fire

The Kelly Services Inc., Night Under Fire is full of rich tradition, from bone rattling fuel funny cars to Bob Motz performing his fiery burnout show, concluding with a spectacular fire works show you can only see here!

You've gotta be here... August 15 2015!

If you haven't seen our signature $100,000 Fireworks show,
here's a little tease!

Fireworks Fire-Up Fans at Summit Motorsports Park

Among the longstanding traditions at Summit Motorsports Park are the explosive and encompassing fireworks offered as part of Cavalcade of Stars, Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, Blue Suede Cruise and Night Under Fire.

The latter event offers the most colossal conglomerate of colors, and the anticipation to experience it builds months in advance and escalates as fans file into the stands as darkness descends upon the park. Just after flames fly from the exhaust pipes of John Force’s Funny Car and the after-burners of Bob Motz’s jet-powered truck, fireworks are ignited from multiple locations for improved impact, and in red, white, blue and other colors, they dance to carefully-choreographed patriotic music that is both inspired and inspiring.

Designed to be dramatic as well as delightful, they’re known to be far grander than those of neighboring cities, and just when it appears that the last of them has been seen, heard and felt, gasbombs reverberate throughout the facility, leaving fans flabbergasted.

The nearly fifteen minute spectacle costs $100,000 to produce and leaves no wonder as to why it’s now famed and fabled.

Sixteen-time World Champion John Force
returns to Summit Motorsports Park with new sponsors and a new attitude.  The winningest driver in drag racing history comes to Kelly Services Inc., Night Under Fire each year to be part of the “experience” and the “spectacle” of the event.  Kelly Services Inc., Night Under Fire is the only match race Force will do all year, where he is NOT racing for championship points.  The pressure is off, so Force and the other drivers attend Night Under Fire to relax, have fun, hang out with the race fans and do what they love to do…go drag racing!

Unlike any major sporting event, drag racing fans can actually interact with their favorite drivers.  At Night Under Fire, John Force and the other drivers can be seen mingling and socializing with fans at their pit areas, along the fence line, in the John Force Winner Circle hospitality area, the autograph session and on the drag strip after the races are over at the end of the day.  Don’t leave home without your autograph books, cameras, and favorite memorabilia you want signed!

Visit with Courtney in her pit area

Dale Creasy 2 Time IHRA
Funny Car World Champion

It has been confirmed Courtney Force & Dale Creasy Jr both will be joining in the match race along with John Force(Three additional names to be named with the upcoming weeks!)

In her short career in the funny car ranks, Courtney Force has already achieved more success than some of her racing peers.  In just three short years, Courtney has been rookie of the year.  In their first final round appearance, Courtney beat her famous dad  She has earned six career wins and was the first racer to secure the 100th victory for female professional drivers which includes Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle.   Now she has sights on becoming the first NHRA female Funny Car World Champion.

Bob "King of Quake" Motz is not ready to
retire this bad boy just yet!

Will wow the race fans with his
three J34-48 Jet Engines!

Two-time IHRA Funny Car Champion, Illinois racer Dale Creasy Jr began racing as a bracket racer in 1976.  Then joined his dad’s nitro funny car team has a crew member.  In 1997, his dad transferred the driving responsibilities over to him.  Within 10 years, Dale won two back-to-back IHRA Funny Car World Titles and was going for another in 2008 when he had a very serious car crash that ended his chance of a three-peat championship.  Since his recovery, Dale has competed in both the National Hot Rod Association and the International Hot Rod Association and is looking forward to match racing at this year’s Night Under Fire.

Fan favorite, Jill Canuso wants to show race fans what it is like to run 300mph in a jet dragster and beat a guy in the process.  Scott Holdridge is not going to interfere with her going 300mph…but he is going to attempt not to get beat by a girl!

Race fans will not only see Nitro powered funny cars but jet funny cars at this year’s Night Under Fire.  The GoJo Firebird (Rich Hanna) and the Xlerator Top Secret (Ken Hall) jet funny cars from the Hanna Motorsports stable will be dueling each for more than ‘bragging rights’.  Hall will be challenging Hanna for an opportunity to break one or both of his records.  Rich Hanna currently holds both the track and the world speed & ET records in the jet funny car category. 

When celebrating the holidays, there are certain traditions that must occur in order for the holiday to be considered success.  Watching Bob “King of Quake” Motz driving the original Jet Truck is one of those traditions at Night Under Fire that cannot be broken.  Watching that beast sway back-n-forth, in time to “Phantom of the Opera”, and launching off the starting line as fireworks cascade behind him all the way to the finish line is a sight you will never soon forget!

ockwave returns to Summit Motorsports Park, piloted by Chris Darnell
in 2015!
Not the typical over the road semi, more like a hybrid between a Peterbilt and a jet plane.  This truck weighs nearly 4 ton, powered by three (3) Pratt & Whitney J34-48 jet engines, boasting 36,000 horsepower, making it the worlds’ only triple engine jet truck.  It will travel the quarter mile in just over 6 ½ seconds reaching speeds of 220 mph!

Watch our now famous 2014 Night Under Fire Commercial

The John Force Winner's Circle
Want to kick your Night Under Fire experience up a notch?  The John Force Winner’s Circle is our premiere race fan hospitality package.  JFWC members will sit in first-class starting line seats; have access to a private hospitality chalet which includes complimentary snacks, drinks and a sit down dinner; access to a private patio viewing area and private restrooms.  Each patron will also receive a member’s only event goodie bag filled with exclusive Night Under Fire Souvenirs.  The John Force Winner Circle package includes the following amenities:

  • First-class starting line seats
  • Pit access to witness all of the “behind the scenes” activity pit crews experience in getting their ‘hot rods’ ready to race.  
  • Access to the VIP Chalet
  • Complimentary soft drinks and bottled water all day
  • Two complimentary alcoholic drinks for adults (cash bar available)
  • Complimentary meals and snacks all day long, including a sit down dinner!
  • Access to a private patio viewing area
  • Private Restrooms
  • Special Collectors Goodie Bag containing premium Night Under Fire Souvenirs
  • One Reserved VIP parking pass with the purchase of four or more John Force Winners Circle memberships

Each John Force Winner’s Circle ticket just $199 (with seat back Force 1A Chair or Summit Club) or $189 (bench seat - Force 1A top tier)!  Limited seating available, call 419-668-5555 to reserve your seats today or do it yourself by clicking here!

Jill Canuso driving the Queen of Diamonds II
   Reserved Seat Pricing  
   Adult - Motz
$ 45
   Adult - Summit Club $ 60
   Adult - All other reserved sections
$ 40
   Child 11 & Under - Motz            $ 20
   Child 11 & Under - Summit Club $ 35
   Child 11 & Under - All other reserved sections $ 15
   John Force Winner's Circle (with seat back)   
   John Force Winner's Circle (without seat back) $189

Each ticket includes access into the pit areas and General Admission Parking is FREE!



  Trackside - Electric Motorhome    $150
  Trackside - Non-Electric Motorhome    $100
  Primitive Camping (Family & Scotty's Camping    $ 50


*  Upon purchase, Guests will receive a permit that will need to be placed in the windshield of your motorhome, camper or camping vehicle prior to entering into the park. 

* All occupants of the motorhome area and primitive campsites must have an event pass.  Please call our office with any of your questions

Trackside Motorhome Camping

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.      

Family Primitive Camping

Camping for truck campers (loaded into the bed of a pick-up truck), pop-up trailers also known as tent or folding camping trailers, and tents. No generators will be permitted.  Camping spaces are approximately 20' X 50' each.   The campground location is subject to change
dependent upon weather and ground conditions.  Campers inside the Family Primitive Campgrounds must adhere to "quiet hours" 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. 

Scotty's Camping
is located just west of the main entrance into the Park, Enter off route 18 (Wilson's Drive).  This campground is for all types of recreational vehicles, including tents. 

Restricted Arrival/Departures: 
Early move-in for advance purchasers will be on Friday August 8, 2014 between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.  Please do NOT arrive prior to 10:00 a.m. on Friday as we have no holding areas available.  We will stop accepting guests at 8:00 p.m. Friday evening and reopen on Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m.

Because of the large influx of traffic on Saturday, August 9, 2014, it is necessary that we restrict traffic to incoming only between the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. If you need to leave the facility you will need to to do so before 1:30 p.m.  If you have an emergency, please contact your area manager.

On-Premise services for our campers:

  • Ice:  Ice will be available for purchase to all motorhome and campground guests!
  • Showers:  Permanent showers are located on the Budweiser side of the track.  Shower tickets are $4.00 each
  • Permanent Shower Hours: 
    • Friday  3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    • Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 1 hour after racing
    • Sunday 6:00 a.m. to 1 hour after racing
  • Port-a-johns:  are located throughout the Summit Side (west side) of the park.
  • Kurtzman Sanitation:  will be on site offering motorhome-pumping services; please pay Kurtzman Sanitation directly for their services. 
  • Firewood:  will be available beginning Friday Night at 8:00 p.m.; please pay vendor directly for services. 

Sawmill Creek
is the official resort of Summit Motorsports Park.

Sawmill Creek Lodge is nestled on the shores of Lake Erie and is a full service hotel featuring 240 deluxe guest rooms and suites.  Sawmill Creek Resort features an 18 hole Tom Fazio designed championship golf course, a private beach, jet ski, kayak and bike rentals, indoor and outdoor pools, a state nature preserve and unique shops, located in an 1887 barn.  Choose from 3 dining options during your stay.

Visit and you will understand quickly, it's simply the best place to stay.

For the 'Night Under Fire' book a double bed room for $159 or a king bed room for $169

To take advantage of these great rates, contact Sawmill Creek at (800) 729-6455 and provide the code (NUF15)


   Thurs Aug 13
   Linder's Lot Opens for Racers only   8:00 a.m.
   Friday Aug 14
   Racer credentialing in Linder's Lot begins (& move-in)  
  10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
   Spectator Camping & Motorhome Move-in   10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
   Saturday Aug 15
   Racer Credentialing & Pit Parking (Linder's Lot)     
    7:00 a.m.
   Spectator Gates Open     8:00 a.m.
   Spectator Camping & Motorhome Move-In     8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
   Time Trials     9:00 a.m.
   Autograph Session (Bud Chalet)
    3:00 p.m.
   Pre-Race Ceremonies     5:30 p.m.
   Showtime     7:00 p.m.
   Sunday Aug 16    
   Sportsman Eliminations
    8:00 a.m.

   Schedule subject to change without notice!

   This is a point's race for our ACCEL Performance Group Super Series program. Race classes being contested are: Quick Time Super Pro, Lakewood Pro,
   Wiseco/Cycle Tech Super Bike and Accel Sportsman Delivered on Time by TFC TransportationCar & Driver fees for all four classes for this event are $35.

Weather - In the event of inclement weather, updates will be available at or

For Event info please contact:  Nettie Damron at or 419-668-5555.

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