Tornado hits Summit Motorsports Park in Ohio
By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to a social media post, a tornado hit Summit Motorsports Park on Tuesday in Norwalk, Ohio. Despite being hit with a tornado, their biggest event of the year will continue this Saturday.
The statement said that the 42nd annual Kelly Night Under Fire event will go on, as scheduled. There will be repairs to the facility that was damaged from the storm.
“We appreciate the concern and the outpouring of support we have received,” said Bill Bader Jr., Summit Motorsports Park president. “We will be 100 percent ready for this great event.”
On the event page for the 20019 Kelly Services Night Under Fire will feature Bob Motz, who is known as the ‘King of Quake.’ There will also be the North American Jet Car Championship.
This is the second annual event, as Scott Holdridge won the inaugural event. He will be back to defend his crown.
He will be operating ‘Fifty Cal’ on Saturday. Holdridge is one of eight Jet Dragsters pilots, who were personally invited, according to the site, to compete at this event.
Danny Sullivan will pilot ‘Chicago Rush,’ while Ernie Bogue will be there in his ‘Beast From the East’ machine. Robert Albertson will be competing in his ‘Blazing Angel’ Jet Dragster.
Josh Graham will return to Ohio after an exhibition at the NHRA national in June in the Hanna Motorsports’ ‘Eastern Raider.’ Tony Franco will be operating ‘MAV TV,’ while Al Zukaskas will be competing in ‘Hot Blade.’
Tammy Gatlin will be the only female in the field in ‘Lone Star Lightning.’
Besides the Jet Dragsters, there will be Nitro Funny Cars on the property. This includes 150-time winner John Force, who will be joined by Robert Hight, Ron Capps, Tim Wilkerson, Cruz Pedregon, and Dale Creasy Jr.
Other entertainment includes Gassers and Wheel standers, and Bike competitors. To cap off the event, there will be a $125,000 fireworks show.
“The nearly fifteen minute spectacle costs over $125,000 to produce and leaves no wonder as to why it’s now famed and fabled,” the website says.