By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The National Hot Rod Association hosted their national event at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio. Just hours later, tragedy struck the Bader family.
Bill Bader Jr. has announced that his father Bill Bader Sr. has passed away. No age was provided.
Bader Jr. said that his father was involved in an accident.
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“It is with a heavy heart that I share the news that this afternoon, my dad was involved in an accident on the mountain he so deeply loved and passed away,” Summit Motorsports Park said in a Facebook post. “I will share more information as it becomes available. Know that my father loved you.”
We know very little about his death at this time. We do not know if he attended the national event then left and that’s when the accident happened.
Bill Bader bought Summit Motorsports Park in a joint venture with Wayne Sergeant. One year later, Sergeant backed out of the agreement.
Despite Sergeant stepping away from the deal, Bader continued as the sole owner of the track in 1974.
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From 1981 through 2006, the track held an IHRA national event. However, since 2007, the track has been hosting an NHRA national event that has typically been around the July 4th weekend.
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