- Wednesday 30 November, -0001
NORWALK, Ohio -- All pro and sportsman winners at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals will get a special addition to their trophy case: a limited edition ice cream scoop crafted from billet stainless steel, complete with an engraved walnut presentation case.
Each scoop includes a laser-etched event logo and track logo, along with the name of their class. Each scoop weighs two pounds, twice the weight of the standard serving size of Velvet Ice Cream. There are 14 total classes competing this year and 14 scoops.
"We wanted a special trophy to give to the winners that was unique to Summit Motorsports Park," explained Bill Bader, Jr., president of the famed track. "Since we're known for our dollar-a-pound Velvet ice cream, an ice cream scoop trophy made perfect sense!"
Racers and fans alike mention Summit Motorsports Park's ice cream as one of their best memories of the track. In fact, during one of the pre-race media interviews earlier this week, Top Fuel racer Shawn Langdon said ice cream was the first thing he thinks of at Summit Motorsports Park.
Getting a pound of ice cream is an annual ritual for many fans and the line to buy ice cream can stretch for over 100 fans as they patiently wait their turn. Prior to the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, fans have already scooped up more than 38,000 pounds of Velvet Ice Cream in 2013.
Last year's winners were not left out, however, and each 2012 winner is being presented with their trophy this weekend. Track officials Bill Bader, Jr., wife Jayme and Kurt Johnson visited the sportsman pits and personally met with 2012 winners one-on-one to give them their scoops. 2012 pro winners will receive their scoops as part of pre-race ceremonies Sunday morning.
Three 2012 sportsman winners to receive their scoops are shown below with Bader.
Larry Hill (purple shirt at left), 2012 Stock Eliminator winner, is shown with his wife Patsy. They received a knock on the door of their trailer after the morning rounds to find Bill Bader, Jr. holding one of the coveted trophies.
Hill, from Hickory, Kentucky, races a 1971 Barracuda. Sportsman racers may also recognize Patsy from her regular blog on ClassRacer.com.
Gary Wojnowski, Sr., (at right) Strongsville, Ohio, is shown receiving his scoop in his golf cart. Wojnowski was the 2012 winner in Top Sportsman. Bader passed Wojnowski while the racer was heading back to his pit area and Bader took advantage of the opportunity to present the 2012 scoop.
Wojnowski is competing this year against his son and fellow Top Sportsman racer, Gary Wojnowski, Jr., from nearby Brunswick, Ohio.
David Rampy (at left), from Piedmont, Alabama, is the 2012 Competition Eliminator winner and drives a 1932 Bantam. He's shown below receiving his coveted ice cream scoop from Bader and Johnson. Rampy is one of the most successful sportsman racers ever and in 2001 was 42nd on the list of 50 best drivers in NHRA history. Last year's win at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals was Rampy's 81st career national event victory.
The 2013 Super Stock winner, John DiBartolomeo (right, pink shirt), couldn't wait to get his own scoop trophy. DiBartolomeo, of Beaver Springs, Penn., works double-duty, covering the race as the editor of Drag Racing Action magazine, and competing in Super Stock. As a member of the media, he was one of the first to see the 2013 version of the scoop trophy and his eyes lit up.
DiBartolomeo beat Leonard Mattingly in the final to claim his scoop. Pictured from left are Don Lower, Summit Racing Equipment, and Bill Bader, Jr., holding the 2013 Super Stock ice cream scoop, and the DiBartolomeo crew celebrating the win.
Trophy photos courtesy Jon Asher.