- Published on Sunday, 02 June 2013 02:27
Kids owned the fun at Thermo-Tec Kids' Fun Night and Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Challenge.
NORWALK, Ohio – The Mr. Gasket $53,100 Super Series and Renegade Racing Association filled both sides of the track with beautiful, fun-rumbling machines on Saturday, June 1, 2013 at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.
You've obviously poured tons of effort into your winter garage projects; they're gorgeous.
Time trials, qualifications and first rounds sizzled the track!
In the morning Bear Motorsports Junior Dragsters presented by Wiseco raced for Junior Wallys, Summit Racing Equipment jackets, Summit Motorsports Park medals, and points toward going to the NHRA Eastern Conference Finals on the Summit teams.
And Thermo-Tec Kids' Fun Night awarded new bikes to five fun young people, and celebrated Delbert the Dragon's 11th birthday with hot dogs, cake and ice cream, games, and visits from special friends.
As everyone turned a corner toward the evening's serious racing, a thunderhead bullied its way into the mix.
The track crew battled the elements ferociously. But a third downpour wouldn't quit.
About 10:15 p.m., Bill Bader Jr., president of Summit Motorsports Park, called the event complete.
“We were within 40-45 minutes of completing first round,” Bill Bader Jr. said. “I was bent on finishing this event.”
Each class purse split between racers who finished first round. Those who did not race in first round received a car and driver entry, Bill Bader Jr. said.
Renegade Raciling Association staged a separate race within a race, Bill Bader Jr. said. Renegade racers finished qualifying rounds and lined up for first round eliminations, then rain happened.
As a result, the Renegade Racing Association rescheduled the race for July 27. 2013 at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio. On that day, drivers in Bear Motorsports Junior Dragsters presented by Wiseco compete in NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Eastern Conference Finals in Bristol, Tenn.
In the staging lanes during time trials, a 1967 Nova SS with a sharp paint job in grays, yellows and blues lined up for licensing runs for a National Hot Rod Association Top Sportsman class.
Behind the wheel, Joey Hessling, 24, Akron, Ohio gained seat time while holding back from full power. The Nova should sizzle the track in a 6.70-second quarter mile, said Rick Powling, the owner, Akron, Ohio.
“I've had the car for awhile,” Rick Powling said. “This is so he can get a feel for the car. We might come to Shakedown. We'll see how it goes.”
On a later pass, the Nova logged a 7.058-second elapsed time.
The bounty of fun fell into Bear Motorsports Junior Dragsters presented by Wiseco!
The Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Junior Drag Racing League Challenge on June 1, 2013 at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio awarded Junior Wally trophies to three class winners, Summit Racing Equipment jackets to winners and runners up, and Summit Motorsports Park gold, silver or bronze medals to winners, runners-up and semifinalists.
Also, June 1, 2013 marked the last day for season points to count toward a trip July 25-27, 2013 to Bristol, Tennessee as one of 30 Summit Motorsports Park Junior Dragster drivers on teams to compete in NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Eastern Conference Finals.
The top points earners in each class – 12 in Advanced, 12 in Intermediate, and six in Novice -- qualify. Check your points standings after noon on Tuesday, June 4, 2013.
If you line up in points, but you're unable to go with a team to Bristol, please call Jannette Damron before Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 419-668-5555.
After eliminations on June 8, 2013 of Bear Motorsports Junior Dragsters presented by Wiseco, the Bristol team members and their parents meet in the Media Center at Summit Motorsports Park.
We'll choose three teams of 10 and talk about other exciting plans!
And now for news of the race!
A heavy duty double breakout final round between Bear Motorsports Advanced Junior Dragsters presented by Wiseco veteran driver Scott Chitty, Uniontown, Ohio and newcomer Chris Dovenbarger flipped the win light to the new guy.
Chris Dovenbarger, 15, Caldwell, Ohio, a freshman at Shenandoah high school, won by a difference of 0.017 seconds in his first race at Summit Motorsports Park.
How's that for a Junior Wally and Summit Racing Equipment jacket!
The Dovey Racing Team heads north every fall, said Chris's dad, David Dovenbarger.
“I usually come up for the big Mopar Show,” David Dovenbarger said. “I've been doing that for 10 years now, with my '70 Cuda.”
In Bear Motorsports Intermediate Junior Dragsters presented by Wiseco, Austin Booth, Warren, Ohio won the contest at both ends of the track even though Stephen Crowell, LaGrange, Ohio put up a good fight.
And can you imagine the party in the Keller family pit?
Joshua Keller, Oregon, Ohio won his first race on a hole shot in Bear Motorsports Novice Junior Dragsters presented by Wiseco during the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Junior Drag Racing League Challenge, and Joshua won a new bicycle in the Penny Pitch Mountain Bike Giveaway as part of the Thermo-Tec Kids' Fun Night.
During the race, Callie Martel, Carleton, Mich., beat Joshua Keller on the track by 0.043 seconds. But Joshua left the tree 0.123 seconds faster, bagging his hole shot victory and the prizes.
We also appreciate the sweet rides in Renegade Racing!
Staging on the Summit side, a blue and white 1968 Camaro waited for Renegade Racing Outlaw Street, a 10-inch tire class, said Keith Sletvold, Austintown, Ohio, owner of Keith's Repair, which specializes in automotive body and paint.
Keith Sletvold bought the Camaro as a rolling chassis about four years ago, and installed a Pat Musi 706 cu. in. engine, expecting to run 4.70 seconds to 4.80 seconds in an eighth mile.
A racer for 15 years, Keith Sletvold intends to race at the Summit Racing Equipment Shakedown at the Summit October 4-6, 2013 at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.
But instead of the Camaro, for the Shakedown Keith Sletvold's pulling out a 1970 Nova built as an Outlaw 10.5 car, and painted to match the Camaro.
The taste for outlaw racing budded from a burst of power.
“It's just adrenalin rush,” Keith Sletvold said. “You do it one time, you're going to always want it.”
A friend, David Patrick, Lowellville, Ohio, added, “No excitement, why do it?”
Retired recently from skilled trades maintenance at General Motors, David Patrick hasn't raced in 30 years. “I retired, now I'm getting back into racing. I'm building a '55 Chevy with a 468 cu. in. big block Chevy engine. It's almost ready to go.”
Attention to detail: A license plate on Jim Mikesina's car says, “UR 2ND.”
What a great group at Thermo-Tec Kids' Fun Night and Delbert the Dragon's 11th birthday party!
Delbert the Dragon says, “Thank you! Because YOU came to my party, it was so much more fun!”
Five favorite young people each won a very cool, brand new bike:
* Lillyana Chongris, 2, Mentor, Ohio.
* Emily Sotak, 4, Cleveland, Ohio.
* Nick Sotak, 6, Cleveland, Ohio, Emily's brother.
* Josh Keller, 9, Oregon, Ohio.
* Frank McCullough, 12, Sheffield Lake, Ohio.
But you must know by now, each of you is a favorite friend of Delbert!
As a special treat, Trooper Matt Ruth and Bento, a four-year-old trained patrol dog, from the Norwalk Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, showed how Bento sniffs for drugs and finds them so he can play with his favorite treat.
Bento knows how to find drugs and people, Trooper Ruth said.
Another friend, Trooper Teddy, visits kids all over the State of Ohio, Trooper Steve Drew said. Trooper Teddy met kids and gave hugs at Delbert's party, too.
Two of the troopers, Trooper Drew and Trooper Erik Lofland, drove race cars before, so they understand rumble and fast people. But they say to race at the track, not on the street.
For RACE RESULTS from the Mr. Gasket $53,100 Super Series and Bear Motorsports Junior Dragsters presented by Wiseco on June 1, 2013 at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio, click on: Kids, Wallys and fun!