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Beloved Norwalk racetrack owner/operator Bill Bader Sr. passes away

Bill Bader Sr., who took an inoperable Ohio dragstrip named Norwalk Dragway and over the course of more than 40 years transformed it into a fan favorite facility named Summit Motorsports Park, passed away June 26.
26 Jun 2022
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
News
Bill Bader Sr.
Bill Bader Sr., who took an inoperable Ohio dragstrip named Norwalk Dragway and over the course of more than 40 years transformed it into a fan favorite facility, passed away June 26, shortly after the completion of the track’s annual NHRA Camping…
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Unofficial Camping World points standings

Unofficial points standings following the completion of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, the tenth event of the 2022 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season.
26 Jun 2022
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Points
Unofficial points standings following the completion of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, the tenth event of the 2022 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season. Official points will be posted…
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Kris Thorne adds another Pro Mod win in Norwalk

Kris Thorne’s remarkable run in the FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by D-Wagon continued as he powered to his third win of the 2022 season at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals.
26 Jun 2022
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Kris Throne
Kris Thorne’s remarkable run in the FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by D-Wagon continued on Sunday, powering to his third win of the 2022 season on Sunday at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park as part of this weekend’s…
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Salinas, Hight, Enders, and Sampey outlast the rain in Norwalk

A lengthy rain delay before the final rounds, wasn’t enough to dampen the spirits of Mike Salinas, Robert Hight, Erica Enders and Angelle Sampey who were able to leave Summit Motorsports Park with crucial Camping World NHRA series pro titles.
26 Jun 2022
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
Mike Salinas
The Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals had a little bit of everything including a lengthy rain delay before the final rounds that gave competitors a bit of extra time to gather their thoughts and refine their plan of attack. In the end, the plan…
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Bill Skillman captures third win and Factory Stock Showdown points lead

Bill Skillman and his Ray Skillman Ford Cobra raced to their third Constant Aviation Factory Stock Showdown victory of the season, took back the points lead and claimed the $1,000 bounty Sunday at Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Motorsport Park.
26 Jun 2022
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Bill Skillman
Bill Skillman and his Ray Skillman Ford Cobra raced to their third victory of the season, took back the points lead and claimed the $1,000 bounty Sunday at Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Motorsport Park, the fifth stop on the…
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Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals Sunday photo gallery

National Dragster's award-winning photographers once again deliver the goods with our Sunday photo gallery from the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals.
26 Jun 2022
NHRA National Dragster staff
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Sunday news and notes from the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals

News, notes, quotes, photos, and videos from final eliminations at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk. Updated throughout the day.
26 Jun 2022
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
Doug Kalitta
News, notes, quotes, photos, and videos from final eliminations at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk. Updated throughout the day. With an uncertain weather forecast for Sunday, NHRA officials made the decision run some of…
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Champions crowned at JDRL Western Conference Finals

Graeme Rufenacht earned his second NHRA RightTrailers Western Conference Finals Wally to highlight the 2022 edition of the national-level event for racers in the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League.
25 Jun 2022
Candida Benson, Jr. Dragster Contributor
Jr. Dragster on a racetrack
Graeme Rufenacht earned the second NHRA RightTrailers Western Conference Finals Wally of his career to highlight the 2022 edition of the national-level event for racers in the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League. Rufenacht outlasted the field…
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Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Naitonals Sunday preview

Low qualifiers Bittany Force, Ron Capps, Erica Enders, and Eddie Krawiec lead the way into final eliminations at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk.
25 Jun 2022
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
Norwalk
With the 2022 NHRA season approximately half-over, its time for anyone who desires to become a champion to make hay and win some rounds. That sentiment is certainly the foremost thought for Brittany Force, Ron Capps, Erica Enders, and Eddie Krawiec…
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Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals Saturday photo gallery

National Dragster's award winning photographers once again deliver the goods with our Saturday photo gallery from the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals.
25 Jun 2022
NHRA National Dragster staff
Gallery
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Friday leaders Force, Capps, and Enders hold firm; Krawiec goes low in Norwalk

Championship contenders and Friday qualifying leaders Brittany Force, Ron Capps, and Erica Enders will lead their respective pro classes into final eliminations while Eddie Krawiec took over the top spot following Saturday qualifying for the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk.
25 Jun 2022
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Erica Enders
Championship contenders and Friday qualifying leaders Brittany Force, Ron Capps, and Erica Enders will lead their respective pro classes into final eliminations while Eddie Krawiec took over the top spot following Saturday qualifying for the Summit…
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Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals Saturday preview

Brittany Force, Ron Capps, Erica Enders, and Angelle Sampey lead their respective pro fields into the final day of qualifying at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk.
25 Jun 2022
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
Norwalk
Brittany Force, Ron Capps, Erica Enders, and Angelle Sampey lead their respective pro fields into the final day of qualifying at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk. Capps is coming off a big Funny Car win in Bristol last week,…
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Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals Friday photo gallery

The NHRA National Dragster staff was all over Summit Motorsports Park on Friday, capturing all of the action on and off the track on the opening day of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals.
24 Jun 2022
NHRA National Dragster staff
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Nighttime is the right time for Force, Capps, Enders and Sampey in Norwalk

Under the lights in Norwalk, Brittany Force, Ron Capps, Erica Enders and Angelle Sampey lead pro fields after day one at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals.
24 Jun 2022
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
Race coverage
Brittany Force
The staff at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park is well known for their unrivaled hospitality and customer service and they offered their loyal fans a fantastic show under the lights on Friday night. At the end of two fast and furious…
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When it comes to winning his first race, Joey Gladstone is offically overdue

The Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals will represent Joey Gladstone’s 67th race in the Camping World NHRA Drag Racing Series and to the surprise of many, he’s still looking for his first victory. Gladstone’s talent has never been in question but his luck? That’s another story.
24 Jun 2022
Kevin McKenna, NHRA National Dragster Senior Editor
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Joey Gladstone
The Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals will represent Joey Gladstone’s 67th race in the Camping World NHRA Drag Racing Series and to the surprise of many, he’s still looking for his first victory. Gladstone’s talent has never been in question…
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Tricky Tipster: Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals

Oddsmaker Tricky Tipster boldly offers his selections for the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals and they include Brittany Force, Matt Hagan, Erica Enders, and Matt Smith.
24 Jun 2022
NHRA National Dragster staff
Tricky Tipster®
Tricky Tipster
The recent Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol was not kind to the favorites and points leaders in any of the pro categories but such is the unpredictable nature of the Camping World NHRA Drag Racing series. This week’s event in Norwalk, which is…
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Toyota Racing’s legendary Sponsafier program returns for 2022 season

Toyota Racing’s beloved Sponsafier campaign will make a return for the 2022 season. Three new commercials, one of which focuses on 2018 NHRA FUnny Car champion J.R. Todd, will begin airing nationally on FOX and NBC during NHRA and NASCAR telecasts.
24 Jun 2022
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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JR Todd
Toyota Racing’s beloved Sponsafier campaign will make a return for the 2022 season. Three new commercials will begin airing nationally as part of NBC and FOX’s NASCAR and NHRA telecasts this weekend. Additionally, Sponsafier will once again feature…
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Nitro Time Machine: Watch the pro final rounds from the 2014 Norwalk event

Take a trip back to 2014 and the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals to watch the final rounds, which includes some familiar 2022 winners.
23 Jun 2022
Posted by NHRA.com staff
Nitro Time Machine
Nitro Time Machine
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Teams focusing on Pep Boys Callout at Dodge Power Brokers U.S. Nationals

The Pep Boys NHRA All-Star Callout will take center stage at the Dodge Power Brokers NHRA U.S. Nationals over Labor Day weekend highlighted by the completion of the Top Fuel Callout, which began earlier this season at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, and the entire Funny Car Callout competition.
23 Jun 2022
Posted by NHRA.com staff
News
Pep Boys Callout
The Pep Boys NHRA All-Star Callout will take center stage at the Dodge Power Brokers NHRA U.S. Nationals over Labor Day weekend highlighted by the completion of the Top Fuel Callout, which began earlier this season at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA…
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J.R. Gray aiming to get 2022 season turned around in Norwalk

After a standout rookie season a year ago in the FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by D-Wagon, J.R. Gray hasn’t been able to find that magic touch thus far in 2022.
23 Jun 2022
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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J.R. Gray
After a standout rookie season a year ago in the FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by D-Wagon, J.R. Gray hasn’t been able to find that magic touch thus far in 2022. He’s recorded just one round win through three events in his…
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One Down and One To Go

After an exciting race weekend in Bristol, Tony Pedregon and National Dragster's Kevin McKenna join host Brian Lohnes to review the event and look forward to this weekend's Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Ohio.
23 Jun 2022
Posted by NHRA.com staff
NHRA Insider podcast
NHRA Insider
  After an exciting race weekend in Bristol, Tony Pedregon and NHRA National Dragster's Kevin McKenna join host Brian Lohnes to review the event and look forward to this weekend's Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in…
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IGTG will serve as primary sponsor for Krista Baldwin at Norwalk event

Top Fuel racer Krista Baldwin will welcome IT consulting company IGTG as primary sponsorship for this weekend’s Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals.
22 Jun 2022
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Krista Baldwin
Krista Baldwin will welcome IT consulting company IGTG as primary sponsorship for this weekend’s Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals. Baldwin and her team have been making big improvements to her Top Fuel program since Charlotte. Having IGTG come…
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Jim Dunn Racing to enjoy support from Blaze Technical Services in Norwalk

Blaze Technical Services will be flying its popular nostalgia flame pattern on the Jim Dunn Racing Funny Car at this year’s NHRA national event in Norwalk.
22 Jun 2022
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Jim Dunn Racing
Blaze Technical Services will be flying its popular nostalgia flame pattern on the Jim Dunn Racing Funny Car at this year’s NHRA national event in Norwalk. The black background, highlighted by purple, blue, and green scalloped flames, is a retro…
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Lucas Oil Series winners crowned at NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals

In addition to the Camping World Series action at Bristol Dragway, five winners were crowned in Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series action at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals.
22 Jun 2022
NHRA National Dragster staff
News
NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals
In addition to the Camping World Series action at Bristol Dragway, five winners were crowned in Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series action at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. Appearing in his first national event final since the 2015 Gainesville race…
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Kings of Vapor to reign with Caruso Family Racing in Norwalk

Camrie Caruso will be flying the colors of Kings of Vapor, an Ohio-based vapor store and online business that has been a longtime supporter of Caruso Family Racing, at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals. 
22 Jun 2022
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Camrie Caruso
First-year Pro Stock driver Camrie Caruso has not been crowned NHRA Rookie of the Year for 2022, but she is making a strong case through the first seven races of the season. Heading into the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, Caruso will be…
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Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals Friday preview

Last week’s Thunder Valley NHRA Nationals in Bristol will be a hard act to follow, but if history has taught us anything, crew at Summit Motorsports Park, the host of this week’s Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, will be up to the task.
22 Jun 2022
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Norwalk
Last week’s Thunder Valley NHRA Nationals in Bristol will be a hard act to follow, but if history has taught us anything, crew at Summit Motorsports Park, the host of this week’s Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, will be up to the task. Since…
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Legendary businessman, philanthropist, NASCAR Hall of Famer Bruton Smith passes away

A visionary and transformative figure in both business and entertainment, Ollen Bruton Smith, the founder and executive chairman of Sonic Automotive, Speedway Motorsports and Speedway Children’s Charities died June 22 of natural causes. He was 95.
22 Jun 2022
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Bruton Smith
A visionary and transformative figure in both business and entertainment, Ollen Bruton Smith, the founder and executive chairman of Sonic Automotive, Speedway Motorsports and Speedway Children’s Charities died June 22 of natural causes. He was 95…
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Doug Kalitta heads for Norwalk in SealMaster Top Fuel Dragster

Doug Kalitta will be flying the branding and logos of long-time Kalitta Motorsports marketing partner SealMaster this weekend when the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series rolls into Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.
22 Jun 2022
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Doug Kalitta
Doug Kalitta will be flying the branding and logos of long-time Kalitta Motorsports marketing partner SealMaster this weekend when the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series rolls into Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio. SealMaster, a global…
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Behind the Scenes with the winners of the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals

Take an unfiltered look behind the scenes as Justin Ashley, Ron Capps, Aaron Stanfield, and Jerry Savoie celebrate their victories with crewmembers at the top end after the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals.
22 Jun 2022
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Antron Brown looking for breakout weekend at Summit Motorsports Park

From start to finish, Antron Brown enjoyed the best weekend of his 2022 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season just days ago in Bristol, Tenn., leaving the three-time Top Fuel world champ eager to get back in action.
22 Jun 2022
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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Antron Brown
From start to finish, Antron Brown enjoyed the best weekend of his 2022 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season just days ago in Bristol, Tenn., leaving the three-time Top Fuel world champ eager to get back in action. Luckily for the popular…
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