August 31, 2015

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NHRA: Veterans have their day in the sun as Doug Kalitta, Jack Beckman, Greg Anderson win titles at Norwalk

NORWALK — The NHRA has been dominated — on the track and in the spotlight — by young and hungry drivers during recent years. A few of the veterans decided to host a throwback Sunday at the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park. Top Fuel’s Doug Kalitta and Funny Car’s Jack Beckman won Read More…

NHRA: Elyrian Dave Connolly qualifies in Top Fuel, will face teammate Larry Dixon today in 1st round

NORWALK — It can never be all good news when it comes to the world of drag racing. Elyria High grad Dave Connolly locked down a spot in the 16-driver bracket during Saturday’s qualifying sessions, but the Top Fuel rookie will have to face teammate Larry Dixon — a two-time NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Nationals Read More…

NHRA: John Force finding his form after rough stretch on and off track

NORWALK — It’s been a strange year for drag racing icon John Force. The 16-time NHRA Funny Car world champion has had to deal with more in the last 12 months than in any year in recent memory. Last year longtime sponsors Ford and Castrol informed Force they were not going to renew their deals. Read More…

NHRA Nationals: Weather cool, times smoking hot

NORWALK — Race fans probably found it hard to recognize the NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Nationals on Friday at Summit Motorsports Park. There was no pouring rain. There was no insufferable heat. There was no Ohio weather anywhere to be seen. Thanks to the cool temperatures and the two night qualifying sessions, the fans were Read More…

NHRA Nationals: Elyria native Dave Connolly still adjusting to life as a Top Fuel driver after years in Pro Stock class

NORWALK — It has been a frustrating but fulfilling season for Elyria native Dave Connolly. Connolly, who made his name in professional drag racing in the Pro Stock ranks, made the switch to Top Fuel this season, sliding into the seat of the second car on the Bob Vandergriff Racing Top Fuel team. The difference Read More…

NHRA Nationals notes: Top Sportsmen drivers Jerry Albert of Avon and Scott Wasko of Columbia Station ready to race

NORWALK — While most of the area sportsmen drivers got a round of racing in Friday afternoon, a pair of Top Sportsmen competitors had to wait until this morning. Avon’s Jerry Albert and Columbia Station’s Scott Wasko said qualifying went great and they are ready to get on the track and compete. “It’s a fun Read More…

Motorsports: Veteran Larry Dixon glad to be alive … and racing again in Norwalk … after scary crash

NORWALK — Two-time Summit Racing Equipment Nationals champion Larry Dixon is happy to be back at Summit Motorsports Park this weekend. Actually, the Top Fuel driver is happy to be anywhere this weekend. Dixon spent a good portion of Thursday’s media luncheon talking about his spectacular March 14 crash at the NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Read More…

NHRA Nationals: Noteworthy victories cap eventful weekend in Norwalk

Antron Brown, top fuel dragster winner; John Force, funny car winner; Erica Enders-Stevens, Pro Stock winner;  and Andrew Hines, Pro Stock Motorcycle winner; ride into the winners circle together on July 6.   KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

NORWALK — Race fans certainly got their money’s worth this weekend at the eighth annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals. Those in attendance watched every elapsed time and speed record among the four pro series get shattered, then saw four milestone victories Sunday. Three champions — Antron Brown in Top Fuel, John Force in Funny Read More…

NHRA Nationals: Elyrian Dave Connolly takes 2nd in Pro Stock after falling in final to ex-friend, ex-teammate Erica Enders-Stevens

Elyria native Dave Connolly places second in the Pro Stock finals Sunday at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, losing to Erica Enders-Stevens. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

NORWALK — Elyria driver Dave Connolly fell short of grabbing his second Pro Stock championship at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals on Sunday, but he still managed to put together a successful performance in front of his hometown fans. Connolly advanced to his second final of the season, and was narrowly beaten — 6.632 Read More…

NHRA Nationals: Shawn Langdon runs fastest time in history of Summit Motorsports Park

Elyrian Dave Connolly checks on his car Saturday. He qualified seventh in Pro Stock. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

NORWALK — Hundreds of thousands of drivers have run down the drag strip at Summit Motorsports Park since it opened in 1963, but none has ever done it faster than Shawn Langdon did Saturday night. The defending Top Fuel series champion blew away the crowd — and the competition — with a 3.745-second run in Read More…