July 2, 2015


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…

NHRA Nationals: Cool temperatures make for high speeds, broken records

Erica Enders-Stevens set a Pro Stock track record Saturday in Norwalk at 212.63 mph. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

NORWALK — Cool temperatures meant blazing-fast speeds Friday as track records quickly fell by the wayside in the first two rounds of qualifying at the eighth annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals. Track records were set in the Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle divisions. In Pro Stock, Erica Enders-Stevens added to her Read More…