According to trusted industry sources, the Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio, one of drag racing’s most prosperous facilities that in the eyes of many serves as the bar upon which all other dragstrips are measured, will not open its gates in 2020 as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic that has precluded it from conducting business as usual in the state. Despite his very public and popular proclamation in April that he was “not asking for permission, we are opening,” track President Bill Bader, Jr. and his team have cancelled many of its annual staples, including the Blue Suede Cruise, the Pontiac Nationals, No Box Bonanza, Monster Mopar Weekend, and the Nostalgia Drag Racing League event. These followed the announcement that the NHRA’s Summit Racing Equipment Nationals would not be held this season, due to aggressive schedule adjustments as a result of the Coronavirus.
Bader has not returned messages for comment as of press time. An official announcement from Summit Motorsports Park is expected to be made mid-week. We will have more information on this developing story is it becomes available.