Shakedown At The Summit 2017 Same Day Coverage From Norwalk



The fields are set, race gas is in the tanks, it’s time to crown some champions at the 2017 Shakedown At The Summit!

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In round 1 of Radial vs The World Shawn Gilbert was able to pull off the tough task of beating Frank Soldridge. Right at the hit Soldridge kicked the tires and Gilbert used that opportunity to pick up the win in his street car!


Alex Hays was able to pick up the win in Ultra Street after overcoming some driveline issues. The team had to thrash on the car Saturday to repair a broken rearend and it paid off with a solid 4.80 pass.

Tom Bailey had a rough first round driving the Skinny Kid backed Oldsmobile. The engine experienced a rocker arm failure that led to a nitro-level explosion past half-track. Bailey got the car stopped and is okay, but the motor, not so much…

Dave Harmer was having all kinds of problems during qualifying and had to take on number two qualifier Mike Barren. Harmer picked the right time to get his Nova’s transmission issues sorted out and picked up the win in a pedal fest.

Billy Glidden got his first round win behind the wheel of his new Camaro after not making a full pass during qualifying.

Steve Summers found his mojo again in round 1 after some late adjustments to rip off a 5.88 pass and will be working on turning the Camaro up more next round.

Mike Decker III is running in only his second race behind the wheel of the Decker Salvage Camaro known as “Old Betsey”, but he is going some rounds. The team has been fighting a stumble that occurs off the starting line, but when Tom Kemp spun the tires he was able to capitalize and pick up the win.


Carl Stevens Jr. is really starting to push the pace in the Pro Mod class this weekend. He continues to be the model of consistency in NHRA trim going 5.77 in round 2.

Ed Parker arrived late to the Shakedown party, but he is demonstrating why he is one of the best local racers. Parker has begun his march through the field, including taking out the number one qualifier in round 2.


Martin Conley has turned his Mustang into a bracket car in X275 trim this weekend. He has ripped off a string of 4.58 passes and now finds himself in the semi-final round.


Mike Gondziola has overcome issues galore this weekend and made it to the final to take on DeCerbo to make it an all nitrous final in Pro Mod.


Outlaw 10.5 kingpin Mo Hall is working on winning two huge races in the month of September. He has pushed is way to the Outlaw 10.5 final against red-hot Mike Decker Jr.


Ron Rhodes has his new engine package and been running in the 4.50s during eliminations. The X275 finals are set with a classic Rhodes vs Bruder battle set to unfold.

Mike Decker Jr. had one heck of a final round taking out Mo Hall and running his first three second pass in Outlaw 10.5 trim behind the wheel of his C7 Corvette.

Shawn Pevlor had a barn-burner of a final taking out Tyler Crossnoe with a 5.71 to Crossnone's 5.72. Pevlor had to drive around Crossnoe at the stripe to get the win.

Mark Mickie did some last minute tuning on Jason Carter's Malibu to rip off his first three-second pass of the weekend, and pick up the $10,000 win in Radial vs The World.

John Decerbo led his final wire to wire to win the big $40,000 purse in Pro Mod with an impressive 5.79 pass.


Brian Goldstone took advantage of running on the world famous Summit Motorsports Park surface to pick up the Pro Street win and set personal best passes all weekend long.

Rick Bruder left no doubt that he was the fastest man in X275 this weekend with his number one qualifying effort, and picking up the win with a 4.38 pass.

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Brian Wagner

Spending his childhood at different race tracks around Ohio with his family’s 1967 Nova, Brian developed a true love for drag racing. When Brian is not writing, you can find him at the track as a crew chief, doing freelance photography, or beating on his nitrous-fed 2000 Trans Am.
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