Norwalk Raceway Team Wins IHRA Division 5 Summit Team Finals Norwalk, Ohio--"Team Norwalk," the season's best racers from Norwalk Raceway Park (http://www.NorwalkRaceway.com), staged an exciting come-from-behind effort to win the...
Norwalk Raceway Team Wins IHRA Division 5 Summit Team Finals
Norwalk, Ohio--"Team Norwalk," the season's best racers from Norwalk Raceway Park (http://www.NorwalkRaceway.com), staged an exciting come-from-behind effort to win the IHRA Division 5 Summit Team Finals at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park. The victory came Sunday, October 1.
"It was one of the greatest comebacks in the history of sports," said Team Captain Bill Bader Jr., president of Norwalk Raceway Park. "This was a tremendous team effort. The team was awesome, and it was a storybook finish."
Team Norwalk had a commanding 30-point lead after the first round, but then watched it quickly disappear in the second round when Milan Dragway took over the top spot. By the third round Team Norwalk was down 13 points and Milan Dragway was poised to win it all. But in a Hollywood-styled plot twist, Team Norwalk racers were paired against Milan racers in later rounds and began their comeback.
"We were paired against the Milan Dragway racers and started picking them off one by one. We had to overcome a 13-point deficit and ended up with a 10 point margin to win. I'm so incredibly proud of this team," Bader said.
Top five final point standings out of 15 total tracks were: Norwalk Raceway 72 points; Milan (Michigan) Dragway 62 points; Byron (Illinois) Dragway 60 points; Osceola (Indiana) Dragway 48 points; and Eddyville Raceway Park (Oskaloosa, Iowa) 43 points.
Capping the night was an all-Norwalk final in the Street class, with Dan Doell winning over Gary Hurst to become the IHRA Division 5 Street E.T. World Champion.
Norwalk racer Ricky Baehr, the 2005 Summit Super Series No Box World Champ, won his final round in Modified to be named the IHRA Division 5 Modified World Champion.
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ABOUT NORWALK RACEWAY PARK:
Norwalk Raceway Park is a premier motorsports facility in northern Ohio. The second-generation family owned and operated track is known for its family entertainment, excellent customer service and famous dollar-a-pound ice cream. Norwalk Raceway is located five miles east of Norwalk Ohio just minutes south of Exit 118 (U.S. 250) off Interstate 80, at the intersections of State Routes 18 and 601.
ABOUT THE SUMMIT TEAM FINALS RACING FORMAT:
The Summit Team Finals are a divisional competition at the end of the racing season. Each IHRA track selects their top racers in points from Top, Modified, Super, Motorcycle, Junior Dragster, and other classes. This select group represents their track at a divisional Summit Team Finals. Norwalk went to the Division 5 race. Points accumulate each time a racer has a round win and are tabulated through the weekend. The team from each division with the most points at the end of the weekend is recognized as the divisional Team Champion at the annual IHRA Awards Banquet.