Flames, famous drivers star in 'Night Under Fire' at Summit

Drivers include Bob Motz and his jet-powered semi.

Brimming with action and activity, the annual Night Under Fire has become a treasured and talked-about tradition at Summit Motorsports Park, and bringing the heat to this year's show, presented by Kelly Services, are Funny Car drivers John Force, Ron Capps, Cruz Pedregon and Dale Creasy, Jr.; Top Fuel drivers Antron Brown and Brittany Force and Top Fuel bike riders Tommy Grimes and Bob Malloy.

The carefully-designed spectacle also will boast jet engine-powered dragsters piloted by Jill Canuso, Ernie Bogue, Scott Holdridge and Lou Pereira, AA Gassers and the jet engine-powered semi-truck wheeled by Bob Motz (in photo above), which is daunting in the darkness as its turbine spools, flames shoot from its simulated stack-style exhaust and its after-burner pops as it inches forward.

Adding to the anticipation is an assortment of surprises that will occur on the track as well as in the sky.

The evening will end with a $100,000 display of fireworks ignited from multiple locations in red, white, blue and other colors that dance to choreographed patriotic music, followed by an explosion of gasbombs that reverberate throughout the facility.

'More than a drag race'

"The Night Under Fire is more than an event and more than a drag race," said Bill Bader, Jr., president of Summit Motorsports Park. "It's a 37-year family tradition that is passed on from generation to generation. It's our signature, the event that put Norwalk on the map."

Spectator gates open at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9, with sportsman time-trials beginning at 9 a.m.; pre-race ceremonies at 5:30 p.m. followed by the show at 7 p.m

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Series Drag
Drivers Bob Motz , Antron Brown , Ron Capps , John Force , Cruz Pedregon , Tommy Grimes , Brittany Force
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Tags aa gasser, summit motorsports park