Larry Morgan has raced many facilities during his storied drag racing career. However, it’s the facility located outside of Cleveland, Ohio, which has stolen his heart.
Morgan, a straight-shooter in many circles, says Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park is his track.
“I would venture to say I’ve put more runs on my cars here at this track than any other,” said Morgan. “I would really like to win at this track. I’ve been runner-up a few times, but it really comes down to I love the Bader family and I love this track. They’ve been good to me my entire life.”
It’s the Bader guarantee of unlimited customer service, and their wholesomeness, among other traits, which make the track a gem in his eyes.
“This is a blue collar drag strip,” Morgan said. “There’s a whole lot of blue collar people around here. That’s good. We have to have those blue collar drag strips, too. Winning at a blue collar drag strip is special because you know there’s going to be a lot of hillbillies cheering for you.”
Morgan smiles when he reminisces about his experiences and the enthusiasm of Bader patriarch Bill Sr.
“I’ve got so many memories from here – both good and bad,” Morgan admits. “Bader has this Halloween Classic event. I raced it about 35 years ago and got down to four cars and it was about 4 AM. Bader was running around the track with the energy of ten guys.”
And the one thing about the Bader family, Morgan adds, if you ask for something be aware you’re going to get more than you ask for. Case in point was a tire test Morgan conducted at the Norwalk facility.
“I was testing for Goodyear and asked [the Baders] to make sure the track was sprayed,” explained Morgan. “They used a 55-gallon drum of spray on the track. It was so sticky you couldn’t get anything down it.”
Morgan added he couldn’t be angry with a track promoter who has gone above and beyond time after time.
“I think a lot of the Baders because they made it good for the racer,” said Morgan. “They made it good for the spectator. I appreciate people who do that.”
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