Drag Racing’s Bill Bader Sr., 79

Bill Bader Sr., known for growing Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park into one of the country’s most successful drag strips died on Sunday. Ironically, Bader’s son, Bill Bader Jr., confirmed his dad’s death only hours after the conclusion of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at the Norwalk, Ohio track. The elder Bader bought Norwalk Dragway in 1973 and converted it into a state-of-the-art drag racing facility. He turned Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park into one of the premier facilities on the NHRA tour, and one that was loved by all racers and NHRA fans. On behalf of everyone at NHRA, we offer our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Bill Bader Sr.”.

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