Since its debut in 2002, the Summer Sizzler at New Paris Speedway (IN) has become one of the biggest races on the Outlaw Late Model calendar each year. With the 17th edition of the Summer Sizzler slated for Thursday, August 2, track officials are once again expecting a packed house and the same action-packed racing that fans have witnessed for 16 years.
“New Paris Speedway is a flat, quarter-mile, so racing here is tight and always competitive,” said New Paris Speedway promoter, Dustin Klotz. “We have an entry list of over 40 Super Late Models, so very rarely will the field get spaced out.”
The mid-summer event at the flat quarter-mile bullring in Elkhart County has been a staple of the Indiana racing scene ever since its debut because of how hard it is to win. The winner’s list for the $10,000-to-win race is dominated by some of the best Outlaw Late Model drivers of the last 20 years.
Names like Bud Perry, Tyler Roahrig, JR Roahrig, Jeff Ganus, Phil Bozzell, Andy Bozell and Jack Landis grace the winner’s list.
It took 12 years for someone to win the Sizzler for a second time. In fact, only two drivers have won the Summer Sizzle multiple times. Jeff Ganus has two Sizzler wins, the first coming in 2008 and the second one coming in 2014. The only other driver to win multiple Sizzlers is Tyler Roahrig.
The driver known as “The Rocket” has four wins in the Summer Sizzler. His first two wins came in 2012 and 2013. Roahrig’s third and fourth Sizzler triumphs came in 2015 and 2016. Roahrig didn’t race in 2014, the year of Ganus’ second Sizzler win, due to injuries sustained in a crash at Anderson Speedway (IN). That crash left him with a shattered pelvis, as well as fractures to his arm, leg, sternum, tailbone and shoulder blade.
One year ago, Bud Perry pulled off a feat that had never been accomplished in the history of the Summer Sizzler. He used a provisional from the last chance race to start the 100-lap main event. He then raced his way to the lead and the win from the back of the pack to claim the $10,000 check.
Perry’s victory proved that racers and fans should expect the unexpected at New Paris’ Summer Sizzler, because anything is possible. Especially when $10,000 are on the line.
The 17thAnnual Summer Sizzler will take place on Thursday, August 2 at New Paris Speedway. The Outlaw Late Models will be joined on the racing card by the open-wheel Modifieds who will race for 50 laps.
Speed51.com will have live Trackside Now coverage on Thursday and race highlights from the Summer Sizzler on the Speed51 Video Network.
For more information on the Summer Sizzler, visit www.NewParisSpeedway.com.
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Associate Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount
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