Super Nats under way in Salem; concert tonight at 10


She might be too young to have a driver’s license, but 15-year-old Sarah Gruver already has clocked 83 mph behind the wheel.

“I race every Saturday here,” the Lowellville girl said Saturday with a hint of shyness, referring to Quaker City Motorsports Park, site of the three-day Steel Valley Super Nationals hot rod and dragster show.

The event, in its eighth year, resumes at 9 a.m. Sunday.

More than 3,000 motorcycles, high-end hot rods and street rods as well as custom, diesel and monster trucks, dragsters, sports compacts, muscle cars and vehicles from the 1930s to today are the gathering’s main attractions, noted Corey Ward, event owner and operator.

Saturday was like

another day at the office for J.P. Schuster of Damascus, who spends most weekends April through October on race tracks across the country.

So it’s quite likely that his torch-red super-gas roadster will be nearby.

“It runs on alcohol and was built strictly for drag racing,” said Schuster

A sampling of the show’s attractions include a rebuilt gray Camaro, an orange-and-black monster truck, a magenta 1966 Mustang 289, a light-blue 1967 Plymouth vehicle and a turquoise-and-white 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air owned by Nick Chicone of Boardman.

Tonight, attendees can take in the sounds of Skid Row at 10 p.m. concert. The group’s hits include “I’ll Remember You,” “18 and Life” and “Youth Gone Wild.”

The band’s opening act is Haymaker.

For more on the Super Nats, read Sunday's Vindicator or

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