By Katie Libecco
The Steel Valley Super Nationals began much like the 2011 race season: wet and gray.
Hot rods and dragsters sat in trailers next to a quiet 1/4-mile asphalt drag strip at Quaker City Motorsports Park.
Promoter Corey Ward said they tried to focus on the drag-racing aspect of the event, now in its sixth year in the Salem location. He said pre-registration for the event is up over past years, and he anticipates 25,000 participants over the weekend.