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The weather forecast couldn’t be better this weekend for a Valley tradition. The Steel Valley Super Nationals kicked off Friday in Salem.
Cars, vendors, food, music, and anything that races and rolls can be found in Salem this weekend. It’s an exciting time for fans.
“Butterflies every time. No matter how many times you do it, you get butterflies every time, amazing!” said Mark Yanni of East Liverpool. “Love coming out and seeing the cars, all the racers, real good people.”
Event promoter Brian Caiazza said this year’s show will be bigger than ever with events schedule every day of the three day run.
“Guys coming up from Florida, a lot of guys from Michigan, Ohio, New York, Pa., West Virginia, absolutely looks like it’s going to be our biggest year,” said Caiazza.
Although racing is the focal point of the weekend, it is not all there is to do at the Super Nats. Food and music play a big role in the fun.
“It’s a motor sports party, that is what it is,” said Caiazza. “It is just a huge motor sports party for us.”
The party continues into downtown Salem where local businesses say the extra traffic, and the challenges it brings, is good for their bottom line.
“It exposes us to a lot of new clientele that do not even know we are here. The negative is that our regulars will not fight the traffic and will stay away, but they understand,” said Ezio’s owner Joan Ferri. “The end result is it’s good because it brings the community together, and the sharing of experiences that I think is very important in our day.”
The Salem Police Department has a plan to deal with the crowds and hot rods this weekend.
Officers will be patrolling on foot, bike and in their cruisers. Multiple streets will be closed in the downtown area and police are urging everyone to use extra caution with so many pedestrians in town.
Brad Davis with the Salem Police Department said officers are enforcing a zero tolerance policy when it comes to the “burn-out” rt of the event.
“With the closeout of the burnout pit this year, we are hearing a rumor that people want to use the street as the burnout pit,” said Davis. “We are enforcing a zero tolerance policy for traffic and criminal offense.”
Admission to the Steel Valley Super Nationals is $12 per day or $30 for a weekend pass. For a schedule of events, click here.