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IMPORTANT: Saturday Race Times Adjusted Due to High Heat Warnings

POSTED ON July 20th  - POSTED IN Drag Strip, News, NHRA News, Uncategorized

heat+wave.mgnIMPORTANT!! Due to the High Heat Warnings for Saturday, July 23, we’re adjusting the times for that day’s NHRA Summit ET Bracket Bonanza / King of the Track race. The updated gate and race times are as follows:

Gate Opens: 3 PM
Time Trials begin: 4 PM
Eliminations to follow

Track will be secured by 12 midnight.

 

Sunday’s times will remain as originally posted.

Gate open: 9 AM
Time Trials begin: 9:30 AM

 

The race is ON! King of the Track, State Champ and more for the week of July 18-24

POSTED ON July 18th  - POSTED IN News

The excitement is building for this weekend’s action on the World’s Fastest Drag Strip: the New Heartland Park Topeka. This weekends’ starts off with Friday’s Prairie Band Casino & Resort Friday Fun Night and then moves into a Saturday and Sunday program that features a special “King of the Track” competition for the Summit ET Bracket Racing Series racers before racing on to crown the “Kansas State Champion” bracket racer. Join us at the track for all of the high-speed drag racing excitement!

Friday, July 22
Friday Fun NightPrairie Band Casino & Resort Friday Fun Night Drag Racing:
 Street car, truck, van, minivan, SUV, motorcycle go-kart or full-on race car – it doesn’t matter! What better way to kick off the weekend than drag racing with a bunch of your friends. This week, we’re adding “Roll Racing” to the Friday night program. Racers get a rolling start just like on the on streets – first one to the finish line wins! Come on out!

Racing Fee: $25
Admission Fees:
Adults: $10
Kids (6 – 12): $3
Kids (under 6): FREE
Military Discount: 20% Discount with current military ID

Gate opens at 5 PM
Racing from 6-10 PM (9 PM if there are 50 or less cars registered, 11 PM if there are more than 100 cars registered)

Get Prairie Cash!
Don’t forget: Any racer or fan who attends an event at Heartland Park can take their ticket stub or wristband to Prairie Band Casino & Resort and redeem it for $20 Prairie Cash to play the first $20 on the house!

Saturday, July 23

kingofthetrack_summit_4cSummit ET Bracket Bonanza + King of the Track

The NHRA Summit King of the Track program is a one-time special event held as part of our season long Summit ET Racing Series events. The winner of the Summit King of the Track event will receive an NHRA Wally trophy and Summit King of the Track Champion hat. Our King of the Track Champion will also be highlighted in National DRAGSTER’s Member Track section.

Junior Drag Racing League competitors are not eligible to compete in this program.

Gate opens at 10 AM with time trials starting at 11 AM.

 

 

 

 

Sunday, July 24


NHRAStateChampsSummit ET Bracket Bonanza + Kansas State Champion

Kansas-based racers will not only be competing for season-long points, but this special one-day race will also crown the Kansas State Champion ET Bracket Racer. The winner will receive a special Mini-Wally plaque denoting them as State Champion and will have their winner’s circle photo forwarded to National DRAGSTER magazine.

The gate opens at 9 AM with time trials starting at 9:30 AM.

Heartland Park Happenings for the week of July 11-17

POSTED ON July 11th  - POSTED IN News

The racing action at the New Heartland Park Topeka rolls on into the sweet-spot of summer and you can win tickets to the up-coming Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event! Bring your family and bring your friends!

Friday, July 15

Sout_Steps_FridayJoin us on the south side of the Kansas State Capital building in downtown Topeka for South Steps Friday from 11 AM to 1 PM. The free event features live music, $5 bbq lunch and the opportunity to learn about all sorts of Kansas attractions, including the New Heartland Park Topeka. Stop by our display and sign up to win FREE TICKETS to the July 28-31 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series NHRA divisional event at Heartland Park. As an added bonus, local drag racer Megan Meyer will have her top alcohol dragster on display. Bring the family by for photos, lunch and a chance to win!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday Fun NightPrairie Band Casino & Resort Friday Fun Night Drag Racing:  Street car, truck, van, minivan, SUV, motorcycle go-kart or full-on race car – it doesn’t matter! What better way to kick off the weekend than drag racing with a bunch of your friends. This week, we’re adding “Roll Racing” to the Friday night program. Racers get a rolling start just like on the on streets – first one to the finish line wins! Come on out!

Racing Fee: $25
Admission Fees:
Adults: $10
Kids (6 – 12): $3
Kids (under 6): FREE
Military Discount: 20% Discount with current military ID

Gate opens at 5 PM
Racing from 6-10 PM (9 PM if there are 50 or less cars registered, 11 PM if there are more than 100 cars registered)

Get Prairie Cash!
Don’t forget: Any racer or fan who attends an event at Heartland Park can take their ticket stub or wristband to Prairie Band Casino & Resort and redeem it for $20 Prairie Cash to play the first $20 on the house!

 

Saturday, July 16:


Summit Bracket Bonanza ET Points Series Race

Summit ET SeriesGate Opens at 10 AM
Spectator & Crew pass: 1-day $15 / 2-day $25
Seniors & Active Military: 1-day $12 / 2-day $20
Ages 6-12: 1-day $3 / 2-day $5
Credentials: Racers will purchase entries and pit crew passes before entering the track
Time Trials begin at 11 AM
* Run order will be posted
* Two Time Trial passes before eliminations begin
Buy Backs: Purchase in Staging Lanes
No car shall be entered twice in the same class
Racing Distance
Pro and Sportsman classes will race 1/4 mile
Super Pro will race 1/8 mile
Breakage Policy
* No Cash Refunds
* If a racer breaks without making a pass, a credit will be given (minus the pit pass)
* Make one pass and break: 50% of entry fee credit (minus $15 pit pass)
* Make two passes and break: No credit will be given
Sunday, July 17

SMALL--BIG TIME BAIL BONDS SHOWDOWN LOGOHPTBig Time Bail Bonds Sunday Night Showdown Series. Come on out for a fast and fun night of side-by-side racing on Heartland Park Topeka’s 3/8-mile dirt oval.

Gates open at 4:30 PM, hot laps start at 6:30 PM and racing starts at 7 PM.

The New Heartland Park Topeka announces Jeff Lacina as Director of Marketing & Communications and Road Course Operations

POSTED ON July 6th  - POSTED IN News

Jeff_Lacina2Officials at the New Heartland Park Topeka announce recent hiring of Jeff Lacina in a dual role as Director of Marketing & Communications for the entire facility as well as serving as the Director of Road Course Operations for the facility’s 2.5-mile, multi-configuration road course.

“Jeff brings years of motorsports experience as well as a unique combination of marketing, communications, editorial, performance driving education and racing knowledge to our team at Heartland Park,” says Todd Crossley, co-owner of Heartland Park Topeka and Shelby Development LLC. “His passion for grassroots and professional motorsports is unmistakable. Combined this with his professional marketing and communications skills and experience, we are proud to have him be a part of the team that will re-establish this facility as one of North America’s premier, multi-venue motorsports facility.”

Prior to joining the New Heartland Park Topeka, Lacina served as Marketing Manager at Castle Creations, Inc. in Olathe, KS as well as Manager of Marketing Communications for John Deere Financial in Johnston, IA and Marketing Manager for Accessible Technologies, Inc. / ProCharger in Lenexa, KS. He opened Lacina Marketing & Communications Group in 2011 and worked for numerous automotive and motorsports clients and helped relaunch for Fun Ford Series events that same year. Lacina has also served as a free-lance writer for a number of automotive and motorsports magazines and websites.

Lacina_2011_Mustang_GT_on-trackLacina has been driving Heartland Park’s road course since 1992 and began his in-car instructing career at the track in 1997. In 2002, he founded Track Guys Performance Driving Events and was contracted by Ford’s Special Vehicle Team (SVT) to develop and conduct performance driving clinics for Ford SVT owners across North America. In 2012, Lacina competed in and won his class in the grueling One Lap of America, an eight-day event contested on consecutive days on race tracks across the United States. He is also a licensed Instructor for the National Auto Sports Association (NASA) and has won regional championships competing in Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Solo II events. To date, Lacina has driven or instructed on 79 different race tracks across North America.

“I’m really looking forward to bringing my professional experience to work as part of the management team at the New Heartland Park Topeka,” says Lacina. “It’s rather surreal to be coming daily to a track that really launched my performance driving career and business. Now I get to be a part of providing a world-class road course facility and experience to new and experienced drivers and riders while also developing a comprehensive marketing, communications and events plan for the entire facility.”

Whole Lotta Heartland Park Happenings for July 5-10

POSTED ON July 5th  - POSTED IN News

Full speed ahead!! Not just a Navy term, but a term that can also describe the week of July 5 -10 at the New Heartland Park Topeka. We hope you, your family, crew and of course spectators will join us for all of the racing action this weekend, including the Grand Opening Ride for the Heartland Park Topeka Motocross course on Sunday, July 10.

Friday, July 8

Friday Fun NightPrairie Band Casino & Resort Friday Fun Night Drag Racing:  Street car, truck, van, minivan, SUV, motorcycle go-kart or full-on race car – it doesn’t matter! What better way to kick off the month of July and the holiday weekend than drag racing with a bunch of your friends. Come on out!

Racing Fee: $25
Admission Fees:
Adults: $10
Kids (6 – 12): $3
Kids (under 6): FREE
Military Discount: 20% Discount with current military ID

Gate opens at 5 PM
Racing from 6-10 PM (11 PM if there are more than 100 cars registered)

Get Prairie Cash!
Don’t forget: Any racer or fan who attends an event at Heartland Park can take their ticket stub or wristband to Prairie Band Casino & Resort and redeem it for $20 Prairie Cash to play the first $20 on the house!

Saturday, July 9

Havoc_logo2_5-16Come on out for the second of three “Havoc in the Heartland” Heads Up Series for 2016. This event will also host some hot and heavy heads up grudge match racing as well as test & tune for heads up drivers and cars.

Extreme Outlaw * True 10.5 * 10.0 & 11.0 Index * 12.0 & 13.0 Index

RACE INFORMATION
Extreme Outlaw & True 10.5 classes are 1/8 mile
Index Classes are 1/4 mile
The 10.00 class is on a .400 Pro Tree
The 11.00, 12.00 & 13.00 Index Classes are on a .500 Pro Tree
All payouts are based on 16 car fields and will be adjusted should any class be short

Download event flyer here.

NHRA Safety Rules Apply

Extreme Outlaw and True 10.5 Classes will be laddered off a final “official” qualifying session – Sportsman Ladder will be used (no buy backs)
Index classes will be random pairings and will have a buyback available for first round losers
Test n Tune/Grudge matches throughout the event

TIMES
Gate opens at 4 PM
Runs & Qualifying: 5 PM
Eliminations: 7 PM

Admission:
Adults: $15
Seniors & Active Military: $12
Kids 6-12: $3
Kids under 6: FREE

Also on Saturday, Solo II (autocross)

Kansas_SCCA_logoKansas Region SCCA Solo II (autocross)

You and your car running one-at-a-time through a course marked out by orange cones – fastest time within your class wins!

Never done anything like this before? Come on out and give it a try – the Kansas SCCA folks will be happy to help you with the ins and outs of SCCA autocrossing. Register online here or simply walk-up and register that morning! Onsite registration/check in opens around 8 AM, Driver’s Meeting at 9 AM and first car on-course at 10 AM. Note: This event runs rain or shine. Come out and have a good time.

This event will be held on the South Paddock, just south of the Tech Inspection Building. Enter the track via Gate E and the tunnel gate.

Sunday, July 10:

Day #2 for the Kansas Region SCCA Solo II (autocross). Different day – different course layout! Register online here or simply walk-up and register that morning. Onsite registration/check in opens around 8 AM, Driver’s Meeting at 9 AM and first car on-course at 10 AM. Note: This event runs rain or shine. Come out and have a good time.

Moto_X_Grand_OpeningGrand Opening Ride – Heartland Park Topeka’s all-new Motocross course! 

The Grand Opening Ride Day hours will be from 9 AM to 3 PM with the gate opening at 8 AM for riders and their crews. The rider fee for this event will be $25 and includes complimentary crew passes. Spectator admission will be free for this special, Grand Opening event. The smaller pit bike track will also be open to all small motocross bikes throughout the day.

Concessions and restroom facilities will be available for riders, crew and spectators, however, with the track infrastructure still under construction, crew and spectators are asked to bring their own camp chairs and umbrellas to make their spectating more comfortable. Riders and spectators are asked to enter at Gate C off of Gary Ormsby Drive and will then be directed to the pit and parking areas just to the south of the motocross track.

Check out the news release from June 17 announcing this Grand Opening Ride event.

SMALL--BIG TIME BAIL BONDS SHOWDOWN LOGOHPTBig Time Bail Bonds Sunday Night Showdown Series. Mother Nature may have gotten us on July 3, but we’re back at it July 10! Come on out for a fast and fun night of side-by-side racing on Heartland Park Topeka’s 3/8-mile dirt oval.

Gates open at 4:30 PM, hot laps start at 6:30 PM and racing starts at 7 PM.

Ron Conner Joins the New Heartland Park Topeka as Drag Strip Race Director and Facility Maintenance Manager

POSTED ON June 29th  - POSTED IN News

Ron_ConnerTopeka, KS – June 28, 2016: Officials at the New Heartland Park Topeka announce the hiring of motorsports veteran Ron Conner in a dual role as the new Drag Strip Race Director and Facility Maintenance Manager. Conner brings years of drag racing and management experience to the team at Heartland Park Topeka and is a welcomed addition as the facility is ramping up weekly drag racing programs as well as opening the new motocross track on July 10.

“We are very pleased to have Ron join our team here at Heartland Park,” says Scott Gardner, President of Heartland Park Topeka. “We are really just getting everything up to speed as far as running our regular drag racing programs, not to mention hosting events such as the NHRA Nationals, as well as the upcoming Lucas Oil Drag Race Series, Havoc in the Heartland and Summit ET Bracket Series events. Ron brings a wealth of experience to our team and his dual roles as Drag Strip Race Director and Facility Maintenance Manager solidifies our position in being able to support all of the motorsports venues here at Heartland Park.”

Conner competed in NHRA drag racing events regularly from 1974 until 1983 and served as the original Safety Director when Heartland Park Topeka first opened in 1989. He was also instrumental in developing the track’s first bracket racing series in 1990. In 2000, Conner was named Services Coordinator for NHRA Division V and in 2007, he started with the NHRA’s nationally-recognized Mello Yello Safety Safari team, eventually working his way up to Rescue Coordinator until resigning to return to Heartland Park Topeka.

“It’s great to be back here at Heartland Park Topeka,” says Conner. “The new ownership and current management team has the horsepower and drive to make this huge facility better than it’s ever been before. I’m excited to be part of the team and look forward to being a part of bringing Heartland Park Topeka back to the premier-level facility it deserves to be.”

Here comes July and exciting racing events for the week of June 27 to July 3.

POSTED ON June 27th  - POSTED IN News

July is right around the corner, so why not celebrate in RACING style at the New Heartland Park Topeka. Here’s what’s on the schedule for the week of June 27 to July 3.

Friday, July 1
Friday Fun NightPrairie Band Casino & Resort Friday Fun Night Drag Racing. Street car, truck, van, minivan, SUV, motorcycle go-kart or full-on race car – it doesn’t matter! What better way to kick off the month of July and the holiday weekend than drag racing with a bunch of your friends. Come on out!

Racing Fee: $25
Admission Fees:
Adults: $10
Kids (6 – 12): $3
Kids (under 6): FREE
Military Discount: 50% Discount with current military ID

Gate open at 5 PM
Racing from 6-10 PM (11 PM if there are more than 100 cars registered)

Get Prairie Cash!
Don’t forget: Any racer or fan who attends an event at Heartland Park can take their ticket stub or wristband to Prairie Band Casino & Resort and redeem it for $20 Prairie Cash to play the first $20 on the house!

Sunday, July 3
SMALL--BIG TIME BAIL BONDS SHOWDOWN LOGOHPTBig Time Bail Bonds Sunday Showdown

Fast and wild dirt track racing returns to the Heartland Park Dirt track this week but with REVISED GATE TIMES for this weekend only.

** REVISED TIMES FOR JULY 1 **

Gates will open at 5 PM for both racers and spectators. Hot Laps start at 7 PM with racing action starting at 7:30 PM.

ADMISSION
Adult Admission $8.00
Children 12 and under $2.00
Seniors & Military $6.00 (with proper i.d.)
Pit Passes: Adult $25.00
Children 12 and under $10.00

Summer is here and so are MORE great events for drivers and spectators!

POSTED ON June 20th  - POSTED IN News

OK, summer got a “red light” start last week, turning up the heat for a big chunk of the heartland. But now that it’s “officially” here, summer racing at the New Heartland Park has a little of something for everyone. Here’s what’s on the schedule for the week of June 20 – 26.

Friday, June 24
Prairie Band Casino & Resort Friday Fun Night Drag Racing

Cars, trucks, motorcycles, Friday Fun Nightminivans and SUVs… go-karts, dragsters and street machines… you just NEVER know what you’re going to see making it’s way down the World’s Fastest Race Track on Friday night.

Gate open at 5 PM
Racing from 6-10 PM (11 PM if there are more than 100 cars registered)

Friday Fun Night Racing Entry Prices

Racing Fee $25.00
Adults $10.00
Kids (6-12) $3.00
Kids (under 6) FREE
Military: 50% discount with current military ID

Get Prairie Cash!
Any racer or fan who attends an event at Heartland Park can take their ticket stub or wristband to Prairie Band Casino & Resort and redeem it for $20 Prairie Cash to play the first $20 on the house!

 

Saturday, June 25
Bracket Bonanza ET Points & Top Sportsman Shootout Qualifying

Summit ET SeriesGate Opens at 10 AM
Spectator & Crew pass: 1-day $15 / 2-day $25
Seniors & Active Military: 1-day $12 / 2-day $20
Ages 6-12: 1-day $3 / 2-day $5
Credentials: Racers will purchase entries and pit crew passes before entering the track
Time Trials begin at 11 AM
* Run order will be posted
* Two Time Trial passes before eliminations begin
Buy Backs: Purchase in Staging Lanes
No car shall be entered twice in the same class
Racing Distance
Pro and Sportsman classes will race 1/4 mile
Super Pro and Quick 16 will race 1/8 mile
Breakage Policy
* No Cash Refunds
* If a racer breaks without making a pass, a credit will be given (minus the pit pass)
* Make one pass and break: 50% of entry fee credit (minus $15 pit pass)
* Make two passes and break: No credit will be given
Rain Out Policy
* No Cash Refunds
* Track will keep racer tech cards as rain checks and give out a “Rain Ticket” for crew members
 Top Sportsman Shootout:

Sportsman_shootout$5,000 to win!
Join us June 25-26 for our Top Sportsman Shoot Out event.

Gate opens at 10 AM
Spectator & Crew pass: 1-day $15 / 2-day $25
Seniors & Active Military: 1-day $12 / 2-day $20
Ages 6-12: 1-day $3 / 2-day $5

$100 Entry fee
Payouts:
Winner: $5,000
R/U: $1,000
Semi’s: $500
1/4 finals: $200

Rules:
NHRA rules for Safety and Elapsed Times
No Weight Requirements
1/4-mile race distance

General Schedule: 
Two qualifying sessions Saturday afternoon & evening, ONE qualifying session on Sunday morning before going into eliminations.

Sunday, June 26
Bracket Bonanza ET Points, Top Sportsman & National Dragster Challenge

Sportsman_shootout2Final Qualification rounds for the Top Sportsman and National Dragster Challenge racers before eliminations.

$5,000 to win!
Join us June 25-26 for our Top Sportsman Shoot Out event.

$100 Entry fee
Payouts:
Winner: $5,000
R/U: $1,000
Semi’s: $500
1/4 finals: $200

Rules:
NHRA rules for Safety and Elapsed Times
No Weight Requirements
1/4-mile race distance

Motocross Grand Opening Ride Planned for Sunday, July 10

POSTED ON June 17th  - POSTED IN Motocross, News

Officials at the New Heartland Park Topeka along with Motocross track designer and builder, Tracy Freeman are hosting a special Grand Opening Ride Day, Sunday, July 10, 2016 at the all-new motocross track located on the northwest corner of the facility.

2016-05-07MotoX-491The Grand Opening Ride Day hours will be from 9 AM to 3 PM with the gate opening at 8 AM for riders and their crews. The rider fee for this event will be $25 and includes complimentary crew passes. Spectator admission will be free for this special, Grand Opening event. The smaller pit bike track will also be open to all small motocross bikes throughout the day.

“We are very excited to be hosting this first open practice day here on the newest motocross track in the country,” says Jordan Donald, Operations Manager and Race Director for the new motocross venue at Heartland Park Topeka. “Ever since Tracy Freeman started working on the track back in mid-April, we’ve been bombarded with questions about the track and a schedule. This event is just the start and we hope that a good number of local and regional riders will be able join us.”

2016-05-07MotoX-227Concessions and restroom facilities will be available for riders, crew and spectators, however, with the track infrastructure still under construction, crew and spectators are asked to bring their own camp chairs and umbrellas to make their spectating more comfortable. Riders and spectators are asked to enter at Gate C off of Gary Ormsby Drive and will then be directed to the pit and parking areas just to the south of the motocross track.

“Motocross riders and the community in general have been very encouraging and supportive of our efforts to add yet another motorsports venue here at Heartland Park,” says Scott Gardner, president of the New Heartland Park Topeka. “Given the popularity of motocross and the spectator base it draws, we are looking forward to a whole new segment of motorsports participants and fans joining us here at the track and discovering all that Topeka has to offer.”

The motocross track was designed constructed by Tracy Freeman of MX343 LLC Track Building out of Osawatomie, KS. The outdoor-style MX track has everything needed to attract racers from all over the Midwest and expected to draw riders from all across North America to ride the fast and challenging layout.

Dirt work began on the motocross track on April 12, however, heavy and sustained rainfall in late April delayed completion of the course layout by more than two weeks. “It was quite the battle, but in the long run, it was best not to rush the construction so that we had a better track and surrounding areas once it was completed,” explains Freeman.

mx343logo“The track itself is going to be a lot of fun, both for the riders and spectators. It’s designed for riders of all skill and experience levels and has a wide variety of obstacles like tabletops jumps, doubles, whoops, scrubs and much more,” adds Freeman.

The summer of 2016 schedule will be introductory and a full 2017 race schedule be planned for next year. Racers and fans are asked to watch the New Heartland Park Topeka’s website and Facebook page for more detailed information and schedules as they are developed.

 

 

June 13 – 19 Happenings at Heartland Park

POSTED ON June 14th  - POSTED IN News

The May monsoons have given away to some much appreciated June heat and dry skies here at the New Heartland Park Topeka. We’ve got an exciting weekend on the schedule, load up your family and friends and come on out!

Friday, June 17:

KC_Street Car TakeoverThe Kansas City Street Car Takeover event is a two-day gathering of street-oriented enthusiasts and racers. Roll racing, heads-up drag racing, chassis dyno, Test & Tune and even a no prep small tire shootout. Saturday is more racing with an all-makes car show and burn-out competition added to the slate. Gate opens at 4 PM on Friday and 11 AM on Saturday.

Go HERE for a complete, two-day event schedule.

Admission:
$15 spectate
$25 for weekend pass
Kids 12 and under FREE!

Racing:
$35 tech card
$60 for weekend tech card


Saturday, June 18

KC_Street Car TakeoverDay 2 of the Kansas City Street Car Takeover. Gate opens at 11 AM. See the link above for the complete event schedule.

Admission:
$15 spectate
$25 for weekend pass
Kids 12 and under FREE!

 

 

Sunday, June 19

13346161_10153825430444285_7660914830966563297_o-e1465612290315Race #5 in the Big Time Bail Bonds Sunday Showdown on the fast and tight Heartland Park Topeka dirt track.

Pit gate opens for racers: 3:30 PM
Gate opens for spectators: 4:30 PM
Hot Laps Start: 5:30 PM
Racing Starts: 6 PM
Approximate Finish: 9:30 PM

 

 

 

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