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Heritage Tractor Named Official Agricultural Equipment Provider to the New Heartland Park Topeka

POSTED ON May 11th  - POSTED IN News

Heritage-Tractor_250x163Announced as the New Heartland Park Topeka’s Official Agriculture Equipment Provider, Heritage Tractor has stepped up to support the new ownership of the New Heartland Park Topeka facility. Heritage Tractor is an authorized John Deere equipment dealer with new and used products like tractors, riding lawn motors, and utility vehicles, and proudly serves Eastern Kansas and Western Missouri residents.

Heritage Tractor will be supplying a significant amount of John Deere ag equipment and products to the track and will have a prominent display for the running of the 28th Annual NHRA Kansas Nationals held on May 20-22.

“We are very pleased to have Heritage Tractor and their outstanding lineup of John Deere products hard at work at our facility,” says Jeff Lacina, Director of Marketing & Communications for the New Heartland Park Topeka. “John Deere products are known around the world for their productivity, reliability and dealer service. The Heritage Tractor display during the NHRA Kansas Nationals will be a great opportunity for fans to learn more about both John Deere and get to know some of the team from the dealership group.”

“This is a natural partnership with what they have and what they want to do in the future, it was very obvious to me that we should partner with the Heartland Park Topeka as the Official Agriculture Equipment Provider,” said Lucas Mitchell, Marketing Manager for Heritage Tractor.

“We are more than just tractors and John Deere combines,” adds Mitchell. “Our team will be glad to talk to race fans and let them know what we are all about. We will have our newer model years on display and existing John Deere products. This is a great chance for Heritage Tractor to introduce our equipment to the NHRA fan base in the Midwest.“

Heartland Park Topeka will be featured nationally with the NHRA National Open this weekend, followed by the distinguished 28th annual Kansas Nationals beginning on Friday, May 20th.  Heritage Tractor will continue its partnership with Heartland Park Topeka throughout the season, reinforcing the positive impact the new ownership of Heartland Park Topeka has had on the community.

Hy-Vee Topeka and Cavender Tent Rental Sign On at Track Sponsors for 2016 Season

POSTED ON May 11th  - POSTED IN News

The New Heartland Park Topeka announces a new partnership with local businesses Hy-Vee Topeka and Cavender Tent Rental. These two companies are new track sponsors and will begin offering their services to all racers and spectators at event in 2016.

Hy-vee_Isles_Online_250x163Hy-Vee Topeka will be the official caterer for the race track’s suite tower and to all the pro racer teams. Also featured will be Hy-Vee’s “Aisles Online” app will be favorable for racers and fans alike who will be camping at the facility during the NHRA National Open and NHRA Kansas Nationals. With the app, teams can purchase hospitality food and drinks and have them delivered to the track.

“I grew up in Iowa where Hy-Vee is headquartered and I have developed good relations with them at prior tracks,” said Scott Gardner, President & General Manager. “It is fantastic to have them on board with the new track; they are a customer-oriented company and to have them tied with us is a natural partnership. The catering service they are now offering is unique to us, and we are only scratching the surface of this. We couldn’t ask for a better partner for that type of relationship.”

Cavender Tent Rental
Cavendar Tent Rental 250x163Also joining new Heartland Park Topeka facility is the Topeka-based Cavender Tent Rental. Cavender Tent Rental offers tents for rent, event accessories, and vendor resources. They specialize in tent rentals for outdoor events and special occasions, and offers a wide variety of tents and canopies for all sizes of events and gatherings.

“Cavender Tent Rental is a new sponsor with us and we are very excited to have them on board. We will continue to work with them throughout all events, in particular the NHRA Kansas National event, to teams who need their equipment for hospitality and pit area set ups,” said Gardner.

Racers and fans alike will be able to see fresh new signs on the property as the new Heartland Park Topeka has been under renovation since the new ownership at the beginning of the year. Gardner is confident that the back-to-back drag races will bring in lots of competitors from allover the United States and Canada and expects to have one of the biggest turnouts for the NHRA National Open and Kansas Nationals. With multiple updates to the racing surface, landscaping and tower suites, the new ownership has put in the time and effort to bring the Midwestern-favorite track back to life.

Three-day event passes to the NHRA Kansas Nationals are available for $107 and individual-day ticket prices are $35 on Friday, $43 on Saturday and Sunday. All tickets allow access to the pit areas and children under 12 are always free.

Fox Sports will air the NHRA Kansas National event finals Live on Fox Sports 1 May 22, and three re-aired dates are set and can be found on NHRA’s website. The Lucas Oil Series coverage will begin on Fox Sports 2 on May 26, and will be re-aired on Fox Sports 1 and 2.

VP Racing Fuels Named Official Fuel of the New Heartland Park Topeka

POSTED ON May 10th  - POSTED IN News

VP Heartland logoTOPEKA, KS – Officials with the New Heartland Park Topeka today announced VP Racing Fuels has been named the track’s Official Fuel for 2016 and 2017. The sponsorship encompasses Heartland Park’s dragstrip, dirt oval track, road course and a new motocross track opening this month.  As part of the agreement, the track will have three blends of VP Racing Fuels available at its fuel station – C12™, VP110™ and Motorsport 100™ – with service provided by VP Heartland, VP’s distributor based in Manhattan, Kansas.

“VP Racing Fuels has a long history of supporting all forms of motorsports and we’re happy to bring them on board as our partner,” says Jeff Lacina, Director of Marketing and Communications for the New Heartland Park Topeka. “VP sets the bar for quality and consistency, and its fuels are famous for superior power and performance. It’s a real benefit to our racers to have convenient access to VP’s fuels at the track.”

“The new management team at Heartland Park has great plans for the facility and it’s exciting to enter into this new partnership with them,” said Justin Bolt, owner of VP Heartland. “We look forward to supporting the new owners and particularly its sportsman racers with quality products and superior service for many years to come.”

As Official Fuel, fans will see VP Racing Fuels’ presence via billboards and signs throughout the Heartland Park Topeka complex. Additional exposure will come through the track’s social media and website.

More information about VP Racing Fuels and its products is available at vpracingfuels.com.  For local fuel needs, contact Justin Bolt at VP Heartland at 785-539-2700 or vpheartland@yahoo.com. Technical questions regarding fuel selection and tuning can also be directed to VP’s full-time Tech Support staff at 812-878-2025 or tech@vpracingfuels.com.

About VP Racing Fuels:
VP Racing Fuels is best known as the World Leader in Race Fuel Technology™, fueling champions in virtually every form of motorsport on land, sea and air since 1975.  VP is the Official Racing Fuel of the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, World of Outlaws Sprint Cars and Late Models, AMA Supercross, Formula Drift, NMRA, NMCA, Pirelli World Challenge, PDRA and Rally America, among more than 60 VP-sponsored series and sanctioning bodies.

As part of a retail branding program, gas stations and convenience stores across the U.S. are being branded as VP Racing Fuels, with each providing distribution for VP’s other product lines, including ethanol-free VP Small Engine Fuels, formulated for 2- and 4-cycle outdoor power equipment; VP Madditive® performance chemicals; VP PowerWash™ and more. VP also markets VP PowerMaster® hobby fuels for R/C racing. More information is available online at VPRacingFuels.com, VP-SEF.com or PowermasterFuels.com.

To learn more about VP Racing Fuels and their entire product line, visit them online at vpracingfuels.com

Dr. Pepper Named Official Soft Drink of the New Heartland Park Topeka

POSTED ON May 10th  - POSTED IN News

Dr_Pepper_signTopeka, KS – The New Heartland Park Topeka announces that the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group of Topeka will be the exclusive soft drink provider for all track events over the next three years.

“On behalf of the employees and families of the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group of Topeka we are very pleased and excited to announce we have entered into a partnership with Heartland Park Topeka as their sole provider for all non-alcoholic beverages,” says Aaron Johnson, Topeka DPSG Branch Manager. “We look forward to working with the outstanding team at Heartland Park as they make this venue a national destination for all race fans.”

“We are very excited to have the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group come on board here at the track and are proud to name Dr. Pepper as the Official Soft Drink of the New Heartland Park Topeka,” says Scott Gardner, president. “In conjunction with New Heartland Park Topeka, Dr. Pepper will be featured at races taking place at the drag strip, road course, dirt track and new motocross course. They also will be part of special events during the season including our special Military Appreciation Night, coming up in the fall. We can’t wait for our fans, racers and spectators to be able to enjoy all of the wonderful products and brands represented by the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group.”

About DPSG
One of North America’s leading refreshment beverage companies, DPS markets more than Dr_Pepper_Snapple_Group50 brands of carbonated soft drinks, juices, teas, mixers, waters and other premium beverages. The company’s strategy, brands and people have made it a strong, sustainable and profitable business. The company’s integrated business model enables the company to manage the entire value chain from innovation to the store shelf.

About The New Heartland Park Topeka
The New Heartland Park Topeka is a multi-purpose motorsports and outdoor events facility located in Topeka, Kansas. The facility opened in 1989 and features a championship NHRA sanctioned ¼ mile drag strip, a road course with four different configurations, a 3/8-mile clay oval and new motocross track. Owners of the facility are Chris Payne and Todd Crossley of Shelby Development, LLC who purchased the facility in January of 2016. Weekly race programs began in April with the NHRA Kansas Nationals scheduled for May 20-22 and the Manufacturers Series on October 21-23.

May 9 – 15 at the New Heartland Park Topeka

POSTED ON May 9th  - POSTED IN News

We are ramping up for a VERY busy couple of weeks. Here’s what’s on the schedule for the week of May 9-15. Come on out to Heartland Park for ALL the fun!

Friday Fun NightFriday, May 13
Prairie Band Casino & Resort Friday Fun Night Drag Racing + NHRA Open Test & Tune
Gate opens: 3 PM
NHRA Test: 4 – 10 PM
Open Test: 7 – 10 PM

2016_NHRA_Division5_National_Open_ScheduleSaturday, May 14
Gate opens: 7 AM
Tech: 8 AM
Time Trials & Qualifying: 9 AM
(Eliminations following Time Trials & Qualifying)

Sunday, May 15
Gate opens: 7 AM
Tech: 8 AM
Time Trials & Qualifying: 9 AM
(Eliminations following Time Trials & Qualifying)

 

TOP FUEL VETERAN DOUG KALITTA HOPES TO CARRY EARLY SEASON WINNING MOMENTUM OVER TO NHRA KANSAS NATIONALS

POSTED ON May 5th  - POSTED IN News, NHRA News

(From the NHRA)
TOPEKA, Kan. — Doug Kalitta has enjoyed enough success throughout his standout Top Fuel career to know what a win can do for his team.

092-DougKalitta-Sunday-HoustonComing off his latest victory, which included a landmark achievement at the most recent event in Houston, Kalitta hopes this one builds to something even bigger during the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.

That would certainly include more victories and Kalitta’s next chance for that in his 10,000-horsepower Mac Tools dragster comes May 20-22 at the 28th annual NHRA Kansas Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka. The Houston victory was noteworthy in that it gave Kalitta 39 career Top Fuel victories, tying him with the legendary Kenny Bernstein and two-time and defending world champion Antron Brown for fourth all-time in class history.

Kalitta, who moved to second in Top Fuel points with the victory, celebrated that moment, while also noting the ultimate goal his team is chasing this season.

“It is always great to get that first win of the season,” said Kalitta, who is seeking his first world championship. “It makes you just want the next one even more. The Mac Tools team is not complacent. We have one goal this year, a title. To earn the title, one win is not enough. Our plan is to utilize what we learned and continue to grow and be prepared to make a run in the (Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship).”

Richie Crampton (Top Fuel), Jack Beckman (Funny Car) and Erica Enders (Pro Stock) were last year’s winners at the multipurpose motorsports facility in the Kansas capital city. The race will be televised on FOX Sports 1, including live finals on Sunday. It is the eighth of 24 races during the 2016 campaign, marking the completion of the first third of the year.

It’s been a successful start for Kalitta, who trails two-time 2016 winner Brittany Force by just one point. A victory was the only thing missing from the first portion of the season for the Kalitta Motorsports standout, advancing to the final round to open the year and the final foursome at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals.

But winning in Top Fuel is no easy feat and Kalitta was impressive in Houston, also commenting on what it meant to match Bernstein and Brown for career Top Fuel victories.

“Kenny is somebody when I first started hanging around drag racing, he was the guy to watch,” Kalitta said. “He’s been one of my heroes for sure, so it’s a great accomplishment for me to be able to tie him. And the same goes for Antron. He’s one of the best in our field and obviously the defending champ. I’m just real proud to tie them.”

Kalitta has been as consistent as they come in a Top Fuel career that has spanned more than 400 races. He has finished in the top 10 every year since he started his Top Fuel career in 1998, but Kalitta is more than happy to share the credit.093-DougKalitta-Sunday-Houston-celebration

After winning in Houston, which also gave him a berth in the Traxxas Nitro Shootout, Kalitta talked about the job crew chief Jim Oberhofer has done. He noted the team has been improving and building to a win from the outset. He has been impressed with how every car in the Kalitta Motorsports camp (J.R. Todd in Top Fuel, defending world champion Del Worsham and Alexis DeJoria in Funny Car) has performed.

“We felt good about the performance we’ve had all year, and we were just hoping that was the day,” Kalitta said in Houston. “I’m super proud of the job Jim is doing with our car and everything that he does overseeing our other three cars and working with the guys. He’s definitely put a great team effort together and he’s doing a heck of a job tuning these cars. I’m real proud of him. Anytime you can get a win and get some momentum you’re real happy. It just charges everybody up.”

Getting a second win at the Kansas Nationals won’t come easy for Kalitta, who must knock off an impressive lineup in Topeka. Richie Crampton is the defending winner, while other standouts include Brown and eight-time world champion Tony Schumacher, Houston finalist Steve Torrence, series leader Force, Clay Millican, Todd and Terry McMillen.

But Kalitta has great confidence in his team, noting an incredible atmosphere, culture and environment that has been evident for years within the Kalitta Motorsports team.

094-DougKalitta-Sunday-Houston-Celebrations2_Personality_RA“As most NHRA fans know, Team Kalitta is a family and to see Del win the title last year, Alexis have early success this year and J.R. and the SealMaster team making a ton of progress is thrilling,” Kalitta said. “Each one of us is truly excited to have each one of our teammates succeed too, and that is something that I appreciate about the culture we have developed at Kalitta Motorsports. What happened in Las Vegas is the goal every weekend for both our Top Fuel and Funny Car teams, and we are definitely on track to do that on a more regular basis.”

In Funny Car, fans witnessed what was at the time a record 15 three-second runs in the class last year. Race winner Beckman made five of those three-second runs, including a 3.984 second sprint in the finals to defeat 16-time world champion John Force. Beckman is after his first win of 2016, while others to watch include two-time season winner Tim Wilkerson, who is tied with Houston winner Courtney Force for the points lead, reigning world champion Worsham, Gatornationals winner Robert Hight, three-time Topeka winner Ron Capps, four-time Topeka winner Cruz Pedregon, Chad Head, Las Vegas winner DeJoria and two-time world champ Matt Hagan.

In Pro Stock, Enders claimed her third victory of the 2015 season by racing past Greg Anderson one year ago. The two-time defending world champ will be looking for her second win in Topeka and first of 2016, as Greg Anderson and Jason Line have dominated the new era of Pro Stock, which features cars with fuel-injected engines, shorter wheelie bars, flat hoods and a 10,500 RPM rev-limiter. Points leader Line and Anderson both have three wins this season. Others to watch in the 200 mph factory hot rod category include Bo Butner, Chris McGaha, 2014 top rookie Drew Skillman, 2012 world champ Allen Johnson, five-time world champion Jeg Coughlin, Vincent Nobile, Shane Gray and Gas Monkey Garage Chevy Camaro driver Alex Laughlin.

As always, fans will have the opportunity to interact with their favorite drivers as they’re granted an exclusive pit pass to the most powerful and sensory-filled motorsports attraction on the planet. This unique opportunity in motorsports gives fans direct access to the teams, allowing them to see firsthand how the highly-skilled mechanics service their hot rods between rounds, and get autographs from their favorite NHRA drivers.

The event also will feature thrilling competition in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.

Mello Yello Drag Racing Series qualifying will feature two rounds at 4:30 and 7 p.m. on Friday, May 20 and the final two rounds of qualifying on Saturday, May 21, at 1:30 and 4 p.m. Final eliminations are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 22.

To purchase general-admission or reserved seats, call (800) 884-NHRA (6472) or visit www.NHRA.com/tickets. Kids 12 and under are free in general admission areas with a paid adult. For more information about the NHRA visit www.NHRA.com.

Before heading to Topeka, the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series will make a stop at Atlanta Dragway in Georgia for the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals, May 13-15. Keep up with all the NHRA action on FOX Sports 1.

May 2-8 events at the New Heartand Park Topeka

POSTED ON May 2nd  - POSTED IN News

This week at the New Heartland Park Topeka.

Friday, May 6: Prairie Band Casino & Resort Friday Fun Night Drag Racing
Friday Fun NightGate opens at 5 PM
Racing from 6 to 10 PM (11 PM with 100+ cars registered)

 

 

 

Sunday, May 7: Big Time Bail Bonds Sunday Showdown Series, Race #3
SMALL--BIG TIME BAIL BONDS SHOWDOWN LOGOHPTPit gate opens for racers: 3:30 PM
Gate opens for spectators: 4:30 PM
Hot Laps Start: 5:30 PM
Racing Starts: 6 PM

 

Heartland Park Happenings: This week’s events at the track

POSTED ON April 25th  - POSTED IN Dirt Track, Drag Strip, News

:Wow, where has April gone? For the week of April 25-May 1, here’s what’s on the schedule at Heartland Park Topeka:

Friday, April 29:
Prairie_Band_Casino_&_Resort_LogoPrairie Band Casino & Resort Friday Fun Night Drag Racing
Gate opens at 5 PM
Racing from 6 to 10 PM (11 PM if we get more than 100 cars)
Street cars, bikes, race cars and dragsters – everyone is welcome!
$25 to race, Adults: $10, Kids 6-12: $3, Kids under 6: Free!

 

Saturday, April 30:
Kansas_SCCA_logoKansas Region SCCA MiDiv Solo II
You and your car racing against the clock on a course marked by orange cones. Learn more about the event and register online here. (Registration closes Tuesday night) These events are open to spectators.

 

BF logo 500x500 w_ frogBattle Frog Obstacle Race Series
The BattleFrog Obstacle Race Series is one of the nation’s fastest growing outdoor fitness events. Expertly designed by Navy SEALs and SeaBees, BattleFrog is heralded as one of the top OCR companies by industry publications and is widely considered the most challenging Elite Points Series events in OCR.

 

 

 

Sunday, May 1

Kansas_SCCA_logo Day 2: SCCA MiDiv Solo II
Who will be fastest on day #2? Spectators are welcome to attend

 

SMALL--BIG TIME BAIL BONDS SHOWDOWN LOGOHPTRace #2 in the Big Time Bail Bonds Sunday Showdown Series on the New Heartland Park Topeka’s 3/8-mile 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

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

NHRA Mello Yellow Series Powers Back to Heartland Park Topeka for Kansas Nationals

POSTED ON April 20th  - POSTED IN News, NHRA News

From the NHRA
TOPEKA, Kan. (April 19, 2016) — The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series returns to melloyellologoKansas’ capital city in America’s Heartland, May 20-22, for the 28th annual NHRA Kansas Nationals, the eighth event of the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.

The best in Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock will compete side-by-side for a chance to hold up Wally trophies at storied Heartland Park Topeka, which features one of the fastest dragstrips in the country. Richie Crampton (Top Fuel), Jack Beckman (Funny Car) and Erica Enders (Pro Stock) were last year’s winners. The race will be televised on FOX Sports 1, including live finals on Sunday.

08_TopekaHeartland Park Topeka is the fabled site of many record-breaking performances throughout NHRA history, including the first four-second and 300-mph passes in Funny Car, set by Chuck Etchells and Jim Epler respectively in 1993. At the 2014 Kansas Nationals, Brittany Force and her sister Courtney Force were No. 1 qualifiers in Top Fuel and Funny Car, becoming the first sisters to share that stage at the same event. Courtney then won the event that year, claiming the milestone 100th professional victory by a female driver in NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series history.  The 2015 Kansas Nationals made its mark in the history books with a parade of track records set in Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock, and this year should be no different.

Last year’s race will be most remembered for providing an early sneak preview of what ultimately became one of the most exciting Funny Car seasons in NHRA history. Fans attending Heartland Park that weekend witnessed what was at the time a record 15 three-second runs in the Funny Car class. Race winner Beckman made five of those three-second runs, including a 3.984 second sprint in the finals to defeat 16-time world champion John Force.

Funny Car teams took the momentum from that race weekend and finished the season with more amazing three-second performances. Beckman set the national elapsed time record four times en route to finishing second in the points standings to eventual champ Del Worsham.

The 2016 season is shaping up to be another record breaking year for the Funny Car class. Beckman has already reset the national record elapsed time at the controls of his Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger R/T at the NHRA Gatornationals in Florida with a 3.879 second performance and has claimed three No. 1 qualifying positions. He is currently fifth in the points standings and looking for his first win of the season and third career victory in Topeka.

Funny Car points leader Robert Hight has also started the season off strongly, qualifying inside the top four at the first four events. Hight piloted his Auto Club Chevrolet Camaro SS to a victory in Gainesville to push him to the points lead. He is a two-time winner of the Kansas Nationals with victories in 2010 and 2011.

John Force, a nine-time Topeka winner, is second in points with a runner-up finish in Phoenix and two semifinal appearances. Force hasn’t won a race at the Kansas Nationals since 2008, and is eager to get back to that winner’s circle.

Three-time Topeka winner Ron Capps, four-time Topeka winner Cruz Pedregon, Chad Head, Alexis DeJoria, who just earned her first win after a 33-race drought, Tim Wilkerson, two-time world champ Matt Hagan and Courtney Force will all be major contenders for a Topeka victory.

In Top Fuel, Crampton drove his Lucas Oil dragster to his second victory of the 2015 season to hold off three-time world champion Larry Dixon. It was Crampton’s fourth victory of 2015 and first in Topeka. Crampton is hoping to turn around a bit of a shaky start to the 2016 season where he has one semifinal appearance and three first round exits.

Two-time defending world champion Antron Brown had his first win of the 2016 season at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to make a seven-spot jump to second behind Brittany Force in the points standings. Brown, in his Matco Tools dragster, defeated Troy Buff in the finals. It was Buff’s first finals appearance of his Top Fuel career. Brown will be in the hunt for his first Kansas Nationals Wally after losing to Dixon in the second round in 2015.

Series points leader Force claimed the first Top Fuel victory of her career at the Gatornationals and finished runner-up to Leah Pritchett at the Phoenix race.  Force has two consecutive semifinal finishes at Heartland Park in 2014 and 2015.

Other top contenders for the victory include Doug Kalitta, who won the Kansas Nationals in 2006, Winternationals winner Steve Torrence, Clay Millican, J.R. Todd, Terry McMillen, who is looking for his first Top Fuel victory after finishing runner-up at the Gatornationals, and eight-time world champion Tony Schumacher.

In Pro Stock, Enders claimed her third victory of the 2015 season and 15th of her career by racing past Greg Anderson one year ago. The two-time defending world champ will be looking for her second win in Topeka, and after a rough start to the season, a victory at Heartland Park could be just what she needs to kick start a third championship run.

Two-time world champion and current points leader Jason Line and Ken Black Racing teammate Anderson have dominated the new era of Pro Stock, which includes fuel-injected engines, shorter wheelie bars, flat hoods and a 10,500 RPM rev-limiter. Line has been setting the pace for the category and has appeared in the first four final rounds. He hasn’t qualified outside of second this season with victories in Phoenix and Las Vegas. Line will be racing for his first Topeka victory.

Anderson, a four-time Pro Stock champion, is right behind Line, opening the season with a win at the Winternationals, semifinal finishes in Phoenix and Vegas, and a second win at the Gatornationals. Anderson also won the K&N Horsepower Challenge over Line at the Las Vegas event. He will be looking for his fifth win in Topeka.

Line and Anderson’s teammate, Bo Butner, made his first finals appearance of the season and second of his career at the Las Vegas event.  Butner is currently third in points behind Anderson and in pursuit of his first Pro Stock victory.

Others to watch in the 200 mph factory hot rod category are Texan Chris McGaha, who was runner-up in Phoenix, 2014 top rookie Drew Skillman, 2012 world champ Allen Johnson, five-time world champion Jeg Coughlin, Vincent Nobile, Shane Gray and Gas Monkey Garage Chevy Camaro driver Alex Laughlin.

As always, fans will have the opportunity to interact with their favorite drivers as they’re granted an exclusive pit pass to the most powerful and sensory-filled motorsports attraction on the planet. This unique opportunity in motorsports gives fans direct access to the teams, allowing them to see firsthand how the highly-skilled mechanics service their hot rods between rounds, and get autographs from their favorite NHRA drivers.

As part of NHRA’s ongoing celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Funny Car class, one legendary Funny Car driver will be honored during pre-race ceremonies.

Fans also will want to visit NHRA’s popular Nitro Alley and Manufacturers Midway, where sponsors and race vendors create a carnival atmosphere, with interactive displays, simulated competitions, merchandise, food and fun for the entire family.

The event also will feature thrilling competition in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.

Mello Yello Drag Racing Series qualifying will feature two rounds at 4:30 and 7 p.m. on Friday, May 20 and the final two rounds of qualifying on Saturday, May 21, at 1:30 and 4 p.m. Final eliminations are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 22.

To purchase general-admission or reserved seats, call (800) 884-NHRA (6472) or visit www.NHRA.com/tickets. Kids 12 and under are free in general admission areas with a paid adult. For more information about the NHRA visit www.NHRA.com.

Before heading to Topeka, the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series will make stops at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte, N.C., for the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals presented by Lowes Foods, April 22-24, Houston’s Royal Purple Raceway for the NHRA SpringNationals, April 29 – May 1, and Atlanta Dragway in Georgia for the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals, May 13-15. Keep up with all the NHRA action on FOX Sports 1.

NHRA KANSAS NATIONALS FACT SHEET

WHAT: 28th annual NHRA Kansas Nationals, the eighth of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Drivers in three categories – Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock – earn points leading to 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world championships. The race also will feature competition in the NHRA Lucas Oil Series.

WHERE: Heartland Park Topeka, Topeka, Kansas. From Kansas City, take the Kansas Turnpike (I-70) to the Topeka Boulevard exit and travel south to the track. From Wichita, take the Kansas Turnpike (I-335) to the Topeka Boulevard exit and travel south to the track.

WHEN: Friday through Sunday, May 20-22

SCHEDULE:
FRIDAY, May 20 – LUCAS OIL SERIES qualifying
MELLO YELLO SERIES qualifying at 4:30 and 7 p.m.

SATURDAY, May 21 – LUCAS OIL SERIES eliminations
MELLO YELLO SERIES qualifying at 1:30 and 4 p.m.

SUNDAY, May 22 – Pre-race ceremonies, 10 a.m.
MELLO YELLO SERIES eliminations begin at 11 a.m.

TELEVISION:
Saturday, May 21, FS1 will televise two hours of qualifying highlights at midnight (ET).
Sunday, May 22, FS1 will televise three hours of live finals coverage at 2 p.m. (ET).

2015 EVENT WINNERS: Richie Crampton, Top Fuel; Jack Beckman, Funny Car; Erica Enders, Pro Stock.

MOST VICTORIES: John Force, 9, FC; Scott Kalitta, 6, TF; Warren Johnson, 5, PS, Cruz Pedregon, 4, FC; Greg Anderson, 4, PS.

 

HEARTLAND PARK TOPEKA
NHRA TRACK RECORDS:            

Top Fuel – 3.710 seconds by Crampton, May ‘15; 329.91 mph by Larry Dixon, May 2015
Funny Car – 3.967 seconds by Chad Head, May ‘15; 325.06 mph by Courtney Force, May ’15.
Pro Stock – 6.515 seconds by Erica Enders, May ’15; 211.43 mph by Enders, May ’15.

 

NHRA NATIONAL RECORDS:

Top Fuel – 3.680 sec. by Antron Brown, Aug. ’15, Brainerd, Minn.; 332.75 mph by Spencer Massey, Aug. ’15, Brainerd, Minn.

Funny Car – 3.879 sec. by Jack Beckman, March ’16, Gainesville, Fla.; 331.45 mph by Matt Hagan, Nov. ’15, Pomona, Calif.

Pro Stock – 6.455 sec. by Jason Line, March ’15, Charlotte, N.C.; 215.55 mph by Erica Enders, May ‘14, Englishtown N.J.

TICKETS: For tickets call (800) 884-NHRA (6472). Tickets also available online at www.NHRA.com/tickets.

Construction Begins on State-of-the-Art Motocross Track

POSTED ON April 14th  - POSTED IN Motocross, News

Officials at the New Heartland Park Topeka announce that construction has begun on a new, state-of-the-art motocross facility on northwest corner of the facility’s property. Dirt work began on April 12 and construction of the basic track layout is expected to take 10 to 15 days to complete.

“We are very excited to add another motorsports element and race track to this great facility,” says Scott Gardner, president of the New Heartland Park Topeka. “Motocross is very popular, both from a racer and spectator standpoint. It’s a great family sport and having a brand-new motocross race track here at the New Heartland Park Topeka will bring even more racers, spectators and enthusiasts to Topeka.”mx343logo

The motocross track was designed and being constructed by Tracy Freeman of MX343 LLC Track Building out of Osawatomie, KS. The outdoor style MX track will have everything needed to attract racers from all over the Midwest and eventually bring riders from coast to coast as it gains recognition.

“The track itself will be fun for all skill levels and have a wide variety of obstacles like tabletops jumps, doubles, whoops, scrubs and much more,” says Freeman. “Supporting the track will be plenty of parking, bathrooms, camping and full concessions. Motocross is a great spectator sport and this track design will be spectator friendly with some great vantage points. We plan on filling the stands with motocross fans and all motor sport enthusiast’s alike.”

A full AMA-approved, 42 rider starting gate will be installed and a schedule for practice and race dates are in the works. 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.

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