The Staff of the New Heartland Park Topeka has put together a special “Racer Appreciation” Bracket Bonanza race for the weekend of April 16 & 17.
Gates Open 5 PM
Open Test-N-Tune 6 PM – 10 PM
Trophy Dash 8 PM
Kids 6-12 $3
Under 6 Free
Gates Open 9 AM
Time Trials 11 AM*
*Two sessions followed by “Reaction Time Challenge”
Eliminations to Follow
Gates Open 9 AM
Time Trials 10 AM*
*Two sessions followed by eliminations
Adults & Crew $15 / 2-day $25
Kids (6-12) $5 per day
Kids under 6 Free
Super Pro (1/8 mile)
Runner Up $1,200
Qtrs $100 if over 50 entries
Entry $110 day / $200 2-day
Buy Back $50
Runner Up $600
Qtrs $75 if over 50 entries
Entry $80 day / $150 2-day
Buy Back $40
Runner Up $150
Entry $40 day / $70 2-day
Buy Back $20
Super Jr, Novice Jr and Trophy same as normal
No Quick 16 this weekend
Note: Points will be counted each day
Everything has to have a beginning. This Sunday, April 10th at 2 PM the New Heartland Park Topeka will see action on the dirt track for the first time in almost two years.
A new staff is in place, a new sanctioning body (IMCA) will be ushered in
and a new ownership group is ready to watch the dirt fly Sunday!
“Since we sat down with Chris Payne back in January and started talking
about this, John Lowrey and I have been excited,” said co-promoter,
Larry Lowrey Jr., “Heartland Park Topeka is a first rate race facility and
we wanted to be a part of that and so do a lot of others.”
“As Sunday’s practice gets closer we know that there has been a lot of
work done and yet still a lot of work left to do,” said Lowrey, “Bernie
Schmidtlein and his crew have been working non-stop on the dirt track. “The Schmidtlein crew had a difficult task of getting the track back into shape,” explains Lowrey Jr. “They did a masterful job and got it done in quick fashion and now
the job falls on the shoulders of the Reed Bros. (Ronny & Donny) to get
the track race ready! We feel that we are in good hands.”
IMCA racers in 4 divisions will make their debut on Sunday afternoon. This
year’s weekly classes for the Big Time Bail Bonds Sunday Night Showdown
will be made up of IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA Northern Sport
Mods and IMCA Hobby Stocks. A schedule of 14 points races and 1 special
event at the end of the season will make up the 2016 slate.
Nearly 50 drivers have preregistered for the upcoming season with more
still to come.
Fans can expect to see a lot of great dirt track racing back in the Topeka area once
again this season. Three IMCA Tracks within a 60 mile radius could
possibly bring some new faces into the area as drivers will look to
accumulate state, regional and national points.
“I don’t think this Sunday can get here fast enough,” said Lowrey Jr., “There
are a lot of unknowns about the upcoming season but when the race cars hit
the track we know we are headed in the right direction.”
Sunday’s practice will see the pit gate open up at 2 PM. All pit passes
are $15.00 and drivers must have their IMCA License to participate.
This weekend’s practice is free to the general public in the grandstands.
The spectator gates will open up at 2:30 PM. There will be no on-site concessions
On-track action will begin at 3 PM and will run until 6 PM
During the practice, drivers can register for the upcoming season and
purchase a pit stall. Tech will be available. Racers may also use up any
old tires they have in stock during the practice. However, on opening night, only the IMCA Hoosier tire will be allowed.
Heartland Park Topeka is located at 7530 S.W. Topeka Blvd, Topeka, KS. Racers must use Gate X and spectators are asked to use Gate A.
In light of the recent change in management at the New Heartland Park Topeka, at this time, the team is not planning to make any major changes with the previously posted bracket structure and race dates.
“Many racers have planned their race schedule and other activities for the season and making wholesale changes in the bracket program at this point doesn’t make a lot of sense” said Scott Gardner, president and general manager. “A complete review of the program will take place as time permits with limited changes anticipated in 2016” he added.
Topeka, March 30, 2016 – Heartland Park, LLC today announced Scott Gardner has been named President and General Manager of Heartland Park Topeka [HPT]. As President and General Manager, Gardner will have a position on the board of directors and will take responsibility for all of the facility’s motorsport venues. Laura Gardner will join the team as Director of Business Operations. The husband and wife team who have managed motorsports venues for over 20 years will begin their positions in April 2016.
As a 30 year veteran of the racing profession, Scott Gardner most recently served as President of the International Hot Rod Association. He began his racing career as Vice President and Marketing Director of the United Drag Racers Association from 1986 to 1993. In 1994, he became General Manager of Great Lakes Dragaway in Union Grove, Wisconsin, a position he held for 2 years. When the opportunity arose, he and his wife, Laura, purchased Cordova Dragway Park in Cordova, Illinois. He was Manager of CDP until he became IHRA President in 2014.
Laura was Operations Manager at Cordova Dragway Park from 1995 to 2015. After the Gardners sold the track to IRG Sports + Entertainment™ in 2015, Laura became Director of Human Resources for that company.
Under the Gardners’ leadership, Cordova Dragway Park grew in both racer and fan base with successful event concepts and implementation. “Being President of IHRA was a great opportunity to work with racers, track operators and sponsors that have led to many relationships that will last a lifetime,” said Scott.
Both Gardners are motivated in this next step in their careers. Scott commented, “Laura and I have received several management inquiries, but have been selective with our next step. The HPT ownership team’s commitment is extraordinary with an extensive background in the local business environment.”
The Gardners are prepared for the challenges ahead but are looking forward to a successful year for HPT. Scott continued, “We are essentially starting from the ground floor with a facility that was closed much of 2015. The potential is off the scale with multiple racing venues and other opportunities for a motorsports complex of this magnitude.”
Laura noted, “Teamwork will be essential in creating an environment that thrives for our customer base; the racers, the fans and sponsors. It’s my goal to create a structure that is organized and efficient at HPT.” She is ready to hit the ground running to put together the best team to operate the complex. “As Director of Business Operations, I will use my skills and experience in building a high caliber team that is efficient and effective for HPT.”
Chris Payne, from Shelby Development, LLC, the new owners of Heartland Park Topeka said, “Co-owner, Todd Crossley and I are excited to be teaming up with such experienced and qualified individuals as Scott and Laura. We are confident turning over the control of Heartland Park and its multi-racing venues to the Gardners, allowing them to propel the facility to a much higher level of success.”
About Heartland Park Topeka
Heartland Park Topeka is a multi-purpose facility located in Topeka, Kansas. The facility opened in 1989 and features a championship NHRA sanctioned ¼ mile drag strip, a road course with 4 configurations and a 3/8 mile clay oval. Owners of the facility are Chris Payne and Todd Crossley of Shelby, LLC who purchased the facility in January of 2016. Weekly race programs begin in April with the NHRA Kansas Nationals on May 20-22 and the Manufacturers Series on October 21-23.
For more information, contact Jeff Lacina, Marketing & Communications Manager, The New Heartland Park Topeka, or call 785-861-7899.
March 28, 2016
With great sadness, NHRA reported today that Mark Lyle, NHRA’s Chief Starter, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, March 27. On behalf of NHRA and the entire drag racing community, we offer our condolences to all of Lyle’s family and friends.
Lyle had been Chief Starter for the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series since 2012. He was only the third Chief Starter in NHRA history, along with the late Buster Couch (1955-1996) and Rick Stewart (1996-2011).
Before becoming the pro series Chief Starter, Lyle was the official starter at Pacific Raceways in NHRA’s Northwest Division since 2000. He was named the official starter of the Northwest Division in 2005.
Division 6 starter Mike Gittings has been named the interim NHRA Chief Starter for this weekend’s DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals at Las Vegas.
Topeka, KS – Fifty three cars checked in for action at Heartland Park Topeka Saturday night and for the 2nd time this season Jared Rogers took control of the USRA Modified Feature and pulled down another win. Rogers started 3rd in the main event and out raced Josh Everhart and Jeremy Chambers for the win. Nick Newton logged his 1st win of the season in the USRA B Mod division. For the 2nd straight week Alan Mattox roared to another win in the Pure Stock class. Mattox has notched 4 wins in the last 6 races! The USRA Stock Car Feature belonged to Jake Newman as he drove to victory for the 1st time this season at HPT.
The $5.00 discount is for Drivers ONLY. This flyer must be presented from a SMART PHONE or DIGITAL DEVICE and MUST BE PRESENTED AT TIME OF PURCHASE Limit 1 (ONE) per entry. No refunds, substitutions or exchanges will be allowed on this discount.
* HPT reserves the right to have the final interpretation of rules for the discount.
Topeka, KS – The Buffalo Bills of the racing world, Heath Murry, finally got the job done by winning his 1st feature at HPT in the USRA B Mod division. Murry had lost the lead in every conceivable way in prior races and finally put together 15 laps where he would finish out front. Steven Bowers Jr. used a late race yellow to win his 5th USRA Modified Feature. Dale Eaton overcame handling issues in hot laps and his heat race to win the USRA Stock Car main event in a brand new ride. Alan Mattox was the King of the Pure Stock Feature getting the win. In the Sport Compact Feature it was all Dan Canady who logged his 6th win of the season.