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Winners crowned at Heartland Park

POSTED ON August 24th  - POSTED IN Drag Strip, News
DIVISION 5
Heartland Park Topeka
Topeka, Kan., Aug. 22-23, 2014

Results will be posted as soon as they are available. For detailed results, go toDrag Race Central

 


Saturday

TOPEKA, Kan. – The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series tackled the quarter mile strip at Heartland Park Topeka with hundreds of racers going head to head in today’s elimination rounds for the annual event.  Winners were crowned in Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car, Comp Eliminator and the rest of the classes that make up the nationwide series.

Many of these racers will head to Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis next weekend where they will meet up with the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, Aug. 27-Sept. 1 for the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals.  The West Central division Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series is back in action the following weekend, Sept. 5-7 at Tri-State Raceway in Earlville, Iowa.

The following are Saturday’s final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, West Central Division event at Heartland Park Topeka:

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER:
ROUND ONE
4) James Thompson, Vernon, Texas, 5.524, 262.79 def.
5) Christine Chambless, Scott City, Kan., 5.981, 164.95;

3) Randy Meyer, Spring Hill, Kan., 5.518, 262.23 def.
6) Todd Odom, Dallas, Texas, 5.711, 239.65;

2) Chase Copeland, Gainesville, Texas, 5.503, 262.79 def.
7) Brandon Pierce, Cypress, Texas, 5.582, 222.84;

1) Chris Demke, Tujunga, Calif., 5.375, 270.00 def.
8) James Stevens, Gothenburg, Neb., 5.516, 259.86;

SEMI-FINALS
Meyer, 5.358, 268.54 def. Copeland, 15.130, 65.38;
Demke, 5.320, 271.02 def. Thompson, 13.356, 62.63;

FINALS
Demke, 5.336, 268.44 def. Meyer, 5.383, 265.53.

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR:
ROUND ONE
3) Dale Brand, Sully, Iowa, ’14 Camaro, 5.710, 256.16 def.
6) Kirk Williams, Glenwood, Iowa, ’04 Camaro, 5.758, 247.52;

5) Shane Westerfield, Anaheim, Calif., ’06 Monte Carlo, 7.540, 129.28 def.
4) Kris Hool, Casper, Wyo., ’06 Monte Carlo, broke;

1) John Lombardo Jr., Brea, Calif., ’10 Mustang, 5.693, 254.57 def.
9) Nancy Matter, Lewisville, Texas, ’02 Camaro, broke;

7) Lance Van Hauen, Reinbeck, Iowa, ’14 Camaro, 5.849, 244.16 def.
2) Annie Whiteley, Grand Junction, Colo., ’10 Mustang, broke;

SEMI-FINALS
Brand, 5.717, 255.97 def. Van Hauen, 5.862, 242.67;
Lombardo Jr., 5.713, 254.95 def. Westerfield, 9.608, 90.68;

FINALS
Brand, 5.669, 256.41 def. Lombardo Jr., 5.653, 256.75.

COMPETITION ELIMINATOR
Todd Patterson, Augusta, Kan., ’12 Cobalt, A/SMA, 7.962, 170.64  def.
Clark Smiley, Denver City, Texas, ’09 GXP, BB/A, 7.357, 185.23.

SUPER STOCK
Michael Compton, Neosho, Mo., ’92 Camaro, SS/BS, 9.152, 146.72  def.
Justin Jenkins, Beatrice, Neb., ’10 Cobalt, GT/CA, 9.764, 131.56.

STOCK ELIMINATOR
Larry DeForrest, Ramsey, Minn., ’10 Mustang, D/SA, 10.638, 124.03  def.
Duane Dickens, San Clemente, Calif., ’66 Chevy II, K/SA, 11.829, 109.59.

SUPER COMP
Tony Brown, Hallsville, Texas, dragster, 8.923, 170.26  def.
Jeff Lopez, Bedford, Texas, dragster, 8.905, 160.75.

SUPER GAS
Robby Lopez, Irving, Texas, ’63 Corvette, 9.868, 149.51  def.
Trevor Larson, Starbuck, Minn., ’08 Corvette, foul.

SUPER STREET
Curt Epperson, Silver Lake, Kan., ’63 Chevy II, 10.906, 141.71  def.
Greg Parson, Whitehouse, Texas, ’77 Nova, 10.897, 139.41.

TOP DRAGSTER
Jenifer White, Conroe, Texas, dragster, 6.395, 212.16  def.
Matt Driskell, Wellsville, Kan., dragster, 6.659, 201.91.

TOP SPORTSMAN
Jim White, Haysville, Kan., ’09 Cobalt, 6.834, 179.11  def.
Keith Sasich, Bartonville, Texas, ’07 GTO, broke.

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE PRESENTED BY HARLEY DAVIDSON
Curtis Spracklin, Omaha, Neb., ’05 Kawasaki, 8.678, 144.55  def. Beau Drexler, Lakewood, Colo., ’80 Kawasaki, 8.704, 147.94.

The following are Saturday’s final qualifying results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, West Central Division event at Heartland Park Topeka:

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER
1) Chris Demke, Tujunga, Calif., 5.325 seconds, 268.12 mph
2) Chase Copeland, Gainesville, Texas, 5.391, 265.53
3) Randy Meyer, Spring Hill, Kan., 5.396, 266.27
4) James Thompson, Vernon, Texas, 5.415, 266.00
5) Christine Chambless, Scott City, Kan., 5.432, 257.73
6) Todd Odom, Dallas, Texas, 5.451, 258.57
7) Brandon Pierce, Cypress, Texas, 5.497, 251.30
8) James Stevens, Gothenburg, Neb., 5.503, 260.21
Not Qualified
9) Jeff Veale, Stoney Creek, Ont., 5.532, 261.62
10) Gordon Gingles, Winnipeg, Manit., 5.543, 266.00
11) Joey Severance, Woodburn, Ore., 5.549, 263.77
12) Aaron Tatum, Oklahoma City, Okla., 5.567, 260.81
13) Dean Dubbin, Royalton, Minn., 5.646, 245.27
14) Eugene Tumbarello, Denver, Colo., 5.759, 229.12

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR
1) John Lombardo Jr., Brea, Calif., ’10 Mustang, 5.670 seconds, 256.41 mph
2) Annie Whiteley, Grand Junction, Colo., ’10 Mustang, 5.702, 254.76
3) Dale Brand, Sully, Iowa, ’14 Camaro, 5.706, 256.41
4) Kris Hool, Casper, Wyo., ’06 Monte Carlo, 5.726, 254.86
5) Shane Westerfield, Anaheim, Calif., ’06 Monte Carlo, 5.734, 254.14
6) Kirk Williams, Glenwood, Iowa, ’04 Camaro, 5.777, 249.16
7) Lance Van Hauen, Reinbeck, Iowa, ’14 Camaro, 5.943, 240.25
8) Mark Billington, Prosper, Texas, ’06 Monte Carlo, 5.945, 244.43
Not Qualified
9) Nancy Matter, Lewisville, Texas, ’02 Camaro, 5.979, 240.08
10) Billy Davis, Rogers, Ark., ’10 Mustang, 6.227, 185.97

COMPETITION ELIMINATOR
1) Clark Smiley, Denver City, Texas, ’09 GXP, BB/A, 7.397 seconds, -0.533 (under index)
2) Todd Patterson, Augusta, Kan., ’12 Cobalt, A/SMA, 7.964, -0.526
3) Shaun Vincent, Omaha, Neb., ’02 S-10, C/TA, 8.490, -0.510
4) Bruno Massel, Woodridge, Ill., ’10 Cobalt, DD/AT, 7.119, -0.501
5) Pat Nahan, Sartell, Minn., dragster, E/D, 7.416, -0.464
6) Jim Greenheck, Schofield, Wis., ’12 Camaro, C/AA, 7.426, -0.444
7) Duane Robison, Gardner, Kan., ’09 GXP, C/A, 7.475, -0.395
8) Terry Ticel, Lawrence, Kan., ’09 GXP, G/AA, 8.472, -0.378
9) William Hatcher, Satanta, Kan., dragster, A/DA, 6.733, -0.367
10) Mitch Withers, Pratt, Kan., ’07 GTO, A/A, 6.796, -0.314

SUPER STOCK
1) Jason DeForrest, Andover, Minn., ’05 Cavalier, GT/BA, 9.383 seconds, -0.867 (under index)
2) Mike Town, Paola, Kan., ’84 Regal, GT/MA, 10.925, -0.825
3) Ed Wright, Tulsa, Okla., ’96 Trans Am, SS/JA, 10.182, -0.818
4) Rob Cruzen, Cleveland, Okla., ’02 Cavalier, GT/EA, 9.847, -0.803
5) Phil Unruh, McPherson, Kan., ’10 Cobalt, SS/CM, 8.734, -0.766
6) Tony Shaffer, Independence, Mo., ’80 Malibu, GT/KA, 10.695, -0.755
7) Carroll Warling, Brighton, Colo., ’74 LeMans, SS/MA, 11.100, -0.750
8) Chris Chaney, Claremore, Okla., ’92 Camaro, GT/IA, 10.459, -0.741
9) Robert Cruzen, Las Vegas, Nev., ’06 Cobalt, GT/AA, 9.360, -0.740
10) Michael Mans, Rogers, Minn., ’00 Firebird, SS/AS, 8.890, -0.710

STOCK ELIMINATOR
1) Larry DeForrest, Ramsey, Minn., ’10 Mustang, D/SA, 10.541 seconds, -1.009 (under index)
2) Ryan Montford, Wichita, Kan., ’13 Camaro, BB/SA, 9.342, -0.958
3) Jamie Greening, Columbia, Mo., ’96 S-10, O/S, 12.150, -0.950
4) Duane Dickens, San Clemente, Calif., ’66 Chevy II, K/SA, 11.734, -0.916
5) Bruno Massel, Woodridge, Ill., ’14 Camaro, AAA/SA, 8.788, -0.912
6) Jacob Pitt, Mansfield, Texas, ’69 Barracuda, C/SA, 10.543, -0.857
7) Arthur Thibert, Tilbury, Ont., ’80 Malibu, K/SA, 11.796, -0.854
8) Mark Kirby, Bakersfield, Calif., ’73 Duster, F/SA, 11.025, -0.825
9) Brad VanLant, Linn Creek, Mo., ’71 Duster, E/SA, 10.876, -0.824
10) Dic Geary, Broomfield, Colo., ’85 Camaro, I/SA, 11.543, -0.757

TOP SPORTSMAN
1) Bob Gulitti, Tomball, Texas, ’11 Camaro, 6.471 seconds, 215.44 mph
2) Allen Firestone, Velma, Okla., ’13 Camaro, 6.476, 217.81
3) Norman Brungardt, Liberal, Kan., ’13 Camaro, 6.726, 205.98
4) Jim White, Haysville, Kan., ’09 Cobalt, 6.731, 209.46
5) Keith Sasich, Bartonville, Texas, ’07 GTO, 6.754, 205.98
6) Greg Lair, Canyon, Texas, ’14 Camaro, 6.773, 206.26
7) J.J. Heber, Centennial, Colo., ’06 Mustang, 6.803, 200.26
8) Michael Chitty, Ames, Iowa, ’04 Cavalier, 6.807, 203.06
9) Royce Freeman, Lindsay, Okla., ’09 GXP, 6.854, 205.94
10) Rich Smith, Wentzville, Mo., ’04 Cavalier, 6.912, 200.47

TOP DRAGSTER
1) Wade Pennington, Ada, Okla., dragster, 6.257 seconds, 220.51 mph
2) Mike Meier, Walford, Iowa, dragster, 6.359, 214.55
3) Jenifer White, Conroe, Texas, dragster, 6.363, 211.06
4) Bradley Thompson, Vernon, Texas, dragster, 6.394, 215.75
5) Phil Unruh, McPherson, Kan., dragster, 6.457, 212.33
6) Lee Ramey, Marlow, Okla., dragster, 6.523, 210.97
7) Jeff Koron, Hays, Kan., dragster, 6.553, 207.91
8) Larry Piper, Wamego, Kan., dragster, 6.566, 206.29
9) Mallori Rodgers, McAlester, Okla., dragster, 6.603, 202.18
10) Matt Driskell, Wellsville, Kan., dragster, 6.652, 202.15

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE PRESENTED BY HARLEY DAVIDSON
1) John Fitzpatrick, Park City, Kan., ’95 Suzuki, ETMX, 0.000 seconds reaction time
2) Robert Sanders, Katy, Texas, ’82 Suzuki, ETMX, 0.002
3) Cameron Belisle, Hugo, Minn., ’90 Suzuki, ETMX, 0.005
4) Curtis Spracklin, Omaha, Neb., ’05 Kawasaki, ETMX, 0.005
5) Jason Clampitt, Lino Lakes, Minn., ’79 Kawasaki, ETMX, 0.009
6) Ricky Martin, Coweta, Okla., ’80 Kawasaki, ETMX, 0.009
7) Les Knaak, Wichita, Kan., ’09 Hayabusa, ETMX, 0.010
8) Beau Drexler, Lakewood, Colo., ’80 Kawasaki, ETMX, 0.010
9) Leland Sykes, Denver, Colo., ’99 Kawasaki, ETMX, 0.013
10) David Olsen, Littleton, Colo., ’13 Timblin, ETMX, 0.013

SPOTLIGHT ON SPEED: DUSTIN THULIN

POSTED ON June 24th  - POSTED IN Dirt Track, News

Topekan Dustin Thulin has been a factor throughout his six-year career in Heartland Park Topeka’s Saturday Showdown dirt track series, but Thulin is still looking for his first championship, with last year’s third-place finish in the B Modified class his highest ever.

But if Thulin can continue the hot pace he’s set thus far in 2014 his first title could be in his future.

Thulin has won the past two weeks in the No. 45 and has three wins on the year while building a 73-point lead over Brian Murphy in the B Mod standings.

“It’s been pretty good the last few weeks,” Thulin said. “We’re kind of starting to hit our stride we feel like anyway.”

Some drivers like to avoid championship talk but Thulin admits that winning a title is one of his primary goals.

“It’s been a goal for a couple of years now,” he said. “We haven’t always been able to commit 100 percent as far as being there every week, but we’ve kind of chased it a couple of years now and it’s definitely a goal. It’s 100 percent the goal.”

 With the season right at the halfway point, Thulin’s key to holding on to the points lead will be consistency while also getting to victory lane whenever the opportunity presents itself.

“(Consistency’s) probably not been my strongest point,” Thulin said. “I’ve always been kind of a guy that’s going to go for the win at all costs. In year’s past that has probably hindered me as far as winning the championship.

“But right now, with it being as early as it is, I’m focused on winning but obviously finishing is the biggest goal and making sure you get to the end.”

And Thulin knows that there are plenty of competitors in the B Mod class capable of making a run at the title he so badly wants to win.

“It’s a real strong class,” Thulin said. “Generally you have at least two or three former champions running against you every night in that class.

“You’ve got some guys who come and go and there’s a couple that people may not know their name as well but they’re real strong. It’s always a fun battle for us.”

HPT.com will feature racers throughout the 2014 season. If you have someone you would like to see spotlighted send details and contact information to rick.peterson@cjonline.com - Rick can also be reached on Twitter @peterson_rick

NHRA Kansas Nationals News

POSTED ON May 24th  - POSTED IN News

Today was an exciting day at Heartland Park with John Force stepping into the Funny Car qualifying lead, J.R. Todd (Top Fuel) and Vincent Nobile (Pro Stock) also qualifying as leaders in this year’s 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event.  Mello Yellow qualifying will resume Saturday at 1:30 PM with eliminations and qualifying taking place in the morning

We’re sure to have more great races tomorrow but wanted to bring you some housekeeping news as well.


 

Frequently asked questions

We’ve created a Frequently asked questions section dedicated to the NHRA event happening now!  If you have a question, please look here first to see if you can get your answer quickly.  If you’re question isn’t there, the page has details on how to contact us so we can get you an answer.


 

Event Results

If you’re looking for the most up to date event results, check out the NHRA page here.  They have a section dedicated to the results.


 

Ticket exchange/ rainout policy

We have it posted in the Frequently asked questions, but wanted to put it here as well.  If you have questions about the ticket exchange/ rainout policy, please see the NHRA ticket exchange/ rainout policy here.


 

 

Thanks again to all the fans and have a safe, fun time at the track this weekend!

The Heartland Park Topeka team

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