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Rogers Nails 2nd Win Of The Season At HPT

POSTED ON September 22nd  - POSTED IN Dirt Track, News

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.

Article Reposted from In The Pits

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Save $5 off your driver entry at the Sept. 19th Street Legal/TNT!

POSTED ON September 18th  - POSTED IN Drag Strip, News

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* HPT reserves the right to have the final interpretation of rules for the discount.






Murry Gets The Job Done At HPT

POSTED ON September 15th  - POSTED IN Dirt Track, News

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.

Article Reposted from In The Pits

Image: Reed Bros. Racing

Fuqua Dominates In Win #7 At HPT

POSTED ON September 8th  - POSTED IN Dirt Track, News

Topeka, KS – Darron Fuqua marched to the tune of a different drummer Saturday night at Heartland Park Topeka. Fuqua was marching to his own beat as he won his 7th USRA Modified Feature of the season. It was an impressive win as Fuqua amassed a large lead before being bunched back up by a yellow. When the green came back out he checked out on the competition. Dustin Thulin was the man of the hour in the USRA B Mod Feature. Thulin dueled with Lucas Isaacs for most of the race before pulling away towards the end. In the Pure Stock Feature David McDonald kept his strong season alive as he raced to another win. Robert Garst was the King of the USRA Stock Cars and Dan Canady, once again, proved to be to tough to tame in the Sport Compact division.

Article Reposted from In The Pits

Image: Reed Bros. Racing

10th Annual HOT ROD Drag Week Draws Most Racers Yet

POSTED ON August 27th  - POSTED IN Drag Strip, News

10th Annual HOT ROD Drag WeekTM Draws Most Racers Yet

HOT ROD Magazine revs up for Drag WeekSeptember 7-13


EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AUGUST 27, 2014) – With over 100 more entries than last year an unprecedented 340 cars will race in the biggest event yet when HOT ROD Drag Week2014 starts September 7th.


Competitors will be put to a grueling test over five days of drag racing and more than 1,000 miles covered in the same car, with the same engine, in the search for HOT ROD’s Fastest Street Car in America. Participants will register times at four drag strips. Some of the most amazing vehicles in the world will be on display, as a few will be looking to top 200 mph in the quarter-mile in less than seven seconds.


But it’s not just about clocking the lowest elapsed time on the strips; the racers will also have to drive their vehicles on a specified route from city to city. The crew at HOT ROD will require photographic evidence from each entry that drivers are adhering to the prescribed route. Thus, drivers will be on the clock for five straight days and must remain alert to all rules.


Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park will be open September 7th from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. for tech inspection and “test n’ tune.” Spectators can see the field of competitors as they undergo tech inspection then take the track for some test time prior to the first day of racing.


For the first time ever the Heads-Up Shootout will take place September 13th. This is a real race, whereas Drag Week is essentially time trials. It’s the chance for the little guys to trounce the big guys if they can. Cars will race until a winner is announced.


Follow the action at HOT ROD Drag Week2014 on Twitter using #dragweek14. Learn more about Drag Week at


Racing hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 2 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Tulsa Raceway on Friday.


Day 1                         Sep 8 – Osage Casino Raceway Park- Tulsa, OK

Day 2                       Sep 9 – Heartland Park- Topeka, KS

Day 3                        Sep 10 – Thunder Valley Raceway- Noble, OK

Day 4                      Sep 11 – SRCA Drag Strip- Great Bend, KS

Day 5                      Sep 12 – Osage Casino Raceway- Tulsa, OK


Admission is $10 for ages 13 and up Sunday through Thursday, and $15 for the finals on Friday and the Heads Up Challenge on Saturday. Kids 12 and under can attend free each day with paid adult. For VIP ticket pricing in Tulsa, please visit



About HOT ROD Magazine   

HOT ROD has been the most recognized brand in the world of high-performance cars since the iconic American magazine was founded in 1948. Today, the authoritative HOT ROD media footprint connects with more than 5 million individuals per month. The HOT ROD Network includes HOT ROD and HOT ROD Deluxe print and digital magazines; and; the two largest events of their kind, HOT ROD Power Tour and HOT ROD Drag Week; two monthly YouTube shows Roadkill (averaging a million-plus views per episode) and the new HOT ROD Garage; 2.2 million Facebook fans, plus multiple active Twitter and Instagram accounts; and broad licensing of HOT ROD branded products.  HOT ROD is part of TEN: The Enthusiast Network and its family of enthusiast brands.



About TEN: The Enthusiast Network

TEN: The Enthusiast Network LLC is the world’s premier network of enthusiast brands, such as Motor Trend, Automobile, Hot Rod, Surfer, Transworld and GrindTV. With more than 60 publications, 100 Web sites, the world’s largest automotive VOD channel, 800 branded products, 50+ events, TV and radio programs, TEN creates and delivers content that informs, entertains, inspires and connects with enthusiasts every day. For more information visit

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HOT ROD Drag Week contact:

Jenny Schmitz



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2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule released

POSTED ON August 25th  - POSTED IN Drag Strip, News

The 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule has been announced by NHRA officials. The 24-race NHRA Mello Yello Series will make its traditional stops across the country and remains the most geographically dispersed U.S. touring series in all of motorsports, reaching fans with its unique brand of high-horsepower entertainment from New England to California, Washington to Florida, and all points between.

Highlighting the schedule once again in 2015 will be the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, the world’s most prestigious drag race, at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2-7.

The season again will open and close at famed Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. The season kicks off at Pomona with the NHRA Winternationals, Feb. 5-8, and closes at the historic dragstrip with the final race of the Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship playoffs, the Auto Club NHRA Finals, Nov. 12-15.

Following the season opener, the series returns to Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park near Phoenix for the CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals, Feb. 20-22. NHRA teams will traverse the country to make it to the traditional East Coast opener at Florida’s Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville for the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, March 12-15.

Three traditional stops will follow: the popular NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte, N.C. (March 27-29); the NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (April 10-12); and the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway near Houston (April 24-26).

In May, the teams will travel to Atlanta for the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals, May 15-17, and then on to Topeka, Kan., for the NHRA Kansas Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka, May 22-24.

Teams will compete at three races in three weeks in June, starting with the Toyota NHRA Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J. (June 4-7), followed by the Auto-Plus NHRA New England Nationals, June 12-14 at New England Dragway in Epping, N.H., and the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, June 19-21 at Bristol (Tenn.) Dragway on Father’s Day weekend.

After a week off, the NHRA Mello Yello Series will make two more stops before the Western Swing. A massive Fourth of July celebration is guaranteed for the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, July 2-5 at Norwalk, Ohio. The summer racing parade will continue with the O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals, which will move to July 9-12 at Route 66 Raceway near Chicago.

The famed Western Swing will begin one week later in 2015 and kicks off with the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at scenic Bandimere Speedway in Denver, July 24-26.  From there, the teams will trek farther west stopping in Northern California for the NHRA Sonoma Nationals (July 31-Aug. 2) at Sonoma Raceway before finishing the Western Swing near Seattle at Pacific Raceways with the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals, Aug. 7-9. NHRA teams will then take another week off before heading to Brainerd, Minn., for the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, Aug. 20-23.

The last race in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series regular season at which the final positions for the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship can be secured will be the prestigious Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2-7.

NHRA’s playoffs, the six-race NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship, kicks off two weeks later with three consecutive weeks of racing: the NHRA Carolina Nationals in Charlotte, N.C. (Sept. 18-20); the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park near St. Louis (Sept. 25-27); and the NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pa. (Oct. 1-4).

The AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at the Texas Motorplex near Dallas (Oct. 15-18) will set the stage for the final two Countdown playoff races.  The season concludes out West with the NHRA Toyota Nationals in Las Vegas (Oct. 29-Nov. 1) and the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, where world champions will be crowned in Southern California Nov. 12-15.

The Pro Stock Motorcycle class will compete in a 16-race schedule, with six of those races in the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship. The location of the 16th bike race will be announced at a later date.

ESPN2, a part of the ESPN network, will again provide exclusive television coverage on a same-day basis of all NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events, featuring action from qualifying rounds Saturday and eliminations Sunday.

NHRA Mello Yello Series Regular Season
Feb. 5-8 NHRA Winternationals Pomona, Calif.
Feb. 20-22 CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals Phoenix
March 12-15 Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals (PSM) Gainesville, Fla.
March 27-29 NHRA Four-Wide Nationals (PSM) Charlotte, N.C.
April 10-12 NHRA Nationals Las Vegas
April 24-26 O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals Houston
May 15-17 Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals (PSM) Atlanta
May 22-24 NHRA Kansas Nationals Topeka, Kan.
June 4-7 Toyota NHRA Summernationals (PSM) Englishtown, N.J.
June 12-14 Auto-Plus NHRA New England Nationals Epping, N.H.
June 19-21 NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Bristol, Tenn.
July 2-5 Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals (PSM) Norwalk, Ohio
July 9-12 O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals (PSM) Chicago
July 24-26 Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals (PSM) Denver
July 31-Aug. 2 NHRA Sonoma Nationals (PSM) Sonoma, Calif.
Aug. 7-9 O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals Seattle
Aug. 20-23 Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals Brainerd, Minn.
Sept. 2-7 Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals (PSM) Indianapolis
NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship
Sept. 18-20 NHRA Carolina Nationals (PSM) Charlotte, N.C.
Sept. 25-27 AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals (PSM) St. Louis
Oct. 1-4 NHRA Nationals (PSM) Reading, Pa.
Oct. 15-18 AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals (PSM) Dallas
Oct. 29-Nov. 1 NHRA Toyota Nationals (PSM) Las Vegas
Nov. 12-15 Auto Club NHRA Finals (PSM) Pomona, Calif.
(PSM) – Event will include Pro Stock Motorcycle


POSTED ON August 25th  - POSTED IN Drag Strip, News

TOPEKA, Kan.– In the final results from Heartland Park Topeka and the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Chris Demke, Tujunga, Calif., and Dale Brand of Sully, Iowa, took home the wins in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car respectively. With their weekend wins, both racers currently sit on top of the NHRA Lucas Oil National Championship point standings.


After a long day of racing, Demke worked his way through the field from the No.1 qualifying position and ran 5.336 seconds at 268.44 mph in his final round victory over Randy Meyer, Spring Hill, Kan., who clocked in at 5.383 seconds, 265.53 mph.


Brand faced off against John Lombardo Jr., Brea, Calif., and posted a winning run of 5.669 seconds at 256.41 mph in his ’14 Camaro with an approximate margin of victory of 6 feet.  Lombardo drove to a 5.653 second, 256.75 mph lap for his runner up finish, coming up just short two years in a row at this event.


Local racer Todd Patterson, Augusta, Kan., took out the event’s No. 1 qualifier Clark Smiley, Denver City, Texas, in the Comp Eliminator final with a 7.962 second, 170.64 mph pass. Other competitors visiting the Winner’s Circle include Michael Compton, Neosho, Mo., in Super Stock; Larry DeForrest, Ramsey, Minn., in Stock Eliminator; and Tony Brown of Hallsville, Texas, used a perfect reaction time off the line to prevail in Super Stock. Robby Lopez, Irving, Texas, picked up the Super Gas trophy while Curt Epperson from Silver Lake, Kan., won the Super Street title in his ’63 Chevy II.


In the division’s FinelineGraphics / MadcapEngines Top Dragster class it was Jenifer White, Conroe, Texas, taking the win while Jim White, Haysville, Kan., won in the Jerry Haas Race Cars Top Sportsman category.  Also competing at the event was the Sportsman Motorcycle presented by Harley Davidson class with Curtis Spracklin of Omaha, Neb., taking home the hardware with the assistance of a perfect reaction time.


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, August 27 – September 1 for the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals. The West Central division will continue at Tri-State Raceway in Earlville, Iowa for the next NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, September 5-7.


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



Round 1

4) James Thompson, Vernon, Texas, 5.524, 262.79 def. 5) Christine Chambless, ScottCity, 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



Meyer, 5.358, 268.54 def. Copeland, 15.130, 65.38

Demke, 5.320, 271.02 def. Thompson, 13.356, 62.63



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



Round 1

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



Brand, 5.717, 255.97 def. Van Hauen, 5.862, 242.67

Lombardo Jr., 5.713, 254.95 def. Westerfield, 9.608, 90.68



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



Curtis Spracklin, Omaha, Neb., ’05 Kawasaki, 8.678, 144.55 def. Beau Drexler, Lakewood, Colo., ’80 Kawasaki, 8.704, 147.94

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