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Ethan Issacs Wins 4th Straight At HPT, Fuqua Notches #6

POSTED ON August 18th  - POSTED IN Dirt Track, News

Topeka, KS – It was another night USRA Competition at Heartland Park Topeka. Ethan Isaacs pulled off the ‘hat trick’ with his 3rd straight win a week ago and this week he followed it up with his 4th straight USRA B Mod Feature Win! Darron Fuqua took home win #6 on the season in the USRA Modified division. Alan Mattox kept his momentum going from a week ago by winning the Pure Stock A main. Robert Garst stormed to another USRA Stock Car Feature win. Dan Canady rolled to the victory in the Sport Compact Feature.

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Aug 15th Street Legal TNT canceled

POSTED ON August 15th  - POSTED IN News

Due to the weather forecast the Street Legal/Test n Tune for Friday Aug 15th, 2014 has been canceled.

Gates will remain open so you may still come in and park to Saturday’s and Sunday’s bracket race.

Sorry for any inconvenience.

Save $5 at the Sept. 5th Street Legal/TNT

POSTED ON August 15th  - POSTED IN Drag Strip, News

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.







POSTED ON August 12th  - POSTED IN Drag Strip, News


Now in his 24th year of stock car racing, the 2014 season has been one of change — and considerable success — for Parsons’ Jeremy Chambers.

After running several seasons in the B Mod division in Heartland Park Topeka’s Saturday Showdown dirt track series, Chambers joined forces with Topekan Jim Gruber and has switched to the Modified class this season.

There’s no arguing with the results, with the 41-year-old Chambers leading the points at both Heartland Park and Humboldt Speedway and ranking fourth in the United States Racing Association national standings.

“We spent the last three years racing our own equipment in the B Mod division and this year I started driving for Jim Gruber,” Chambers said. “We just kind of started back into the A Mod thing and we’ve had a pretty successful year by most people’s standards.

“We’ve had four feature wins now and have been running real consistent. That’s kind of what it takes to run good in the points.”

Chambers is quick to admit that teaming with Gruber and the Gruber family has been a big key to his success.

“It kind of started out last year,” Chambers said. “He asked me one night right at the end of the year if I wanted to drive his car. We drove it and honestly didn’t even do that well, but we got to talking over the winter and decided we wanted to try to race together.

“I keep the equipment here in Parsons and work on it during the week and (Gruber) comes to the races and gives us the support and things we need to keep racing with. Really their whole family has stepped up and made this all possible. It’s very much a family and team thing going on here. We have some good sponsors, too, who have stepped up and helped us this year.”

Over the years racing for points hasn’t been a focus for Chambers, but with a chance to win a couple of championships this season, that philosophy has changed.

“My philosophy on points has always been to just race and kind of see how it shakes out at the end,” Chambers said. “If we’re close we’ll go for it.

“We’ve probably kind of got ourselves boxed in a little bit this year to try to go ahead and finish them out.”

Chambers, who owns and operates a steel fabrication business, will also try to do everything he can to make a run at the national USRA championship, but would be satisfied with a solid top-10 finish.

“We were actually leading the national points for a few weeks and that was pretty exciting,”

he said. “We’ve fallen off a little bit and haven’t been as consistent but we’re getting back there.

“What we’ve really got to do to stay up in the top five in the national points is we need to get some more wins and that’s our goal right now, to win as many races as we can between now and the end of the year.”


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Wilson Wins Thriller At HPT

POSTED ON August 11th  - POSTED IN Dirt Track, News

Topeka, KS – Ethan Isaacs has been on a roll lately in his USRA B Mod. Friday night he picked up a win at Humboldt Speedway and Saturday night he held off a hard charging Nick Newton for his 2nd straight win in as many nights. Steven Bowers Jr. marched to his 3rd USRA Modified win of the season. It was another night of mass disqualifications in the Pure Stock division. When everything was sorted out Alan Mattox became a first time feature winner. Jeremy Wilson continued his winning ways yet again in the USRA Stock Car division. In the Sport Compacts, Jarret Beach logged another win for the 2nd straight week.

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Hot Rod Drag Week Info

POSTED ON August 6th  - POSTED IN Drag Strip, News

Here’s the official info on HOT ROD’s Drag Week 2014 rules, registration, and more! This year is the tenth running of Drag Week, presented by Gear Vendors, and will be held September 7 to 12, starting and ending at Tulsa Raceway Park in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Day 2, September 9th is here at Heartland Park Topeka!

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Davis Freight Train Scores Win At HPT

POSTED ON August 4th  - POSTED IN Dirt Track, News

Topeka, KS – Kerry Davis has been racking up USRA Modified Feature wins at Lucas Oil Speedway, I-35 Speedway, Lakeside Speedway and he can now add Heartland Park Topeka. Davis picked up his 1st win of the season at HPT on Saturday night. Davis becomes the 7th different feature winner of the year in the Modifieds. Ethan Isaacs held on to win the USRA B Mod Feature. The win was his 2nd in a row and 2nd of the year. Robert Garst won going away in the USRA Stock Car main event. Jarret Beach took the top honors in the Sport Compacts. A slew of DQ’s in the Pure Stock division saw Ron Kohn inherit the win.

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Topeka Lucas Oil winners crowned

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

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 Comp Eliminator, the division’s Fineline Madcap Top Dragsters and Jerry Haas Racecars Top Sportsman and the rest of the classes that make up the nationwide series.

The West Central division and the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series is back in action here again at Heartland Park next month August 22-23 for the NHRA Lucas Oil West Central Regional where they will be joined by the Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car classes.

The following are the final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Heartland Park Topeka:

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

Bruno Massel, Woodridge, Ill., ’10 Cobalt, DD/AT, broke def.
Clark Smiley, Denver City, Texas, ’09 GXP, BB/A, broke.

Jared Swinehart, Piedmont, Okla., ’92 Camaro, GT/AA, 9.782, 131.47 def.
A.J. Patterson, Augusta, Kan., ’67 Nova, SS/HA, 10.149, 128.27.

Austin Williams, Burleson, Texas, ’72 Duster, F/SA, 11.473, 109.19 def.
Duane Dickens, San Clemente, Calif., ’66 Chevy II, K/SA, 11.822, 109.95.

Kevin Dyck, E. St. Paul, Manit., dragster, 8.911, 182.70 def.
Bruce Wiedmaier, Topeka, Kan., dragster, 8.898, 155.17.

Steve Collier, Benton, La., ’72 Vega, 9.904, 158.84 def.
Dale Evens, St. Cloud, Minn., ’91 Daytona, 9.906, 157.89.

Jeff Landholm, Oakland, Neb., ’68 Camaro, 10.923, 147.46 def.
Jason Wettstein, Garnett, Kan., ’66 Chevy II, 10.895, 126.30.

Matt Driskell, Wellsville, Kan., dragster, 6.727, 194.10 def.
Todd Piper, Wamego, Kan., dragster, 6.948, 185.23.

J.J. Heber, Centennial, Colo., ’06 Mustang, 6.892, 197.80 def.
Larry Larson, Oak Grove, Mo., ’00 Firebird, 7.167, 190.54.

John Fitzpatrick, Park City, Kan., ’10 Kawasaki, 9.246, 141.92 def.
Ricky Martin, Coweta, Okla., ’80 Kawasaki, 9.612, 134.78.

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

1) Kevin Self, Caddo, Okla., ’32 Bantam, F/EA, 7.887 seconds, -0.533 (under index)
2) Chad Voges, St. Peters, Mo., ’32 Bantam, K/AA, 7.774, -0.516
3) Shaun Vincent, Omaha, Neb., ’02 S-10, C/TA, 8.485, -0.515
4) Clark Smiley, Denver City, Texas, ’09 GXP, BB/A, 7.417, -0.513
5) Todd Patterson, Augusta, Kan., ’10 Cobalt, A/SMA, 7.982, -0.508
6) Jim Greenheck, Schofield, Wis., ’12 Camaro, C/AA, 7.426, -0.444
7) John Keilers, Colorado Springs, Colo., dragster, A/DA, 6.661, -0.439
8) Pat Nahan, Sartell, Minn., dragster, E/D, 7.451, -0.429
9) Pete Carbery, Odessa, Texas, ’07 Cobalt, B/A, 7.159, -0.401
10) Duane Robison, Gardner, Kan., ’09 GXP, C/A, 7.505, -0.385

1) Jason DeForrest, Andover, Minn., ’05 Cavalier, GT/BA, 9.361 seconds, -0.889 (under index)
2) Ron Roddel, Sioux Falls, S.D., ’02 Grand Am, GT/LA, 10.702, -0.848
3) Phil Unruh, McPherson, Kan., ’10 Cobalt, SS/CM, 8.713, -0.787
4) Mike Town, Paola, Kan., ’84 Regal, GT/MA, 10.970, -0.780
5) Michael Mans, Rogers, Minn., ’00 Firebird, SS/AS, 8.842, -0.758
6) Tom Cain, Louisburg, Kan., ’09 Cobalt, SS/BS, 8.907, -0.743
7) Ron Taylor, Lincoln, Neb., ’56 Nomad, SS/NA, 11.412, -0.738
8) Larry Hodge, La Place, Ill., ’86 Monte Carlo, SS/KA, 10.543, -0.707
9) Carroll Warling, Brighton, Colo., ’74 LeMans, SS/MA, 11.163, -0.687
10) Brent Mandery, Watertown, S.D., ’92 Ciera, GT/HA, 10.369, -0.681

1) Larry DeForrest, Ramsey, Minn., ’10 Mustang, D/SA, 10.556 seconds, -0.994 (under index)
2) Jamie Greening, Columbia, Mo., ’96 S-10, O/S, 12.208, -0.892
3) Duane Dickens, San Clemente, Calif., ’66 Chevy II, K/SA, 11.772, -0.878
4) Dic Geary, Broomfield, Colo., ’85 Camaro, I/SA, 11.484, -0.816
5) Bruno Massel, Woodridge, Ill., ’14 Camaro, AAA/SA, 8.933, -0.767
6) Randy Beyer, Gretna, Neb., ’13 Camaro, BB/SA, 9.546, -0.754
7) Chris Cheney, Claremore, Okla., ’69 Camaro, G/SA, 11.298, -0.702
8) Mike Jeffrey, Lexington, Neb., ’80 Diplomat, V/SA, 14.831, -0.669
9) Carson Pedigo, Andover, Kan., ’70 Chevelle, C/SA, 10.733, -0.667
10) Brett Speer, Little Falls, Minn., ’70 Nova, B/SA, 10.606, -0.644

1) Allen Firestone, Velma, Okla., ’13 Camaro, 6.588 seconds, 213.54 mph
2) Norman Brungardt, Liberal, Kan., ’13 Camaro, 6.716, 206.86
3) Jim White, Haysville, Kan., ’09 Cobalt, 6.723, 209.82
4) J.J. Heber, Centennial, Colo., ’06 Mustang, 6.835, 199.35
5) Rich Smith, Wentzville, Mo., ’04 Cavalier, 6.951, 198.26
6) Curt Harshfield, Sioux City, Iowa, ’55 Chevy, 6.976, 192.28
7) Tom Harger, Des Moines, Iowa, ’96 Cutlass, 6.981, 200.89
8) Ashton Premer, Pierce, Neb., ’04 Escort, 6.996, 197.05
9) Rick Wilson, Independence, Mo., ’69 Camaro, 7.000, 196.27
10) Dave Slatten, Ft. Collins, Colo., ’05 Grand Am, 7.007, 197.42

1) Mike Meier, Walford, Iowa, dragster, 6.408 seconds, 215.34 mph
2) Phil Unruh, McPherson, Kan., dragster, 6.410, 214.35
3) James Ogden, League City, Texas, dragster, 6.435, 209.36
4) Bill Swann, Carrolton, Texas, dragster, 6.497, 213.74
5) Jeff Koron, Hays, Kan., dragster, 6.516, 208.65
6) Larry Piper, Wamego, Kan., dragster, 6.557, 206.83
7) Matt Driskell, Wellsville, Kan., dragster, 6.680, 201.46
8) Tony Jackson, Lenexa, Kan., dragster, 6.681, 198.90
9) George Slatten, Santa Fe, N.M., dragster, 6.760, 198.38
10) Bob Ross, Pueblo, Colo., dragster, 6.786, 198.90

1) Patrick Roetto, Wichita, Kan., ’09 Suzuki, SMC, 0.001 seconds reaction time
2) Jason Clampitt, Lino Lakes, Minn., ’79 Kawasaki, SMC, 0.001
3) John Fitzpatrick, Park City, Kan., ’10 Kawasaki, SMC, 0.003
4) Ricky Martin, Coweta, Okla., ’80 Kawasaki, SMC, 0.004
5) Mike Voss, Maplewood, Minn., ’10 Kawasaki, SMC, 0.009
6) Mike Hudson, Broken Arrow, Okla., ’11 Kawasaki, SMC, 0.015
7) Tom Gilligan, Fremont, Neb., ’77 Kawasaki, SMC, 0.024
8) Elyse McKinnon, Lawrence, Kan., ’10 BMW, SMC, 0.064
9) Mark Waltman, Milliken, Colo., ’77 Kawasaki, SMC, 0.245
10) Ron Johnson, Ellis, Kan., ’78 Kawasaki, SMC, 0.319

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POSTED ON July 22nd  - POSTED IN Drag Strip, News


Emporia’s Troy Ross has been one of the most dominant drag racers in Heartland Park Topeka’s recent history, winning track championships in HPT’s E.T. Bracket Racing Series four of the last five years .

But this season, Ross, who won the Sportsman title and was second in the Pro class a year ago, has spent more time in the shop trying to get his cars ready to race than running down the dragstrip.

Ross is hoping that trend changes in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Division V Championships Friday and Saturday at Heartland Park.

“It’s been the craziest year by far,” Ross said. “About every car we’ve been in we’ve had some trouble with, but maybe that means we used up our luck the past few years.

“We were pretty carefree and didn’t have many troubles but it’s kind of caught up to us so far this year. But we’re getting things lined out.”

Ross’s plan for the 2014 season was to still run in the HPT bracket series whenever possible but also try his luck in divisional and national events.

To that end Ross purchased a 1987 Camaro last November, hoping to race that car in the Super Stock division.

“I kind of just wanted to take a break and focus on the Super Stock car,” he said. “We were ready for a change and branch out a little.”

But it has taken Troy and his father, Dick, longer to get the Camaro race-ready than they expected. This weekend’s event is expected to be the Camaro’s debut in a divisional event.

“We’ll be able to race this car the rest of the year if we want, whichever divisional or national event we decide to go to,” Ross said. “The main thing is getting it straightened out and making sure everything is good on the car.”

Ross is hoping to have some success in the Super Stock class the remainder of ’14 while building momentum for 2015.

“I don’t know that we’ll be able to chase points at the divisional level this year because the year’s half gone and we haven’t even gotten to race but the intentions are to get the car lined out and then next year we can hit it with a full head of steam.”

A test and tune session for this week’s divisional is scheduled from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday, followed by time trials and qualifying at 9 a.m. Friday. Round one of eliminations is slated for 9 a.m. Saturday.

The Division V event is scheduled to wrap up Saturday night but Heartland Park will also host an E.T. Bracket Series event on Sunday, starting at 9 a.m.

This weekend’s event is the first of two Division V events at HPT this summer, with a second divisional scheduled for August 22-23. will feature racers throughout the 2014 season. If you have someone you would like to see spotlighted send details and contact information to - Rick can also be reached on Twitter @peterson_rick

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