SPOTLIGHT ON SPEED: TROY ROSS
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.
Topeka, KS – For the 2nd straight week Steven Bowers Jr. has taken home the hardware in the USRA Modified division at Heartland Park Topeka. Bowers started 7th in the A Main but wasted no time getting to the front and taking the lead and running away with the win. Dakota Foster finally got into victory lane in the USRA B Mod division. Foster was the first to the checkers and also made it through post race tech to score his 1st win at HPT in 2014. In the Hobby Stock Feature it was Randy Kohn getting the victory. This season it’s been the father and sun duo of Randy and Ron Kohn leading the way winning 9 of 12 races this season. Steve Herrick put another win on the board in the USRA Stock Car division and Dan Canady picked up another win in the Sport Compact division.
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Topeka, KS – After a slight delay with the lights at Heartland Park Topeka, Steven Bowers Jr. turned out the lights on the competition in the USRA Modified division. The victory was his 2nd of the season at HPT. In the USRA Modified Feature Ethan Isaacs kept Dakota Foster behind him on the last couple of yellow flags to win his first feature of the season. Steve Herrick won the USRA Stock feature by out dueling Jim Powell Jr. In the Pure Stock division it was repeat winner Ron Kohn scoring the victory. Alex Boyden scored his 1st victory of the season in the Sport Compact class.
Doing double duty in Heartland Park Topeka’s Saturday Showdown dirt track series is a challenge for Jay Bailey, but visiting victory lane last Saturday night made his hectic race-night schedule a little easier.
Bailey is a regular in HPT’s Modified class, sitting third in points, but he has also been running in the B Mod division recently since picking up a new B Mod.
It was in the new car that the Lyndon racer picked up Saturday’s win in just his fourth start in the car.
“My kids are getting close to being old enough to drive and I figured if I found something that was worthwhile I’d buy it,” Bailey said. “A guy up in Kansas City had that car for sale turn-key so I went up and bought it and came back and played with it.
“I’ve had it for probably three months and messed with it for a couple of months and got it all set up to where I thought it ought to be and then we took it out and raced it.”
Last week’s B Mod win was his first in his new acquisition, but Bailey has been a contender in the No. 333 since the first night he took it out.
“We finished second the first night and then fifth,” Bailey said. “We had a water pump hose come off (the third race) and then we won the other night.”
Eventually Bailey wants to turn over the racing reins to his sons.
“I have two other B Mods sitting in my garage at home,” Bailey said. “I have three boys and in about two years the first one will be able to drive and then the next one a year after that and the third one a year after that. All three of them will be driving in the next four years and then I’ll retire from driving.”
Racing in both the Modified and B Mod divisions isn’t easy, but Bailey has been able to make it work.
“The biggest thing is getting them ready during the week,” Bailey said. “The A Mod takes about 20 hours a week to get it ready and then you add probably five to 10 hours a week for the B Mod, so it pretty much makes it a full week.”
But last week’s win made the time spent worthwhile.
“Any time you get a win it makes it a whole lot easier,” Bailey said.
Topeka, KS – Jim Powell Jr. is enjoying his new home track. In 2014 Powell decided to run the USRA Stock Car class and its been beneficial to him. Saturday night at Heartland Park Topeka Powell logged his 5th win in 10 races. Powell had to hold off a tough Steve Herrick to get the win. Jay Bailey became the 6th different feature winner in the USRA B Mod division when he was declared the winner after Dakota Foster was DQed. The Pure Stock feature went to Dylan McDonald. Jared Rogers took home his 1st win of the season in the USRA Modified divsion. With the win Rogers becomes the 6th different feature winner of the season.
July 5th, 2014 at Briggsauto.com Speedway for the Super 8 @ Forbes Landing Saturday Showdown:
BIGGER KIDS ZONE for the kids!!! Sponsored by Bailey and Sons Motor Co. in Lyndon, Kansas
Prizes sponsored by Mars Candy
Bigger Payouts for the racers!!! Sponsored by Super 8 @ Forbes Landing in Pauline, Kansas
Free Military GA Ticket with an I.D.!!!
Concession Specials: $1 Corndogs, $1 Root Beer Floats, $1 Margaritas!!!
We will be hosting a bigger Kids Zone with Carnival type games for fun and prizes for the kids, being Sponsored by Jay Bailey at Bailey and Sons Motor Co. in Lyndon, Kansas. Games will include “the Duck Pond”, “a Ring Toss”, “Balloon Darts”, “Water Balloon Toss”, “Quarterback Throw” “Bouncy House”, and “Face Painting”.
Increasing Payouts to the winner in each class:
A-Mod – $850 to win
B-Mod – $475 to win
Stock Car – $350 to win
Pure Stock – $200 to win
Sport Compact – $110 to win
Pit Gates open at 4:00 pm
Spectator Gate opens at 5:00 pm
Hot Laps start at 6:15 pm
We will see you at The Races!!!
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No, however we are exploring the idea of adding the Youth category to the 2015 Jr. Conference Finals.
No, we have limited the engine for the Novice and Youth category to the Briggs and Stratton 206 (p/n: 124332 8201 01)
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Yes, during preliminary testing we have found by removing the slide valve the performance of the Briggs and Stratton 206 engine the engine will be competitive in the Novice category.
If a new participant in Novice, Intermediate and Advanced categories has submitted the old application and NHRA receives it after the 15th will it be returned?
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The engine cost approximately $500.
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