Heartland Park to host event in 2005

NHRA Sport Compact Series to Make Heartland Park Debut at 2005 O'Reilly Summer Nationals TOPEKA, Kansas -- The National Hot Rod Association has announced that the 2005 O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals event at Heartland Park Topeka will also ...

NHRA Sport Compact Series to Make Heartland Park Debut at 2005 O'Reilly Summer Nationals

TOPEKA, Kansas -- The National Hot Rod Association has announced that the 2005 O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals event at Heartland Park Topeka will also include a stop for the NHRA Summit Sport Compact Series schedule.

The NHRA Summit Sport Compact Series is comprised of eight stand-alone events, and will for the first time be included at NHRA POWERade Drag Race events in Las Vegas (April 14-17) and at the 17th Annual O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Summer Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka (May 26-29).

"We are excited to bring the NHRA Summit Sport Compact Drag Racing Series championship categories to two NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series events in 2004 and having them compete for NHRA Summit Sport Compact Drag Racing Series World Championship points," said Gary Darcy, vice president of marketing, NHRA. "With the support we have received from the racing community, including racers, sponsors and fans, we believe this is a logical step in the evolution of the NHRA Summit Sport Compact Series and a wonderful opportunity to introduce this exciting form of drag racing and its stars to our NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series audience."

NHRA is the premier sanctioning body for sport compact drag racing. It presents the 10-race, $2.1 million NHRA Summit Sport Compact Drag Racing Series at eight tracks across the country from April-October. The series features the largest guaranteed sport compact event purse of more than $26,000 paid out per event. In addition, the series offers a year-end championship fund of $144,000, along with more than $1.7 million in contingency payouts. The series is highlighted by its five championship classes (Pro RWD, Pro FWD, Modified, Turbo Magazine Hot Rod and Honda Tuning All Motor).

Tickets for the 17th Annual O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Summer Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka are now on sale. To receive ticket information, or to place an order, contact the HPT offices at (800) 43-RACES.

-hpt-

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