Heartland Park event on 2006 calendar

NHRA POWERADE SERIES BACK AT HPT ON MEMORIAL WEEKEND IN '06 TOPEKA, Kan. (Aug. 4, 2005) - The National Hot Rod Association has released its 2006 POWERade Drag Racing Series schedule, and the 23-stop tour will make an annual appearance at ...

NHRA POWERADE SERIES BACK AT HPT ON MEMORIAL WEEKEND IN '06

TOPEKA, Kan. (Aug. 4, 2005) - The National Hot Rod Association has released its 2006 POWERade Drag Racing Series schedule, and the 23-stop tour will make an annual appearance at Heartland Park Topeka on Memorial Day Weekend for a sixth consecutive year.

The 18th Annual O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Summer Nationals presented by Castrol GTX are scheduled for Thursday through Sunday, May 25-28, 2006.

Heartland Park is the ninth stop of the 2006 POWERade Drag Race Series schedule, and will follow the 42nd Annual Pontiac Performance NHRA Nationals at National Trail Raceway in Columbus, Ohio set for May 18-21.

Unlike 2004 and '05, Heartland Park will not be the third stop in three consecutive weeks for the stars of the NHRA. The 2006 O'Reilly Summer Nationals will be the second stop in as many weeks, followed by an off-weekend before the series heads to Route 66 Raceway outside Chicago for the Ninth Annual CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals, June 8-11.

David Grubnic, John Force, and Greg Anderson claimed the Top Fuel Dragster, Top Fuel Funny Car, and Pro Stock categories, respectively, at the 2005 O'Reilly Summer Nationals. The win in May was Anderson's third consecutive victory at Heartland Park, Force collected his eighth national event win in 17 tries at the facility, and Grubnic, a native of Australia, became the first NHRA national event winner born outside the North American continent.

ESPN2, a part of the ESPN network, the worldwide leader in sports, will once again provide exclusive television coverage, on a same-day basis, of all 23 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Events.

Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., the NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. It presents 23 national events through its NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. The NHRA has 80,000 members nationwide and 140 member tracks.

Heartland Park Topeka, a multi-purpose racing facility located in Topeka, Kan. annually hosts NHRA POWERade drag racing, Championship OFF-Road Racing (CORR), and the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) in addition to many other events throughout the race season.

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Drivers John Force , Greg Anderson , David Grubnic