Heartland Park Treats Home Fans to Victory at NHRA North Central Division Summit Racing Series Finals TOPEKA , Kan. - The best racers from across the NHRA's West Central division converged on Heartland Park Topeka this weekend for the ...
Heartland Park Treats Home Fans to Victory at NHRA North Central Division Summit Racing Series Finals
TOPEKA , Kan. - The best racers from across the NHRA's West Central division converged on Heartland Park Topeka this weekend for the NHRA Summit Racing Series Division Finals. The top points-earning drivers from participating tracks came seeking individual and team honors and a chance at a share of the $15,950 purse. In the end, the home team from Heartland Park Topeka took home the team title.
J.R. Lobner of Gardner, Kan., faced off against Tom Carlson from Two Harbors , Minn., in the finals of Super Pro and prevailed victorious. His time of 10.718 was good enough to give him the top spot. Emporia, Kan., resident Troy Ross came up one victory shy of winning the Pro class when he fell to Andy Schmall from Lino Lakes, Minn. Schmall piloted his '71 Vega to a top speed of 126.34 mph. giving top honors in the Pro class.
Tim Lewandowski of St. Paul, Minn., drove his '55 BelAir to victory in the Sportsman class. While in Pro Bike the final battle came down to Maplewood, Minn., residents and Rock Falls Raceway teammates, Alex Barmettler and Mike Voss. Barmettler came out with the win riding his '78 Kawasaki to a time of 10.211 seconds. And in the High School finals Todd Piper of Wamego, Kan., came close enough to smell victory but would come no closer. Piper lost in the finals to Cale Crispe of Lakewood, Colo., who represented Bandimere Speedway and drove a '64 Nova.
The individual winners in Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman and Motorcycle/Snowmobile will have the opportunity to compete at the NHRA Finals in Pomona Calif., for a national championship. They will run for a winner-take-all payday of $5,000 and for the title of national champion. Each racer, regardless of his success in Pomona, will receive $3,500 for competing in the NHRA Finals.