Topeka Rich Santos Update

RICK SANTOS FEDERAL-MOGUL DRAGSTER HEARTLAND PARK TOPEKA NOTES AND QUOTES The Oakwood Homes Federal-Mogul Dragster returns to Heartland Park Topeka to complete the Parts America Nationals with the top qualifying position. Santos had an...

RICK SANTOS FEDERAL-MOGUL DRAGSTER HEARTLAND PARK TOPEKA NOTES AND QUOTES

The Oakwood Homes Federal-Mogul Dragster returns to Heartland Park Topeka to complete the Parts America Nationals with the top qualifying position. Santos had an elapsed time of 5.477 seconds in the first qualifying round on Thursday, October 1. Santos has scored six top qualifying spots in 1998.

Santos was given a bye run on Saturday, October 3, in round one eliminations and an opportunity to experiment with the car. He had an E.T. of 5.794 seconds and speed of 245.70 m.p.h. Santos has lane choice against Shelly Howard in round two eliminations.

Santos lost in the semi-finals at the Pennzoil Nationals held at Memphis Motorsports Park on Sunday, October 11. He broke a piston in round two eliminations and the team was forced to change motors between rounds. Santos was leading Troy Buff in the semi-finals when a rod broke and slowed the Oakwood Homes dragster. The team has been working on putting together a motor in time for Topeka.

After eight wins in 11 starts in 1998, (three national and five divisional), Santos leads Darrell Russell in the national championship points race by 43 points.

Santos is the defending champion of the Parts America Nationals. He defeated Michael Gunderson in the final round in 1997 winning by a car length. Santos' E.T. was 5.585 seconds over Gunderson's 5.662. This is Santos third time competing at Heartland Park Topeka.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Michael Gunderson , Shelly Howard , Troy Buff