WC: Series Topeka Saturday summary

TEAM CORDOVA PUTS THREE RACERS IN THE FINAL ROUNDS OF THE RACE OF CHAMPIONS AT HEARTLAND PARK TOPEKA TOPEKA, Kan. (Sept. 19, 2009) -- Racing continued today at the NHRA West Central Division Summit Racing Series Finals at Heartland...

TEAM CORDOVA PUTS THREE RACERS IN THE FINAL ROUNDS OF THE RACE OF CHAMPIONS AT HEARTLAND PARK TOPEKA

TOPEKA, Kan. (Sept. 19, 2009) -- Racing continued today at the NHRA West Central Division Summit Racing Series Finals at Heartland Park Topeka. The best bracket racers in the region have converged on the track vying for individual and team honors. Competing classes are Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, Motorcycle and High School.

Saturday's action pitted the top points earning drivers from each track against each other in head-to-head competition in the Race of Champions (ROC). The squad from Cordova Dragway Park in Illinois had three racers in the final rounds of the ROC. They came away with two wins.

Super Pro racer Anthony Lane, Coal Valley, Ill., scored points for Cordova when he beat Jerry Dietz of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, who was running for Tri-State Raceway. LeClaire, Iowa's Justin Rosenbohm scored the second win for Cordova, ousting Tim Larson of Littleton, Colo., running for Bandimere Speedway in the Sportsman final. Tom Klemme of Davenport, Iowa, was the third Cordova racer in the final. In the Motorcycle final, he was runner-up to his son, Steve, of Taylor Ridge, Ill., racing for Eddyville Raceway Park. In the Pro class, Shane Boney of Belview, Minn., representing Grove Creek Raceway, wheeled his '94 S-10 to the win over Emporia, Kan., racer Troy Ross who is running for Heartland Park Topeka.

Last year, Tom Klemme came away as the division's Motorcycle champion and went on to claim the national title during the NHRA Finals at in Pomona, Calif. Racers who win their division's Summit Series Finals in the top four classes then go to Pomona to race against the winners from NHRA's other six divisions. They compete for the national championship and a winner-take-all $5,000 purse.

Eliminations for all classes start Sunday morning at 8. Gates at HPT open at 8 a.m.

Heartland Park Topeka is located off U.S. Highway 75, four miles south of Topeka. From Interstate 470, take Forbes Field exit and proceed on U.S. Highway 75 to Gary Ormsby Drive. For more information call the track, (785) 862-4781, or visit www.HPT.com or www.NHRAdiv5.com.

Following are the West Central Division Race of Champions winners from the Summit Racing Series Finals:

SUPER PRO
Anthony Layne, Coal Valley, Ill., Cordova Dragway Park, dragster, 7.480, 179.52 def. Jerry Dietz, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Tri-State Raceway, '27 roadster, foul

PRO
Shane Boney, Belview, Minn., Grove Creek Raceway, '94 S-10, 9.400, 133.51 def. Troy Ross, Emporia, Kan., Heartland Park Topeka, '69 Nova, 9.950, 136.93

SPORTSMAN
Justin Rosenbohm, LeClaire, Iowa, Cordova Dragway Park, '87 Corvette, 14.610, 75.98 def. Tim Larson, Littleton, Colo., Bandimere Speedway, '57 BelAir, 12.150, 104.19

MOTORCYCLE
Steve Klemme, Taylor Ridge, Ill., Eddyville Raceway Park, '73 Kawasaki, 9.310, 137.19 def. Tom Klemme, Davenport, Iowa, Cordova Dragway Park, '77 Kawasaki, 8.659, 149.56

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