Heartland Park long-term deal announced

NHRA enters into long-term agreement with Heartland Park Topeka to stage NHRA PowerAde Drag Racing event. GLENDORA, Calif. (April 8, 2003) -- NHRA announced that they have entered into a long-term agreement with Heartland Park Topeka to continue...

NHRA enters into long-term agreement with Heartland Park Topeka to stage NHRA PowerAde Drag Racing event.

GLENDORA, Calif. (April 8, 2003) -- NHRA announced that they have entered into a long-term agreement with Heartland Park Topeka to continue to bring the sanctioning body's premier series, the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, to the facility located in Topeka, Kan.

"NHRA is excited to return to Heartland Park and the city of Topeka for the 15th running of the O'Reilly Summer Nationals," said Peter Clifford, executive vice president and general manager of NHRA. "And, we look forward to coming back for many years to come."

The long-term agreement was reached this week between NHRA and Heartland Park Topeka. Raymond Irwin was announced as the new owner of the multi-purpose racing facility this week. Details on the length of the agreement were not disclosed.

"As the new owner of Heartland Park Topeka, I am honored that NHRA has shown their confidence in the future of our track and our fans through the long-term contract," Irwin said. "This contract and the confidence it exhibits are enormous marketing tools with which to build our presence within the racing community, Topeka and the Midwest. We are proud to be able to continue the exciting tradition of NHRA racing."

The 15th annual O'Reilly Summer Nationals is the closest stop to the site of the first NHRA national event, held in 1955 in Great Bend. The O'Reilly Summer Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka, May 22-25, is the ninth event on the 23-race NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series schedule.

The NHRA has also held a Division 5 event each year since the track opened in 1989. The track is located on 750 acres and boasts a 2.5-mile Grand Prix course, a 1.75-mile stock car road course, a club course, numerous test track configurations and a dirt oval as well as the quarter-mile track.

Tickets for the 15th annual O'Reilly Summer Nationals, part of the $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, are on sale now and are available by calling (800) 884-6472.

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 more than 80,000 members nationwide and 140 member tracks. The NHRA-sanctioned sportsman and bracket racing series' provide competition opportunities for drivers of all levels. The NHRA develops the stars of tomorrow by offering the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, NHRA Summit Sport Compact Drag Racing Series, NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Street Legal Program. The NHRA also offers the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League for youths ages 8 to 17.

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