Heartland Park Topeka pre-race notes

NHRA WEST CENTRAL DIVISION LUCAS OIL DRAG RACE SERIES SEASON HEADS BACK TO HEARTLAND PARK TOPEKA TOPEKA, Kan. (Aug. 22, 2006) - The National Hot Rod Association's West Central Division Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series continues the 2006 season this...

NHRA WEST CENTRAL DIVISION LUCAS OIL DRAG RACE SERIES SEASON HEADS BACK TO HEARTLAND PARK TOPEKA

TOPEKA, Kan. (Aug. 22, 2006) - The National Hot Rod Association's West Central Division Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series continues the 2006 season this weekend, Aug. 25-26, as the Heartland Park Topeka drag strip will host round five of the six race Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.

The Heartland Championships Presented by NAPA Auto Parts, Kan Equp, and Goodyear is the second of two races scheduled at the facility for 2006. The Lucas Oil NHRA Division Five Heartland Spring Shootout was held at Heartland Park Topeka May 5-7.

Racers in eight categories, including 250 MPH Top Alcohol Dragsters (TAD) and Top Alcohol Funny Cars (TAFC) will be on hand vying for points, ultimately leading to divisional and national championships in each category.

The weekend's racing gets underway Friday with qualifying and time trials starting at 9 a.m. Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car classes are scheduled for two qualifying rounds on Friday and one on Saturday. Final round eliminations begin Saturday at 1 p.m.., with the first round of eliminations for Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car set for 6 p.m.

Tickets for the Heartland Championships Presented by NAPA Auto Parts, Kan Equp, and Goodyear are $15 each day. Children six to 12 years old are $5, with kids 5 and under being admitted free. Fans who stop by any Topeka area NAPA Auto Parts Store will receive two free tickets for Saturday's racing with a $20 purchase. Military personnel with valid military ID will also be admitted free.

Heartland Park Topeka, a multi-purpose racing facility located in Topeka, Kan. annually hosts NHRA POWERade drag racing, the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA), and many other pro and amateur drag racing, road racing, and dirt racing events throughout the race season.

NHRA LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES FACT SHEET

WHAT: The Heartland Championships presented by NAPA Auto Parts, Kan Equip, and Goodyear, round five of the NHRA West Central Division Lucas Oil NHRA Drag Racing Series, where drivers earn points ultimately leading to divisional and national championships. Categories include Top Alcohol Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car, Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas, and Super Street. The division's Sportsman Motorcycle class will also run in conjunction with the event. The event is the fifth of six in West Central Division competition and the second of two scheduled for 2006 at Heartland Park Topeka.J

WHERE: Heartland Park Topeka, Topeka, Kan. The track is located four miles south of Topeka off Topeka Blvd. From Interstate 470, take U.S. Highway 75 south to 77th Street Exit. Turn left (east) and proceed approximately one mile to Heartland Park Topeka.

WHEN: Friday and Saturday, August 25-26, 2006

SCHEDULE: Time trials and qualifying scheduled for Heartland Championships presented by NAPA Auto Parts, Kan Equip, and Goodyear:

FRIDAY, Aug. 25 -- Gates open 7 a.m. Qualifying and time trials begin at 9 a.m. Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car qualifying sessions scheduled at 6 and 8 p.m.

SATURDAY, Aug. 26 -- Gates open 7 a.m. Final qualifying and time trials are scheduled from 8 to 11 a.m. Eliminations begin 1 p.m. Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car final qualifying session at noon, first round eliminations for TAD/TAFC begin 6 p.m.

TICKETS: GENERAL ADMISSION/PIT PASS -- $15 Friday, $15 Saturday. Children six to 12 are $5 each day, kids five and under are admitted free. Military personnel with valid military ID are admitted free. For more information, please contact Heartland Park Topeka at (800) 43-RACES.

PURSE: The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series competitors will vie for cash and contingency awards of $157,950, as well as a chance at a share of the year-end purse of more than $560,000

-credit: hpt

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