NASCAR Stars to Race on HPT Dirt Track, Race Added for 2006 TOPEKA, Kan. (April 11, 2006) - There's no denying that NASCAR has become the most popular form of motorsports in the United States over the past several years. Many of the NASCAR...
NASCAR Stars to Race on HPT Dirt Track, Race Added for 2006
TOPEKA, Kan. (April 11, 2006) - There's no denying that NASCAR has become the most popular form of motorsports in the United States over the past several years. Many of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series drivers got their start driving on local short tracks. Many of those drivers still return to their roots during down time, including Emporia native Clint Bowyer, Ken Schrader, and Kenny Wallace.
With dirt track racing returning to Heartland Park Topeka this year, the track will bring Bowyer, Schrader, and Wallace to the HPT three-eighths mile banked oval on Wednesday, Sept. 27 for the "Capital City Clash", a 40-lap, $2,000 to win modified show.
"We can't think of a better way to really make a splash at our dirt track this year. With John and Larry Lowrey running the show and bringing their knowledge of the local racing scene, and our race series and special Memorial Races already scheduled, this event is really going to make for a fantastic year on the dirt track," said Raymond Irwin, Heartland Park Topeka owner.
Gates will open for the Capital City Clash at 4 p.m. A driver autograph session will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Racing begins with hot laps at 6:45 p.m., and the green flag drops for the first race at 7:30 p.m. Adult general admission is $15, children ages six to 13 are $10, and children ages five and under will be admitted free. Advance tickets will go on sale for the Capital City Clash Sept. 1 through the Heartland Park Topeka ticket office.
"This event is going to be a blast," said Heartland Park Topeka Dirt Track co-promoter John Lowrey. "Having Bowyer, Schrader and Wallace is going to add to the night's excitement, but it also gives the local modified racers a chance to see how they stack up to those guys. I am glad that we were able to get Bowyer to return to Heartland Park Topeka, a place where he won a Modified championship during the early days of his career."
Bowyer is in his third season of NASCAR Busch Series racing and rookie season in the NEXTEL Cup. Last season Bowyer narrowly missed out on a Busch Series Championship, finishing second to Martin Truex, Jr. Bowyer cut his racing teeth on the local dirt tracks in the area, winning the NASCARWeekly Racing Series Track Championships at Heartland Park Topeka and Lakeside Speedway.
Schrader grew up in Fenton, Mo. and has been racing in NASCAR's premier series for two decades. However, he also drives for his self-owned team in a variety of series, and also finds time to stay close to his roots as he also races at various dirt tracks throughout the Midwest each year.
Wallace has over 300 starts in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. He has grabbed three poles, six top-five, and 27 top-ten finishes, including three career high second-place runs. Kenny's most well known finish probably came when he pushed the late great Dale Earnhardt to his final Cup victory at Talladega in 2000 in a thrilling last lap shootout.
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.