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Big Time Bail Bonds Night At The Races To Provide Big Bang For Fans & Racers At Heartland Park

July 2nd, 2016

Topeka – July 4th is rapidly approaching and Heartland Park Topeka wanted to do something special for this week’s Big Time Bail Bonds Sunday Showdown and they found it.

This Sunday night July 3 will be Big Time Bail Bonds Night at the Races!

Thanks to Ryan & Doreen Weekley at Big Time Bail Bonds and Heartland Park Topeka, an extra $1,000 will be going into the nightly purse. For years Big Time Bail Bonds has been a sponsor of a lot of local teams and venues. The Weekleys take pride in supporting local racing this year they have moved up from just sponsoring local race teams and now are the title sponsor of 2 weekly race tracks! It shows that Big Time Bail Bonds is an asset to the local racing community.

Heartland Park Topeka is committed to making their racing facility one of the premier racing destinations in the U.S. and they are committed to the racers too. Heartland Park decided this week to match the donation by Big Time Bail Bonds bringing the total to $1,000.

The extra money is not added on just for the winner. Several different positions have seen their pay increase to give everyone some incentive to race just a little harder.

The Bills Built IMCA Modifieds purse will be: 1. $600 2. $375 3. $245 4. $220 5. $200 6. $190 7. $185 8. $180 9. $170 10. $160 11. $155 12. $150 13 thru 16. $110 17 thru 20 $100. Top 4 in the B Feature not qualifying for the A $75 and rest of the B gets $50. There is also $35 tow money available.

Cars 4 Less IMCA Stock Car & Jersey Mike’s Subs IMCA Northern Sport Mod purse will be: 1. $325 2. $230 3. $195 4. $165 5. $145 6. $120 7. $110 8. $105 9. $80 10 to 12 $75, 13 to 24 $60. Top 4 in the B not qualifying for the A $50 and the rest of the B gets $40. There is also $25 tow money available.

The Jersey Mike’s Subs IMCA Hobby Stock purse will be: 1. $200 2. $145 3. $105 4. $90 5. $80 6. $75 7. $70 8. $65 9. $40 10. $35 11 to 20 $30. Racers not qualifying out of the B feature will get $25. There is also $15.00 tow money available.

As Monday is the July 4th holiday, the Big Time Bail Bonds Sunday Showdown will have different gate and start times this week. Pit and spectator gates will open up at 5 p.m., hot laps will be at 7 p.m. and the first race goes green at 7:30 p.m.

With July 4th the following day, the fans need to have something for them as a bonus and J.Y. Fireworks, located at 5105 S. Topeka Blvd., will be on hand Sunday night to provide something for the fans.

Sunday night when you enter the speedway J.Y. Fireworks will have a table set up where they will be giving out coupons and taking registrations from fans to win FREE FIREWORKS at intermission! That’s right some lucky fans will be going home with some FREE FIREWORKS this Sunday night! Just in time for July 4th.

J.Y. Fireworks has been serving the Topeka area in the same spot for over 35 years. Their great prices and superior selection set them apart from everyone else.

What Happened The Last Race At Heartland Park…

Derrick Brown scored the unthinkable in the BillsBuilt Race Cars IMCA Modified Feature, he held off 3 time feature winner, Jordan Grabouski. Former Cars 4 Less IMCA Stock Car Champ, Steven Herrick, scored his 1st win of the 2016 season. Brian Davidson returned from a short layoff to race his way to win #1 on the season in the Jersey Mike’s Subs IMCA Northern Sport Mod Feature. Splitting a car with his brother from Saturday to Sunday night, Dalton Ronnebaum blasted his way to a win in the Jersey Mike’s Subs IMCA Hobby Stock main event.

BillsBuilt Race Cars IMCA Modified Notes…

With the win last week Derrick Brown becomes 1 of only 3 drivers to have won a feature this season. Danny Holt continued his string of top 5 finishes as last race out he finished in the 3rd position. A big melee got the last race feature off to a slow start, once it got back to green flag racing action there was action all over the speedway. The hard charger last week went to Jordan Grabouski who started 8th and finished 2nd on the night. Only 35 points separate the point leader, Jordan Grabouski, from the 5th place in points, Jared Rogers.

This Week’s Driver to Watch… Mike Eisenhut #2, Topeka, KS.

Eisenhut has been around the racing community for quite some time. This season he is gaining more consistent feature finishes. Last race out an unfortunate breakage of his left front caused him to bow out of the race early in the night. The bad luck shouldn’t continue to follow him, but you never know. Eisenhut is a strong competitor and watch him this week to see if he is somewhere in the top 5 by the race end.

Cars 4 Less IMCA Stock Car Notes…
It was nice to see Steve Herrick finish at the front of the last feature event. Herrick is a former track champ at Heartland Park and the win had to be a big boost to his confidence. Jim Powell Jr. made Herrick earn the win two weeks ago. The competition level in this division is second to none. Points leader Brandon Conkwright just keeps finishing toward the top each and every week. Last race he finished 3rd and it’s helped him gain a 15 point advantage. Bryan Rigsby had a strong race going from 12th to 7th. He was looking at a top 5 but a mishap on the final lap set him back to 7th. 5 different winners have raced into victory lane after 5 features have been raced this season.

This Week’s Driver To Watch… Christine Holt #11, Topeka, KS.

In 2016, Christine Holt is having one of her best seasons ever. No she is not beating down the door to victory lane, but what she is doing is getting better each week. Holt’s been in, or near, the top 10 every race night. Not a bad stat considering she is in one of the toughest classes in the U.S. Holt’s attitude helps her out each and every Sunday night. Being the only female in a male dominated sport, Holt is just working at her own pace and getting things done the way she likes them. Watch this week and see if she is in the hunt for a win.

Jersey Mike’s Subs IMCA Northern Sport Mod Notes…

It was just 2 races ago when Brian Davidson was involved in a nasty wreck on the front stretch. It looked like his car was toast. Not so. Last week after a lot of TLC, Davidson was able to make it out and not compete, but he won the main event. Out of 5 features raced this season, there have been 5 different winners on the season. No driver has been able to repeat as a winner this year. Just 23 points separate the top 6 in the point standings.

Driver to Watch This Week… Derek Huffman #1, Topeka, KS.

Huffman has been a long time supporter of racing at Heartland Park Topeka. He likes the track and he is comfortable with the surroundings. This season Huffman has turned in some solid efforts. He has been near the front of the pack a couple of times but something seems to always happen. Currently Huffman’s strong season has placed him 5th in the points just 19 back of the leader. Keep an eye on this pilot Sunday night!

Jersey Mike’s Subs IMCA Hobby Stock Notes…

If one thing could be said about racing at Heartland Park it would probably be just how tough the competition is. Out of 5 features raced this season there have been 5 different winners. Dalton Ronnebaum started 5th on the grid last race out and ended up winning it by a decent margin. There is a tight battle in the points as the leader, Dalton Ronnebaum, sits on top for now, but the top 4 drivers are separated by just 16 points. Jaylen Wettengel had one of his best finishes ever in 3rd place last race out.

Driver to Watch This Week… Randy Kohn #17, Topeka, KS.

Randy Kohn is one of those drivers that everyone should be terrified of. He is quite and mild mannered, but when you get him outside he is a bear ready to attack anything that gets in his way. A former multiple feature time winner at HPT. Kohn has had some strong finishes. This season he isn’t pushing so hard. In doing this it’s paying off for Kohn this season. He has slowly started to figure his car out. This week watch and see if Kohn finishes strong and gets the chance to go fishing.

NOTES TO THE RACERS: Driver check in closes at 6:30 p.m. Make sure you are there to check in before 6:30 p.m. If you are not there by 6:30 you will have to start scratch in your heat and it will be up to the track officials if the late driver will be allowed to compete.

Important Information…

Pit Gate Opens at 5:00 p.m.
Spectator Gate Opens at 5:00 p.m.
Draw Ends at 6:30 p.m.
Drivers Meeting at 6:40 p.m.
Hot Laps at 7:00 p.m.
1st Race Goes Green at 7:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices:
Adult $8.00
Kids 6 to 12 $2.00
Children 5 and Under are FREE!
Sr. (62+) & Military (with ID) $6.00

Order of Events:
Jersey Mike’s Subs Hobby Heats
Jersey Mike’s Subs Sport Mod Heats
Cars 4 Less Stock Car Heats
BillsBuilt Race Cars Modified Heats
Jersey Mike’s Subs Hobby B (If needed)
Jersey Mike’s Subs Sport B (If needed)
Intermission 15 minutes FREE FIREWORKS RAFFLE J.Y. FIREWORKS
Cars 4 Less Stock B (If needed)
BillsBuilt Race Cars Modified B (If needed)
Features
Jersey Mike’s Subs Hobby
Jersey Mike’s Subs Sport Mod
Cars 4 Less Stock Car
BillsBuilt Race Cars Modified

To follow all the action fans can keep up with Heartland Park Topeka’s Dirt Track by logging on to their website at www.heartlandpark.com or follow them on Facebook at Heartland Park Topeka!

Heartland Park Topeka’s Dirt Track is located at 7530 SW Topeka Blvd, Topeka, KS.

Fuqua Wins Barn Burner, Thulin, Anderson & Woken Also Win At HPT

May 4th, 2016

Topeka, KS – On a night that was less than perfect, one of the best features of the early season occurred on Sunday night at the 2nd Big Time Bail Bonds Sunday Night Showdown at Heartland Park Topeka. A whopping total of 4.5 inches of rain fell at the track during the week and it was anyone’s guess if Sunday night’s event was going to get in. The track prep crew was ready for the task and they got the job done.

In the BillsBuilt Race Cars IMCA Modified Feature it was a full blown battle. Jared Rogers jumped out to the lead and would hold on for a majority of the laps but a yellow would change the complexion of the race. While Rogers was out in front Jordan Grabouski, Darron Fuqua, Steven Bowers Jr., Tyler Frye, Tom Charles, Scott Brown and a host of others were battling it out to move forward. On the restart Grabouski applied the pressure to Rogers. Fuqua, meanwhile, was not going to be left out of the party up front. Grabouski took a slim lead over Rogers going into the first turn late in the race. Rogers fought back hard on the inside, but as the two exited turn two Fuqua threaded the needle with a pass for the lead in the middle and it stuck. Once Fuqua got to the front of the pack he wouldn’t be denied. The former multiple time track champion at Heartland Park Topeka took home win number 1 under the IMCA banner. Grabouski, the week 1 winner, finished in the runner-up spot, 3rd went to Bowers, Rogers managed to hang on to 4th as his car began to fade and Tom Charles drove his way to a 5th place finish. BillsBuilt Race Cars Heat Race Winners were Derrick Brown, Clay Hale, Rogers and Bowers.

What a difference a week!

Last week Dustin Thulin pulled out for the feature only to have battery issues that would take him out of the feature before it ever started. This week was a little different. Starting from the pole position Thulin, also a former champion at Heartland Park Topeka, made the most of his good fortune on Sunday night. Thulin jumped out to the lead and held on for the win as he wired the field. Thulin becomes the 2nd different feature winner at HPT this season. Going with the theme of former champions at Heartland Park Topeka, Danny Charles, put up a good fight with Thulin but came home just short as he finished in 2nd, Bryan Rigsby had a stout run going from 11th to 3rd in the feature, 4th would go to Brian Murphy and rounding out the top 5 was last week’s winner, Curtis Dreasher. IMCA Northern Sport Mod Heat Race Winners were Thulin, Charles and Daniel Harris.

As rain pummeled the Topeka area for most of last week, it also hit the entire Midwest. When racers can’t race they look to travel to race. Sunday night Shannon Anderson, of Des Moines, IA, is just one of the racers that wants to go racing. Anderson made a 5 hour journey to race at HPT on Sunday night.

The decision was a good one for Anderson.

Cody Williams, the winner on opening night, jumped out to the lead but it wouldn’t be that easy to hang on once he was in the lead. Anderson would slice and dice his way to the lead in a short amount of time. On the opposite side of the coin, Williams, started to fall back due to mechanical problems. Anderson, a multiple time IMCA National Champion in the Hobby Stocks, continued to put the stranglehold on the top spot and wouldn’t easy up until he crossed the finish line first. Tyler Garst had a strong run finishing 2nd, Tyler Hinrichs, in his 1st night out, went from 10th to 3rd in the main, Mike Traskowsky finished in the 4th spot with a good effort and rounding out the top 5 was the winner from opening night, Cody Williams. IMCA Hobby Stock Winners were Traskowsky, Garst and Tommy Fose.

The Cars 4 Less IMCA Stock Car division continues to surprise the Heartland Park Staff with it’s turnout. This division would be the only class to have a B Feature on Sunday night. A total of 27 cars checked in to shoot it out. A string of yellow flags and accidents would keep this feature event from putting up a full head of steam, but the action would get hot when they put some good green flag runs together. Robert Garst and Garry Myers brought the field to the green flag. Holding on to the top spot was a tough one as there were several land mines and pit falls to avoid. One driver that wasn’t having any problems was Casy Woken. Woken worked his way through the traffic and found himself in the top spot. A few late race yellows would bunch the field up and bring the compeition closer to Woken. One of those competitors was Brandon Conkwright. Conkwright scored a top 5 a week ago and then he followed that up with a heat race win earlier in the night. Now he was going to see if he what it took to get by Woken for the lead. It didn’t matter who was behind him Woken, who drove more than 4 hours to get to HPT, wasn’t going to be denied on this night as he sped off to the victory. It was his 1st of the season at HPT. Cars 4 Less IMCA Stock Car Heat Race Winners were Woken, Bryan Rigsby, Matt Haid & Conkwright. The B Feature was won by Jim Powell Jr.

Next week’s races are scheduled for Sunday May 8, 2016. Make sure you bring MOM out to the track to celebrate Mother’s Day!

Full Steam Ahead At Heartland Park Topeka Dirt Track

April 30th, 2016

Topeka, KS – It was just a week ago that the staff at Heartland Park Topeka finally opened the doors, for real, on the 2016 dirt track season. The night was met with mixed reviews.

“We were happy, in a sense, that we had 82 cars on opening night,” said co-promoter John Lowrey, “It was the first time since 2006 that Jr & I had been in this capacity. We will have some hiccups along the way and we did
have some on opening night.

What we did find out after opening night is that we have a great staff in place and the racers were very accommodating. As we go along we will fix things where they need to be fixed and we will keep working at making HPT the best dirt track in the Midwest.”

This Sunday night, May 1, the team at Heartland Park Topeka will have a chance to do it all over again as race number 2 will get underway at 6 p.m.

The Big Time Bail Bonds Sunday Showdown will once again feature the BillsBuilt Race Cars IMCA Modifieds, Cars 4 Less IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA Northern Sport Mods and the IMCA Hobby Stocks.

A new Victory Bonus Announcement: Heartland Park Topeka & Thunder Hill Speedway came together for an announcement this week that gives racers who win at Thunder Hill Speedway and Heartland Park on the same weekend a bonus of $50.00! That’s $50.00 for any class! It’s just one way that area tracks are working with each other to make the racing in the area that much better!

AllYouNeedRibbonFrtParker Loves Life Take 2 “Due to a scheduling error, last week we weren’t able to get the 50/50 drawing or the #ParkerLovesLife T Shirts up and running last week,” said Larry Lowrey, “This week we will have everyone in place and we will be selling the shirts just as you come into the track and the girls will be out and about with tickets right at 4:30 p.m. when the gates open. So far we raised $15,000.00 for Parker and we want to keep going!”

Parker Monhollon is an 8 year old girl from Silver Lake, KS. She was diagnosed with DIPG (a rare form of brain cancer in children) and she and her parents are currently in Germany receiving a radical treatment. Currently there isn’t a lot of medical options for DIPG in the United States so many parents and children make the decision to leave the country to see if they can beat this horrible disease. Since it’s not in the U.S., regular insurance doesn’t cover this treatment and any money we can raise will greatly help.

GET THE 411 ON THE RACING ACTION AT HPT

BillsBuilt Race Cars IMCA Modified – Week number 1 saw a stout field of competition show up and battle it out. Mike Striegel jumped out to the early lead in the main, but there were some heavy hitters still lurking. Former IMCA Modified National Champ, Jordan Grabouski, worked his way to the front and eventually got past Striegel for the lead and held on for the opening night win.

By The Numbers…
Number of Cars Entered = 24
Where Did The Winner Start At = 2nd Row Out (4th)
Top 10 Average Positions Gained = +3.4 (On average the drivers in the top
10 moved up 3.4 spots on the grid by race end)
Hard Charger Award = Darron Fuqua (+10) & Richard Layne (+10)

Driver to Watch This Week: Steven Bowers Jr. #77 Topeka, KS

Bowers is coming off a great 2015 campaign that saw him win several races and a track championship at Thunder Hill Speedway. This season he is returning to HPT where he has won a track championship also. Last Sunday night showed that Bowers still is a force to be reckoned with. Bowers finished 3rd in the feature. Not bad with the competition level so high in the class. Look for more from Bowers this week.

Cars 4 Less IMCA Stock Car – Whoa Nelly! 24 Stock Cars checked in to race for the top prize last Sunday night. The 24 drivers that checked in put on one whale of a show by the night’s end. Bryan Rigsby got the drop on the competition from the pole position. He would stay at the front until mechanical problems put him aside. Matt Haid, Dominic Thyfault, Jim Powell Jr., Casey Woken and a host of others put on an exhibition of severe competition on the track. In the end Haid made all the right moves and went on to the win.

By The Numbers…
Number of Cars Entered = 24
Where Did The Winner Start At = 2nd Row In (3rd)
Top 10 Average Positions Gained = +2.7
Hard Charger Award = Brandon Conkwright (+11)

Driver to Watch This Week: Jim Powell Jr. #20P Lecompton, KS

Jim Powell Jr. is a Stock Car driver, plain and simple. He runs up front just about everywhere he goes and he wins his fair share of races. Last week the laps ran out and he found himself in 2nd place. Don’t think he is real happy about that, he wants more. It’s the competitive nature that almost every racers has. Every time they want to do better than the did in the previous race. Watch for Powell this week. After last week’s run Powell could end up in the Big Time Bail Bonds Victory Lane.

IMCA Northern Sport Mods – As were all the races this was another good one. Longtime IMCA pilot, Tim Echevarria, jumped out front early in this one, but it wouldn’t be long before Curtis Dreasher would get by for the top spot. Dreasher, from his outside 2nd row starting spot held the lead till the checkered getting the win. Good battles for position were going on all over the track. Bryan Rigsby and Billy Davidson had a strong battle, as did Brian Murphy and Austin Charles. This week’s race should shape up to be another strong one.

By The Numbers…
Number of Cars Entered = 20
Where Did The Winner Start At = 2nd Row Out (4th)
Top 10 Average Positions Gained = +2.4
Hard Charger Award = Gary Holthaus (+7)

Driver To Watch This Week: Tim Echevarria #35M Junction City, KS

Not many drivers in the IMCA Northern Sport Mod division have the experience that Echevarria has. It seems like he has been racing for 50 years, but we know that can’t be right. Let’s just say that he is one of the elder statesmen in the division. Last week he showed signs that he has what it takes to get the job done. Dreasher was just a bit faster. Echevarria went on to his all of his marks and brought home a respectable runner-up finish. More seat time = better finishes. Look for Echevarria to better his finish from a week ago.

IMCA Hobby Stock – A new face emerged into the Big Time Bail Bonds Victory Lane last Sunday night, Cody Williams. Williams, in his 1st trip to HPT, started 6th in the feature and wasted no time getting to the front. At the front he put a strangle hold on the competition and went on to the win. Williams told one track official that HPT was now his favorite track! None the less it was another great feature. Where in the top 7 everyone, except 1 driver, had moved forward during the feature.

By The Numbers…
Number of Cars Entered = 14
Where Did The Winner Start At = 3rd Row Out (6th)
Top 7 Average Positions Gained = +3.4
Hard Charger Award = Jalen Wettengel (+6)

Driver To Watch This Week: Dalton Ronnebaum #96R Onaga, KS

Dalton Ronnebaum made the trip to HPT last Sunday night and did an excellent job. No, he didn’t come away with a win. He did, however, had a very respectable finish 2nd. Last season Ronnebaum had some strong runs at other local tracks and he is showing that he can run up front anywhere he goes. It also helps when you have a sibling that you can bounce ideas off of, his brother Nicholas Ronnebaum also was in the top 10 last week in 8th. Ronnebaum isn’t real familiar with HPT yet, watch out when he does get it figured out he might be dangerous.

NOTES TO THE RACERS: During the 2016 season all payouts will be made at the end of the evenings races in the Coke Trailer in the pit area. As bad weather loomed last week, a lot of drivers left without collecting their pay. When you return to race this week when you check in at the Coke Trailer you will receive last week’s payout.

Important Information…

Pit Gate Opens at 3:00 p.m.
Spectator Gate Opens at 4:30 p.m.
Draw Ends at 5:00 p.m.
Drivers Meeting at 5:15 p.m.
Hot Laps at 5:30 p.m.
1st Race Goes Green at 6:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices:
Adult $8.00
Kids 6 to 12 $2.00
Children 5 and Under are FREE!
Sr. (62+) & Military (with ID) $6.00

Order of Events:
Hobby Heats
Sport Mod Heats
Cars 4 Less Stock Car Heats
BillsBuilt Race Cars Modified Heats
Hobby B (If needed)
Sport B (If needed)
Intermission 15 minutes
Cars 4 Less Stock B (If needed)
BillsBuilt Race Cars Modified B (If needed)
Features
Hobby
Sport Mod
Cars 4 Less Stock Car
BillsBuilt Race Cars Modified

To follow all the action fans can keep up with Heartland Park Topeka’s Dirt Track by logging on to their website at www.heartlandpark.com or follow them on Facebook at Heartland Park Topeka!

Heartland Park Topeka’s Dirt Track is located at 7530 SW Topeka Blvd, Topeka, KS.

Heartland Park to host Sunday shows, four IMCA divisions

January 31st, 2016

TOPEKA, Kan.– The green flag flies again this season at Heartland Park, with four IMCA sanc­tioned divisions running Sunday nights on the 3/8-mile dirt oval located on the south side of To­peka.

Now owned by Chris Payne, the facility will be promoted by brothers Larry and John Lowrey. Weekly race programs will feature Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.

“We have a lot of drivers in all these divisions in the area,” Larry Lowrey said. “Our decision to sanction the Modifieds speaks for itself. They’re the class everyone wants to see and we’ve got a lot of the best Modified drivers around this area.”

Track officials are putting the finishing touches on the 2016 schedule at Heartland Park, which also includes events on the ¼-mile asphalt drag strip and 2.5-mile asphalt road course.

Tentative opening night on the dirt track is April 24. The IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing point season would continue into September.

The Lowreys had promoted Heartland Park in 2006.

“We had a lot of success operating this track. I’ve worked at Thunder Hill Speedway in Mayetta as an­nouncer and run the website In The Pits. My brother and I have taken notes from all the tracks we’ve been to over the years,” said Lowrey. “We’ve been carrying that notebook around since 2001 and we’ve learned a lot from other promoters. We’ve compared IMCA’s rule package and affordability to outlaw tracks and we like their philosophy.”

A single event was held at the Heartland Park oval last season. Work to get the surface race-ready will start as soon as weather allows this spring.

“We will get the track into race shape. The surface is good now, but we’ll assess it again before deciding how much we have to do,” Lowrey explained. “We’re going to work at getting more driv­ers back into racing IMCA or coming back into the sport.”

“We have a goal to bring in the hard core fan and new race fans. You can go to other tracks that charge $12 for admission and a family of four has spent almost $50 just to get into the stands. Our adult admission is going to be $8,” he continued. “We want to bring in a whole new genera­tion of race fan.”

Lowrey anticipates sharing drivers with another new northeast Kansas venue, Atchison County Raceway, as well as Thunder Hill.

Atchison County sanctions its Modifieds and Stock Cars with IMCA beginning this season. The Modifieds, Stocks, Hobbies and Northern SportMods return to Saturday shows at Mayetta.

Local points earned at all three tracks will apply in IMCA’s Jet Racing Central Region for Modi­fieds and in the EQ Cylinder Heads Northern Region for Stock Cars. ThunderHill and Heartland Park are both part of the Big Daddy Race Cars Northern Region for Hobby Stocks.

Bowers Wins Mod Feature, Takes Over Points Lead

September 4th, 2013

Topeka, KS – The temperature at Heartland Park’s Dirt Track finally reached a boiling point and Saturday night. All four divisions provided the die-hard fans with some of the best entertainment of the season.

It was a story of ups and downs in the Washburn Tech Modified division.

Steven Bowers Jr. came into Saturday night’s race on a hot streak. Bowers had won 3 of the last 4 features and he was looking to build on his strong success. Not only had he won but Bowers had also moved to 3rd in the points behind Darron Fuqua and Kerry Davis.

Bowers started from the 4th position in the feature and wasted no time getting to the front of the field. Here he would battle with the early leader, Justin Johnson, for the top spot. It wouldn’t take long as Bowers was able to get by Johnson and drive away from the competition. A couple of late race yellows would come out and evaporate the lead that Bowers maintained.

Late in the race Josh Everhart would give chase in the runner-up spot, but just couldn’t get over the hump of getting to the top spot. The feature would go into overtime as a green, white, checkered restart was required to finish the main event.

Johnson and Everhart were given one last opportunity to overthrow the leader, but in the end it would be Bowers scooting to his 4th win in the last 5 races at HPT. Everhart finished 2nd, 3rd went to Johnson, pole-setter, Ryan Phillips, finished in the 4th position and Kerry Davis came home in 5th.

As an added bonus at the end of the night, Bowers scored enough points to take over the lead in the Modified standings. A two time champion, Bowers, might have sealed the deal for #3. Kerry Davis and Darron Fuqua now find themselves in a tie for 2nd with 4 races remaining. Another strong points battle is brewing in the Ferrellgas Stock Car ranks. Steve Herrick, the current leader, is trying to fend off the challenger, Zach Henery, for the title. The two drivers came into the night 1st and 2nd in the points and they both gave the fans a good show on Saturday night.

In the previous weeks Henery would find a starting position near the back half of the field. Saturday night he was able to put his hot rod on the front row for the feature event. At the drop of the green flag Henery blasted to the point position. Ken Garcia, Herrick and Clint Hedge would give chase early, but Henery was the class of the field.

The reigning points leader, Herrick, would make up some ground during the feature event. Herrick stormed past Garcia and set his sights on Henery. A late race yellow would set Herrick to make a run once again at Henery, but it wouldn’t happen. Henery met the challenge and went on to his 5th win of the season in the Stock Car class.

Herrick maintained his points lead by finishing 2nd, Garcia would finish with another top 5 in the 3rd spot, driving a new car, Tyson Young, rolled to a 4th place finish and rounding out the top 5 in 5th was Eric Weyer. Robert Garst has been on a hot streak in the Casey’s General Stores Pure Stock division. Garst entered the night winning the last 2 features at HPT. Could 3 in a row be within his reach?

The deck was stacked against Garst as he was scheduled to start 7th in the feature with a lot of fast cars and good drivers in front of him. The points leader in the division, Byron Glotzbach, didn’t fare much better on the draw as he would start next to Garst in the 8th position. Tyler Hinrichs and Colton Miller battled for supremacy early, but Garst and Glotzbach were making their way to the front. Lap by lap, the two, moved up through the field.

After a yellow, Garst made his move to take the top spot on track. Colton Miller would push high in turn 4 giving Garst the prime opportunity to take the top spot. Garst would put his ride at the front and keep it their for the rest of the event. Garst would finish the trifecta with his 3rd win in 3 races.

The first feature of the night was entertaining, as late in the race several side by side battles were going on for position. Glotzbach would finish 2nd, 3rd would go to a hard charging David McDonald, AJ Christian pulled in another top 5 finishing in 4th and Randy Kohn finished in the 5th position. It’s been a hit and miss season for Lance Lincoln in the White Line CDL Training B Mod division. Saturday night Lincoln hit it out of the ballpark as he collected his 2nd win of the season.

Lincoln finished 2nd to Brian Murphy in the 4th heat of the night. This meant that he would start on the outside of row number 4, or would he? Heartland Park uses fan interaction to possibly mix things up a little bit to start the feature races. A young fan pulled out an inversion ball with a #4 on it and that meant that the 4th row would be the front row for the feature. Lincoln was now going to start on the outside of the front row! A break that he didn’t mind getting.

Heath Murry, the pole-setter, and Lincoln would battle for the opening laps before Lincoln gained the upper hand. Lincoln never broke stride on his run to the checkers. He hit all of his marks and his car was set up for the long haul as he would go on to his 2nd win of the season. Lucas Isaacs celebrated a strong run finishing 2nd, Heath Murry finished with another top 5 on the season in 3rd, 4th went to Nic Bennett and Dakota Foster, returned to HPT after being absent for awhile, finished in
5th.

The Super 8 at Forbes Landing Saturday Showdown continues next week with race #17 on the season….. For more information on the happenings at Heartland Park Topeka visit the on the World Wide Web at www.hpt.com.

Deja Vu At Heartland Park Topeka Dirt Track

August 19th, 2013

Topeka, KS – Have you ever had the feeling you had seen something before that was happening right in front of your eyes? That’s what it felt like for the 15th race of the season at the Super 8 at Forbes Landing Super Saturday Showdown at Heartland Park Topeka’s Dirt Track. Every feature winner from the prior week took home the top honors again this week.

The night got started with Robert Garst storming the competition in the Casey’s General Store Pure Stock division. Unlike last week, Garst, had some work to do before he got the win. Last week Garst started from the front row and won easily going away. This week would be different as he started inside the 4th row because of the fan invert for the feature event lineup. During the early laps Garst found himself as far back as 8th place, but he wouldn’t stay there for long. Lap by lap he would find his groove and began to pick off the competition one by one. Darren Davenport and Randy Kohn were sharing a good battle for the top spot. The two battled back in forth, but their reckoning was coming in the
form of Garst. Garst roared by the 3rd place car of David McDonald and then Kohn. His sights were set on Davenport. Davenport would not go quietly on this night. He would hold off Garst for a few laps, but in his fight with Garst, Davenport would not only give up the lead but Kohn would sneak by for 2nd. Garst looked like he did one week ago as he got to the front of the field. He would speed off for his 2nd straight win and 3rd on the season. Kohn finished 2nd, 3rd went to Davenport, 4th was David McDonald and Lafe Garst came home in 5th.

The White Line CDL Training B Mods was chalked full of drama and excitement. Heath Murry has seen his chances for a win this year. You can almost say that fate is dealing him a raw blow as he sees the checkered flag first but he can never make it to the finish. Jake Richards, the points leader, had some trouble with his car in the heat race and had to borrow a car for the feature which meant that he would have to go to the rear of the field. In the blink of an eye Richards
laid down a run to put him into the 2nd spot and in prime position for the win. Richards waited for his move to get by Murry. The opportunity just hadn’t presented itself to Richards. One thing for sure was that he was coming sooner or later. Late in the race Richards felt that his time to make the move was upon him. As the two went around the track. Richards pulled even with Murry only to see Murry slam the door on his advance. Heading into turn 1, Richards car would jump out from under him and he would spin bringing out the yellow and ruining his chance for the win. On the restart Murry took back off into the lead and it looked like he would finally pick up that elusive win. Unfortunately for Murry fate would deal him another blow to the mid-section. As Murray was coming to the white flag something went wrong on his B Mod and he slowed, allowing the field to catch him, and pulled to the infield.

Last week’s winner, Jeremy Chambers, and Nic Bennett proceeded to shoot it out on the final lap for supremacy. Chambers would win the 1 lap battle and picked up his 2nd straight win. It would be his 14th win of the season for Chambers and his 3rd this season at HPT. Nic Bennett finished in 2nd, Jake Richards, came for a 2nd time from the rear to finish 3rd in 6 laps, 4th went to Lucas Isaacs, who started 16th in the feature, and rounding out the top 5 was Casey Meggison.
When you are in a tight points battle there is one thing that will ensure that you stay in the front of the competition, just win. Steve Herrick and Zach Henery having been going at it over this past season for the chance of winning their first titles in the Ferrellgas Stock Car division. Herrick’s lead was just 20 points a few weeks ago and after his 2nd straight win Saturday night he now leads by 33 points with 5 races left. Herrick started from the pole position on Saturday night and at the drop of the green flag he was gone. Herrick’s car worked flawlessly on the track. Lap after lap he turned in consistent lap times and hit his marks. Herrick found a good time in the season to be performing at his best.
Henery, on the other hand, had to start further back in the field again this week. Also like one week ago he took care of business getting to the 2nd position, but in having to deal with all the traffic the lead built up by Herrick was just to big. Herrick’s win was his 2nd in consecutive weeks.

The final feature of the night was the Washburn Tech Modified class. The two team cars of Steven Bowers Jr. and Kerry Davis would start on the front row of this 25 lap main event. Davis would come into the night trailing Darron Fuqua by just 18 points in the standings and his night would be even more challenging as he had to jump into Bowers’ back up car. A crash the night before in his primary car would keep him from participating in it. The green flag waved and the top 2 cars got away from the field. Bowers and Davis would almost run side by side for the entire feature. Bowers would get the drop on Davis and get to the front. As those two battled at the top spot. Jay Bailey, Dalton Kirk, Jarred Rogers and Darron Fuqua tried to keep pace. A 4th place finish in his heat race, meant a 5th row outside starting spot in the feature. Having to work by several cars would be a tough task. The battle for 3rd through 6th place was a tight one, but the leaders were getting further away each lap. Only one yellow flag would hinder this race. Bowers and Davis continued to streak around the track lap after lap. As they came to the final laps, lapped traffic began to loom ahead and it would be a perfect opportunity for Davis to pounce on Bowers. On the final lap Bowers would have a tough time deciding which way to go around a lapped car. Davis saw his chance and moved to the inside of Bowers on the final corner. The two would come off turn 4 door to door, but it would be Bowers who would win the drag race to the finish. Bowers rounded out the night making sure there were all repeat winners from a week ago. Davis finished 2nd and ate away into the points lead a little more as the lead is down to 13 points, Fuqua finished in the 3rd spot after starting 10th, 4th was Jay Bailey and Dalton Kirk put together a strong 5th place finish.

Next week the Super 8 at Forbes Landing Saturday Showdown is on hiatus and will return August 31st.

For more information on Heartland Park Topeka, log on to the home on the World Wide Web at www.hpt.com.

3 New Winners At Heartland Park Topeka

August 8th, 2013

Topeka, KS – Saturday night at Heartland Park Topeka’s Dirt Track the impossible almost occurred, all new feature winners in every division. Unfortunately, Byron Glotzbach had to spoil the perfect plan, but by the end of the night there were still 3 new winners on the night.

Since opening night this year Jake Richards has been at the top of the standings in the White Line CDL Training B Mods.

It should come as no surprise that Richards is there, but what should come as a surprise is that heading into Saturday night’s race he hasn’t won a feature all season. He can now mark that stat off his sheet as he roared to his 1st win on Saturday night.

Dustin Thulin took the early lead in the B Mod Feature. The 2x feature winner looked as if he might pick up win #3, but a late race yellow would bunch the field up one more time and deliver another dose of excitement to the crowd.

On the restart Thulin couldn’t get away from the hard charging Richards. Richards had finally won the battle for 2nd with Ethan Isaacs and set sail to put an assualt on the leader, Thulin.

Out of turn 4 Richards moved to the inside of Thulin and raced the leader side by side all the way back to turn 4 before gaining the upper hand. Once at the top spot Richards would not let go as he raced off to his 1st win of the season.

Thulin would hang on for the runner-up spot, Ethan Isaacs finished in the 3rd spot, after a week off due to illness Dave Samuels scored a 4th place finish and Brian Murphy started 20th in the A Main and drove all the way up to a 5th place finish.

One week ago Steven Bowers Jr. became the 5th different feature winner in the Washburn Tech Modified division. Saturday night, for the first time all season, the fans were treated to another new winner in just two weeks! Kerry Davis was able to win the war of attrition and pulled down his 1st feature win of the season as he joined the fraternity of feature winners in 2013.

Tad Davis, a young up and coming driver, would make a bold move on the opening lap to move from 4th to 1st. Davis threaded his modified in between two cars and then stormed past the 2nd and 1st place cars coming down the backstretch and shot to the lead. Tad Davis would hang on to the top spot through the first yellow, but would have to deal with Kerry Davis after the restart.

The battle between the two Tad and Kerry, who are unrelated, went back and forth lap after lap before Kerry Davis took over the top spot. The two would meet up again as lapped traffic would hinder Kerry’s progress and Tad would take over again at the top spot. Tad would open up a sizable lead as he was able to get through the traffic without problems. Unfortunately an untimely yellow caused by Steven Bowers Jr. would erase the advantage Tad Davis had built up and bunched the field back together. This would give Kerry Davis new life.

On the final restart Kerry would show the power and the finesse that has made him one of the top Modified drivers in the Midwest. Kerry stormed to the point and drove off to the checkered flag. After coming up short last week it was a strong win and a boost of confidence for the Parkville, MO. native. The win also moved Kerry back to 2nd in the point standings behind Darron Fuqua.

Fuqua would finish 2nd despite a multitude of problems his car suffered
through numerous melees on the track, 3rd was Tad Davis, Tom Grist seemed to have issues with his motor all night long but still managed a 4th place finish and rounding out the top 5 was Jay Bailey.

If there was a feel good story of the night, it occurred in the Ferrellgas Stock Car main event.

Russ Moyer has only competed in a handful of events this season at HPT. Leading up to Saturday night, Moyer’s career had been void of one big goal, a feature win! Saturday night Moyer put together a veteran like run and picked up his 1st feature win of his racing career.

James King and Moyer would bring the field to the green flag and once the race got going it was all Moyer from there.

Moyer took the lead on the opening lap. Hitting his marks lap after lap he would extend the lead over the 2nd place car. Behind Moyer there were several drivers looking to take their chance at the leader. Gerald Wahwahsuck, Ken Garcia, King and Tyson Young were all trying to chip away at the leader but they had to contend with each other before getting that
opportunity.

Young would win the battle and earn the right to challenge Moyer at the front. Young would work his way to the back bumper of Moyer and at one point even pulled up to door, but Young couldn’t get the job done.

A late race yellow would set up a green, white, checkered finish. It didn’t bother Moyer any. He was a man on a mission. Moyer’s dream night ended with him staying out in the lead on the restart and driving to the checkers.

Young finished 2nd, Zach Henery would drive from 8th to 3rd in the main, 4th went to Steve Herrick and Garcia hung on for a strong top 5 finish in 5th. Byron Glotzbach was the only repeat winner on Saturday night at Heartland Park. Glotzbach is beginning to put his stamp on the 2013 season in the Casey’s General Store Pure Stock class.

Dylan McDonald took the early lead in the feature on Saturday night. He would hold the top spot as Glotzbach and David McDonald would battle right behind him. Glotzbach moved into the 2nd position, but David McDonald didn’t go far away either.

It would take Glotzbach a few laps to work his way into the lead around Dylan McDonald. In doing so he also brought AJ Christian with him to the front of the field. The top 2 drivers in the point standings would go toe-to-toe for the final few laps of the feature.

The drivers wouldn’t let the fans down as they would come to the checkered flag nose to tail with Glotzbach on top and Christian in 2nd. For Glotzbach it would be his 5th win of the season.

On the final lap Darren Davenport made a tricky move to take 3rd in the feature after starting 9th, Dylan McDonald finished 4th and David McDonald would finish out the top 5.

The Super 8 at Forbes Landing Saturday Showdown continues with it’s 14th race of the season next Saturday night, August 10.

Keep up to date with all the action at Heartland Park Topeka by visiting their home on the World Wide Web at http://www.hpt.com.

The Super 8 At Forbes Landing Saturday Showdown Heads Down The Stretch

August 8th, 2013

Topeka, KS – It was another strong week of racing during the Super 8 at Forbes Landing Saturday Showdown. Cool temps, lots of moisture and great racing action continued for yet another week of racing. This Saturday night, August 10, at 7 p.m. it will fire up one more time as only 7 races remain for the 2013 season. This means if you think last week was packed full of action and adventure, just wait as we head down the final stretch.

The 2013 season has seen its ups and downs. A total of 168 different drivers, in 4 divisions, have raced at HPT this season. Heartland Park’s Dirt Track has changed it’s characteristics over the past month, thanks to Mother Nature, and this has led to several drivers trying to make last minute adjustments. There were 3 new winners that drove to victory lane last Saturday night and that runs the total of different feature winners on the season to 29!

Byron Glotzbach has taken over as the hottest driver at Heartland Park Topeka’s Dirt Track. The Casey’s General Store Pure Stock hot shoe logged his 5th victory of the season last Saturday night. It was his 4th win in just the last 5 races. His winning record has a lot of racers in the class scratching their heads and wondering what they will have to do to just keep up! AJ Christian is 43 points behind Glotzbach in the standings. A few more wins and Glotzbach might just sew up his 1st track championship.

In the Washburn Tech Modified division Kerry Davis became the 6th different feature winner of the season. A great battle developed between Kerry Davis and Tad Davis (no relation). The two battled it out exchanging the top spot before Kerry Davis took control. The win helped Kerry Davis jump back into 2nd in the point standings, 62 markers behind the leader
Darron Fuqua. Fuqua started out the season winning 8 of 9 races, but he has been kept out of the winner’s circle for the last 3 consecutive races. If this continues and Davis rolls up a few more wins, this battle is likely to heat up.

One of the closest point battles is in the Ferrellgas Stock Car class. As it stands Zach Henery trails Steve Herrick by just 20 points. Russ Moyer raced his way to his 1st, ever, career feature win, but the show was behind him as Henery made a daring dash to beat Herrick to the line. In doing so, Henery chipped away at the points lead. Herrick and Henery are
veterans and they have been in points battles before. Vegas odds says that this battle might be even going to the home stretch. It’s going to be a fun race to watch.

Jake Richards is the only leader that went into last Saturday night and drove away with a win. Richards has been the point leader all season long and had yet to get a victory. At least that was until last week. Richards took away the momentum that his closest competitor, Ethan Isaacs, had built up. Richards added 8 more points to his lead with the win. The White Line CDL Training B Mod division is still the class with the most competitors on a weekly basis. This fact, alone, leads most to believe that at any time this points race could change at any minute.

Fans this week will want to head to the concession stand before the races as HPT will have a $6 Chicken Tender Combo (3 Tenders, Fry, & Coke)! Each week the fine folks at HPT come up with great promotions and special concession items to go along with the great racing of the Super 8 at Forbes Landing Saturday Showdown.

Spectator gates will open at 5:00 p.m., hot laps will start at 6:15 p.m. and the first race will go green at 7:00 p.m.
Adult tickets are $12.00, kids 4 through 12 are $6.00 and children 3 and under are free at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway. Military personnel and veterans will be given free admission with proper identification. Discounted tickets can be purchased online at Heartland Park Topeka’s home on the world wide web, www.hpt.com.

Heartland Park Topeka is a multipurpose racing facility that hosts a wide variety entertaining events featuring an NHRA Drag Racing National event. Heartland Park Topeka has also hosted the ADRL, Pinks All Out, World of Outlaws, USAC Sprint and Midgets, demolition derby’s, monster truck shows, motorcycle racing, Jr. Dragsters, car shows, bracket racing, drifting, road racing, concerts, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing event and much more. Diversity helps Heartland Park Topeka provide race fans with the best possible experience.

Keep up to date by following Heartland Park Topeka at http://www.hpt.com
on the world wide web.

Meals On Wheels Night At The Races Saturday At HPT

August 1st, 2013

Topeka, KS – After Mother Nature unleashed her wrath on the racers and fans at Heartland Park Topeka’s Dirt Track, she finally gave them a beautiful night last Saturday night. On an extremely cool night in July the only heat to be found came from the racing action on the track.

All four weekly classes put on a great show last weekend. The Super 8 at Forbes Landing Saturday Showdown only has 8 points races remaining for the 2013 season and that means the racing action is only going to get better as the season winds down. Saturday, August 3, 2013, at 7 p.m. Meals on Wheels Night will host race #13 in the series.

After 12 races this season, 26 different drivers have driven to victory lane. Fans in attendance get to see a different feature winner 54% of the time!

In the Washburn Tech Modified division it was another new driver picking up the win. Steven Bowers Jr., a former track champ at HPT, drove to his 1st win of the season and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Bowers moved into 2nd place in the point standings and with only 8 races left to go, this might be the shot in the arm that he needs to win another
championship.

Fireworks erupted last week when contact between the 1st and 2nd place cars took them out of the running. It was even more exciting when you find out the Kerry Davis and Darron Fuqua, who came into the night 1st and 2nd in the points, were the drivers involved. Davis, after the race, would find himself in 3rd in the points and Bowers would chip into Fuqua’s 80
point advantage and move into 2nd trailing by just 52 points heading into this week.

Another driver working his way up the points ladder is last years track champion in the White Line CDL Training B Mods, Ethan Isaacs.

Last week Isaacs put a late race move on the leader, Heath Murry, to win his 3rd feature of the 2013 season.

Isaacs started slow this season, but has slowly put together 3 wins along with several top 5 finishes and it’s allowed him to move from outside the top 10 to the 2nd place in points with 8 races left. Jake Richards, who has been the leader from opening night, is on top still but his lead has been trimmed to just 30 points. Richards run this season has been
impressive in it’s own right considering he is the leader and has yet to win a feature. It shows you how tough this B Mod division really is.

Byron Glotzbach held off Tyler Hinrichs to win his 4th Casey’s General Store Pure Stock Feature of the season.

In the absence of Tyler Garst, Glotzbach took over sole possession of the points lead and AJ Christian moved into 2nd.

The racing action in this division is 2nd to none! Several cars are always in the hunt for the win, door to door action in the norm and every race seems to come down to the wire. Pure Stock racing has made it’s mark at Heartland Park during the 2013 season.

Zach Henery has won a championship before at HPT in the Pure Stock division and he is currently looking for a championship in the Ferrellgas Stock Car class. He helped his own cause out last Saturday night by rolling to his 3rd win of the season, but he has some work to do.

Steve Herrick is the current points leader and he has been in this position before. It was just a few years ago he had a lead with a few races left and lost the championship to Dave Samuels. This season he is intent on keeping the advantage he has. Henery is going to make it tough on him, especially if he keeps winning.

All the divisions are looking to provide excitement down the stretch. Make sure you don’t miss any of the action at Heartland Park Topeka over the final 8 races, every lap is going to be an important one! Spectator gates will open at 5:00 p.m., hot laps will start at 6:15 p.m. and the first race will go green at 7:00 p.m.

Adult tickets are $12.00, kids 4 through 12 are $6.00 and children 3 and under are free at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway. Military personnel and veterans will be given free admission with proper identification. Discounted tickets can be purchased online at Heartland Park Topeka’s home on the world wide web, www.hpt.com.

Heartland Park Topeka is a multipurpose racing facility that hosts a wide variety entertaining events featuring an NHRA Drag Racing National event. Heartland Park Topeka has also hosted the ADRL, Pinks All Out, World of Outlaws, USAC Sprint and Midgets, demolition derby’s, monster truck shows, motorcycle racing, Jr. Dragsters, car shows, bracket racing, drifting, road racing, concerts, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing event and much more. Diversity helps Heartland Park Topeka provide race fans with the best possible experience.

Keep up to date by following Heartland Park Topeka at http://www.hpt.com
on the world wide web.

Heartland Park Hosts Hot Action on Cool July Night

July 30th, 2013

Topeka, KS – After suffering several rain outs during the 2013 season it was a cool July night that welcomed racers and fans back to action at Heartland Park Topeka’s Dirt Track. The temperature was well below the normal average and the racers decided to provide the heat for the fans in attendance.

Steven Bowers Jr. picked up his first victory in the Washburn Tech Modified division. It was a long dry spell for the young racer from Topeka. Bowers won the last race of the season in 2012, but had yet to find his way to victory lane for 2013. Kerry Davis jumped to the early advantage in the Modified feature. Davis, like Bowers, had yet to win a race in 2013, looked like he was putting together a winning run on Saturday night. Davis started from the front row and held a sizable lead until Darron Fuqua, the points leader, erased the lead. The first yellow flag would bunch the field up and start the fireworks show. On the restart Bowers moved quickly from 4th to 3rd on the grid. It was a 3 car shootout at the front between Davis, Fuqua and Bowers. Another yellow would bunch the speedsters up one more time. As the green flag flew the action would grow more intense for the top spot. Fuqua made a deep run into turn three chasing down Davis. In doing so he made contact with the leader in the left rear and both cars spun to the inside of the track in front of the entire field. It handed the lead over to Bowers after it was all over with. From the there it was the Bowers show. He wouldn’t be denied for his 1st win of the season. Bowers raced his way to the win and moved up to 2nd in the point standings with the victory. Tad Davis would hold on for the runner-up finish, 3rd went to a strong running Josh Henery, Jared Rogers started 16th in the main and finished with a 4th and Dalton Kirk took home a 5th place finish.

In the White Line CDL Training B Mod division Heath Murry is getting to be known as the Buffalo Bills of the racing world. Several times this season, Murry, has battled at the front of the field only to see an opportunity to win wiped out on the last lap. On Saturday night Murry would lead 14 3/4 of the feature event. This time it was Ethan Isaacs that dashed his hopes in the final corner taking home the win. Isaacs, who started 4th in the feature, worked his way through traffic and ran down Murry during the feature. Lapped traffic started to get in the way. This provided Isaacs a prime opportunity to take the lead away from Murry, but a late race yellow would take the lapped traffic out of the equation. On the restart Murry still maintained the lead. On the 13 lap, Isaacs pulled to the inside of Murry down the back stretch. Murry shut the door on the advancement and they sprinted to the white flag. Exiting turn two Murry would slip ever so slightly and the move that Isaacs pulled 1 lap before was there again. This time Isaacs put his car into the low line going into turn 3, in doing so it took away Murry’s line and sent him up the track. Isaacs would speed off to 3rd win this season. Murry finished in 2nd, Dustin Thulin also celebrated a good run going from 7th to 3rd in the main, 4th was the points leader, Jake Richards and rounding out the top 5, filling in for John Grist, was Josh Everhart.

Byron Glotzbach isn’t suffering from any Sophomore slump in 2013. Glotzbach broke into the Casey’s General Store Pure Stock division a year ago and he had a solid year. This season Glotzbach has broken through as the premier driver in the class. Saturday night Glotzbach worked his magic once again and took home his 4th feature win of the season. ‘Big’ Al Mattox had the early lead in the feature event, but it was Glotzbach that was pushing the leader in every corner of the track. Glotzbach would make the pass for the lead going into turn 3 and he never looked back from that point on. Tyler Hinrichs would give everything he had to catch Glotzbach, but he would come up just short at the finish line as Glotzbach won by the length of his own hot rod. Randy Kohn, who battled with Hinrichs for 2nd all night, finished 3rd in the main event, 4th was Robert Garst, who started 14th in the feature and rounding out the top 5 was last years Pure Stock track champ, Randal Schiffelbein Jr.

The Ferrellgas Stock Car feature was another 3 car battle for the win on Saturday night. Zach Henery, Clint Hedge and Steve Herrick all gave the fans a great show. Henery took the early lead from Dustin Sievers in the feature. As Henery took the lead, Herrick raced his way into 2nd and Hedge was being held up in traffic as he was trying to get to the front of the field. Once Hedge joined the party up front he worked his way around the high side of Herrick to take away 2nd. Hedge wouldn’t stay there for long. Herrick worked his way back to the inside of Hedge and regained the 2nd spot as Hedge went up the track and brushed the wall. Herrick would have nothing but Henery in front of him from that moment on. Lapped traffic would come into play during the last couple of laps during the feature, but it didn’t matter. Zach Henery would not be denied as he would go on to win his 3rd main event of the season. Herrick would finish 2nd, Sievers would work his way around Hedge for 3rd and James King rounded out the top 5 after starting in 12th spot.

The Super 8 at Forbes Landing Saturday Showdown continues next Saturday night, Aug 3, for Meals on Wheels Night at the races. To follow all the action that goes on at Heartland Park Topeka, visit their home on the World Wide Web at www.hpt.com.

All New Winners Saturday Night At HPT

July 16th, 2013

Topeka, KS – When things become routine people start to get restless. The Super 8 at Forbes Landing Saturday Night Showdown was anything but routine. For the first time since opening night, all new winners celebrated in victory lane after picking up wins.

In the Casey’s General Store Pure Feature Robert Garst became the 1st new face to get a win. Garst had been close on putting together a win in the past few weeks, but the cards weren’t in his favor. Saturday night Garst finally held the 4th ace that he would need to get the win.

Starting from outside the 3rd row to begin the feature, Garst would get to the inside of Randy Kohn and take the lead on lap 5 and from there he would check out on the field. Lap after lap Garst would hit his marks and run away from the competition. Garst is now the 7th different feature winner to get a win in 2013 in the Pure Stocks.

Kohn would battle with Tyler Garst before securing the runner-up spot, 3rd went to T. Garst, David McDonald kept his string of good runs going finishing in the 4th spot and AJ Christian came home in 5th.

The points battle in the Pure Stock division is becoming a wild race. After taking over the points lead last week from Tyler Garst, Byron Glotzbach struggled on Saturday night and now there is a tie between the two at the top of the standings!

Luke Nieman has only a couple of races under his belt in the White Line CDL Training B Mod division. After Saturday night, Nieman can now claim that he is a feature winner at Heartland Park Topeka’s Dirt Track.

More than 30 cars checked in to shoot it out in the B Mod division on Saturday night. Nieman would start on the pole position. It sounds like starting from of the field and getting a win would be easy, but when you have the type of competitors that the B Mod division has it’s down right tough!

Nieman would take to the top spot from the drop of the green flag. Lap after lap he kept his #181 at the front of the field. Behind him there were several battles going on, but none of them fazed Nieman at the front. Several yellow flags would hinder his progress in getting to the finish. Fans began to wonder if it was only just a formality as Ethan Isaacs, a 2 time feature winner in 2013 and 2012 track champion, would overhaul him on a restart and take his 3rd win.

A late race yellow would force a green, white, checkered finish for the feature. Nieman would answer the call once again as he remained the leader and would hold off Isaacs to the checkered flag becoming the 7th different feature winner in the Pure Stocks.

Isaacs would finish 2nd, Chase Austin had a strong outing finishing in the 3rd position, 4th would go to Lucas Isaacs and rounding out the top 5 was Jake Richards the current points leader.

When drivers are at an early point in their career you can start to see them getting better from week to week. This season in the Ferrellgas Stock Car class Dustin Sievers is a driver that you can see vast improvement in week after week.

Early in the season Sievers was close to getting a win, but ended up spinning out while battling for the lead. It was one of those make or break moments in career. Sievers could either continue to work hard and get better or it could have sent his season into a tailspin. As Sievers picked up his 1st win Saturday night, it’s safe to say that he used that instance as a way to make himself better.

In pulling down his first win, Sievers put together a magical run. Starting from the pole position he would dart out to the front of the field and dominate the field on the way to his 1st victory. An emotional Sievers would pick up his trophy in victory lane and spent time thanking his family and fans for all the fun he is having as a race car driver. Just like the Pure Stocks and the B Mods, the Stock Car division can boast 7 different winners on the 2013 season.

Zach Henery finished in the 2nd spot, 3rd went to Phil Snodgrass, 4th was Clint Hedge and Eric Weyer finished out the top 5 in 5th place.

This season Darron Fuqua has won 8 features on the season in the Washburn Tech Modifieds. That means only 2 other times has there been a different winner in victory lane. Jay Bailey and Dalton Kirk are in a special group as the only drivers to win features in 2013 besides Fuqua. The group will have to make some room because after Saturday night Luke Driskell decided to crash the party!

Driskell is no stranger to victory lane at HPT. Over the past couple of seasons Driskell has stopped in on occasion to pick up a win or two and go home. This season he was close to picking up a win as he finished runner-up to Fuqua. This time he was the main attraction starting from the 2nd position in the feature. Driskell stormed to the lead on lap number 1 and never looked back.

Steven Bowers Jr. would get close to Driskell during the 25 lap feature, but in the end the competition didn’t have anything for Driskell. On a night of new faces in victory lane, he would become the 4th different feature winner in the Modifieds.

Bowers drove to a 2nd place finish, the winner from opening night, Dalton Kirk, finished in 3rd, 4th went to Lucas Conley and Robert Shepard logged another top 5 finish by coming in 5th place.

The completion of the 4th Annual Steve Bowers Sr. Memorial Race kicked off the night as the makeup features for the B Mods, Stock Cars and Modifieds were run.

In the White Line CDL Training B Mods, Lance Lincoln raced his way to his 1st victory of the 2013 season, Clint Hedge stormed the competition in route to winning the Ferrellgas Stock Car makeup feature and Darron Fuqua pocketed the $1,000 top prize by winning his 8th feature in the Washburn Tech Modified division.

For more information on Heartland Park Topeka visit their website www.hpt.com.

Fuqua, Glotzbach, Henery & Murphy Victorious At HPT

July 2nd, 2013

Topeka, KS – As the end of June set in on the Super 8 at Forbes Landing Saturday Showdown, racers and fans were greeted with cooler than normal temperatures. The racers replied with hot racing action all night long at Heartland Park Topeka’s Dirt Track during Casey’s General Store Night at the races.

In the Washburn Tech Modified division Darron Fuqua kept up his torrid 2013 pace with his 7th win of the season.

After a runner-up finish in his heat race, Fuqua started in the 2nd row for the A Main. It didn’t take long for the Mayetta driver to get to the front of the field and hold on for the victory. The race would go without a caution and it would dash any hopes of the competition catching the hottest driver at HPT.

The win would help extend Fuqua’s point lead in the class and with 12 races left on the schedule his record of 11 wins in a single season could be in jeopardy!

Josh Everhart had a strong run on the night finishing in the 2nd spot, Jared Rogers celebrated his best finish of the season in 3rd, 4th was Steven Bowers Jr. who started 7th and rounding out the top 5 was the opening night winner, Dalton Kirk.

In 2010 Brian Murphy had the White Line CDL Training B Mods by the tail. He won multiple features that season and went on to the track championship.

Fast forward to 2013, Murphy is still racing in the division, but this year, due to spending some family time, he got a late start on the season. The late start might have given him a boost of energy. Over the last few races Murphy has been in contention for a win, but watched as mechanical problems or bad timing got in the way.

Saturday night at Heartland Park it was Murphy’s night once again as he picked up the feature win.

The night started off well for Murphy he started 4th in his heat and won it and he would start 4th in the feature on his way to win #1. Murphy worked his way to the top spot and then held on as a field of heavy hitters would push him for the 15 laps of the A Main.

Lance Lincoln, another former champ, finished in 2nd, Chase Austin had his highest finish of the season in 3rd, 4th went to a hard charging Jake Richards, who started 13th in the feature and Dustin Thulin would follow Richards through the field to finish 5th after starting 12th.

The first main event of the night was the Casey’s General Store Pure Stocks. Extra incentive was placed on this feature in the form of Casey’s Gift Cards to the top 3 finishers.

Pure Stocks have been steadily building their reputation at HPT. Each and every week they fill their field with 20 or more cars and they put on some of the closest racing action you will see in the Midwest. This week was no exception. Byron Glotzbach raced his way to a win about 3 weeks ago and after Saturday night he can now boast that he is a multiple feature winner in 2013!

Glotzbach started 7th in the main event, but one by one he worked his way up through the field he was set on staying at the front. He would battle with Robert Garst for the top spot. The win wasn’t the biggest reward of the night for Glotzbach. With the win, Glotzbach has closed the points gap between he and Tyler Garst. Garst, who won the 1st 3 races of the season only leads the points by 12 over Glotzbach. The Pure Stocks are proving to be the most exciting class at HPT.

Finishing in the runner-up spot was Robert Garst, 3rd went to AJ Christian and it was the ‘son and father’ tandem of Randy and Ron Kohn rounding out the top 5 in 4th and 5th.

It was just a week ago that Zach Henery drove to victory lane for the 1st time in 2013 in the Ferrellgas Stock Car division. This week Henery did it once again as he picked up his 2nd feature win of the season in consecutive weeks, but not after some controversy.

Clint Hedge would take the checkered flag first, but in post-race tech inspection he would be deemed illegal and disqualified for the evenings event.

Henery started off the evening with a heat race win, but a youngster in the crowd pulled a 3 row invert ball for the feature lineup and this meant that Henery would start outside of row number 3 in the big race.

As he has his car firing on all cylinders right now, it took little time for Henery to drive to the front of the field. Henery, who has moved into 2nd place in the point standings, would go on to the win.

Russ Moyer finished in the runner-up position, an ever improving Dustin Sievers finished 3rd, James King started in 4th and finished in 4th and Tyson Young was a hard charger going from 9th to 5th in the A Main.

The Super 8 at Forbes Landing Saturday Showdown hosts it’s 1st special event of the 2013 season next Saturday night. The Steve Bowers Sr. Memorial will offer the drivers of HPT a chance at extra cash and bragging rights.

To keep track of all the action at Heartland Park Topeka visit them on the World Wide Web at www.hpt.com.

Double Dose of Action At HPT For Dads This Saturday!

June 14th, 2013

Topeka, KS – Every year Father’s Day rolls around and dad always has to dread what kind of gifts are in store for him!

This Saturday night, June 15th, Heartland Park Topeka has just what every dad wants, a double dose of dirt track racing action as the Super 8 at Forbes Landing Saturday Showdown will makeup 3 features rained out from the past week along with a complete show after the makeup features. Boss Hawgs is the presenting sponsor for the evening and everything adds up to a win-win situation for all dads planning to attend.

Mother Nature won 3 out of the 4 features from last Saturday night, but the folks at Heartland Park Topeka will know just how to package all the action up in one great night. A lot of people seem to think that all the action happens on the race track at HPT. To an extent they are right, but if that’s all, then they were missing a lot more!

During the Super 8 at Forbes Landing Saturday Showdown events a lot of different things are going on.

First there is the nightly meet and greet with a pair of drivers before the races. The drivers will sign autographs, hand out free photo cards and chat with fans as the come into the speedway. The two drivers scheduled to be up front on Saturday night will be the 2x defending track champion in the Washburn Tech Modified division, Darron Fuqua and White Line CDL Training B Mod racer, Devin Stock.

HPT has something for everyone on race night! The National Wild Turkey Federation has been on hand at every race this year to raffle off a free gun. A gun that is given away that night at the races. Fans can buy a ticket for as little as $5.00 and walk out of Heartland Park with a top notch firearm. This week a lucky father might take home the top prize. Heartland Park has a souvenir trailer on site that sells all the official HPT gear! In the HPT trailer you will also find one of the track’s sponsors, Kansas Lottery, selling scratch off and Powerball tickets during the event. You throw all that in with the great HPT concessions and many other great promotions during the year, you have got excitement.

All that excitement leads you to the action that roars to life on the track.

This week in the Washburn Tech Modified division everyone is going to get what they asked for in the 1st feature of the night! That’s right folks, the winner of the last 5 Modified features, Darron Fuqua, will be starting from the last spot on the grid! Fuqua had engine problems last week and his crew had to run home and get him another car. Fans of HPT will get to see just how tough Fuqua is as he will start from the back and try to work his way forward. Modified competitors smell ‘blood in the water’ as they see this as an advantage to take Fuqua down.

In the Ferrellgas Stock Car division it’s still anyone’s chance to step up and take the crown. Last season Terry Schmidt dominated on the way to the championship and it looks like 2013 is going to be wide open. Several drivers have the desire and will to win, the question is, will they be able to do it? Steve Herrick has been into victory lane 2x this season and looks to be the front runner, but look for guys like Zach Henery, Eric & Leif Weyer, James King and a host of others to take their shot at the number 1 spot.

The White Line CDL Training B Mods will be the other class running double features this week. In the 2013 there have been 4 different winners after 6 races. David Samuels, a former Factor Stock champ, has shown no signs of a sophomore slump this year. In his 2nd season, Samuels has won 3 of the 6 features and is the only driver in this division to have won more than 1 feature. Almost 50 different drivers have registered to compete so far in the B Mod class. The more competition the greater the chance of seeing outstanding racing!

The Casey’s General Store Pure Stocks were the only class to get their feature in last week and David McDonald took home the surprise win. McDonald, like several other drivers, has been working on making his race program a little faster. Last week it was mission accomplished for the Topeka racer. Several drivers are capable of getting the win in this ultra competitive class. After 7 races this season a total of 5 different drivers have visited victory lane. That is the most of any class at HPT!

This Saturday night the spectator gate will open at 5 p.m., hot laps are at 6:15 p.m. and the White Line CDL Training B Mod makeup feature will start at 7 p.m.

Adult tickets are $12.00, kids 4 through 12 are $6.00 and children 3 and under are free at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway. Military personnel and veterans will be given free admission with proper identification. Discounted tickets can be purchased online at Heartland Park Topeka’s home on the World Wide Web, www.hpt.com.

Heartland Park Topeka is a multipurpose racing facility that hosts a wide variety entertaining events featuring an NHRA Drag Racing National event. Heartland Park Topeka has also hosted the ADRL, Pinks All Out, World of Outlaws, USAC Sprint and Midgets, demolition derby’s, monster truck shows, motorcycle racing, Jr. Dragsters, car shows, bracket racing, drifting, road racing, concerts, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing event and much more. Diversity helps Heartland Park Topeka provide race fans with the best possible experience.

Keep up to date by following Heartland Park Topeka on the internet at http://www.hpt.com.

McDonald & Mother Nature Win At Heartland Park

June 11th, 2013

Topeka, KS – Sometimes you try your best to get the show in. Saturday night the folks at Heartland Park Topeka’s Dirt Track did everything they could to get the show in. Unfortunately, Mother Nature had other plans of her own.

Twelve laps of the Casey’s General Store Pure Stock main event were in the books before the sky opened up and peppered the track with some heavy rain. It would stop, but officials fearing more of the same decided to call the Pure Stock feature complete and double up on the features for the White Line CDL Training B Mods, Ferrellgas Stock Cars and Washburn Tech Modifieds next Saturday night, June 15.

The Super 8 at Forbes Landing Saturday Showdown will begin next week with the remaining features to be run first and then they will run race #8 after the final make-up feature.

David McDonald scored his 1st win in the Casey’s General Store Pure Stock A Main.

Starting from the front row of the feature McDonald held a quick battle with the pole setter, Scott Garcia. McDonald won the battle and stayed out front the entire race.

The battle during the feature ranged from 2nd to 7th place as 6 cars battled to the bitter end or at least until the rain came.

Working lap 10, a wild accident between the cars battling for 2nd would lead to a red flag situation. Garcia would get tangled up with Robert Garst down the front straight. The end result would be a bent up race car for Garcia as he went rolling and then pirouetted coming to a stop.

Once the field went back to green flag racing it was all McDonald again.

The field of cars were able to only finish a few more laps before another incident between drivers and the ensuing rain would put a halt to the event.

Garst would finish in the 2nd spot, 3rd went to Devers, last week’s winner, Byron Glotzbach, finished 4th and Darren Davenport drove from 12th to 5th in the main event.

Race #8 Father’s Day Special presented by Boss Hawgs night at the races will see double features for the Mods, B Mods and Stock Cars and then an entire new show! Come out and join all the fun at Heartland Park Topeka’s Dirt Track.

For more information keep up with all the action on the World Wide Web at www.hpt.com.

Super 8 At Forbes Landing Saturday Showdown Continues…

June 7th, 2013

Topeka, KS – The Super 8 at Forbes Landing Saturday Showdown continues this week on Saturday, June 8, at 7 p.m. at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway located at Heartland Park Topeka.

Each family, friends and neighbors converge on Heartland Park to have fun and watch great racing. This week it’s US Foods Employees Night at the races! There is a possibility that, with a special event sponsored by a business, that new fans can be exposed to one of the most exciting sports in the U.S., dirt track racing!

It doesn’t get any better than great racing when you roll the stars and cars out of the Super 8 at Forbes Landing Saturday Showdown.

The first 6 races of the season are in the books and there are a ton of races left in the 2013 season, but fans won’t want to miss a single lap of action. Goals, dreams and aspirations will either be met or blown out of the sky on a weekly basis.

In the Washburn Tech Modified division the season to date has belonged to Darron Fuqua. The defending, two-time, track champion has started off the season red hot! After missing the opening night of the season, Fuqua has set off an unbelievable 5 race win streak. Not only has Fuqua won 5 feature events. He has won every race that he has been in during the season. That’s right, he hasn’t lost a heat race or a feature.

The competition in the Modified class is starting to get restless. Each week the drivers are going home and doing their homework, trying to figure out how to get faster. This in turn is guaranteeing fans that they will see some awesome racing action in a couple of weeks.

A wide open class is the Ferrellgas Stock Cars. After 6 races this season there have been 4 different winners celebrate in victory lane after the races. This class has been so wide open it’s not uncommon to see 3 and 4 wide racing, last lap victories and several different winners.

Steve Herrick sprinted to his 2nd feature win of 2013 last week. In the last two weeks of racing Herrick has worked his way into the points lead and is looking for his 1st track championship. Herrick has been a long time racer in the class and would like nothing more than to win a championship.

In the White Line Training CDL B Mod division this season has been dominated by a former HPT Factory Stock champion, David Samuels.

Last season Samuels spent his rookie season in the B Mods learning the ropes. During this past off-season he spent more time thinking and tinkering than most racers and the work has paid off. After picking up his 3rd win of the season last Saturday night, Samuels has positioned himself as a favorite to win more features and make a run at the championship.

Forty-six different racers have participated in 2013 and that means the competition level in this class is like no other. Like the Stock Car class, there have been 4 different winners in 6 races. Fans can expect more winners and even closer action as the season progresses.

At the beginning of the season it appeared as if Tyler Garst was going to run away with the Casey’s General Store Pure Stock 2013 Championship. The youngster won the first 3 races of the season, but never count your chickens before they are hatched. In the last 3 races there have been 3 new winners. Garst’s lead in the points has been taking a hit each race since the first 3 races and now his lead is down to 38 points over the 2nd place driver, AJ Christian.

It was just 3 years ago that the Pure Stocks were struggling to find racers, now each and every week they are averaging 20 cars per race night and last week they had a season high of 23 cars in the feature. Byron Glotzbach won last week and will try to do it again this Saturday night.

Spectator gates will open at 5:00 p.m., hot laps will start at 6:15 p.m. and the first race will go green at 7:00 p.m.

Adult tickets are $12.00, kids 4 through 12 are $6.00 and children 3 and under are free at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway. Military personnel and veterans will be given free admission with proper identification. Discounted tickets can be purchased online at Heartland Park Topeka’s home on the world wide web, www.hpt.com.

Heartland Park Topeka is a multipurpose racing facility that hosts a wide variety entertaining events featuring an NHRA Drag Racing National event. Heartland Park Topeka has also hosted the ADRL, Pinks All Out, World of Outlaws, USAC Sprint and Midgets, demolition derby’s, monster truck shows, motorcycle racing, Jr. Dragsters, car shows, bracket racing, drifting, road racing, concerts, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing event and much more. Diversity helps Heartland Park Topeka provide race fans with the best possible experience.

Keep up to date by following Heartland Park Topeka at http://www.hpt.com on the world wide web.

Glotzbach, Fuqua, Samuels & Herrick Victorious At HPT!

June 5th, 2013

Topeka, KS – If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again. I think that’s how the old saying goes.

Saturday night in the 6th race of the Super 8 at Forbes Landing Saturday Showdown, Bryon Glotzbach kept trying. His trying finally paid off as he took home his 1st career win the Casey’s General Store Pure Stock division.

It was just a few short weeks ago when Glotzbach pulled into victory lane, but after the post-race tech inspection he was disqualified. This Saturday night would be the one that didn’t get away from Glotzbach.

Starting inside the 5th row, things didn’t look good for Glotzbach at the beginning of the feature race, but once the green flag dropped everyone in the stands could tell that Glotzbach would be a contender. Darren Davenport would lead the feature early and looked as if this was going to be his night to break into the win column. Unfortunately for Davenport Tyler Garst and Glotzbach were on the move to the front of the field.

A sequence of yellow flags would continue to keep the field held tight throughout the feature. On a restart Davenport would push up the race track giving Garst enough momentum to slide into the top spot. Glotzbach also followed suit, going by Davenport and working his way into 2nd. Garst would maintain the lead and Glotzbach would roll a little closer to the front lap after lap. Turn #3 is where Glotzbach found enough bite to put a move on Garst that would take him to the lead out of turn #4. Garst would fight back and would suffer a huge setback as he would go up and brush the wall in turn #1. This was all that edge that Glotzbach would need to motor on to the win, after he passed through the post race tech inspection. It was Glotzbach’s 1st career win at HPT.

AJ Christian, who came in the night 2nd in points, finished in the 2nd spot, Darren Davenport held on for a 3rd place finish, 4th went to a hard charging Dylan McDonald and rounding out the top 5 was Randy Kohn.

A pair of feature winners in 2013 would bring the field to the green flag in the White Line CDL Training B Mod feature event, Dave Samuels and Dustin Thulin.

Samuels, a 2 time feature winner heading into the night, wasted no time jetting out to the early lead. It would be one of those strong night for Samuels as he would not relinquish the top spot at any point during the feature going on to his 3rd win of the season.

“This week, the whole SB Chassis was real good,” said Samuels, “… starting 7th in my heat and running up to 2nd and catching the invert started on the pole, you know someone is looking out for me on that one. I had to do a lot of work on me and a little on the car and get the package right and we’re getting there. We’re not there yet, but we’re getting there.”

Thulin would also boast a strong run finishing in the runner-up spot, Lance Lincoln celebrated his best finish with a 3rd, 4th went to last week’s feature winner, Ethan Isaacs and rounding out the top 5 was Lucas Isaacs.

It was another quick, clean and exciting feature in the Ferrellgas Stock Car A main event.

Tyler James, a feature winner from Humboldt Speedway, took to the early lead in the feature, but it wasn’t long before the regulars were nipping at this heals. Zach Henery would be the first driver to lay a challenge on the newcomer. Henery would work his way by for the lead and would extend his advantage in just a few laps. As Henery would extend his lead, it looked as if he was going to be headed to victory lane at the end of the night. Not so fast though, there is more to the story.

A week ago, a late race error by Steve Herrick kept him out of victory lane and this week would be a different story as he was on a mission. In the late running laps of this week’s main, Herrick slowly knocked off the advantage gained by Henery. The two drivers would go side by side at the flag stand as they took the white flag and neither had an advantage. Entering the 3rd turn on the final lap, Herrick would be a nose ahead and as they exited turn 4 Henery would push up the track and Herrick stayed on the bottom and won the drag race to the checkered flag. It would be redemption and the 2nd win on the season for Herrick.

“Everyone’s tough that starts up front (in the feature),” said Herrick, “We were just going to go out there and run the best race we could. A nice clean race and it ended up with a win. Last week was a little disappointing to me and to come back and win it was great. I can’t thankmy crew enough, they get me out here and they turn me left and the car is really fast.”

Henery would settle for the runner-up spot, Tyler James would stay up front most of the race and finish in 3rd, 4th went to Eric Weyer and coming in with another top 5 finish this season was Tyson Young.

Darron Fuqua remained unbeatable at Heartland Park Topeka once again in the Washburn Tech Modified division.

For the 5th straight race Fuqua would win his heat race and feature. It kept his undefeated streak at HPT going. To start the night Fuqua ended up winning his heat from the front row and would have been starting in the 2nd row for the feature event, but an inversion drawn by a youngster in the crowd put the 87 of Fuqua back on the front row for the feature.

“I am just getting lucky,” said Fuqua, “This is the best hot rod I have ever set in and everything is going good right now and I am going to ride it out as long as it lasts.”

As the green flag dropped Fuqua would get to the front of the field and check out from there as he has done in the previous 4 features. Running consistent, smooth and quick times on the track he would hold off the competition. Several yellows in the late half of the feature gave other races a chance at Fuqua, but the driver from Mayetta stayed on his hot streak for yet another week.

Steve Bowers Jr. would again show his power and consistency by finishing in the 2nd spot, the driver 2nd in the point standings, Kerry Davis, made a couple of strong moves to finish in the 3rd position, Mike Higley, filling in for Josh Henery, drove Henery’s car to a 4th place finish and coming home in 5th was a hard charging Josh Everhart, who started 13th.

The action continues next week for the Super 8 at Forbes Landing Saturday Showdown as it will be race #7 on the season.

Fuqua Extends Streak of Perfection to 4 At BriggsAuto.Com Speedway

May 29th, 2013

Topeka, KS – Every now and then you find a team, or individual, in the sports world that pulls off a perfect season. The 1972 Miami Dolphins, 1972 UCLA Bruins and the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers all pulled off this feat to achieve legendary status. Now it’s Darron Fuqua trying to pull off the impossible feat of staying perfect in the Super 8 at Forbes Landing Saturday Showdown Modified division. Saturday night after 4 races, Fuqua is getting the job done.

“I am just excited and happy that everything is working out,” said Fuqua, “all the hard work over the winter and the past 5 years is coming to a head and hopefully it keeps going up from here.”

In the Washbun Tech Modified feature on Saturday night Fuqua wired the field from start to finish. Starting in the outside front row, Fuqua blasted past the pole setter, Adam Schrag, to take the lead exiting turn 2 and he never looked back from there.

“I am pretty confident with the equipment that we have,” said Fuqua, “especially with this car we have here, it’s just awesome it’s got drive and side bite. As long as I keep it maintained and do the things that I should be doing, hopefully, we will be toward the front.”

With the exception of Fuqua not racing on opening night, he has been having the time of his life since returning on week #2. The feature win extended his perfect streak in 2013 at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway. In 4 races this year, Fuqua has won 4 heat races and 4 feature events.

Kerry Davis put on a strong run finishing in the runner-up spot, 3rd went to Steven Bowers Jr., newcomer, Adam Schrag, held on for a 4th place finish and Robert Shepard put together a 5th place finish in the main event.

The Ferrellgas Stock Car feature had all the qualities of a action film!

Leif Weyer and Dustin Sievers started the night off by dueling at the front of the field. At one point you could have thrown a blanket over the top 6 cars in the feature as the field tightened up around the leaders.

Zach Henery made a bold move to take the lead in the middle of the race from Sievers. This would be the first of several exciting events to unfold over the last half of the race. Leif Weyer would get his shot at Henery, but couldn’t get by him to take the top spot. Steve Herrick, in the meantime, battled with Eric Weyer and disposed of him and then did the same as he drove by Leif Weyer to take 2nd place.

Herrick caught up to Henery at the front of the field. As the laps continued to click off Henery had a tough time keeping his car on the bottom line around the race track. In one corner Henery drove up the track and Herrick drove by for the lead. A late race yellow would set up a 3 lap dash to the finish with Herrick, Henery and Leif Weyer at the front of the pack.

On the restart Herrick had trouble coming out of turn 4 to restart the race. Henery, Leif Weyer and Tyson Young all shot by Herrick on the restart. Henery, once again, would drive up the race track while leading and this let Leif Weyer take the top spot heading to the white flag. Leif Weyer, Henery, Young and a recovering Steve Herrick would make a sprint to the finish but it would be Leif Weyer getting his 1st win of the season. It was a surprise finish to an exciting race.

“I figured the 5K (Herrick) had it won for sure,” said Leif Weyer, “but when he didn’t start on that one restart, I knew Zach would push and sure enough he did and when I got him cleared I said that this one was mine!”

Young would get 2nd in the end, Herrick battled back for a 3rd place finish, 4th went to Henery and James King would round out the top 5 in 5th place.

A new winner stopped into victory lane in the Casey’s General Store Pure Stock class.

Scott Garst started on the pole position of the feature and would wire the field as he would lead every lap on the way to the win.

Donnie Devers would get the first crack at knocking Garst off the top spot, but he would spin ending any chance he would have at the win. AJ Christian would be the next driver to take a shot at Garst. Christian would slowly chip into the lead and by the end of the feature he was on the back bumper of Garst. Unfortunately for Christian, the laps would come to an end and Garst was out in front.

Garst’s win would be his 1st in two years at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway. A part-time racer, Garst, who was competing in just his 2nd race this season, wanted to break his car in for his son Tyler, the current points leader in the division. As he picked up the win, Scott Garst might decided to stay behind the wheel a little longer.

In the White Line CDL Training B Mod main event Ethan Isaacs, the defending champion of the divison, became the 4th different winner in 5 races this season.

Isaacs would have to wait a little longer to get his win after ‘The Big One’ occurred on lap 4 of the feature.

On lap 4, a whopping total of 9 cars were involved in a wreck that would bring out a long red flag situation. After the melee was cleared the racing would resume.

Isaacs would get a good restart and from there he wouldn’t be touched. Isaacs 2013 season hasn’t been exactly what he had hoped for, but the win on Saturday night could just be the turning point in his season that could take him back to another championship.

Dustin Thulin finished in the 2nd spot, Dave Samuels had a good run finishing in the 3rd spot, 4th went to Heath Murry and Nic Bennett garnered another top 5 by coming in at the 5th position.

The Super 8 at Forbes Landing Saturday Showdown will continue next Saturday, June 1st. Spectator gates will open at 5 p.m., hot laps are at 6:15 p.m. and the first race goes green at 7 p.m.

Visit the home on the net for Heartland Park Topeka at www.hpt.com for all your information on upcoming events.

Armed Forces Night At BriggsAuto.Com Speedway Saturday

May 24th, 2013

The drivers of the Super 8 At Forbes Landing Saturday Showdown received a ‘well-deserved’ break last week from racing at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway.

Saturday night, May 25, 2013 at 7 p.m. the dirt track racers will fire up the season one more time for Armed Forces Night at the races.

This race night holds a great significance to the Heartland Park Topeka staff. Every race night Military members who attend the races are allowed in for FREE! (Providing they show a Military I.D.) For those individuals that put their lives on the line for the citizens of the United States, Heartland Park honors them by allowing them free admission. It is a great way to show our U.S. soldiers a token of appreciation.

Racing at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway has been better than ever this season and the show in the stands has been exciting too. Several moms battled it out to find a diamond ring during intermission of the race on May 11th. Saturday night the National Wild Turkey Federation will be providing another firearm to raffle off. Each race night this season, the NWTF has
rifled off a gun. It’s a promotion that has generated a lot of buzz on race nights. The NWTF will be back again this week to do it all over again.

The NHRA Kansas Nationals took center stage at Heartland Park last weekend, this week there are several dirt track drivers ready to put their talents on display. Darron Fuqua has been on a roll this season. In 3 races he has accumulated
3 heat wins and 3 feature wins. Fuqua missed the first night of the season, but after May 11th he took over the top spot in the Washburn Tech Modified standings. Two years ago Fuqua set a single season win mark in the Modified division with 11. Could Fuqua break his own record?

Kerry Davis is just 3 points behind the leader and Robert Shepard is also within striking distance. Last season BriggsAuto.Com Speedway had a different winner more than 50% of the time in the Modifieds. Don’t expect these racers to just roll over for the reigning champion.

Tyler Garst still holds down the top spot in the Casey’s General Store Pure Stock division.

Darrin Christy inherited the feature win two weeks ago after Byron Glotzbach and AJ Christian were disqualified in post race-tech inspection. The competition level in this class has been on the rise since opening night and should continue that trend this Saturday.

White Line CDL Training B Mods are the most popular division at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway. Jeremy Chambers out raced 28 other drivers to take home the hardware.

A total of 3 different drivers have been to victory lane in the B Mods. This is the most of any division at the track.
In the Ferrellgas Stock car division John O’Neal Jr. celebrated in victory lane with his family. O’Neal, who stepped away from full-time racing to support his son’s race career, drove a flawless race as he ran away with the win.

Terry Schmidt, currently, leads the points, but there are several drivers ready to knock him off the top of the mountain. Will someone else keep Schmidt out of victory Lane this Saturday night? Spectator gates will open at 5:00 p.m., hot laps will start at 6:15 p.m. and the first race will go green at 7:00 p.m. Adult tickets are $12.00, kids 4 through 12 are $6.00 and children 3 and under are free at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway. Military personnel and veterans will be given free admission with proper identification. Discounted tickets can be purchased online at Heartland Park Topeka’s home on the
world wide web, www.hpt.com.

Heartland Park Topeka is a multipurpose racing facility that hosts a wide variety entertaining events featuring an NHRA Drag Racing National event. Heartland Park Topeka has also hosted the ADRL, Pinks All Out, World of Outlaws, USAC Sprint and Midgets, demolition derby’s, monster truck shows, motorcycle racing, Jr. Dragsters, car shows, bracket racing, drifting, road racing, concerts, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing event and much more. Diversity helps Heartland Park Topeka provide race fans with the best possible experience.

Keep up to date by following Heartland Park Topeka at http://www.hpt.com on the world wide web.

O’Neal Brings Family/Fun Together With Win

May 13th, 2013

Topeka, KS – Racing is truly a family sport. Racers and fans came together on Saturday night to BriggsAuto.Com Speedway for great racing and a chance to celebrate Mother’s Day early, but by the end of the night it was a father and a daughter that stole the show.

John O’Neal Jr. has been racing for years in the Midwest and has won countless races over that time. In recent years, O’Neal has stepped away from being a driver and moved on to other things such as raising a family. Every now and then he gets an itch to get back behind the wheel. Saturday night was one of those nights as he competed in the Ferrellgas Stock Car division.

“We came out about 3 weeks ago as fans to spectate and watch,” said O’Neal, “I told Jim (Conley) that I would love to bring the Factory Stock down here this looks like a fun track. Smooth, fast and dryslick. I love them dryslick. We knew early it (the track) was throwin up some dust and we knew early it was going to be one of those tracks and again. It brought back a lot of found memories of racing asphalt.”

After a strong in his heat race O’Neal would start inside the 2nd row, but a lot of eyes were on the pole position. Terry Schmidt, last year’s track champion and 2x feature winner in 2013, drew the front row starting spot. As the green flag dropped O’Neal wasted no time. As Schmidt took the lead by the first corner, O’Neal would join Schmidt at the top spot as the two went side by side the flagstand. The two drivers would race that way on lap number two until Schmidt went high out of turn 4 and O’Neal took over the lead. Once in the lead it was all John O’Neal from that point on.

“I have thousands and thousands of laps on pavement tracks and I would say that gave me a little advantage over some of the guys,” said O’Neal, “It’s just a pleasure to drive. I am very competitive and I am just having fun right now. My main goal is to spend time with my family and taking my kid go kart racing. If I get to race this car again, this (BriggsAuto.ComSpeedway) is my new home. There is no reason to race anyplace else.” O’Neal would pick up his 1st win on his 1st visit to HPT, but it was a gesture in victory lane that showed why this sport it termed a family sport. As some racers do, they wait till their careers are not the most important thing, to wait and start a family. O’Neal was one of those guys. After more than 300 wins, in victory lane John wanted to make sure that he was able to share the moment with his young daughter, Addison. She hadn’t had the opportunity to feel the sensation of celebrating a win with her
father. She does now.

Clint Hedge would hold on for the runner-up spot in the feature, 3rd went to Phil Snodgrass, Steve Herrick drove to a 4th place finish and Eric Weyer rounded out the top 5.

In the Casey’s General Store Pure Stock main event it was a case of ‘you just didn’t see what you thought you did.’

Byron Glotzbach, in his 2nd year of racing, drove to the front of the pack in the feature event and in the end held off, a hard charging veteran, AJ Christian for his 1st win! Exciting, yes? Hold that thought.

After finishing a race it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are done for the night. Once you finish a race you have to then go to a post-race tech inspection and after finishing that task you are given your finishing position. Saturday night, it’s what fans didn’t see that changed the outcome of the race and made the 3rd place finisher, Darrin Christy, the
winner of the feature event.

In post race tech, it was declared that the 1st and 2nd place cars were hit with infractions that would change their finishing positions to 17th and 18th.

Christy, who has finished no worse than 2nd this season, picked up his 1st win and was very humble about being declared the victor.

“I hate it for those guys (Glotzbach & Christian) they run good and I wasn’t going to catch them,” said Christy, “I was just content to finish where I was and it is what it is. We will take it, but I would like to pass them and beat them and they run good but that’s the way it goes.”

It was another strong night for the Pure Stocks. The feature was filled with a lot of battles on the speedway, a lot of 2 and 3 wide racing and just a few yellow flags.

“I haven’t been since ’06 and I have been watching the guys in the class,” said Christy after the win, “they are all good drivers and I wanted to be a part of it. I am here it’s fun and I am really enjoying it.”

Colton Miller would celebrate his best finish of the season in 2nd, after 4 straight feature wins, Tyler Garst, the points leader, would finish 3rd, 4th went to Scott Garcia and Ron Kohn would take 5th.

Darron Fuqua might be getting the impression that the Super 8 at Forbes Landing Saturday Showdown Victory Lane is his own personal parking space at the end of each race.

Saturday night in the Washburn Tech Modified feature Fuqua blasted to his 3rd straight feature win. The 2x defending champion has now collected 19 wins in the past 3 years at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway. Fuqua is getting a lot of results out of his new car.

“We built this new car over the winter and it just feels good,” said Fuqua, “the more research and thought that I put in it, the more the car feels like it’s a part of me. The wins feel good, but I am always thinking about what I could do to go faster.”

As the checkered flag dropped on the feature Saturday night the other competitors in the class might be having those same thoughts as Fuqua.

Luke Driskell did his best to stay with Fuqua throughout the night. A former feature winner at HPT, Driskell looked strong as he drove to a 2nd place finish. Travis Smith, a newcomer from Parsons, had a good run in his first outing finishing 3rd. One of the most interesting battles on the speedway came from the 4th and 5th place drivers as they swapped spots several times on the night. Josh Everhart would hold off Kerry Davis to finish 4th and Davis would end up in 5th.

The White Line CDL Training B Mods had a wild night of racing. This division hosts the largest number of racers each night and they provide a lot of excitement. Saturday night was one of those nights where the yellow flag seemed to wave more than it should.

After 3 tries at getting the race started, it was Heath Murry that gained the early advantage in the main event. Murry would hold on to the top spot as Jeremy Chambers, Randal Schiffelbein Jr., Dustin Thulin and Jake Richards were breathing down his neck.

Several yellow flags and Murry would still maintain the top spot. It was the next yellow flag that Murry didn’t want to see.

On the restart Murry would lead the field back as the green flag came back out. Heading into turn 2, Murry’s car broke loose and cars were sent scrambling behind him. It would take Murry from the top spot to the last spot in the running order. Chambers would now inherit the lead on the track.

There would be a few more yellow flags before the race director dropped a green, white checkered finish on the feature. Chambers would hang on and drive to the win. Chambers became the 3rd different feature winner this season in the B Mods.

Thulin would finish in the runner-up position, 3rd went to Schiffelbein, Richards finished 4th and Dakota Foster nailed his first top 5 of the season in 5th.

Next week the racers of the Super 8 at Forbes Landing Saturday Showdown will get a break, but they will be back in action on May 25th.

The Super 8 at Forbes Landing Saturday Showdown Ready To Go This Saturday Night

April 23rd, 2013

Topeka, KS – Things seem to be changing a lot lately. Gas Prices, grocery prices and the weather are just a few things that come to mind. BriggsAuto.Com Speedway doesn’t change from week to week. The drivers of the Super 8 at Forbes Landing Saturday Showdown provide the area dirt track fans with exciting entertainment each and every race night. This Saturday night, April 27, all 4 divisions will be back in action, beginning at 7 p.m., for Toshiba Business Solutions Night at the races.

Not only do fans get to see great racing at the track, but they know that the races will start on time, each event is run in a timely fashion and fans in attendance feel like they are part of the show.

Last Saturday night the temps were down, but the racing action on the track was hotter than ever!

In the Washburn Tech Modified division Darron Fuqua drove to his 2nd consecutive win during the 2013 season. The Mayetta driver made it look easy as he rocketed to the win running away from the competition. After missing opening night, the defending champion has climbed to 4th in the standings and is just 9 points back of the current leader, Kerry Davis. During the feature last week several drivers were hindered by bad luck. After 2 straight wins Fuqua now has the ‘bulls-eye’ looming a little larger on his number #87 this week. It should be a closer race this week.

For the first time this season someone other than Terry Schmidt drove into victory lane in the Ferrell Gas Stock Car class. Steve Herrick put all the right moves together and drove to his 1st win of the season. Early in the night Herrick’s car was a little off. During the intermission break his pit crew made a few adjustments that fit Herrick’s driving style and it showed on the track. Iowa driver, Brad Deery, made it close in the end, but Herrick was just too strong. Even though Schmidt didn’t win last week, he finished in the top 5 and maintained his early season points lead in the division.

A whopping total of 35 White Line CDL Training B Mod drivers showed up to race last Saturday night. That many drivers in one class means one thing, competition. Just to make the main event was a victory in itself. In the end Dave Samuels drove to his 2nd win in 3 races this season. Unlike his victory on opening night, Samuels had to wonder what was going on behind him all night long. Samuels would wire the field as he would lead from start to finish during the feature. In the early season points race Jake Richards, Bryan Rigsby and Samuels stand on top of the chart.

Tyler Garst is the hottest driver this season in the Super 8 at Forbes Landing Saturday Showdown. This past week Garst raced his way to a 3rd straight victory. In 2013 the young man is undefeated! His actual consecutive win streak is at 4 dating back to the last race of the season in 2012. Drivers in the Casey’s General Store Pure Stock division are getting better each and every week. Darrin Christy finished 2nd for the second consecutive week and some new drivers have been rumored to be debuting this week. As Garst’s winning streak continues, he currently sits on top of the point standings with Darren Davenport and AJ Christian right behind him.

Spectator gates will open at 5:00 p.m., hot laps will start at 6:15 p.m. and the first race will go green at 7:00 p.m.

Adult tickets are $12.00, kids 4 through 12 are $6.00 and children 3 and under are free at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway. Military personnel and veterans will be given free admission with proper identification. Discounted tickets can be purchased online at Heartland Park Topeka’s home on the world wide web, www.hpt.com.

Heartland Park Topeka is a multipurpose racing facility that hosts a wide variety entertaining events featuring an NHRA Drag Racing National event. Heartland Park Topeka has also hosted the ADRL, Pinks All Out, World of Outlaws, USAC Sprint and Midgets, demolition derby’s, monster truck shows, motorcycle racing, Jr. Dragsters, car shows, bracket racing, drifting, road racing, concerts, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing event and much more. Diversity helps Heartland Park Topeka provide race fans with the best possible experience.

Keep up to date by following Heartland Park Topeka at http://www.hpt.com on the world wide web.

“I can’t believe it, I just can’t believe it!”

April 23rd, 2013

“I can’t believe it, I just can’t believe it,” said an exuberant Jim Byers as he exited his Monte Carlo in Victory Lane at Roaring Knob, Saturday. Byers, of McClellandtown, PA, led the final three circuits to make it two wins in a row in Penn Summit Insurance Agency Street Stock competition at the facility in Markleysburg, PA. Byers began the race in seventh position and quickly advanced his way to third by lap three. It appeared, however, he would do no better
than that as Uniontown, PA’s Greg Hauger dominated the early portions of the race in his No. 17 Ford. Despite suffering damage in an early practice session, Hauger won his heat and led the first 10 laps of the 15-lap event. On lap 10, Hauger’s car slowed and he pulled off the track. This handed the lead to Mount Lake, MD’s Scott Bittinger in his
No. 29 Impala. Bittinger appeared to be on his way to his first-ever Street Stock win, but he spun in turn four on lap 11. Byers inherited the lead, and the veteran driver held off Dunbar, PA’s Bob Nelson at the line to claim the win.

Nelson was second followed by Berlin, PA’s Greg Cornell in third. Jason Gibbs, of Fort Hill, PA, crossed the line in fourth and Monongahela, PA’s Pat Weldon rounded out the top five. Heat winners were Hauger and Nelson. Uniontown, PA’s J.T. Baird and Mill Run, PA’s Kenny Burkholder dazzled the crowd in a hard-fought battle during the Fort Necessity Garage Chargers feature event. Burkholder, the defending track champion, led the first four circuits, but he was being challenged, feverishly, by Baird, who was working the inside groove.

On lap five, Baird made the move by Burkholder off turn two to claim the top spot. Burkholder kept Baird in his sights, but he was unable to mount a comeback as Baird grabbed the checkers in his No. 95 Monte Carlo for his sixth-career victory. “Kenny and his brother Kyle are good, clean drivers, and I knew it was going to be a good race,” Baird said in Victory Lane. “I wasn’t sure how much I was pulling away from him, but I was glad I could hold him off.”

Burkholder finished second while his younger brother, Kyle, of Mill Run, PA, took third. Ursina, PA’s C.J. Nicola crossed the stripe in fourth, and Confluence, PA’s Eric Miller finished fifth. Heat race winners were Kenny Burkholder and Baird.

West Leisenring, PA’s Paul Koffler, Jr, led flag-to-flag in the Newt’s York Bar Roardunners event to score his 76th-career victory. The former Farmington Speedway champion held off the challenges of Frieden PA’s Casey Fleegle and West Leisenring’s Steve Settle to park his Pontiac Sunfire in Victory Lane.

Fleegle took second and Settle, the defending track champion, claimed third. Settle came to Victory Lane to congratulate Koffler. The race winner thanked Settle for his valuable assistance in preparing his car before the day’s event. Hopwood, PA’s Mark Seiler and Fair Hope, PA’s Keith Deeter finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Fleegle and Connelsville, PA’s David Friend were the division’s heat race winners.

It may have been a small field of E-Mods, but Graysville, PA’s Denny Nakutis and Mt. Morris, PA’s Ron Howard put on a great show for the fans. Howard looked high and low, but he was unable to get by the defending track champion as Nakutis edged Morris by a car-length to claim victory. “I knew he (Howard) was going to race me hard,” said Nakutis as he stood beside his No. 3 Hassey Chassis in Victory Lane. Nakutis won the division’s heat race, also.

Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex will return to action, Saturday, April 27. The night of racing will feature the second Roaring Knob-Rock Shootout race of the 2013 season. This special challenge race for drivers at Roaring Knob and Allegany County Speedways will feature competition in the Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic Super Late Models, High Gear Speed Shop RUSH-sanctioned Crate Late Models, Street Stocks, Chargers and Roadrunners. Pit gates will open at 4:30 p.m., and grandstand gates will open at 5 p.m.

Garst Goes For The Hat Trick At BriggsAuto.Com Speedway

April 21st, 2013

Topeka, KS – Tyler Garst’s knowledge of hockey may not be as strong as other mainstream sports. A hat trick is a term that is given to a player that scores 3 goals in one game. Saturday night at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway, Garst achieved his own ‘hat trick’ by winning his 3rd straight feature of 2013.

No matter how you look at it, Garst is a driver that is coming into his own. His run in 2013 is tough to explain but Garst has a good idea of where it’s coming from.

“The year of experience that I got last year, really helped me out,” said Garst after this 3rd straight win, “I am trying to be smooth and hit my lines. Other than that, it’s dad’s (Scott Garst) setups that he’s got going with it.”

Saturday night Garst started on the front of the Casey’s General Store Pure Stock Feature event and from the drop of the green flag he took complete control.

“I just wanted to make sure I hit my lines,” said Garst, “I knew that Darrin (Christy) was back there, he’s a tough competitor. I knew that running with him last week and running with him tonight in the heat race that he has a good race car. I wanted to get off the corners and smooth as possible and it all worked out.”

Garst ran a good race from start to finish. A couple of yellow flags would bunch the field back up, but Garst would re-establish his dominance as the race would fire back up.

Three wins in a season is an accomplishment. Three wins in the first 3 races has Garst excited about the rest of the season. The current record for most wins in a single season is 16, set by Zach Henery just a couple of seasons ago in the Pure Stock class. Will Garst be thinking about this record.

“I want it, but that’s going to be difficult,” said Garst, “We got my cousin Robert coming out next week and he’s got a pretty good car and there is a lot of good cars out here. It’s going to be anybody’s ballgame, we just have luck on our side right now.”

Darrin Christy would finish in the runner-up spot for the 2nd straight week, 3rd went to Byron Glotzbach, Darren Davenport bounced back this week to finish and AJ Christian drove to a 5th place finish.

The White Line CDL Training B Mod division saw it’s first repeat winner of the season, Dave Samuels.

Samuels, who earned his first victory on opening night, blasted out to the front of the field from the pole position at the start of the feature. A large field of 35 racers checked in to race on Saturday night and when Samuels took to the track for the feature he know he had to be at his best.

“I feel pretty good, but I am going to stay humble,” said Samuels after the win, “everything fell into my shoes tonight. I drew good, started on the front row of my heat and won and they redrew and I started on the pole of the feature and I saw the track was laying down a little bit of rubber and I decided to get to it first and go.”

Samuels got to the front first and never let up on the competition. In his opening night win he had to come from 2nd to take the win on the last lap. Tonight it was his turn to sit out front and see if anyone could knock him from the top spot.

“I HATE leading every lap,” said Samuels, “I’d much rather be the hound than the rabbit.”

On this night Samuels would not have to worry about being the rabbit. For the 15 laps of the feature, he would lead all 15 laps. The competition level in this class is second-to-none. The drivers competiting for the win gave each racer the fair mount of respect that each one deserved.

Jake Richards, the point leader, would settle for another 2nd place finish to Samuels, Ethan Isaacs would narrowly beat out Bryan Rigsby for 3rd and rounding out the top 5 was Rusty Trimble.

Ferrellgas Stock Car drivers were wondering if anyone was ever going to get into victory lane besides Terry Schmidt in 2013? Schmidt had won the first 2 races of the season and momentum and confidence were on his side. The one thing that Schmidt needed to count on is that the other drivers in the class weren’t going to just lay down for him on a weekly basis. Saturday night a multiple feature winner in the Stock Car division, Steve Herrick, jumped up and showed everyone that he has still got it.

The feature event for the stock cars was the 3rd main event of the night and just like the first two, the driver who started on the pole position would win. Herrick stormed out to the lead, while Terry Schmidt, Travis Tenpenny and Brad Deery were knocking each other out trying to get to Herrick.

“The track was good, the car was good and my guys, it (his car) was a little tight in the heat race but they made it so it wasn’t so tight and it worked for me,” said Herrick.

During the season, Herrick has been working on making his car and himself better night in and night out. Having to compete with such strong competition is only making him work harder. In getting his first win, Herrick almost let it slip away late in the race.

As Herrick was enjoying a sizable lead, he got a little excited heading into turn two and he over-drove the car. It caused him to slide up the race track and it allowed for Deery to close the gap on Herrick. It made the race exciting in the end as Herrick had to hold off Deery. The two drivers would cross the line nose to tail with each other.

“It was getting toward the end of the race and it has been a long time since I have been in the winner’s circle,” said Herrick, “I just got excited and over drove it and it pushed up on me a little bit. I am glad that nobody was there.

Terry Schmidt, the winner of the season’s first two races, finished in the 3rd position, Travis Tenpenny raced his way to a 4th place finish and Leif Weyer put together a strong fun finishing in 5th.

It would take 3 chances for the Washburn Tech Modifieds to get their feature event underway on Saturday night. Steven Bowers Jr. looked like the odds on favorite for taking home the top honors.

As the field finally took the green flag, Bowers would shoot out to the early lead. He would hold onto that lead until his blew out his left rear tire going into turn 3.

Tyler Schmidt would take over the top spot on the ensuing restart. Schmidt, who won his 1st feature at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway last season, was in a prime spot for the win. At least that was tell last week’s feature winner, Darron Fuqua, to rolling.

Fuqua, the 2x defending track champion, worked to the inside of Schmidt in turn 4 and made his move. Fuqua would become the new leader as they went by the flag stand. After taking over the lead, Fuqua would extend his lead over the rest of the field. Schmidt would keep somewhat close to him, as both would get into lapped traffic. In the end there wasn’t anybody that was going to get by Fuqua on this night. The longer the race went on the faster he became on the track.

Schmidt would end up the night in the runner-up spot, racing two his 2nd top 5 finish of the night was Jake Richards, who finished 3rd, 4th went to opening night winner, Dalton Kirk, and Kerry Davis made another strong drive from deep in the field as he started 14th and finished 5th.

The 4th race of the Super 8 at Forbes Landing Saturday Showdown gets underway next Saturday night, April 27. Spectators gates will open up at 5 p.m., hot laps will be at 6:15 p.m. and the first race goes green at 7 p.m.

For more information on Heartland Park Topeka visit them on the web at http://www.hpt.com.

Fuqua Comes Home To A Victory At BriggsAuto.Com Speedway

April 15th, 2013

Topeka, KS – A famous Kansan, Dorothy Gale, once said, “There is no place like home.”

Tonight a 2x, defending, track champion, Darron Fuqua got the true sense of what that statement meant.

After being absent on opening night at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway, Fuqua came home Saturday night to reclaim his top spot as he went on to an easy victory in the Washburn Tech Modified feature.

“It means a lot to me,” said Fuqua, “I mean, it’s my home track. We missed last week and I was curious to see where we would stand. I have been running good with the USMTS (Modified Touring Series), but everyone that runs here is pretty competitive too. I am just glad we are still a contender.”

Fuqua was more than a contender on Saturday night. At the drop of the green flag he got off to a good start and battled the early leader, Jay Bailey, for a few laps before taking control. Once at the point position Fuqua checked out on the field. His new Venom Chassis by Fuqua liked the HPT surface and it showed as he got passed several lapped cars before a
yellow flag would evaporate his huge lead.

“I didn’t want to see it (the yellow flag),” said Fuqua, “I felt pretty comfortable with my lead. We passed quite a few lapped cars and I felt like I had a few between me and 2nd place. I always hate to get 2nd back up on my bumper. You just never know what could happen in a few corners.”

As the field came down to restart the race it didn’t take long for Fuqua to spread the distance between 1st and 2nd place. He would extend the lead all the way to the checkered flag. It was a strong performance from the reigning champ.

“It was a good race,” said Fuqua, “the track was slick, slow, the car did everything that it was suppose to do and I am real happy with the win.”

Robert Shepard had a strong runner-up finish after starting 8th, the biggest mover of the night was Kerry Davis who started 22nd and drove to a 3rd place finish, Daniel Hilsabek finished 4th in his 1st ever race at BrggsAuto.Com Speedway and Jay Bailey rounded out the top 5.

One of the most exciting races of the night happened in the White Line CDL Training B Mod division.

For the 2nd straight week, the feature event wasn’t decided until the final corner!

Before the night got started B Mod racer, Heath Murry, said that he would measure the success of the 2013 season by the fact if he won a feature or not. Murry almost looked like a profit. He would carry the lead in the feature event until the last corner of the last lap.

Murry had opened up a big lead on the the rest of the competition. Lap after lap, Dustin Thulin was chipping away at that big lead. Late in the race a yellow flag would come out just as Thulin was closing in on Murry. In the remaining 3 laps we would see a couple of more yellow flags that would bunch the field up. Thulin at this point was still unable to get by Murry. The final yellow would set up an exciting finish.

As the field came down to the final restart, Thulin made a strong move that put him door to door with Murry going into the first corner. Exiting the turn the two stayed side by side. Heading down the back straight they made contact. Murry would get a little loose, but both competitors were able to gather it back up and continue on. Murry was still holding the slight advantage. As the two started the final circuit of the night, they would still be racing door to door. Thulin on the inside and Murry on the outside. Neither driver wanting to give an inch.

Thulin took the bottom line heading into turn 3, Murry would try to pinch Thulin down to take away his momentum and in the end coming out of the final corner Murry’s car would drift up the race track and Thulin would get a great run off the bottom and would take the win by the length of his car.

A great race, where both drivers appreciated the good racing and the close competition.

Last week’s runner-up, Jake Richards, finished in the 3rd position, 4th went to Jeremy Chambers and Bryan Rigsby crossed the line in 5th.

Tyler Garst won last week’s Casey’s General Store Pure Stock feature by making a move late in the race. Tonight he would have to wait to make his move. The move he needed to make happened right in front of him.

Darren Davenport gained the early advantage in the feature, but on a restart still early in the race Davenport would lose oil pressure. In the process of getting off the track he tangled with the 2nd place car of Darrin Christy. This would take Davenport out of the feature and hold up Christy and as this happened it was all that Garst needed to take over the top spot.

At the front of the pack Garst would run away from the competition. Christy would close in on him, but he wouldn’t be able to find the momentum to get by the leader in the end.

For the 2nd straight year in the Casey’s General Store Pure Stock division one driver would win the first two features. Last year it was Darren Davenport and this year it was Tyler Garst duplicating the feat. Next week Garst will have the opportunity to earn a hat trick.

Randy Kohn scored the 3rd place finish on the night, rebounding from last week was Scott Garcia who finished 4th and Tyler Garst’s father, Scott, came home with a 5th place finish on his first night out in 2013.

In the Ferrellgas Stock Car feature event it was another driver repeating from one week ago.

Terry Schimdt visited victory lane quite often in 2012 and looks like he is going to be there again in 2013. Schimdt backed up his win from last week with another victory on Saturday night.

The race got started with Dustin Sievers jumping out to the early lead. Sievers who has been steadily improving as a race car driver looked strong at the front of the field in the early going. Sievers would hold on to the top spot until Schmidt would pull up alongside him. The racers would go side by side for a few laps before Schmidt would eventually get the advantage and open a big lead. Schimdt was able to gain a big lead by the action that was going on behind him.

Travis Tenpenny, Steve Herrick, Zach Henery and Eric Weyer were all battling hard for positions 2 through 5. As these drivers battle each other, Schmidt was up front all by himself. The race that these 4 drivers were putting on was as exciting as any race at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway in the past few years.

Tenpenny would win the battle for 2nd, Herrick finished in the 3rd position, 4th went to Henery and E. Weyer would finish in the 5th position.

A total of 88 racers checked in on Saturday night. Next week the Super 8 at Forbes Landing Saturday Showdown will continue with race number 3 on the season. Spectator gates will open at 5 p.m., hot laps will start at 6:15 p.m. and the first race goes green at 7 p.m.

For more information visit Heartland Park Topeka on the world wide web at http://www.hpt.com.

First Time Winners Highlight Opening Night At BriggsAuto.Com Speedway

April 8th, 2013

Topeka, KS – Finally, Mother Nature took a break and the racing action at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway. Opening night would not disappoint the fans in attendance. It was great night of racing and a memorable event for two drivers in particular.

Dave Samuels has been in victory lane before at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway, but he had yet to taste victory since moving into the B Mod division a year ago. As a former track champion, last season’s performance didn’t sit well with Samuels. He spent the off season trying to figure out how to make his car work better and it paid off in a big way. A win on opening night.

“This has been an all winter project. I started a lot earlier than most people thought,” said Samuels, “I moved the pickup points for the springs and it put a little bit of me back into it. I didn’t have a good grasp of these stock heads last year and I really worked on the engine this year, over the winter and we got a really good package.”

Not only did Samuels get a good package, but he also got a year of experience behind the wheel and tonight it paid off.

Jake Richards jumped out to the early lead and held off the competition for most of the feature. Samuels after a late race restart began to drive his car deeper into the corners. Lap after lap he made up ground on Richards and eventually would pull up alongside him.

“I started watching his car,” said Samuels, “I started seeing him get a little tight here, a little loose there. I won’t be able to pass him on the bottom so I had to get on his right rear and get outside of him. I got a good run on the back straightaway and a lap car was there and he (Richards) couldn’t go up and had to hold it on the bottom. We split the lap car and I knew when we went into turn 3 side by side I knew I got him.”

Samuels would hold on to a precious victory. A victory that he has been waiting for and he still hopes that there are many to come.

Richards would finish in the runner-up spot, Nic Bennett had a solid outing coming home in 3rd, 4th went to Bryan Rigsby and Lucas Isaacs would round out the top 5.

The Washburn Tech Modified feature also saw another first time winner. Dalton Kirk took home the win. It was his first A Mod feature win of his career and just like Samuels in the B Mod division, it was a win that took sometime to be wrangled in.

Kirk won the B Mod championship at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway back in 2011. In 2012 he moved up to the A Mod division full time, but the success he had in the B Mod didn’t translate to success right away in the Modifieds. After a year of experience, Kirk, has found a way to get it done.

Tad Davis motored out to the early lead in the Modified feature. Davis would have to battle Kirk and Steven Bowers Jr. for the top spot. Both Kirk and Bowers would make advances on Davis, but each time Davis would ward off the challengers. Davis hung on until coming out of 4, where he and Kirk would make contact. Kirk would take over the lead as Davis got out of shape and had to gather up his ride.

Once in the top spot Kirk would drive his way to his first win. It was an impressive win. After Kirk took the lead he would extend his advantage over the second place car, Bowers.

Bowers rolled into a 2nd place finish, Davis recovered to finish 3rd, Jake Richards, scored his 2nd top 5 of the night, finishing 4th and Kerry Davis came home in 5th.

One of the most exciting races of the night had to be the Ferrellgas Stock Car main event.

A year ago Terry Schmidt dominated the division. Double digit wins and a championship help propel him into legendary status and it made the other competitors work harder on their programs. Tonight’s main event showed how this equation is going to make the Stock Car class exciting.

Schmidt, Steve Herrick, Zach Henery and Travis Tenpenny quickly separated themselves from the pack in the A feature. The top 4 would mix it up as the laps clicked off. Herrick would make a strong run on Schmidt, but would be taken out of contention with a mechanical problem. Henery and Tenpenny wore going back and forth with each other. Each of these drivers would make their best moves, but catching Schmidt and getting past him was a tall order. Henery would get close, but Schmidt would get the opening night win.

Henery finished a close 2nd, Tenpenny would be right behind in 3rd and brothers Eric and Leif Weyer would also get into fight finishing 4th and 5th respectively.

It was another strong turnout for the Casey’s General Store Pure Stock division. A total of 19 cars checked in to battle it out.

Darren Davenport was looking to start out 2013 like he did in 2012, with a win. As the race went on it appeared as if Davenport might duplicate his feat from 1 year ago, unfortunately Tyler Garst wanted to start 2013 just like he ended it in 2012, with a win. Something had to give.

In the end it was Davenport that would give way to Garst for the win. Garst pedaled his way past Davenport and held on to the checkers.

Davenport finished 2nd, 3rd went to AJ Christian, Kyle Rowland finished 4th and coming in 5th was Byron Glotzbach.

New Looks In Store For BriggsAuto.Com Speedway Opening Night Celebration!

April 6th, 2013

Topeka, KS – It’s been a long 5 months without any racing action at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway and it’s about to change in a hurry. Mother Nature hasn’t been kind to race fans in the Midwest and now fans are more than ready to see great racing action.

Heartland Park Topeka will roar back to life at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway Saturday April 6th for the opening of the 2013 race season. Factory Stocks, Pure Stocks, Modifieds & B Mods will all be in action beginning with the first race receiving the green flag at 7 p.m.

Fans and racers, alike, will enjoy a new change at the speedway in 2013.

This season racers will be competing in the Super 8 at Forbes Landing Saturday Showdown Series. Super 8 at Forbes Landing stepped up in the off-season and moved from being a class sponsor to the new title sponsor of the racing action on the track. A total of 22 events are on tap for the 2013 season.

Heartland Park and their staff will continue to strive at providing the best dirt track experience for the fans and racers.

An autograph session will greet the fans heading into the speedway on Saturday night. Jim Christian, Pure Stock racer, and Jared Rogers, Modified racer, will be giving away free autographed race cards on Saturday night, the Kids Zone, which has become a fan favorite, will continue to provide quality entertainment and the HPT concession stand will be complementing their great menu by debuting new food items. Then there is that one exciting thing that everyone loves, the racing!

Last season BriggsAuto.Com Speedway averaged nearly 100 cars per week and the action on the track was second-to-none. When the season ended last year Randal Schiffelbein Jr. (Casey’s General Store Pure Stock), Ethan Isaacs (White Line CDL Training B Mod), Terry Schmidt (Super 8 at Forbes Landing Factory Stock) and Darron Fuqua (Washburn Tech Modified) were all crowned champions in 2012. Look for drivers from the Midwest to invade Heartland Park in hopes of winning a points championship. A championship would give a driver bragging rights, but at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway a championship also means a hefty payday!

Spectator gates will open at 5:00 p.m., hot laps will start at 6:15 p.m. and the first race will go green at 7:00 p.m.

Adult tickets are $12.00, kids 4 through 12 are $6.00 and children 3 and under are free at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway. Military personnel and veterans will be given free admission with proper identification. Discounted tickets can be purchased online at Heartland Park Topeka’s home on the world wide web, www.hpt.com.

Heartland Park Topeka is a multipurpose racing facility that hosts a wide variety entertaining events featuring an NHRA Drag Racing National event. Heartland Park Topeka has also hosted the ADRL, Pinks All Out, World of Outlaws, USAC Sprint and Midgets, demolition derby’s, monster truck shows, motorcycle racing, Jr. Dragsters, car shows, bracket racing, drifting, road racing, concerts, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing event and much more. Diversity helps Heartland Park Topeka provide race fans with the best possible experience.

Keep up to date by following Heartland Park Topeka at http://www.hpt.com
on the world wide web.

Bowers Finally Gets A Victory As Season Come To A Close At BriggsAuto.Com Speedway October 1, 2012

October 4th, 2012

Topeka, KS – It was a special Sunday night of racing at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway. The night was full of exciting racing and it was also a chance to honor the 2012 track champions one final time as the 2012 season came to a close.

A total of 95 cars checked in to race on Sunday night. When it was all said and done, one driver, Steven Bowers Jr., finally felt like a 900 lb. gorilla was lifted from his back.

In the Washburn Tech Modified division heading into Sunday night’s race there had been a total of 11 different drivers that had made it to victory lane. Of those 11 drivers, Bowers was not one of the 11. It was a beginning to bother the driver from Topeka. Over the past few years he had won races and championships at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway. It was an oddity to not see Bowers in victory lane in 2012.

Jake Richards jumped out to the early lead in the main event. Richards was looking for his 2nd win on the night, earlier he had won the B Mod Feature and now he was trying to become the first racer to win two features in the same night. It would be a tough task.

As the race wore on Richards began to feel the pressure from Bowers and Tyler Schmidt, the winner from Saturday night.

It wouldn’t take long as both drivers went around Richards. Bowers took the lead on the outside and Schmidt followed right behind him.

Bowers was a man possessed on Sunday night and he would not be denied the race win. He gave his fans a wild burn out at the end of the night and celebrated with a passion as he won his 1st feature of 2012! Schmidt would finish in the runner-up spot, 3rd would go to Jake Richards, Kyle Covert had his best finish of the season in 4th and Grant Junghans
would round out the top 5.

The Casey’s General Store Pure Stock feature kicked off the main event racing for the night. Donnie Dever raced his way to the early lead. The driver from Baldwin was looking to become the 6th different winner in the division.

Tyler Garst, on the other hand, was working his way through the field as he started in the 5th row. Garst would find his way to the front rather quickly. In just a few laps he found himself battling Byron Glotzbach for the 2nd spot on the speedway.

Devers continued to hold the lead. The final laps were coming up and now four cars had made there play for the top spot. Devers, Garst, Glotzbach and the winner from the previous night, Jesse Shotts, were all ready to battle to the finish.

As the leaders came to the white flag it was Devers with a slim lead over Garst. The two would race side by side as they headed into the final turn. Garst, just like he has done many times in 2012, made his move at the final moment. Coming out of turn 4 he grabbed the lead on the high side and drove to his 4th win of the season. It was the only lap Garst would
lead on the night and it was the most important lap.

Devers finished in 2nd, Shotts would come in 3rd, 4th went to Glotzbach and rounding out the top 5 was Scott Garst.

During the last month Jake Richards has figured out his White Line CDL Training B Mod. He took over driving duties for his father a couple of months ago. For whatever reason it may be it took him just a little time to figure it out. Since he figured out just how to manipulate his new ride, Richards has become a bear!

Friday night he grabbed his first win at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway and he was looking to do it again Sunday night. His odds were good as would start the feature in the 2nd row. The early surprise of the night was Randal Schiffelbein Jr. Schiffelbein, the 2012 Pure Stock Track Champion, had debuted his new b mod a few weeks back and here was on the final night leading the feature. He would hold on to the lead until the first yellow of the night. On the restart Richards took control of the feature event for the 2nd straight night.

It wasn’t a cake walk for Richards as Ethan Isaacs, the 2012 Track Champion, would push him all the way to the checkered flag. Unfortunately for Isaacs, he couldn’t mount the attack that would put him in front of Richards. For the 2nd straight night Richards would end his night in victory lane.

Isaacs finished in the runner-up spot, Dustin Thulin finished in the 3rd position, RJ Edwards had his best finish of the season in 4th and Lucas Isaacs rounded out the top 5.

Fans were primed and ready to watch the Super 8 at Forbes Landing Factory Stock Feature event. Saturday night’s race packed so much excitement that the fans new that Sunday should be just as good.

Travis Tenpenny won the action packed feature on Saturday night. It was just his 2nd race of the year at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway and Sunday night he was looking to take home the win again. Somebody should have told Zach Henery.

Henery has won the most features of any driver, in any division over the past 2 seasons. Sunday night he showed the fans just why he owns that stat, he’s a great racer.

Henery got the jump on the field as the green flag waved to start the feature. He knew that there were some good cars behind him and he needed to get out of the gate quickly. He would feel the pressure several times for Tenpenny and Terry Schmidt, the 2012 Track Champion, but it would not faze him.

In the late portion of the feature the 3 racers would go 3 wide at one point. Being the final night of the season drivers had nothing to lose by letting it all hang out. One driver was quoted as saying it’s either “Checkers or Wreckers” tonight. Nobody would need a wrecker in the final laps, but there was a wild incident with a lapped car getting in the way of the leaders on the last lap.

As they sprinted to the checkered flag it was Henery taking the win. It was his 6th win of the 2012 season and it was his 22nd win in just two years time!

Schmidt finished in the 2nd position, Tenpenny would hold on for 3rd, 4th went to Clint Hedge and finishing 5th was Marvin Griffith Jr.

BriggsAuto.Com Speedway capped the night off by honoring their champion drivers in all their divisions at the end of the night. Darron Fuqua, Washburn Tech Modified Champion, Terry Schmidt, Super 8 at Forbes Landing Factory Stock Champion, Ethan Isaacs, White Line CDL Training B Mod Champion and Randal Schiffelbein Jr., Casey’s General Store Pure Stock Champion, were ushered around the speedway in the back of a pickup truck as they waved a checkered flag to the fans that stayed for the duration.

The double header was a great ending to an awesome year at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway.

Tenpenny Wins Factory Stock Thriller, Tyler Schmidt Gets 1st Modified Win At BriggsAuto.Com Speedway

October 2nd, 2012

Topeka, KS – If Saturday night was any indication of how Sunday night’s races will go, fans need to start lining up right now to get in for what is certain to be an awesome race.

A total of 113 drivers checked in to battle it out on the first of 2 straight nights to close out the 2012 season at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway. At the end of the night fans were treated to some of the best racing of the season. The night was representative of just how great the season has been at Heartland Park this season…

The thriller of the night came in the Super 8 at Forbes Landing Factory Stock division. Travis Tenpenny held off Scott Stuart, Terry Schmidt and Zach Henery at the line to win his 1st feature of 2012. Tenpenny becomes just the 5th different feature winner in the division.

Marvin Griffith Jr. and Tenpenny brought the field of 22 cars to the green flag for the feature, but they would only get a 1/4 of a lap in before a wild yellow would bring out the race’s first caution.

Bob Troutwine had a fuel leak on the first lap. The speedway lit up like the fourth of July and fortunately the fire was quickly contained by track officials.

Once back to green flag racing it was a spectacular race. Griffith would lead the first lap and on the 2nd lap as Griffith pushed up the speedway, Tenpenny saw his opportunity to take the top spot. The top spot fit Tenpenny well and lady luck was riding with the driver from Topeka. It never hurts to have luck on your side.

In the lead for a majority of the race, Tenpenny would receive pressure from Terry Schmidt, the 2012 Track Champion at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway, and Scott Stuart. Both drivers would overtake Tenpenny for the lead, but each time they moved in front a yellow flag would come out and negate their pass. Tenpenny knew that he was in a dog fight for all 15 laps and
was ready for the challenge.

“It was a tough race,” said Tenpenny, “I was racing with a lot of good stock car drivers. Scott Stuart, Schmidt…. it was good racing and it was tough.”

During the final laps it became a 4 way race as not only Tenpenny and Stuart were there, so was Schmidt and Henery. As the 4 cars came to the white flag, Stuart had edged in front of Tenpenny to take the lead. In the lead Stuart decided to take the line that Tenpenny had been driving, it might be a decision that he would want to re-think later. Heading into
turn 3 Stuart dove to the bottom and when he did his car skated quickly to the high side of turn 4. This left the door open for Tenpenny, who had run a flawless race on the bottom of the track, to retake the top spot as he drove to the checkered flag.

Stuart recovered to take the runner-up spot, Schmidt finished a close 3rd, Henery finished up in the 4th position and coming in the 5th position was Mike Taylor.

This year has been an outstanding year for the Washburn Tech Modified division. Leading up to Saturday night there have been a total of 10 different winners on the season. A number that is pretty impressive and says a lot about the competition level at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway. Raise that number up to 11 after Saturday night, Tyler Schmidt finally got that elusive win!

Schmidt had never won a Modified feature before in his young career. He was close. Earlier in the season he lead 24 of 25 laps only to have his hopes of a win dashed by Darron Fuqua on the final lap of the feature. Tonight he didn’t have to worry about anyone dashing anything, Schmidt would lead all 25 laps of the feature on his way to his first victory.

“Man I was just hoping that we could hang on to it,” said Schmidt, “I knew that Steve (Bowers) was there and … (whew) finally got it done my first career modified win.”

It was a win that he will never forget. A late race yellow would come out with 5 laps remaining. Schmidt had done a masterful job hitting his marks all feature long. On the restart, Bowers tried to mount an attack on Schmidt. Schmidt at one point, bobbled through a rough patch in turn 3 and almost gave up the lead. He wasn’t going to be denied on this night as he would fight back and extend the lead on the final lap and take his 1st career win.

Aaron Marrant drove all the way from 19th to finish in the runner up spot, 3rd would go to Bowers, last week’s winner, Josh Everhart, finished 4th and the 2012 Track Champion, Darron Fuqua, finished in 5th.

Twenty four cars lined up for the Casey’s General Store Pure Stock feature on Saturday night. It was the 2nd time this season that a full field of cars would start the main event. It’s another example of this class is growing in leaps and bounds.

Six times this season Jesse Shotts has finished at the front of a feature event. The Topeka racer had established himself as one of the best at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway when it comes to racking up wins. Throw win number 7 on the board as Shotts ran away with the show on Saturday night.

“The track was pretty good tonight, the Reed Bros. (Ronny and Donny) did a heck of a job,” said Shotts, “and we’ll come back out tomorrow night and see if we can do it again.”

Shotts got the drop on the field from the waving of the green flag. Lap after lap, Shotts made it look easy as he could put his car anywhere on the track and move forward. It resembled a perfect night for Shotts. He would start the night out with a heat race win, started on the pole of the feature and then led every lap on the way to win number 7.

Byron Glotzbach saw his best career finish in the feature coming home in 2nd, 3rd went to Darren Davenport, 4th was AJ Christian and rounding out the top 5 was David McDonald.

In the White Line CDL Training B Mods feature it was Jake Richards getting the victory.

This class saw the most movement of any features on the night. All of the drivers in the top 5, with the exception of 1, started the feature in the 6th row or further back.

Richards has been on fire in the last month driving his B Mod. At BriggsAuto.Com Speedway Richards is one of the few drivers that actually pulls double duty every night. Richards races in both the B Mod division and the A Mods.

Lucas Isaacs jumped out to the lead early in the feature. He would hold it until a restart after a yellow. Isaacs and Brian Murhpy maintained the top 2 spots as they got ready to restart the main event. On the restart in turn 1, Isaacs got out of shape and hit the implement tire at the bottom of the track. Brian Murphy, trying to avoid contact with Isaacs, slowed in the infield and when the dust settled Isaacs and Murphy were sent to the rear of the field.

Nine laps remained when the fired the cars back up under green flag conditions. Richards had finally gotten into the lead. From there he would stay there to the finish. Richards would start the night in 11th, but would finish in the top spot.

Track Champion, Ethan Isaacs, finished in the runner-up position, Jacob Ebert marched from 16th in the A to finish 3rd, Steven Goodman, who was the last qualifier for the main event, did an amazing job finishing 4th and another B Feature qualifier, Ben Kates, drove from 22nd to 5th. The action starts all over tonight at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway for the
final race of 2012.

Spectator gates will open at 5 p.m., hot laps start at 6:15 p.m. and the first heat goes green at 7 p.m.

For more information log on to the website for Heartland Park Topeka, www.hpt.com.

Tyler Garst Becoming A Winning Machine At BriggsAuto.Com Speedway, More Track Champions Crowned

September 25th, 2012

Topeka, KS – It was a special night at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway Saturday night. Ronald McDonald House Kids Night at the races ushered everyone in for a good cause.

It was also another night of action packed races and it was also a night where two more champions were crowned.

The Casey’s General Store Pure Stock division worked hard over the past month promoting the Ronald McDonald House Kids Night event. This group should be commended on the work they did Saturday night, as well their efforts leading up to the big event.

Tyler Garst was the talk of the division when it came to the racing on the track.

For the 2nd straight race it was the youngster from Topeka getting the job done. On the 2012 season, Garst has been smooth and fast. Several weeks he had to start deep in the field and made it up into the top 5. The question always remained that if he got to start up front could he finish there? Yes.

Garst started outside the front row and proved that he could win from up front. He would have to hold off a hard charging AJ Christian, who started 6th on the grid and finished 2nd.

Saturday night was the first time back at the track for Randal Schiffelbein Jr., who secured his 2012 Casey’s General Store Pure Stock Track Championship 3 weeks ago. He didn’t get the outcome what he wanted, but he came home with a respectable 3rd place finish. Bryron Glotzbach had a good race going from 9th to 4th and coming home in 5th was Tyler
Hinrichs.

Steve Herrick has found his groove in the Super 8 at Forbes Landing Factory Stock class. Herrick has had his ups and downs this season and Saturday night was no exception.

Herrick got caught up in an early altercation in the feature and had to go to the back of the pack. Not usually the place you want to be. It didn’t bother Herrick as he knew that he could drive back up through the field and get the win. Earlier in the season, it probably would have been a tough task for Herrick. Herrick was up for the task on Saturday night. He worked his way past the competition until he worked his way to win #3 on the 2012 season.

Frank Jaynes continued his remarkable turnaround in 2012 with another runner-up finish, 3rd went to Eric Weyer, 4th was James King and rounding out the top 5 was Ron Ohrenbers.

In the White Line CDL Training B Mods Lucas Isaacs stormed his way past Jeff Miller to take his 4th B Mod win of the season.

The B Mods, once again, packed the house with competitors. 37 racers checked in to do battle on Saturday night. Lucas Isaacs was ready.

Jeff Miller and Isaacs brought the field to the green flag for the feature.

As the feature got underway it saw a few different leaders during the race. Brian Murhpy, a former feature winner, would spend some time up front before getting into the wall and moving him out of contention for the win. Jeff Miller also led some laps before giving way to Isaacs. As Isaacs got the win it solidified his spot for 2nd place in the points over
Terry Bivins for the time being. Miller would finish the feature in 2nd.

Ethan Isaacs has had a solid year and with his 3rd place finish on Saturday night, it gave him the 2012 White Line CDL Training B Mod Track Championship. Isaacs becomes the 2nd winner to win the championship in their first full season of competition.

Jeremy Chambers roared from 17th in the A to finish 4th and finishing 5th was David Samuels.

For the 3rd time this season in the Washburn Tech Modified division it was Josh Everhart getting the victory. Everhart last got a win about a month ago. On that night he proclaimed that another driver won that race, but Saturday night belonged to nobody but Everhart as he won going away from the competition.

Bill Robison, the timeless wonder, had his best finish of the season in 2nd, another driver, Mike Eisenhut, also celebrated his best finish of the season in 3rd, former track champion, Ryan Phillips, finished in the 4th position and Danny Barker finished in the 5th position.

Even though he wasn’t there Darron Fuqua amassed enough points during the season that he also clinched his 2nd straight Washburn Tech Modified Track Championship at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway. Fuqua holds 131 point lead over 2nd place Steven Bowers Jr., it’s mathematically impoossible for him to lose the championship with 2 races to go. Fuqua is the only driver to repeat as champion from 2011.

Next week the season comes to a close as BriggsAuto.Com Speedway will host two races on the weekend. The regularly scheduled race for Sept. 29 is on the docket, but on Sunday, Sept. 30, the crew will make up a race that stormed out early in the season.

For more information visit Heartland Park Topeka’s Website at www.hpt.com.

Curtis Dreasher Becomes 11th Different B Mod Winner At BriggsAuto.Com Speedway

September 18th, 2012

More competitors breed more competition. At BriggsAuto.Com Speedway the last two weeks have been filled with new competitors and the competition level has raised to an even higher level than it was before.

Curtis Dreasher began the season racing at a different area track. For whatever reason, Dreasher, decided to start competing on a weekly basis at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway. He is happy with his decision, especially after he finally broke into the win column on Saturday night. Dreasher became the 11th different feature winner in the White Line CDL Training B Mod division.

Thirty-two B Mods checked in at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway on Saturday night and once again it was another tough feature.

Jake Richards started on the pole position and quickly got out into the top spot. Richards, coming off a runner up finish a week ago, would maintain the top spot on the speedway for a majority of the race.

An altercation between Brian Murphy and Richard Prochnow would bring out a yellow on lap 10 of the feature. Dreasher knew that it was time to get going as he rolled around the track under yellow. When the green flag waved again, Dreasher applied the pressure to Richards. Dreasher would hound him for a couple of laps and then on lap 13 he would make his move
to the point. Three other drivers, Ethan Isaacs, Terry Bivins and Steven Goodman were all closing in on the leaders as the laps were winding down.

Heading to the white flag Dreasher began to extend the lead. As he would exit turn 2, the lead would get larger as he went down the back straight. After weeks of trying Dreasher pumped his fist as he took the checkered flag getting the win.

Richards finished in 2nd, 3rd went to Goodman, Bivins finished 4th and Ethan Isaacs rounded out the top 5.

Zach Henery came into the night with a heavy heart as he was mourning the loss of his grandfather, Gene Henery. He wasn’t alone, his brother Josh a Modified racer, and a lot of his family members came together to BriggsAuto.Com Speedway to honor their lost patriarch. Zach did the best he could do to honor his grandfather and lift the spirits of those family
members in attendance. Henery went out and won the Super 8 at Forbes Landing Factory Stock feature event.

Getting the win wouldn’t be an easy task. At least you wouldn’t think so. It was week ago that Henery sustained damage as he got into the wall at HPT. After a week of repair work, his ride was as good as new and after his heat race he knew that he had a fast hot rod.

From his 6th starting position, Henery took his time getting to the front of the field.

Steve Herrick was at the front of the field all night long. When the white flag was displayed, Herrick found himself in unfamiliar territory, 2nd place. Henery had pulled ahead of Herrick by 1/2 a car length when they took the white flag. Henery would extend his lead on the final lap, but in turn 3 Herrick made a run and the two made contact. Henery would gather it up and take the win.

Herrick finished 2nd, 3rd was Frank Jaynes, Eric Weyer rolled to a 4th place finish and Greg Deters finished in the 5th position. The Casey’s General Store Pure Stock feature was a wild one on the night! Randy Kohn, a former feature winner in 2012, jumped out to the early lead. He would hold that lead until he came up on the lapped car of Jim Christian. Kohn went to put a lap on Christian and chose the high line. He would get hung up on the high side and when he did it opened the door for Jesse Shotts to take the point position.

Shotts would take the lead but it wouldn’t be for long as Kohn would make contact with Shotts and bring him around in turn #4. Shotts and Kohn would have to go to the rear of the field. Randal Schiffelbein Jr. also had to go to the back during this yellow as he would spin out and come to a stop in turn 2. Three fast cars were now moved to the rear of the field and it opened the door for Tyler Garst, who had been keeping pace with the leaders.

Once in the top spot Garst would hit all of his marks and maintain a smooth line on the way to his 2nd feature win of the season. It was a long week for the winner. Garst and his dad, Scott, went to watch the IMCA Supernationals all week long and it was early Saturday morning they left Iowa to hustle back and make the race at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway. They
made it just in time.Donnie Devers finished in the 2nd position, Lafe Garst raced his way to a 3rd place finish, 4th was AJ Christian followed by Tyler Hinrichs in 5th.

Rookie points leader, Randal Schiffelbein Jr., locked up the 2012 points championship on Saturday night. Schiffelbein has a 161 point lead with 3 races remaining. Fifty points is the most a single driver can earn in a race night, mathematically no other driver in the division can pass him for the title.

The Washburn Tech Modified feature was the final race of the night.

Kerry Davis, from the pole position, got out in front and that would be all that he needed to pull down win #4 on the season. Davis was pushed in the early going by Steven Bowers Jr., but as the race wore on Bowers would fall back. The points leader, Darron Fuqua, moved into 2nd but ran out of time before he could catch up to Davis.

The win was a lift for Davis, who missed last week’s event due to his son having an emergency appendectomy. Getting the win would also keep Davis in the top 3 in the point standings. Fuqua finished in 2nd, Bowers held on to 3rd and 4th went to Josh Everhart and the ‘Hitman’ Lyle Shepard finished in the 5th position.

The Super Saturday Showdown Series takes a break next week and will be back in action on Saturday night, September 22nd.

Wild Ending Puts Everhart In Victory Lane At BriggsAuto.Com Speedway

September 3rd, 2012

Topeka, KS – As 115 cars jammed into the pit area. BriggsAuto.Com Speedway employees, fans and race teams prepared for a great evening of racing. By the end of the event fans had gotten their fill by watching 16 heat races, 4 b features and 4 features!

It was the ending of the night that had fans scratching their head. The Washburn Tech Modified feature had to go into “Overtime” after the Race Director, Terry Watland, decided that a yellow should be thrown as the racers were coming to the checkered flag for a wreck that happened in turn number two on the white flag lap.

Grant Junghans and Josh Henery got tangled up in turn #2 after everyone had taken the white flag. As the field raced down the back straight Watland called for the yellow flag and passed the information on to the racers’ via their raceceivers.

The racers continued to race to the checkered flag as the yellow light or yellow flag had not been set out to signify the end of the race. Justin Johnson, the leader, came out of turn number 4 and took the checkered flag as drove underneath the flag stand. While Johnson drove underneath the flag stand, Bob Bardsley, the flagman at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway, pulled out the yellow flag and dropped it on the rest of the field as the 2nd place car of Josh Everhart and Shad Badder, the 3rd place car, drove through the finish line along with the rest of the competitors.

Everyone in attendance thought that the race had ended, but with Watland’s call for the yellow flag on the back straight away that meant that the race was, in fact, not over yet. It would mean that the racers would have to go through a green, white, checkered scenario. So to get the win Johnson would have to do it all over again.

When the green flag came out on the restart it was Johnson that got out to the front, but Josh Everhart, a former feature winner in 2012, was coming on strong. Everhart would run the high side and Johnson the middle groove. Badder was also in the hunt as he sat in a very close 3rd. The racers came to the white flag and Everhart’s momentum carried him into the lead. As Everhart took the lead it was over! He would go on to to take the win in overtime.

Johnson came home in 2nd, MLRA Late Model Ace, John Anderson, finished in 3rd, 4th went to Tyler Schmidt and rounding out the top 5 was Badder. Terry Schmidt continued his march toward a 2012 Super 8 at Forbes Landing Factory Stock Championship as he won his 12th race of the season. Schmidt would battle with Steve Herrick as the start of the Factory Stock main event. Herrick, the feature winner from 2 weeks ago, worked with Schmidt as the two would go side by side for the first few laps of the feature. As he has done in the past, Schmidt got to the front of the field and put everyone in the rear view mirror.

As 4 races are left in the season, Schmidt still has the chance to tie Zach Henery’s record win total from a year ago with 16 feature wins. Herrick raced his way to a runner-up finish, Jake Conley, in his first time to the track, finished in 3rd, another first time competitor, Chad Eckelberry sped to a 4th place finish and Matt Field scored a top 5 in 5th
place.

The Factory Stock feature flirted with perfection as the feature almost went from flag to flag with out a caution. A rarity in the racing world. Zach Henery got the bad luck award on the night. Henery in his heat race got stuffed into the wall in turn 2 and the damage prevented him from participating in the A Main. It was a bad break for Henery and a bad deal
for the fans as the 4x winner was not able to make it out for the feature.

In the Casey’s General Store Pure Stock feature one word could be used to describe the race, dominance. Jesse Shotts had won 5 features in the Pure Stock class in 2012. In the month of August, Shotts was 0fer. That’s right, he didn’t win a single race! He knew that his fortune needed to change as his last victory came back on June 30.

At the beginning of the night Shotts called his shot, just like Babe Ruth. He said that he would be getting it done tonight and would be talking to the track announcers in victory lane. Shotts would not go back on the promise as he jumped to the lead and drove to the finish. He wired the field from start to finish. The win also propelled Shotts back into the 2nd spot in the point standings. The racing action was hot behind Shotts. Several racers were slicing and
dicing for positions all over the speedway. It was the first time in the history of the Pure Stocks that a full field of 24 cars started the A Main. Fans were not disappointed by the action they saw.

Tyler Hinrichs celebrated his best finish of the season in 2nd (he wasn’t challenged either on the night like Shotts), points leader Randal Schiffelbein Jr. was held up in traffic but drove from 12th to 3rd in the main event and then Team Garst rounded out the top 5 as Tyler finished 4th and Lafe in 5th.

In the White Line CDL Training B Mod A Main, it was the Spiderman, Steven Goodman, driving to the victory. There must have been something magical about being in the 6th row at the start of the main event. Goodman and Jake Richards started 11th and 12th respectively, but by the end of the night they were able to avoid the carnage and the mayhem and finish 1st and 2nd. It was on a restart in the early in the feature that saw Goodman get by the early leader, Lucas Isaacs, and take the top spot. Goodman’s setup was spot on during the feature as he was able to run wherever he needed to maintain the top spot. His power was on display as once he was in the front of the field he wouldn’t be pressured.

At the end of the night Goodman performed his best imitation of Spiderman as he scaled the fence during his victory lane celebration. It was Goodman’s 2nd win of the season at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway.

Richards finished in 2nd, Isaacs would finish in the 3rd spot, 4th went to Bobby Kerbs, who made his 1st trip to HPT, and 5th was Terry Bivins who started 13th and finished 5th.

The action returns to BriggsAuto.Com Speedway next Saturday night, Sept. 8, as race #20 of the Super Saturday Showdown Series will be contested. For more information on Heartland Park Topeka log on to www.hpt.com.

Herrick Rebounds To Take Factory Stock Win At HPT

August 20th, 2012

Topeka, KS – Fans enjoyed another great evening at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway at Heartland Park Topeka. A total of 95 cars checked in to battle it out for the 17th race of the season. The weather was wonderful and the racing was just as exciting as it has been all season long.

Steve Herrick has participated in a wild experience over the last month. Herrick has had a tough time this season. You wouldn’t think that by seeing that he had 1 victory coming into Saturday night’s races and he was also sitting 3rd in the points. Four weeks ago he would get a fine and suspension by track officials at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway. He quietly did
his time and came back one week ago. It seems the time off might have helped this driver. Herrick notched his 2nd win of the season last night in the Super 8 at Forbes Landing Factory Stock divsion. It wouldn’t be an easy win for Herrick. He had to wrestle the lead away from Matt Field on a restart. Several yellow flags hampered the flow of this main event. A couple of more yellows would come out during the feature while Herrick was in the lead. It would not matter to Herrick.
Herrick put his foot down and drove away from the competition on both restarts. He would roll easily into victory lane.
In victory lane Herrick thanked his sponsors and fans for hanging with him over the season as he received a thunderous applause from the crowd. Zach Henery made the big move of the night going from 9th to 2nd, 3rd went to Eric Weyer, 4th was the points leader in the division, Terry Schmidt and rounding out the top 5 would be Matt Field.

In the Washburn Tech Modified division Kerry Davis scored his 3rd victory of the season. Starting on the pole position Davis made it look easy in the A Main as he wired the field from flag to flag. The feature got off to a rough start as several yellows flew inside the first 5 laps of the race. Once the race got going the drivers put on another great show for the fans. Davis started out with a 2nd place finish in the 3rd heat race of the night, but with a lucky child in the stands pulling out the number 4 ball from the bucket Davis would start on the pole position with the first four rows being inverted for the feature. At the start of the race Davis showed that he had the car to beat as he took to the early lead and extended his lead lap after lap. Justin Johnson would give Davis a challenge on a restart, but it wouldn’t
last as Johnson would lose a piece of skirting off his car and would have to go to the rear of the field. Another late race yellow presented another battle as Jake Richards decided to make a move with only 5 laps remaining. As Richards and Davis came out of turn 4 with 3 to go, Richards would pull alongside the leader. The fans rose to their feet in anticipation of a tight finish. The tight finish would not happen as Richards would slip in the 1st turn on the white flag lap. It gave Davis the chance to sprint away from Richards and notch win #3 on the season. Richards held on for 2nd, Steven Bowers Jr. kept his streak of top 5s going with a 3rd place finish, Papa Smurf, Jay Bailey, went from 18th to
4th in the main and newcomer, Tad Davis rounded out the top 5.

Mike Higley might have 5 wins to his credit in the White Line CDL Training B Mod division, but the Isaac brothers, Ethan and Lucas, have 5 wins combined and they are currently 1 and 2 in the point standings. Ethan, the points leader, drove to his 2nd win of the season on Saturday night and padded his position at the top of the standings. It was just a few weeks ago when Brian Murphy and Ethan Isaacs put on an exhibition of excellence in the feature. Fans were wondering if it was
going to happen again as the two were paired up on the front row of the main event. The front two would go side by side for a few laps, until Isaacs drove to the top spot and would not look back on the way to winning feature #2.

In just his 1st full season of competition at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway Ethan is enjoying a solid run. A run that could land him the 2012 track championship, if things continue on this current path. If it wasn’t for a slow start to 2012, fans could have been witnessing a sibling battle for the points championship, but Lucas said that it took him a little to get things sorted out before running strong in the 2nd half of the season. The feature event almost went without incident. A yellow flag just before the halfway point put an end to the notion of the perfect feature. Murphy, who has rebounded lately, drove to the runner-up spot, 3rd went to Higley, 4th was Terry Bivins and Bryan Rigsby finished in the 5 spot of the main event.

It was the same story from a week ago in the Casey’s General Store Pure Stock main event. Randal Schiffelbein Jr. starts in or around the 3rd row, drives to the front and takes the lead and speeds off to win #9. It didn’t happen that easily.
It was Darren Davenport, winner of 2 features in 2012, getting out to the early lead. Davenport sped out to the lead and clicked off some smooth laps that kept him at the front of the field. Jesse Shotts and Schiffelbein continued to wage their personal war against one another behind Davenport. The two drivers would close in on the leader, but would swap some paint as they looked to one up the other. As the laps clicked off Davenport maintained the lead and Shotts and Schiffelbein maintained their battle. After a couple of restarts, Schiffelbein would make his move on the leader Davenport. The two would go side by side around the speedway with Shotts also sneaking in there making it 3 wide for the top 3 spots. Davenport would get the best of this short challenge as he would retake the lead. During a late race restart, the battle of the two winning-est drivers in the division continued, this time as Shotts & Schiffelbein would make contact and Shotts would get the short end of the stick as he had to be towed from the racing surface. This allowed Schiffelbein to focus on Davenport. When the race went green again, the two front runners went side by side once again. This time it would be a reversal of fortune as Schiffelbein would take the lead from Davenport and drive off to win #9 on the season. Davenport finished in 2nd, 3rd went to AJ Christian, Tyler Hinrichs raced his way to a 4th place finish and rookie, Byron Glotzbach, celebrated another top5 finish in 5th.

The drivers of the Super Saturday Showdown Series get a break next week asthe ‘Thunder in The Heartland’ NHRA Div 5 Drag Race takes over at Heartland Park Topeka. The next scheduled race at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway
will be on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012.

Lucas Isaacs Wins Spectacular B Mod Feature

August 13th, 2012

Topeka, KS – Fans at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway were treated to one of the best races of the season Saturday night.

The White Line CDL Training B Mod Feature came down to the wire. A total of 5 cars were in the hunt for the win, but as we all know only 1 car can get a victory in any given feature event.

Lucas Isaacs leaped into the lead from his front row starting spot. He would hang on to it for most of the night. The youngster from Bonner Springs already has 2 wins to his credit in 2012 and Saturday night he was looking for the hat trick. It appeared as Isaacs would accomplish this goal easily, until Bryan Rigsby started to cut into Isaacs lead late in
the race.

With 3 laps left, Rigsby decided to make his move. The two leaders came upon lapped traffic heading into turn 3. Rigsby’s
took the low line away from Isaacs going into turn 3, the two would touch working through the corner and then Isaacs would have to move up on the track. Both drivers would split the lapped car on the front straight and at the stripe it was a dead heat between them. As they got back to turn 1, Isaacs returned the favor and got underneath Rigsby. The two would still battle side by side as they came to the white flag.

At this point in time the party at the front of the field got a little bigger. Ethan Isaacs, Dustin Thulin and Terry Bivins all crashed the party at the front and were going to make one last bid for the win.

When the white flag came out Lucas Isaacs held a slight advantage at the line. Anyone who knows Rigsby might have been expecting a wreckers or checkers scenario as the went into the final lap. On the last lap, the two leaders went down the back stretch still side by side. In turn 3, Ethan Isaacs shot to the high side in hopes of a win, Rigsby was now in the
middle and Lucas Isaacs pulled into the lead by a short margin in the final turn. As they exited turn 4, Rigsby would slide up the track and Ethan Isaacs would get his 3rd win by a slim margin.

Ethan Isaacs finished in very close 3rd, 4th went to Thulin and Bivins, who started the feature in the 20th spot, finished in 5th. In the Casey’s General Store Pure Stock division, Randal Schiffelbein regained his winning form as he powered to win #8 on the season. The rookie from Techumseh started on the pole position and from the beginning of the race he decided to put a strangle hold on the top spot and never give it up on Saturday night.

The points leader in the division, Schiffelbein, never saw a challenge for most of the race until a late race yellow would put up a green, white, checkered finish. Last week’s winner, Tyler Garst, had worked his way up onto 2nd after starting the race in 7th. Would he be able to overtake the points leader in the final 3 laps?

It wouldn’t work out in Garsts favor. Schiffelbein would speed off to the advantage one more time and take the victory.

Garst finished in the runner-up spot, Byron Glotzbach celebrated his highest finish of the season in 3rd, 4th went to Lafe Garst and Darren Davenport came home in 5th.

Cody Agler got the monkey off his back on Saturday night in the Washburn Tech Modified feature. Setup issues, bad luck and lapped traffic have gotten into Agler’s way over the past month and a half of the season. Coming into the night Agler had 2 wins on the season and was in need of 3.

Starting on the front row, Agler knew if he could get off to a good start that he would have just as good shot as anyone else to take home the top honor on the night. When the green flag dropped it was apparent that Agler was ready to go. Early in the race he would hit all of his marks and make consistent fast laps that put his Skyrocket chassis into a comfortable lead. In the 2nd spot most of the night was the points leader, Darron Fuqua. Fuqua would get a couple of shots at Agler as a few yellow flags would bunch up the field on the restarts. Fuqua would give him a challenge on every restart, but on this night Agler was the best on the Speedway. Agler would take home win 3 on the season. The win was a shot in arm that Agler and his team had been searching for.

Fuqua drove to the runner-up finish, last week’s feature winner, Josh Everhart, finished in 3rd, Jimmy Hernandez was the hard charger of the night going from 18th to 4th and Steven Bowers Jr. secured another top 5 finish in 5th.

In 2012 no other driver has been more successful than Terry Schmidt. Schmidt has dominated the Super 8 at Forbes Landing Factory Stock class and after Saturday night that trend continued for yet another week.

Schmidt pulled in win #11 on the season Saturday night. He started on the front row and that is the only advantage that he would need. He jumped to the lead at the drop of the green flag and from there raced his way to another victory. If Schmidt could win out the rest of the season, he still has a chance to tie Zach Henery for the most feature wins in a season 16.

The race from 2nd on back was a good one. Steve Herrick, Eric Weyer and Frank Jaynes sliced and diced their way’s up and down the track.

As the checkered flag came out Weyer would find himself in 2nd, Herrick finished in 3rd, 4th went to Brett Heeter and Jaynes continued his run of top 5′s in 2012 finishing in 5th.

For more information on Heartland Park Topeka, visit them on the web at www.hpt.com.

28 Different Feature Winners This Season At BriggsAuto.Com Speedway

August 8th, 2012

Topeka, KS – For a few weeks now, BriggsAuto.Com Speedway has not seen a new winner in victory lane. All of the 4 divisions that run on a weekly basis saw repeat winners week after week. That changed on Saturday night as 3 new features winners, Tyler Garst (Casey’s General Store Pure Stock), Brian Murphy (White Line CDL Training B Mod) and Josh Everhart (Washburn Tech Modified), raced their way into victory lane.

After Saturday night’s event 28 different feature winners have stopped off in victory lane. It’s a number that is up from the total number of winners from just a year ago. The surprise of the season has to the number of double digit winners in the Washburn Tech Modified division (10). The White Line CDL Training B Mod division also has 10 different winners at
this point of the season too. Six races remain, possibly 7, the number could go up from here.

This week it was Josh Everhart’s turn in victory lane as he became the 10th different feature winner this season in the Washburn Tech Modified class. It was only a month ago that Everhart stated that he found a couple things out about his new SB Chassis and thought that he was going to become more competitive.

At the start of the main event, Everhart would duel Darron Fuqua, 5 time feature winner, as they would both start on the front row. From the drop of the green flag the two aces went around the track side by side before Everhart would win the battle by taking the lead.

Once at the top spot, Everhart would do no wrong as he kept himself at the top spot all race long. The closest battles Everhart would see were when a yellow would come out and the field was bunched up for a restart. Even at this point he would regain his lead and drive away from the field. As he finished the night out, he would make his way through lapped traffic as he collected his 1st race win of 2012.

Steven Bowers Jr. continued his string of top 5′s with another runner-up finish, Tyler Schmidt had another solid run coming in third, 4th went to the points leader, Fuqua and rounding out the top 5 was Tim Karrick.

It would take 3 tries to get the White Line CDL Training B Mod feature underway on Saturday night, but when the race finally got going it turned out to be the most exciting race of the night.

Brian Murphy has spent the better part of the 2012 season searching for answers. He has had to sit out races due to engine problems, he has had to pull out of races due to mechanical issues and this season he has not found the good fortune that he has had in seasons past.

Saturday night it looked as if Murphy’s luck had changed. As the green flag flew he took to the lead. He would maintain at the top spot, through several yellow flags on the night. The former champ, would see his hard work at the front of the field erased each time the yellow would fly. In the late laps of the race, the current points leader, Ethan Isaacs, would
make a bid for his 2nd win of the season. A late race yellow would produce one of the more memorable finishes of 2012.

Murphy would lead the field to the restart for the green, white checkered finish. As he would race into turn one, Isaacs began his assault on the top spot. Isaacs would go low and Murphy would run the middle groove on the track. At the white flag the two were side by side around the track. Isaacs appeared to have the upper hand as the two exited the 2nd turn. As
they roared into turn 3 Murphy was the leader. As they both went through the final turn, Murphy would slide up the track, Isaacs had a good line on the bottom and it was going to be a drag race to the finish.

As the two came across the stripe it was Murphy by a matter of inches as he beat Isaacs by the margin of a front bumper. It was a finish the had the crowd on their feet and cheering.

Heath Murry had his best finish of the year coming in 3rd, Curtis Dreasher finished in the 4th spot and Dustin Thulin drove to a 5th place finish after having to start at the rear of the field.

If anyone has been watching the features in the Casey’s General Store Pure Stock class over the past few weeks they would have noticed that Tyler Garst has been elevating his game. The young driver from Topeka has been finishing consistently in the top 5 week after week and he has been starting the features in the 5th row or worse! Most thought it would only
be a matter of time before Garst would pick up a feature win.

The feature got under way on Saturday night with a familiar pair shooting it out at the front of the field. Randal Schiffelbein Jr. and Jesse Shotts had weaved their way through the competition to the front of the field by the end of the opening lap. Garst came with the pair as he sat in the 3rd spot.

Shotts took the top spot from Schiffelbein and became the leader. Schiffelbein would try to battle back at Shotts, but that’s when the light switch came on for Garst. Heading down the back straight Garst overhauled Schiffelbein for the 2nd spot and by turn 4 he was driving past Shotts for the lead. It was a lead that he never gave back. Garst would spend the
remainder of the feature navigating lapped traffic to his 1st victory of 2012.

Shotts finished 2nd, 3rd went to Schiffelbein Jr., Darren Davenport finished in the top 5 again with a 4th place finish and Byron Glotzbach rounded out the top 5 in 5th.

On Saturday night there was one repeat winner that drove to victory at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway, Zach Henery. Henery would win the Super 8 at Forbes Landing Factory Stock feature.

Henery didn’t just win the feature event, he dominated the event. It would take a few laps for Henery to work his way up to the top spot. Brett Heeter, the early leader, would be Henery’s toughest challenger on the night. Heeter would end up spinning in turn 1 and thus eliminated the battle at the top spot.

In the point position Henery drove away from the field. The young driver from Topeka has been getting faster and faster every week. It would be Henery’s 2nd straight feature win and 4th overall.

Terry Schmidt, the points leader, finished in the 2nd spot, Eric Weyer celebrated a strong run finishing in 3rd, 4th went to James King and 5th was Brett Heeter.

The racing continues next Saturday night at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway August 11! It will be the 17th race in the Super Saturday Showdown Series.

For more information about Heartland Park Topeka, log on to their website www.hpt.com.

Fuqua Freight Train Rolls On At BriggsAuto.Com Speedway

July 22nd, 2012

Topeka, KS – It happened a year ago. Many didn’t think it would happen again, at least not this quick.

In 2011 Darron Fuqua got off to a good start but then had some mechanical/motor issues that knocked him out of the top 5 in points in the Washburn Tech Modified division. The story would end last year with Fuqua ripping off 11 wins in route to his 1st championship at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway. Now to present day, Fuqua seems to be doing the encore act to 2011. Saturday night he used a late race pass of Steven Bowers to take in his 5th win of the season.

Last week he started in the 5th row and this week Fuqua would start in row number 6. The odds weren’t stacked in his favor heading into the main event.

As the green flag waved, Josh Everhart, a winner from 2011, jumped to the early lead and waged a pretty good battle with the 2nd place car of Justin Johnson. The two would run nose-to-tail around the speedway for several laps. Heading into turn 3, Johnson got into the back end of the Everhart ride. A problem developed and Johnson had to slow on the front straight. As he sat waiting another car would make contact with Johnson and bring out a long yellow.

Before the yellow Fuqua had started making up ground on the leaders. As the race went back to green Everhart still remained in the lead, Steven Bowers had closed into the 2nd spot and Jared Rogers ran in the 3rd spot. Fuqua was running the top 3 down at a torrid pace. Fuqua would take a few laps to get around Rogers and in a daring move, tried to take the lead off of turn two with a three wide ride. Bowers came out of the melee with the lead, Fuqua went to 2nd and Everhart as shuffled to 3rd. Just like the previous two weeks before, the cat and mouse game emerged. Bowers had the lead and was doing the best he could to keep Fuqua at bay. He moved his line in accordance with Fuqua. It looked as if Bowers might hold him off for the win. In the end, as Fuqua moved around on the track he was able to get passed Bowers on the high side on the front straight. Once in the lead, he dropped down to take the preferred line from Bowers and hold to win #5 on the season. Everhart finished in the 3rd position, 4th went to Jared Rogers and Jake Richards rounded out the top 5 with a 5th place finish.

Another driver who is hot right now is Lucas Isaacs. Isaacs raced his way to a 2nd consecutive feature win in the White Line CDL Training B Mod class on Saturday night. In the last two weeks he has yanked down victories, but it has also vaulted him in the point standing s from 6th to 2nd. Not bad considering that his brother, Ethan, is the points leader at the moment. Lucas might be trailing big brother in the points, Lucas can still brag about having an extra win on the season.

The feature saw both brothers start on the front row for the feature. Just like he had done a week ago, Lucas shot immediately to the top spot. In the past few weeks Lucas has claimed to have figured out what had been ailing his car and his results on the track are proving that theory. He would go wire to wire and lead the A main tonight on his way to win number 2.

A former feature winner, Jeremy Chambers, gave a valiant effort at taking down the young Isaacs, but his efforts would come up short as he would finish in the 2nd place spot, Brian Murphy made strong run to finish in the 3rd position, the points leader, Ethan Isaacs, held on for a 4th place finish and Terry Bivins drove from 10th to 5th in the A Main.

The Casey’s General Store Pure Stock division is starting to see another dominating driver come to the forefront of the field. Randal Schiffelbein Jr. knocked down win #6 in his career (considering this is the 1st year of his career!).

In seasons past, driver like Zach Henery and Dylan Whitehead have dominated in this division and at the beginning of the season it looked as if it would be a multitude of drivers shining this season. So far the ‘true’ rookie, Schiffelbein, is putting on a display for the fans at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway.

Saturday night he would start on the front row with Jesse Shotts, another driver who has won 4 features on the season. The fans were primed for a showdown.

Shotts got off to the early lead, but before the races he talked about having carburetor issues a week ago and while in the lead his car began to struggle again this week. It was all the advantage that Schiffelbein would need to take over the top spot.

A couple of yellows would bunch the field up at different points of the night, but Schiffelbein was able to fend off all comers during the feature. It would be Schiffelbein’s 6th win of the season and it would also pad his points lead atop the Pure Stock points standings.

Tyler Garst had another solid run going from 8th to 2nd in the feature, Tyler Hinrichs had one of his best feature runs of the season finishing 3rd, 4th went to Shotts and rounding out the top 5 was Dylan McDonald.

The driver with the most wins at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway, Terry Schmidt, took a week off in the Super 8 at Forbes Landing Factory Stock feature. He didn’t actually take the week off, Schmidt just didn’t win the main event.

After finishing 3rd a week ago there was no doubt that Schmidt was back in form tonight. His car hugged and sped around the speedway to his liking all night long. In the end it would produce his 10th win of the season in 14 feature events. It would also extend his points lead over the competition in the Factory Stock division.

Frand Jaynes has been improving all season long and his efforts were rewarded tonight with a 2nd place finish in the main event, Steve Herrick drove to a 3rd place finish, 4th went to Zach Henery, who had to come from the back to the front and fifth went to Tyson Young.

Race #15 in the Super Saturday Showdown Series at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway at Heartland Park Topeka continues next Saturday night, July 28th!

For more information visit the home on the web for Heartland Park Topeka, www.hpt.com.

Country and Racin Thrown Together This Saturday At BriggsAuto.Com Speedway

July 19th, 2012

Topeka, KS – Saturday night, July 21, will be a hot not at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway! No, not because of the forecast, because of the awesome mixture of a country concert mixed in with some great dirt track racing.

This week’s Super Saturday Showdown Series race is #14 on the season. It’s also Casey’s General Store Family Fun Night at the races! Casey’s employees will be on hand to give away free gas cards to the racers and the fans. They are also instrumental in bringing you the hottest country acts in the Midwest, Travis Marvin.

Travis Marvin will be on hand to perform a concert for those in attendance from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Fans will get a chance to see the performer known as T-Marv, hailing from Ottawa, KS. He will perform everything from country, rock, blues and a whole lot more. T-Marv is one of the hottest country acts in the Midwest and fans will get to watch him perform for FREE! That’s right just another bonus that the fine folks of Heartland Park Topeka and Casey’s General Store have provided for the great fans of BriggsAuto.Com Speedway.

When Travis is done that’s when the heat gets turned up a little more. Drivers competing in the Casey’s General Store Pure Stocks, White Line CDL Training B Mods, Super 8 at Forbes Landing Factory Stocks and the Washburn Tech Modifieds will get ready to battle it out for class supremacy.

Last week it was a 1st time winner in victory lane after the completion of the White Line CDL Training B Mod A Main. Lucas Isaacs kept the family name going for one more week. Two week’s ago it was his brother Ethan, the points leader, getting his 1st when. Little brother followed suit this weekend holding off a hard charge from Steven Goodman to get the win.

This week look for more of the same in the B Mod division. The class has sent 9 different winners to victory lane in 13 races. Only one driver, Mike Higley, has been able to pull down multiple victories this season. Who is the next new face that will be looking for glory?

The Washburn Tech Modified division is beginning to look a lot like it did last season. Darron Fuqua, last year’s champion, is starting to regain the form he had last season when he reeled off a record 11 wins. Two week’s ago he won a $1,000 in a borrowed car and this week late in the race he reminded everyone that he can still win in his Venom Chassis too.

This season hasn’t been all about Fuqua, 7 other drivers have put themselves in victory lane and that tells us that they competition level is on the rise. The Washburn Tech Modified division is providing some great racing action in 2012.

Superman is beatable! Everyone said that Terry Schmidt was going to walk his way to another win last week. Apparently Zach Henery had enough kryptonite in his pockets to out last Terry Schmidt to the finish. Wait a minute. Terry Schmidt finished 3rd and Matt Field must have been impervious to the kryptonite. The finish last week in the Super 8 at Forbes Landing Factory Stock feature should come as no surprise to the competitors in the class. Anyone is beatable on any given night. You have to believe in what you do and the ability of your car. Watch for this week’s feature to be more exciting than ever. Schmidt will want to regain his status as Henery and the rest of the drivers will be looking for their best performance to date.

It was 5 alive for Randal Schiffelbein Jr. as he took home the top honors in the Casey’s General Store Pure Stock main event. The ‘Cinderella’ season continues for this rookie as he took home the win and maintains the points lead for another week. Several racers stepped it up last week. Lafe Garst had a good run going until mechanical failures took him out. Jesse Shotts continued to show how strong his race team is and Tyler Garst also made an appearance at the front of the field.

Another 19 cars continued to show there support for this class last weekend. Along with great run that Schiffelbein is having, the large car count continues to be two of the hottest topics at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway.

Head out to Heartland Park Topeka for Casey’s General Stores Family Fun Night at the races. Come out early for the Travis Martin concert and then stay for the best dirt track racing in the Midwest at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway.

Spectator gates will open up at 5:00 p.m., hot laps are scheduled for 6:45 p.m. and the races go green at 7:30 p.m.

Adult tickets are $10, kids 12 and under are $5 and Military are Free with an I.D.

Fuqua Uses Late Race Heroics, Schiffelbein Pulls In A 2-Fer, Henery Wins 2nd & Lucas Isaacs Wins 1st!

July 16th, 2012

Topeka, KS – Christmas in July invaded BriggsAuto.Com Speedway Saturday night. Santa and a couple of elves were on hand and they had a chance to watch some great racing!

It was just a week ago that Lucas Isaacs name was incorrectly credited to a picture for his brother, Ethan, who had just won his 1st White Line CDL Training B Mod A Main.

After 7 days, it wasn’t enough to print a retraction on the photo, Lucas had to go out and do something better than that, he won his 1st B Mod Feature on Saturday night.

Lucas didn’t take long getting to the front of the field. Once there it was only time before 1 of several competitors began to put some pressure on him. The field would be held up by a few yellows and a delay for a light issue on the speedway.

After an early race yellow, Steven Goodman put the most pressure on Isaacs. At one point it looked as if Goodman was going to take the lead. In true fashion the younger of the two Isaacs brothers roared back on the high side of the track and would pull away to the momentous victory.

It was a fitting tribute on the front straight as the Ethan gave Lucas a little ‘Fist Bump’ before heading into victory lane.

Goodman held on for the 2nd spot, 3rd went to Ethan Isaacs, the point leader who drove from 9th to 3rd, Bryan Rigsby finished 4th and Dustin Thulin finished in the 5th spot.

Darron Fuqua has been described as a smooth driver, he has been described as an aggressive driver and now they can throw calculating in as another adjective.

Saturday night, for the 2nd straight week, Fuqua sat in the 2nd spot late in the Washburn Tech Modified Feature. The previous week he drove Jason Kiems car to victory lane with a late lap pass of Steven Bowers Jr. and tonight it was like deja vu. This time it was young Tyler Schmidt holding down the top spot.

Schmidt, coming off a good showing on Friday night, started off the feature by taking the point position. While green flag laps clicked off, Schmidt was content to build up a nice advantage. Unfortunately for Schmidt there were a few yellows coming that would bunch up the field and erase the advantage he had. Drivers who had to start further back in the A were slowly climbing their way to the front. Three time feature winner, Darron Fuqua, happened to be one of those drivers.

Fuqua picked off the competition one at a time. Once he shot to the 2nd spot, Fuqua waited to make his move for the lead. He would try the high line, but it seemed to stall out. Comintgout of turn 2 Fuqua pulled to the inside of Schmidt. This move would bring the two leaders side by side. Heading into turn 3 Fuqua would gain the top spot.

Schmidt didn’t go away he blasted back at Fuqua and on the white flag lap it was anyone’s guess who would win it. As the two cars went into turns 1 and 2, Fuqua looked to close the door on Schmidt as they exited 2. Schmidt would spin the tires and that was all the advantage Fuqua needed to drive to the checkers for his 4th win of the season.

Second would go to Schmidt, Dustin Boney worked his way to a 3rd place finish, Steven Bowers Jr. drove to a 3rd place finish and Tim Karrick battled to a 5th place finish.

The Super 8 at Forbes Landing Factory Stock class has become predictable. Tonight, before the races, are heard several people talk about Terry Schmidt was going to win his 10th feature of the season. Nobody can beat him. Good thing for the rest of the Factory Stock class, the officials at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway decided to go ahead and race instead of just giving the check to Schmidt.

Three other drivers have won features this season in the Factory Stock class. Steve Herrick, Jeff Miller and Zach Henery have all been in victory lane in 2012. Tonight, Henery rolled to his 2nd win of the season. He did it by wiring the field from start to finish.

Henery rocketed out to the early lead past Frank Jaynes. At the front of the field all Henery had to do was make it through all the yellows and fend off all the challenges that would come his way. The yellows came around, but the challenge for the top spot never did. It was an impressive race for Henery. He held a consistent line all night long and it paid off in a big way at the end of the night.

During the first feature of the night, Randal Schiffelbein Jr. won his his 2nd straight Casey’s General Store Pure Stock main event.

Matt Field finished in the 2nd spot, 3rd went to Schmidt, 4th was Frank Jaynes and 5th went to Steve Herrick.

A large number of competitors, once again, showed up at Heartland Park Topeka looking for fame and glory. Schiffelbein seems to be the one that has found it first.

The win was his 5th of the season and 5th in his short racing career. As he has five wins, Schiffelbein also maintains the points lead in the class. He knows just how important and impressive it would be to win the points championship and the most features in his 1st year racing.

Saturday night developed into being another one of those Schiffelbein/Shotts matchups. The two drivers got to the front early, but on a restart a new player emerged into the game, Lafe Garst. Garst put a move on Shotts and took away the 2nd spot, but while Garst was celebrating his strong run the ‘Gods of Racing’ dealt him a bad hand. A flat tire in the middle of the race. It took him out of the money, but it provided fans with hope that this class will not be a two car race down the stretch.

Shotts would come back to finish 2nd, 3rd would go to Tyler Garst, 4th was Byron Glotzbach and rounding out the top 5 was AJ Christian.

Race #14 for the Super Saturday Showdown Series at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway gets underway next Saturday night, July 21st!

For more information go to www.hpt.com.

Santa Claus Is Coming To BriggsAuto.Com Speedway

July 13th, 2012

Topeka, KS – When you work only 1 day a year out of 365 days a year, what is a person to do? You spend the other 364 days chasing your hobby and having fun.

This Saturday night, July 14, it’s Christmas in July BriggsAuto.Com Speedway and wouldn’t you know it, Jolly Ole St. Nick is a dirt track fan! The big guy has jumped into his hot rod at the North Pole and he is speeding towards Heartland Park Topeka. Santa’s itinerary has him arriving in Topeka just in time for the 13th race in the Super Saturday Showdown Series.

Santa won’t let anyone down this week either. He has vowed to hand out goodies to those in attendance on Saturday night! Kids coming through the gate will get some ice cream, that Mrs. Claus and the reigndeer packed just for this special trip! Great racing action is the main reason he is coming to BriggsAuto.Com Speedway this weekend.

Last week there was a large amount of money on the line in the Washburn Tech Modified feature. Sentimental favorite, Steven Bowers Jr., looked to have the race in hand until he hit lapped traffic. Darron Fuqua, the points leader, had trouble early on and had to borrow a car to race. It was good enough to win him his 3rd feature of 2012, as he picked off Bowers with a few laps remaining. The Washburn Tech Modified class still continues to amaze the fans each and every week, look for this trend to continue Saturday night.

Ethan Isaacs has been the points leader in the White Line CDL Training B Mod division. A strong feat considering that he hadn’t won a feature all season. That is, hadn’t won a feature until last Saturday night. Isaacs jumped out to the point from the front row and held off Curtis Dreasher down the stretch for his 1st win. With the win, Isaacs maintains his point lead and continues on his quest for the track championship.

In the Super 8 at Forbes Landing Factory Stocks Terry Schmidt dominated the competition on his way to victory number 9 on the season. It was the first time in several weeks that Schmidt did not start on the front row. It didn’t make a lot of difference, Schmidt roared from his 3rd row starting spot to the front in no time and then led all the way to the checkered flag. As other drivers have done in the past, Schmidt is putting on an impressive and dominating performance for all that watch the races at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway in 2012. As of now he also holds a commanding lead in the points standings.

A tight points race had been shapping up in the Casey’s General Store Pure Stock division, but a disqualification of Jesse Shotts gave last week’s feature winner, Randal Schiffelbein Jr., a little more cushion.

Schiffelbein has been having a great first year in racing. Saturday night he won his 4th feature on the season and he extended his lead in the points. The division is getting stronger. Several new faces finished in the top 10 and it looks like those new faces are primed for this Saturday night.

Spectator gates will open up at 5:30 p.m., hot laps are at 6:45 p.m. and the races go green at 7:30 p.m. Adult tickets are $10, kids 12 and under are $5 and Military with an ID are FREE!

For more information on Heartland Park Topeka, log on to www.hpt.com.

Fuqua Wins $1000 In Borrowed Ride

July 8th, 2012

Topeka, KS – The fans, drivers and sponsors all braved the heat as they came out to watch some great racing and celebrate the life of a fallen racer, Steve Bowers Sr., at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway on Saturday night.

Extra money for the racers and candy and prizes for the kids were just a few things that went on during the event. The most important part had to be that everyone had a great time once again.

The Washburn Tech Modified feature had the most money on the line as $1,000 would go to the winner. Fans and friends of Steven Bowers Jr. were excited as the feature rolled out onto the speedway. Steven Bowers Jr., son of the late Steve Bowers Sr., was sitting on the front row. This season has been a tough one for the young Bowers. Heading into race number
12 on the season, he had yet to win a single feature. A characteristic that wasn’t like the former track champion at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway.

Darron Fuqua was the other competitor on the front row. Fuqua came into the night having won a feature on Friday night at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, KS. Could he get win #2 on the weekend? The odds were not in his favor as he started off the night with engine problems in the hot lap session. Lucky for him, Jason Keim, another competitor in the Modified
division, had a car for him to borrow.

Bowers rocketed out to the early lead in the Modified feature. It appeared that Bowers had put his sub par season to rest. He would extend his lead and began to look like the Bowers of old.

Fuqua didn’t let Bowers get to far away, as he sat in the 2nd position for most of the race. He was doing an admirable job driving a car that he had never been inside of until just a few hours before. As he kept pace with Bowers the fireworks were about to start.

Lapped traffic laid ahead of Bowers as he maintained his lead. While Bowers was rolling into the lapped cars, Fuqua was chopping into the lead that Bowers had put together. Three cars raced side by side in front of Bowers. It was all the help that Fuqua would need to make his run at the leader. Coming off the inside of the leader Fuqua was able to get the lead from Bowers as they went by the flag stand. Fuqua would then use a lapped car to his advantage, and made sure that Bowers would pinned behind them as they came to the white flag. From there Fuqua would hold onto the lead for the win.

It was Fuqua’s 3rd win of the season. The most in the division. Bowers finished in the runner-up spot, 3rd went to Tom Grist, 4th was Kerry Davis and Richie Gustin rounded out the top 5 in 5th. Ethan Isaacs has led the White Line CDL Training B Mod point standings for a majority of the season. The main reason for him holding onto the points lead was the fact that Isaacs is always finishing in the top 5. A stat that also stuck out for the racer from Bonner Springs is that he had never won a feature in 2012. After Saturday night Isaacs can mark that off the list of things to do as he won the B Mod A Main.

It didn’t take long for Isaacs to get the drop on the field. He would take the lead at the start of the feature and he held on to the lead for the entire 15 laps of the feature. It was a great win that came on a great night. Isaacs earned an extra $200 on top of $400 that the feature was to pay on Saturday night.

Curtis Dreasher, also had a strong run on the night, he finished in the 2nd spot and applied pressure to Isaacs all night long, 3rd went to Jeremy Chambers, last week’s winner, Dustin Thulin, finished in the 4th spot and Nick Newton blasted to a 5th place finish after starting 17th in the A.

Jason Billups won an extra $100 in the B Mod Main by being named the Full Circle Race Bodies hard charger. Billups started 24th and finished 9th in the main event.

For the first time in 4 weeks, Terry Schmidt didn’t start on the front row of the Super 8 at Forbes Landing Factory Stock feature event. The outcome wasn’t any different, Schmidt drove to his 9th win of the season. He currently leads all drivers, in all divisions, for the most wins on the season.

Tyson Young got out early with the lead and Zach Henery followed in the 2nd spot. In just a couple of laps, Schmidt had moved into the 3rd spot and began to mount an assault on the top two.

Schmidt was able to drive past both spots and took over the lead. Once in the lead, Schmidt checked out on the field. With a heavy right foot and a car that handles like a dream, Schmidt has become the dominant racer at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway. Young would hold on to finish 2nd, 3rd went to Henery, 4th was Eric Weyer and rounding out the top 5 was Frank Jaynes.

Extra money was scored by the 6th thru 10th place positions. Tech official, Carl Flowers, donated an extra $20 bucks on the night to each of those finishing positions on the night.

The Casey’s General Store Pure Stock class has been a battle between two drivers, Randal Schiffelbein Jr. and Jesse Shotts. Saturday night was another duel between these two drivers, who entered the night with multiple feature wins.

Schiffelbein would battle Tyler Garst for the top spot on the race track. After a back and fourth exchange, Schiffelbein would hold the top position, but Shotts too was on the move to the front of the field from his 3rd row starting spot.

Garst and Shotts would have an a good race with one another. Each wanting that 2nd position and the chance to work on Schiffelbein, the leader. Shotts emerged with the 2nd place position and looked to take down the leader as he moved closer as the laps ticked away. The two would take the white flag nose-to-tail. In the end it was the rookie sensation, Schiffelbein, holding off Shotts for the win. It would be his 4th win of the season and with the win he would maintain his points lead in the division.

In post race tech inspection Shotts, the runner-up, failed to pull the required amount of vacuum for the class and was disqualified from the event. This decision moved Garst into the 2nd spot, 3rd was 2x feature winner in 2012, Darren Davenport, AJ Christian held down 4th and having his best run of the season finishing fifth was Terry Henkensiefken.

Special thanks would be given to Jay Bailey, Modified racer, as he paid $50 on the night to every driver that finished in the 7th position in all of the feature races.

The night was another successful running of the Steve Bowers Sr. Memorial at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway. Many left the track on Saturday night counting down the days until the 2013 event.

For more information on Heartland Park Topeka, log on to www.hpt.com.

Kid’s Night At BriggsAuto.Com Speedway This Saturday

June 29th, 2012

Topeka, KS – The summer is chalked full of good memories for kids 9 to 99. No school, playing all day and going swimming are just a few of the memories that I can conjure up from the past. This Saturday night, June 30, it’s Kid’s Night at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway.

All kids that come in on Saturday night will receive a Heartland Park Topeka coloring book, several fun events will be planned over in the Kids Zone and kids are going to have a chance to compete for prizes during intermission.

Saturday night should be a whole lot of fun for all the kids who come out to BriggsAuto.Com Speedway. Not only will they get everything that we listed above, but they also get to see the awesome spectacle of racing known as the Super Saturday Showdown Series. The Casey’s General Store Pure Stocks, White Line CDL Training B Mods, Super 8 at Forbes Landing
Factory Stocks and Washburn Tech Modifieds will be ready to turn up the heat on Saturday night.

Just one week ago, Kerry Davis joined an exclusive club. By virtue of his win last week Davis joins Darron Fuqua as the only Modified drivers who have won more than 1 feature in 2012. Davis had a tough task in front of him last week as Tim Karrick dominated the feature event. That was until Davis was able to get by him late in the race and go on to the win.

The Washburn Tech Modifieds still continue to be one of the surprises of 2012. To date there have been 8 different winners in 10 feature races. Last season only 7 different drivers won all season long!

Darron Fuqua continues to hold down the points lead, but it’s still early in the season and anything can happen between now and the end of the season. Terry Schmidt continued his domination of the Super 8 at Forbes Landing Factory Stock division as he rolled to win number 7 on the season. Starting from his front row position, Schmidt was able to get out in front early and ran away from the competition.

Zach Henery raced to a solid 2nd and it appears that he is getting faster each and every week. The rest of the class could be making some changes as well that could make a difference this week.

In the points standings Schmidt and Steve Herrick are still 1 and 2. As the racers close in on the 1/2 way point of the season, it would be a nice time to grab a couple of wins.

It’s 5 wins and counting in the White Line CDL Training B Mod division for Mike Higley. Higley could be dominating the class right now, like Schmidt in the Factory Stocks, but the only thing that has kept Higley out of victory lane other times is Mike Higley! That’s right, Higley has had some bad luck that erased any chances of getting more wins in the early portion of the season but he is doing everything in his power to make up for lost time.

Last week Higley drove around the outside of Lucas Isaacs in turn two and took over the lead. From there it was all Higley. A late race yellow gave the competition a chance at the leader with a green, white, checkered finish. Ethan and Lucas Isaacs made a run at the leader but came up just short.

Ethan Isaacs has been the point leader for quite some time in the division and don’t look for him to give it up for awhile. He has a significant lead at this point.

The other big surprise this season at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway has been the Casey’s General Store Pure Stocks. They have been averaging close to 20 cars a night and this season a true rookie, Randal Schiffelbein Jr., is making a lot of noise. Not bad for a class that used to average about 10 cars a night and last season Zach Henery drove to 16 wins in 22 races.
Change in this class has been good and it’s sparked some excitement.

One week ago Schiffelbein, who leads the points standings, raced his way to his 3rd victory of the season. It was a win that continues to solidify just how good this rookie is. Late in the race last week he was pressured by Jesse Schotts, but he held off the advance to win.

Look for more excitement out of this class in particular. It has been predicted this season that there is a possibly that a full field of 24 cars could show up on a given night. This could be the week!

As the temperatures continue to rise summer start times are in effect. The spectator gates open up at 5:30 p.m., hot laps are at 6:45 p.m. and the first green flag flies at 7:30 p.m.

Adult tickets are $10, kids 12 and under are $5 and Military personnel with a valid id are free every race night at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway. Don’t forget that you can also buy your tickets online at www.hpt.com.

For more information on Heartland Park Topeka, visit their home on the world wide web at www.hpt.com. Fans will find everything that they need to know about the track, races and racers!

Familiar Faces Meet In Victory Lane At BriggsAuto.Com Speedway

June 25th, 2012

Topeka, KS – It was like any high school reunion in victory lane at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway on Saturday night. Each of the winners, Kerry Davis (Washburn Tech Modifieds), Terry Schmidt (Super 8 at Forbes Landing Factory Stocks), Mike Higley (White Line CDL Training B Mods) and Randal Schiffelbein Jr. (Casey’s General Store Pure Stocks), had all won features
this season.

Kerry Davis joined the group after winning his 2nd feature of the season. In the Modified division only Darron Fuqua had multiple victories on his resume, but after tonight, he will have company. It took 3 tries for the Washburn Tech Modified Feature event to get underway and when they did, Tim Karrick took to the early lead on the night. Karrick would lead 16 laps of the feature, but Davis made his presence known just before a yellow flag would slow the field down.

Davis started in the 5th position during the feature. As the early laps clicked off he battle with former feature winner, Jared Rogers. In a struggle, Davis would dispose of Rogers and then eat into the lead of Karrick. Near lap 15 Davis had erased the lead that Karrick had put up on the competition. Davis would make his move around Karrick and take the lead, only to see a yellow flag come out. The yellow would temporarily move Davis to the 2nd spot again. As the race restarted it didn’t take long for Davis to make his move once again. Karrick knew that Davis preferred the low line around the track. Karrick would take the low line away from Davis hoping to steal his momentum. In doing so, it opened a new door for Davis. He would pick up some momentum running higher up on the track. Davis motored his way around Karrick coming out of turn two and from there it was the Davis to the checkers. Karrick would hold on for 2nd, 3rd went to Josh Everhart, 4th went to, the hard charging, Tom Grist and Cody Agler rounded out the top 5 in 5th.

In the White Line CDL Training B Mod A Main Mike Higley stood tall in victory lane once again. This would be the 3rd straight win for the driver out of Tecumseh, KS and it was his 5th overall. After winning 7 features last season in the B Mods, Higley is on pace for that and a little more in 2012. Saturday night at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway he had to work a little harder for win #5. Lucas Isaacs jumped out to the early lead from his front row starting spot. Behind Isaacs several cars were mixing it up from the 2nd spot on back. Brian Murphy, Dustin Thulin, Dylan Whitehead, Higley and Ethan
Isaacs, were all trying to get around each other and find that coveted top spot.

Higley, who started 5th in the feature, would move up to 3rd before a yellow bunched the field up. On the restart Higley moved around Thulin for the 3rd spot and quickly jumped by the leader Isaacs. Going into turn 1, Higley would put a drive on the outside of the leader and it gave him the top spot exiting turn number 2. Too many times this season Higley has been out front and seen things go bad. In that same breathe when Higley is out in front and nothing goes wrong, he is usually going to make to the checkered flag first. His car would not let him down on this night as he drove to win #5 on the season. The Isaac brothers would make Higley work for the win after a late race yellow. Ethan Isaacs, the current point leader in the division, would come home 2nd and Lucas would finish in 3rd. Thulin would finish in the 4th spot and 5th went to the veteran, Terry Bivins.

Someone might need to look up the word domination to describe the Super 8 at Forbes Landing Factory Stock division this season. Terry Schmidt is having a great season this year and it continued Saturday night as drove off to win number 7 in just 10 races. A new hot shoe came calling from Independence, KS, Scott Stuart. Stuart has dominated the Factory Stock class in the Southeast portion of Kansas and Saturday night decided to race at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway. Many fans were salivating at the possible showdown of Schmidt vs. Stuart. The showdown would never materialize on the night, but fans can be assured that if Stuart continues to race at HPT the match-up will happen. Schmidt jumped to the lead at the beginning of the feature as he would start on the front row again this week. From there he shoved his car out to a large lead. Zach Henery would keep pace with Schmidt. The former feature winner in the Factory Stock class this season, continues to get even faster. Henery would start 4th in the A Main, but at the drop of the green flag he tucked into the 2nd place spot and would not relinquish it for the entire feature. Stuart finished in 3rd, 4th went to Steve Herrick and Dustin Sievers finished with one of his best runs of 2012 finishing in 5th.

The ‘Feel Good’ Story of 2012 has to be in the Casey’s General Store Pure Stock class. Randal Schiffelbein Jr. has been the point leader for several weeks now. Heading into Saturday night Schiffelbein also had 2 wins to his credit. Hard to believe that he is just embarking on his racing career. Last night Tyler Garst took off from his front row starting spot to lead the opening lap of the main event. He would hang on to the lead for a couple of laps, then at that point he would hook up and battle side by side with Schiffelbein. The two would go door-to-door around the track before Schiffelbein would get the lead. After taking the lead the question would be can Schiffelbein hold on for the win? Jesse Shotts, a 4 time feature winner this season, started back in the 7th position. Would he have enough time to get to the front of the field? Would he be able to get around Schiffelbein if he could get to him?

The answers would come soon enough.

Schiffelbein and Shotts would run 1 and 2 on the speedway. As the white flag came out Schiffelbein had a couple of car lengths on Shotts. Schiffelbein completed his great run with a flawless final lap. Shotts would not have the chance to make the pass as Schiffelbein would maintain the lead as he rolled under the flag stand for win number 3 on the season. The win would also mean that he would maintain his points lead in the division.

The racing action continues at BiggsAuto.Com Speedway as the Super Saturday Showdown Series race #11 will be on the docket. Spectator gates will open at 5:30 p.m., hot laps are scheduled for 6:45 p.m. and the first race will go green at 7:30 p.m. For more information log on to www.hpt.com.

Racing To Build Awareness This Saturday Night At BriggsAuto.Com Speedway

June 22nd, 2012

Topeka, KS – Cancer is a disease that doesn’t know any boundaries. At anytime cancer can strike. It doesn’t matter whether you are a child, man, woman, grandpa, aunt, mother or father, cancer doesn’t discriminate. BriggsAuto.Com Speedway will do their best in helping to raise funds for the American Cancer Society and educate fans and racers about cancer awareness this Saturday night, June 23.

This week’s 50/50 money will be going directly to the American Cancer Society. Racers will come out during intermission and pass their helmets around in hopes of raising more money for the American Cancer Society. Briggs Auto will get into the act by providing a special, pink Dodge Charger, pace vehicle for Saturday night’s race.

Saturday night’s action on the race track promises to be just as exciting as the previous 9 races! A total of 23 races were scheduled for the season and the competitors are rapidly closing in on the halfway mark. June 30, will be the halfway point of the season and so far the action, all the cars and the amount of excitement provided, have all exceeded everyone’s expectations.

The Washburn Tech Modified division has been a surprise in 2012. Last weekend Lyle Shepard took home his first win. He did so in impressive fashion as he had to hold off Darron Fuqua and Tim Karrick on a green, white checkered finish! Shepard became the 8th different winner in 9 feature events this year. Only last year’s track champion, Darron Fuqua, has been able to win more than once.

In contrast last season, 22 features were completed in the modified division and there were only 7 different winners! This season the entire Modified division has improved and the fans are being rewarded with great racing action.

Currently, Fuqua, who is looking for his 2nd straight championship, holds down the top spot in the point standings. Grant Junghans and a host of others are ready to knock Fuqua off the top spot.

Another big surprise this year happens to be the turnaround in the White Line CDL Training B Mod class. Last year this division took a lot of criticism in the way that they performed on race nights. This season has been the exact opposites. The B Mod division is becoming a fan favorite at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway.

Mike Higley pulled off his 4th win of the season last Saturday night. Higley battled for several laps with Dave Samuels and Ethan Isaacs before taking the lead for good. After 7 wins a year ago and finishing just out of the top spot in the points, Higley is a man on a mission in 2012. Higley’s mission might not include a championship, but it does include as many wins as he can rack up. Ethan Isaacs, a newcomer to the track this season, is on top of the points standings with a good margin. Isaacs has yet to pull down a win, but he rarely finishes outside of the top 5 each race night.

Jesse Shotts is getting into a groove in the Casey’s General Store Pure Stock division. For the 2nd time this season Shotts has won 2 consecutive features at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway. The car that Shotts is driving is no stranger to victory lane. Over the past few years it’s a safe bet that car has won more than 30 features at HPT. As Shotts becomes more comfortable with that ride, the sky could be the limit on the number of wins he could obtain this season.

Unlike years before, there are several competitors ready to also gain a win or two in the Pure Stock class. A total of 20 cars is the norm in the division this season. After 9 races of the season, Randal Schiffelbein Jr., maintained his points lead in the Pure Stocks.

Terry Schmidt has been the most dominate driver this season at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway. The Super 8 at Forbes Landing Factory Stock ace won his 6th feature of the year. Schmidt has been away from full time racing the past few years and this season he has come back with bullet. Like Shotts, Schmidt’s win last weekend was his 2nd consecutive victory. Schmidt missed the season opener and since starting on night number 2, he has won 6 of 8 feature events. As he has continued his winning ways Schmidt is the points leader at this point of the season.

Summer start times will remain in effect this weekend at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway. Spectator gates open up at 5:30 p.m., hot laps are at 6:45 p.m. and the first heat goes green at 7:30 p.m.

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Hitman Reclaims Kings Throne at HPT, Schmidt, Higley& Shotts Continue Winning Ways

June 18th, 2012

Topeka, KS – When Heartland Park Topeka opened the dirt track back up in 2006, Lyle Shepard proclaimed himself the “King of Heartland Park’s Dirt Track.” In 2006 Shepard had one of his better seasons at HPT. In the last few years, Shepard had not raced full time and the King had lost his throne. This year since coming back to BriggsAuto.Com Speedway, Shepard
has been one tough competitor. Saturday night he let the subjects know that the “King” had finally returned to his throne as he drove to the Modified feature win.

The Washburn Tech Modified feature win wasn’t an easy one for Shepard.

The first yellow came out in just the nick of time for Shepard. He lead from the drop of the green flag, but as the race wore on he got into lapped traffic. The lapped cars started to slow Shepard down. Tim Karrick, Darron Fuqua and Grant Junghans were making up ground on him, as he tried to navigate the the lapped cars.

Fuqua had started to make a run. He slipped by Karrick to take away 2nd and set his sights on Shepard. While Shepard was struggling with lapped traffic Fuqua was cutting the lead down quickly. As he came off of turn 2, Fuqua got a run on Shepard that would give him the lead, but before they could complete the that lap Josh Everhart would have a problem and brought a yellow. The yellow would return Shepard to the front of the field and Fuqua back to 2nd.

On the first restart Shepard went up high to block Fuqua’s run at the drop of the green. In doing so it opened the door for Karrick to creep back into the picture. Karrick, Fuqua & Shepard were in a full on battle now. The running order would stay the same as before, Shepard, Fuqua and Karrick. Then another yellow came out on the speedway. This time it would be single file restart and it was to be a green, white checkered finish. The restart saw Shepard jump back into the top spot. Fuqua and Karrick would battle each other and Shepard would go on to win the A Main.

Fuqua finished 2nd and maintained the points lead, 3rd went to Karrick, Grant Junghans held on to 4th and Cody Agler finished in the 5th spot.

Terry Schmidt continued his domination of the Super 8 at Forbes Landing Factory Stock division winning his 6th feature in 9 races.

Schmidt started on the pole and his only problem of the night was getting warned for starting too soon on the opening lap of the feature event. After the warning Schmidt settled down and drove another perfect race.

At the end of the night in victory lane, Schmidt would dedicate the win to young Jordan Troy, a 2 year old needing heart surgery, and he also donated a portion of his winnings to Troy’s medical expenses. A solid gesture from a man, who also has children of his own, to step up and offer some help.

Zach Henery started 7th in the A main event. He took his time getting around a few cars, but at one moment things just seemed to click for Henery and he took off like a rocket. He worked his way around the 4th and 5th place cars. Then while in 4th decided to split the 2nd and 3rd place cars, going 3 wide coming out of turn number 2. Solidly in 2nd, Henery would take off some of Schmidt’s lead, but without a yellow time would run out on Henery. He still ended the night with a promising runner-up finish.

Frank Jaynes had a strong run finishing in the 3rd spot, Steve Herrick finished in 4th and rounding out the top 5 was Carl Boyette.

For the 2nd time this season, Mike Higley won his 2nd consecutive White Line CDL Training B Mod feature event. To start the beginning of the season he won the first two weeks of racing at HPT, now he pulls the trick off again during the 8th and 9th weeks of the season.

Higley has got a great feel for his Razor Chassis at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway. His B Mod goes where he wants it to on the race track and he rarely fights the car. Tonight he started in the 2nd row and didn’t take him long to find the front of the field. At the front of the field he would battle young Lucas Isaacs for the top spot. Higley would get around
Isaacs for the top spot, but the young driver would make a run back at Higley after a restart.

Higley would answer the challenge from Isaacs and then ran to win #4 on the season. A year ago Higley notched 7 wins at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway and with more than 1/2 the season still left he could be making a run at an even higher total this season.

Isaacs wasn’t able to get by Higley, but he gained the respect of his fellow racers. Hanging on to the runner-up finish was a feat in it’s own right. Terry Bivins, Dave Samuels and Brian Murphy were all working on Isaacs for a large majority of the race.

Bivins would finish in the 3rd spot, 4th went to Samuels and driving from 13th to 5th in the main event was Brian Murphy.

Keeping pace with Higley’s win total was Jesse Shotts in the Casey’s General Store division. Shotts wound up winning his 4th feature of the season on Saturday night.

Winning a 4th feature in the Pure Stock divisions, means that your engine gets a closer inspection from the officials at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway. When it was all said and done Shotts was A-OK and he was officially awarded the win.

At the beginning of the feature Shotts battled Lafe Garst for Pure Stock supremacy. He would get the better of Garst and expand his lead as the laps clicked off.

The points leader, Randal Schiffelbein Jr., was the only other competitor to put forth a challenge to Shotts. There just wasn’t enough time for him to get the job completed. Schiffelbein cut into his lead, but couldn’t get enough momentum up to get passed the winner of the last two features, consecutively.

Finishing 2nd, Schiffelbein maintained his points lead in the class, Lafe Garst had his best finish of the season in 3rd, 4th was Darren Davenport and rounding out the top 5, again, was Byron Glotzbach.

The Super Saturday Showdown Series continues next Saturday night at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway. For more information visit their website at www.hpt.com.

US Foods Night At The Races Saturday At BriggsAuto.Com Speedway

June 15th, 2012

Topeka, KS – BriggsAuto.Com Speedway has had some strong promotions in their first 8 races. Saturday night, June 16, it will be US Foods night at the races. US Foods is going to put on a promotion at intermission where fans will have a chance to win free grocery gift cards for Dillons stores. What an awesome promotion! Who wouldn’t want free groceries?

BriggsAuto.Com Speedway will be supplying racing fans in the Topeka area with their usual, an awesome time both on and off the race track. The Kids Zone will be rolling once again, a pair of Washburn Tech Modified drivers, Bill Robison & Justin Johnson, will be on handing signing autographs and displaying their cars before the races, the HPT promotions department will keep everyone entertained and intermission and then the racers will provide the best racing in the Midwest on the track. It’s a win, win situation for all who come out to BriggsAuto.Com Speedway on Saturday night. Last week there was another new feature winner in the Washburn Tech Modified division. Jared Rogers, the youngster from Tecumseh, KS, pulled down his first career Modified feature win. Rogers started out in the Quarter Midgets, then on to the Micro Sprints and finally in to the Modified ranks. It’s been a tough learning curve but it appears Rogers has
finally got the hang of it. In the main event last Saturday night, he held off Darron Fuqua and Kerry Davis to take home the win.

Fuqua leads the point standings after the first quarter of the season. He will be looking to take down his 2nd straight championship, but as most fans will notice there is an awful lot of racing left in the season.

A driver that is celebrating a great season so far is Terry Schmidt. Schmidt has dominated the Super 8 at Forbes Landing Factory Stock class. After 8 races Schmidt has won 5. Not a bad number considering the true number for him is 7 races. He wasn’t there on opening night.

As Schmidt runs at the front of the field several drivers have stepped their games up. Zac Henery rolled to his 1st win a couple of weeks ago, look for him to make a move along with Steve Herrick, who currently is 2nd in the points to Schmidt. Many drivers will be putting the bulls-eye on Schmidt. This should be a fun class to watch.

Last season the White Line CDL Training B Mods suffered through some tough races. In simple terms, they had some bad races. This season the B Mods have come full circle. Last Saturday night 3 wide racing was seen all over the track. Three cars were battling up front in the early part of the feature. Mike Higley, Dave Samuels and Ethan Isaacs put on a show battling for the top spot. Samuels and Isaacs were shooting it out for the top spot, when Mike Higley decided to take matters into his own hands. Higley would split the top two cars right down the middle on his way to win #3 on the season. It was just a fraction of the great racing this class put on last Saturday night. Isaacs is still the point leader in this division. Consistency has put him in the top position. A comfortable lead might be just what Isaacs needs to win a championship.

The Casey’s General Store Pure Stocks continued last Saturday night with another large car count. Twenty-two cars lined up for the feature last week. When it was all said and done, it was Jesse Shotts in victory lane for the 3rd time in 2012. Shotts is starting to get a handle on the car that won 16 features a year ago. One variable that wasn’t in the equation last year, a large group of competitors. On average there was 10 to 12 cars last year and this year it’s 20 to 22 cars. As the first quarter comes to a close the Pure Stock class has had 4 different winners and last season there wasn’t more than 5 different winners in 22 races! Excitement has stormed the Pure Stock division.

Randal Schiffelbein Jr. finished 2nd in the last race, so the rookie maintains the points lead for another week.

Summer start times are still in effect at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway. Spectator gates will open up at 5:30 p.m., hot laps will start at 6:45 p.m. and the first heat race goes green at 7:30 p.m.

Adult tickets are $10, kids 12 and under are $5 and Military with an ID are FREE every race night at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway. Don’t forget racers and fans can purchases all their tickets and pit passes online!

For more information visit the home on the world wide web for Heartland Park Topeka, www.hpt.com.

Rogers Gets First Win, Ever,

June 12th, 2012

Topeka, KS – It had to be one of ‘those’ nights at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway Saturday night. I am sure that everyone has had one of ‘those’ nights before. Those nights are the ones that if something could go wrong, it will. The fans and employees at the track on Saturday night had to feel like this was one of those nights. When all of the weird stuff ended,
there was some great racing and great racing moments on the track.

Jared Rogers (Berryton) moved into the modified division a few years ago. It’s always tough moving into a new class, but the Modified division is extremely competitive and not very kind to rookies. During that time period, Rogers has taken a very pro-active approach. He and his team learned about the class, the cars and how to race one of these beasts. All
of his patience paid off tonight as Rogers would score his 1st career win in a Modified feature.

Jared’s night would get off to a good start in his heat race. He garnered a 3rd place finish, but he started in the 8th position and he had to run against some stiff competition in the heat.

Rogers and Jay Bailey (Lyndon) would start on the front row. Bailey got the early jump on the field and held the lead until a right rear would blow out, ending his night. Rogers was there to pick up where Bailey left off. From that point on it was all Rogers. He would hold off the feature winner from last week, Darron Fuqua (Mayetta). Rogers thought that this win would come earlier, but to just get a win has put this young driver on cloud 9.

Fuqua finished in the 2nd spot, 3rd went to Kerry Davis (Parkville, MO), Lyle Shepard (Manhattan) continued his streak of consecutive top 5′s finishing in the 4th position and Grant Junghans finished in the 5th position.

After Rogers secured his 1st win the other feature events saw repeat winners in 2012.

The Factory Stock A Main was shapping up to be a wild one. Steve Herrick (Topeka) and Terry Schmidt (Nortonville) brought the field down to the green flag.

Schmidt, who has won 4 features before Saturday night, shot to the front like a cannon. Schmidt would blast past the field and take the lead on lap 1. From there it was business as usual, Schmidt would win going away for the 5th time this season. Schmidt is definitely one fast character. From the outside front row, he made the most of it. Several yellow flags, including a green, white, checkered late in the race. It was another task that Schmidt was up too.

Herrick would mount a charge at Schmidt, but nothing positive was ever gained. Herrick would finish in 2nd, last week’s feature winner, Zach Henery (Topeka), put up a good fight and drove to a 3rd place finish, 4th went to Jeff Miller (Topeka) and in the 5th position it was Clint Hedge (Bonner Springs).

There was a lot of entertainment value in tonight’s Casey’s General Store Pure Stock feature event. A majority of the feature was spent watching Barry Richardson (Topeka) melt down during the race. A melt down that the finds and track officials would rather forget.

Once the race got back underway, it was Jesse Shotts (Topeka) taking the early lead. The two time feature winner was looking on for win #3 on the season. The car that Shotts is driving is the same car that won 16 features a year ago. After coming out to a slow start to the season, it’s safe to say that Mr.Shotts is likes this new feeling of winning week after week.

Randal Schiffelbein Jr. (Tecumseh, KS) had a good run, a run that was strong enough to gain him a runner-up finish and maintain the points lead. Byron Glotzbach (Topeka) made some strong moves during the main event. He would come home in the 3rd position. In the 4th position it was Tyler Garst getting one of his best finishes of the 2012 race season. Driving from 14th to 5th in the race, was Steve Stuart (Osage City, KS).

The B Mod feature event also carried some intrigue with it on Saturday night.

Two time track champion in the Factory Stocks, Dave Samuels (Tecumseh), is currently a rookie in the B Mod division. His season has been filled with ups and downs. Saturday night looked like it was going to be huge night for Samuels as he launched himself into the lead. At the top spot he would hold on to the lead through a couple of yellows. One driver keeping pace with Samuels was the current points leader of the division, Ethan Isaacs (Bonner Springs).

Mike Higley, on the other hand, was working his way through traffic. He would come up on Samuels and Isaacs after a restart. Higley would have a decision to make. Instead of choosing option A, B or C. Higley went with D. That meant he was going to split the two racers and take the lead coming out of turn 2. The feature was exciting and so was the bold move by Higley. It would work and instead of just a spot forward, he came out with the lead.

Last week Higley had to work and missed racing at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway last week. It dropped him to 6th in the points. Nothing would get him down as he continued to climb back to the front of the standings. On this night, Higley would speed off to win number 3 of the season.

Samuels, scored his highest finish to date in 2nd, 3rd went to Mike Eisenhut (Topeka), the ‘Spiderman’ Steven Goodman (Meriden) drove from 14th to 4th in the event and finishing with another top 5 finish is Lucas Isaacs (Bonner Spings).

Bivins Not Ready For Rockin Chair Yet, Picks Up Win In B Mods!

June 5th, 2012

Topeka, KS – One would think that at the age of 68, many would be ready to take it easy in life. The ‘Golden Years’ they call them. Someone forgot to tell Terry Bivins that he is suppose to be cruising along in life. Saturday night at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway Bivins was cruising alright. He was cruising way out in front of the competition as he picked up the feature win in the White Line CDL Training B Mod division.

Last week wasn’t the best of weeks for Bivins. In the heat race he was slammed into and he couldn’t finish the heat race, he would qualify for the feature in the consolation race and then in the feature he would get into a wreck on the first restart of the night! Not a good night.

This week was the exact opposite. Bivins started on the pole in the first heat for the B Mods and went onto win there. The win would put him on the pole position also for the main event.

Bivins has been fast at the track this season. A couple of times he marched through the field to finish in the top 5. Many fans were asking what if he gets to start up front, what could he do? Everyone found out on Saturday night.

At the drop of the green flag, Bivins and Ethan Isaacs started the race from the front row. It appeared to be a good pairing up front. Bivins rocketed into the top spot. The race was tight as Ethan Isaacs stayed with Bivins in the early going. A couple of yellow flags gave the field a chance to stay tight on Bivins. As the race continued, the youth and
exuberance of the 68 year old racer was just too much for the competition. Bivins put an old fashioned ‘whippin’ on the rest of the B Mod field.

Isaacs would finish in the runner-up spot and maintain his points lead in the division, 3rd went to Steven Goodman, Lucas Isaacs had a strong night finishing in the 4th position and 5th went to former feature winner, Dylan Whitehead. Saturday night had a feel good atmosphere at the track. The B Mod division wasn’t the only class that contained some excitement. The Super 8 at Forbes Landing Factory Stock feature also got the crowd on it’s feet as Zach Henery won his first career feature.

It was just a year ago when Zach Henery yanked down 16 feature wins in route to winning the title in the Pure Stock division. At the time he was pulling double duty in the the Pure Stock and Factory Stock classes. Driving in one class is a tough task. Driving in two classes on the same night can be exhausting.

Henery was close to getting some wins last year, but at the start of 2012 committing only to run in the Factory Stock class it was evident that he would be a player at the front of the field.

At the end of the first lap, Henery moved from his 7th starting position into 4th place, by the end of the 2nd lap he was in 3rd and at the end of lap number 3 he was in 2nd. He was showing all the fans in attendance that he had a fast race car. The first yellow of the night would come and it gave Henery a chance to zero in on the leader, James King, from his back bumper.

When the race went back to green, Henery took the lead away from King before they hit turn number 1. From there, he would have to hold on for the other 11 laps to get his first career win in the Factory Stocks. Terry Schmidt, a 4x feature winner in 2012, started in the 6th row of the feature. He was taking his time wading through the waters. Lap after lap he would gain some positive momentum and moved up through the field. Working his way first into the top 5, then into the top 3 and finally he made his way around the 2nd place car of King. Did he have anything for the leader? Not on this night. Schmidt’s valiant effort would fall just short, but his runner-up finish would maintain his points lead.

King would go on to finish 3rd, 4th went to Tyson Young and Eric Weyer raced his way to a 5th place finish.

Randall Schiffelbein Jr. doesn’t seemed to be bothered by his rookie status in 2012. In all actuality, his status is a true rookie. Saturday night was the 7th race of the season at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway and it was also the 7th race in the career of Schiffelbein! Nobody could have imagined that not only would he have a feature win to his credit, he would
also be leading the points race in the division. Well, he is and after Saturday night you can add another feature win!

Starting from the pole position Schiffelbein took to the point position. After taking the top spot he would hold on to it and never relinquish it on the way to win #2 of his young career. Several times it appeared that there was a battle getting ready to heat up. Former feature winners Darren Davenport and Randy Kohn would get close. After a couple of yellow flags it appeared that either one of these two drivers would mount a charge, but they never got close enough. Schiffelbein would win by 3/4 of a straightaway as he took the checkered flag.

Jesse Shott, the winner of the last two features, quietly worked his way through the field. Shotts would start 8th and moved to the front by simply passing the competition one at a time. On the final lap he would edge out Davenport for the 2nd spot. Davenport finished in 3rd, AJ Christian, once again finished in the top 5, with a 4th place finish and Byron Glotzbach rounded out the top 5 in the feature.

The Washburn Tech Modified feature was the final race of the night. Darron Fuqua was ready to go from the beginning of the night.

Fuqua, who races at Lakeside Speedway on Friday nights, didn’t enjoy a good Friday night this week. Damage sustained to his car meant that his crew had to work double time just to make it to the track on Saturday night. The crew must have worked wonders on his Venom Chassis. Fuqua rolled to win #2 on the season and he did it in dominating fashion.

During the feature event Fuqua raced at the front of the field for all 25 laps of the feature. The only time that they competition would be close to Fuqua was during the yellow flag laps of the main event. Fuqua becomes the first driver in the Modified class to repeat with a feature win.

Tim Karrick made the most of his return to BriggsAuto.Com Speedway. Karrick started in the 7th position and worked his way up into the 2nd spot. A late race yellow gave Karrick the opportunity at knocking off Fuqua, but he fell just a little short.

Ryan Phillips celebrated his birthday with a 3rd place finish, the ‘Hitman’ Lyle Shepard drove to a 4th place finish and after starting 11th in the A Main Steven Bowers Jr. finished in the 5th position.

Next week will be the Super Saturday Showdown Series race #8 on the 2012 season. BriggsAuto.Com Speedway has moved into their summer start times. This means that the gates still open at 5:30 pm. for the spectators, but hotlaps now start at 6:45 pm. and the racing action gets underway at 7:30 pm.

For all your information on Heartland Park Topeka go to www.hpt.com

Junghans Storms Field For Mod Win At HPT

May 29th, 2012

Topeka, KS – Eighty-eight cars checked in Saturday for race #6 in the Super Saturday Showdown Series. The series has seen a lot of excitement in the first 5 races and race 6 wasn’t about to let anyone down.

Grant Junghans has been close to getting a Modified win at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway. Many times has he run a close 2nd, but never busted through to the win column. That all changed tonight.

The Washburn Tech Modified feature got off to a rough start. It took a total of 5 tries to get the field up and running. Rookie, Dalton Kirk, pulled out to the early lead as the cars would come under a barrage of yellow flag situations. On a restart Kirk would lose his lead to Ryan Phillips, a former HPT track champion in the Modified division. Phillips would hold the lead as he brought the cars to a restart on lap 9. Phillips would have to hold off some tough competitors to win this main event.

Cody Agler was the first driver to give it a go at Phillips. Agler would make some gains on Phillips, but never really mounted a solid charge. Next to take the challenge was Grant Junghans.

Junghans and Phillips share a pretty good friendship away from the racetrack, so many realized they would see some hard nosed racing, but clean racing to wind this one to the finish. Junghans had some solid runs against Phillips, but again he thwarted every advance. Junghans would try low, high and anywhere he thought he could get his GRT to work. It
appeared as if Junghans would have to settle for a runner-up finish yet again. He would gain some momentum as he began to slightly run up in the corners and gain some momentum off the corners. He finally would make it work as coming out of two he would pull alongside Phillips and took his line away heading into turn 3. As he would exit turn 4, he would have the
lead and would not relinquish it heading to the checkered flag.

For the fans that stayed, they had a chance to witness a great finish to a race that struggled to get underway. Junghans would become the 6th different feature winner on the season at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway.

Phillips would finish 2nd, Lyle “The Hitman” Shepard finished in 3rd, 4th was Cody Agler and finishing 5th, after starting 16th, was Luke Driskell. In the White Line CDL Training B Mod main event started without a hitch. Dustin Thulin took the early jump on the rest of the competition. Thulin,a multiple feature winner over the years, was looking for his 1st win of the 2012 season. At this point he is still looking.

At the beginning of the season, Jeremy Chambers hauled all the way from Parsons to Topeka to race at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway. Each trip was well worth it. Chambers might have not gotten a win, but he was in the thick of each feature he was in. Tonight wasn’t any different. Chambers would hawk Thulin around the track. Early into the race Thulin would develop a mechanical problem in his ride and it just might have slowed him down enough. Enough for Chambers to make a power move on Thulin and drive off to his 1st win of the season.

Just like Junghans, it was Chambers 1st win in the B Mod division at Heartland Park.

Thulin, with troubles and all, was still able to hold off Mike Higley for 2nd, Higley settled for 3rd, 4th was the 11c Bryan Hey and coming in 5th was the youngster, Lucas Isaacs.

It might be safe to say that Jesse Shotts is getting into a groove in the Casey’s General Store Pure Stock division. Saturday night he scored his 2nd consecutive win at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway.

This might be a little nerve racking to the rest of the competiton. Most will remember that the car that Shotts is driving is the former ride of Pure Stock Champ, Zach Henery. It was just a year ago that Henery won 16 of 22 features in that car. It has taken some time for Shotts to become comfortable in the class, but it looks like he is getting the hang of it now.

Surprise leader at the beginning of the feature, Bryon Glotzach, held on to the top spot for quite a long while. He would lose the lead, only to fight back and regain it before the flag stand. Glotzbach, a true rookie in the class, looked like a seasoned veteran as he kept pace with Shotts on the speedway. Unfortunately, he couldn’t hold Shotts off forever.
Shotts would make the pass and drive on to his and win 2 weeks.

Randal Schiffelbein Jr. would get past Glotzbach and take the runner-up spot at the flag stand after starting 16th in the feature, 3rd went to Glotzbach, Ron Kohn found his best finish of the year in 4th and the points leader in the class, AJ Christian, finished with a top 5 in 5th. Before the night was over, BriggsAuto.Com Speedway would find another
repeat winner. This time it was Terry Schmidt in the Factory Stock division.

Schmidt has pulled off a total of 4 wins on the season. Tonight’s victory would come as he would start on the pole position. From there he dropped the hammer on the rest of the competition and sped off to win #4. In victory lane it was a happy Schmidt, who displayed his BriggsAuto.Com Contingency Sticker on the right rear of his car. This sticker means that every time Schmidt picks up a win, he is garaunteed bonus cash at the banquet later in the season.

Matt Field gave up a solid effort trying to catch up to Schmidt. As Field was working his way to compete with the leader, Leif Weyer helped run down Fields and take over for 2nd.

Weyer hung on to the runner-up spot, Fields held on to 3rd, 4th was Steve Herrick and Gerald Wahwahsuck drove to a 5th place finish.

Race #7 in the Super Saturday Showdown Series will continue next week at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway.

For more information on Heartland Park Topeka visit them on the web at www.hpt.com.

Great Stories Surround Race #5 at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway

May 15th, 2012

Topeka, KS – Heading in to Saturday night’s races at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway, it has been an exciting season to say the least. Saturday marked the 5th different winner in the Washburn Tech Modifieds, Darron Fuqua, the Super 8 @ Forbes Landing Factory Stock main event went a driver, that now has, three wins to his credit, Steven Goodman won a photo finish feature in the Whiteline CDL Training B Mod division and in the Pure Stock division Jesse Shotts drove a proven winner to victory lane.

Darron Fuqua has a handful of 2nd place finishes on the season. Four races into the season, Darron, who had 11 wins last season, has yet to get on the board in the 2012 season. Scratch that last one of the list, Fuqua dominated the Modified feature event on the way to his 1st win of the season.

For weeks it seemed like Fuqua had not found his winning rhythm from last year. He might have tapped back into it Saturday night at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway. Second place is not where Fuqua wants to be, he wants to win as many races as he can before he has to hang up the driven suit. For the 2nd straight week, Fuqua jumped out into the lead. Would he be able to hold on or was he just blowing smoke? Also in the past week, Fuqua would jump out into the easy lead. A yellow came out, wiping out the lead that Fuqua built up.

In the feature event, Fuqua did jump out to the early lead. A darn yellow flag flew just after the half way point. Fuqua would not make the mistake of giving up the lead this week. After the restart the competition wasn’t that close to Fuqua.

Josh Everhart put some confidence in his race program as he finished 2nd, 3rd went to Grant Junghans, former track champ in the Modifieds, Ryan Phillips raced his way to a solid 4th place finish. Rounding out the top 5 was Justin Johnson.

The White Line CDL Training B Mod Feature saw Steven Goodman edge out Ethan Isaacs by a matter of inches at the start finish line. It was by far the most exciting race of the night. In the early portion of the race it was 2x feature winner, Mike Higley, motoring to the front of the field like he has done so many times this year, but for the third straight time Higley was jinxed as he continues to take the lead only to have his car develop a problem that forces him out of the race. As he dropped out, his little brother, Steven Goodman, inherited the lead.

As the race got back to the green flag Goodman and Isaacs begin to go at it at the front of the field. The two driver started on the front row and by the end of the night they were going to finish there. As the two exited turn 4 it appeared to be a dead heat. At the flag stand it was still a tough call. Both racers sat waiting on the track to see who track officials would deem the winner. After a few seconds, Steven Goodman was informed on his Raceiver that he had won the race by a very slim margin over Isaacs.

Dave Samuels, former Factory Stock Champ, had his best run of the season going from 11th to 3rd, in the 4th position was the B Feature winner, who started in the 21st position, Terry Bivins and rounding out the top 5 was Rich Boyden, who started 15th.

From top to bottom it was one of the most entertaining races for the 2012 season.

The Casey’s General Store Pure Stock feature watched Jesse Shotts drive to a feature win in a car that spent last season in victory lane 73% of the lime. Shotts, no stranger to victory late at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway, has logged wins in the Pure Stock division as well as the B Mod division in previous years. Racing for the Henery family, Shotts has been waiting to get into victory lane during the 2012 season, but it has taken a little more time to get used to his new ride. Trouble for the competition is that Shotts is feeling good about the upcoming races during the Super Saturday Showdown
Series.

Early in the evening Shotts picked off a heat race win and the car was feeling better than ever. In the feature it didn’t take long for the black #97 to shoot to the point position, and just like days of old drive off to victory without a challenge.

Last week’s winner, Randal Schiffelbein Jr. continued his impressive rookie campaign with a 2nd place finish, 3rd went to AJ Christian, who started the night as the points leader, 4th was Jimmy Millard and Bryon Glotzbach turned in a valiant effort finishing in the 5th position.

A week ago Steve Herrick drove to victory lane in the Super 8 at Forbes Landing Factory Stock main event. It was the first time in 3 weeks that the class had a winner other than Terry Schmidt. Saturday night, Terry Schmidt showed that he isn’t just going to be a one-hit wonder as he made it look easy roaring to win #3 on the season.

Schmidt’s power was evident at the beginning of the feature. He would flex his muscle and get past the two starters on the front row, Tyson Young and Matt Field, within the first few laps. From there he extended his lead lap after lap. A potential battle came into play after a yellow flag would wipe out his lead. Last week’s feature winner, Steve Herrick, had the chance to make a run but couldn’t get the job done late in the race. Schmidt once again extended the lead on the way to win #3.

Herrick would have another strong finish in 2nd, 3rd was the opening night feature winner, Jeff Miller, Matt Field finished in the 4th position and in 5th was Tyson Young.

The Super Saturday Showdown Series takes a break next week as the Dollar General NHRA Summer Nationals blow in to Heartland Park Topeka.

For more information on the action at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway log on to www.hpt.com the official home on the World Wide Web for Heartland Park Topeka.

Agler Gets Dream Finish As A Birthday Gift!

April 30th, 2012

Topeka, KS – When you celebrate a birthday, it’s customary to make a wish and blow out the candles on your birthday cake.

Cody Agler celebrated his birthday at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway on Saturday night. He didn’t let on what he wished for, but what he received was a last corner, last lap pass of Steven Bowers Jr. to win the Washburn Tech Modified Main event.

Agler had a good car from the beginning of the night. He went from 5th to 2nd in his heat race. On the redraw for the lineups, Agler joined Justin Johnson on the front row after the inversion was put into play. At the beginning of the race Agler got out to the lead, but it would be short lived as he and Bowers would dice it up and Bowers would eventually get the top spot and hold it for a majority of the race.

Behind Bowers and Agler, several cars were fighting for position. In an unusual night, several cars would find their way into the infield or the pit area well before the checkered flag dropped.

The racing at the front half of the field began to heat up just past the half way mark. As the green flag laps continued Bowers, Agler, Johnson, Darron Fuqua and Josh Everhart all mixed it up. While the battles were starting to wage, lapped traffic was coming into the picture and on the last lap Bowers found himself in a lot of lapped traffic.

“We both (Cody & Steven Bowers) were keeping it clean I would pass him and he would come back under me. It was some hard racin,” said Agler after the feature, “I knew when I seen that white flag I had to do something, we come out of the corner and I knew I had a good run on him and I seen that lapper, so I was watching him and I knew I had to get it in hard and move up into his line that was going to be the only way I was going to pass him.”

Coming to turn 4, Agler put his car in the middle of Bowers and a lapped car. As he exited the turn he jumped just in front of Bowers and moved into his line on the race track. The move took away Bowers momentum and pushed Agler to the victory on his birthday.

Bowers would finish a close 2nd, 3rd went to last years champ Darron Fuqua, Josh Everhart scored a 4th place finish on his 1st night at the track and rounding out the top 5 was Tyler Schmidt, who drove from 15th to 5th in the A Main.

It was finally a new winner in the Casey’s General Store Pure Stock main event. The first two weeks went to Darren Davenport, but on this night the feature belonged to Randy Kohn.

The Pure Stock feature was one of the most exciting features of the night. Several drivers mixed it up. Positions swapped back and forth from the front of the field to the back of the field.

Randy Kohn and Randal Schifflebein Jr. led the field to the green at the start. Schifflebien, competing in only his 3rd race of his career, shot out to the lead. Unlike a rookie, he showed poise, patience and held a consistant line on the speedway. Unfortunately for Schifflebein, so did Randy Kohn and he has been to victory lane before and knows what it takes to get their.

Using patience, Kohn waited for Schifflebein to make a mistake. When it happened, Kohn took the lead away and walked off to the finish.

Schifflebein would hold on to finish in the runner-up spot, AJ Christian knocked down another top 5 finishing in 3rd, 4th went to a hard charging Jimmy Millard, who drove from 12th to 4th and Tyler Garst finished in the 5th position.

Ben Kates is a young racer from Tonganoxie. Over the years he has celebrated some ups and downs in his racing career. In his first trip to BriggsAuto.Com Speedway, he will have to chalk it up as a great moment in his career. He would win the White Line CDL Training B Mod Feature going away.

Marty Grist took control of the feature from the wave of the green flag. Grist would run at the top spot for a while. The early pressure for Grist came from Dustin Thulin. Thulin pulled up to Grist’s door a couple of times but very got enough steam up to get around for the lead. Contact between Grist and Thulin would end Thulin’s night with a right front flat.

Grist, meanwhile, had developed a push on the speedway. As he began to lose momentum, Ben Kates was gaining it. Kates would run by Grist and once he hit the lead, he checked out. It wasn’t that he checked out on Grist, but he ran away from the entire field. In the end he just needed to take it easy navigating lapped traffic to get the win. Kates started in the 7th position and drove to the win.

Ethan Isaacs continues to have good success at HPT in 2012, he drove to the 2nd place finish, Grist held on for a 3rd place finish, former Factory Stock Champ, Dave Samuels, had his best finish in a B Mod 4th and Brian Murphy moved from 10th to 5th.

For the 2nd straight week it was Terry Schmidt getting the win in the Super 8 at Forbes Landing Factory Stock division.

This week Schmidt would hear nothing but cheering from the BriggsAuto.Com Speedway fans this week after winning. He drove past the early leader, Zach Henery, and held off a hard charge from Brett Heeter to get his 2nd win.

Heeter would finish 2nd in his 1st visit of the year to HPT, 3rd went to Henery, Steve Herrick finished in the 4th spot and in 5th was Leif Weyer.

Next week the Super Saturday Showdown Series continues at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway.

For more information on Heartland Park Topeka, visit their website at www.hpt.com.

The 3rd place car in the Factory Stocks was Clint Hedge not Clint Hedges Jr. Wild Night of Racing At BriggsAuto.Com Speedway

April 24th, 2012

Topeka, KS – It must have been a full moon last night at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway. It could be the only reason to explain some of the weird things that happened last night. Even with all the things that happened out of the ordinary, it was still a great night of racing.

Saturday night there were two repeat winners from opening night and two new faces in victory lane.

One of the repeat winners might be the hottest B Mod driver in the Midwest, Mike Higley.

So far this season Higley has gone out and competed in 6 races with a brand new Razor chassis. Of those 6 races he has rolled to 5 wins and one runner up finish. A pretty good winning percentage if you ask me. Tonight, Higley made it look easy once again driving to victory lane.

Early in the night, Higley won his heat race going away. The win would land him on the pole for the feature. Not a good sign for the competition. From the pole position he would jet into the front spot and stay there for all 15 laps of the A
main.

Steven Goodman, Higley’s brother, put together a strong run and gave the leader something to think about in the late stages of the race. Goodman, also running a new Razor Chassis, couldn’t not come up with the win, but came away with a little more knowledge on his own race program and a strong runner-up finish.

Curtis Dreasher finished in the 3rd spot, 4th went to Jeremy Chambers and rounding out the top 5 in 5th was Rich Boyden.

Last season the dominant driver in the Pure Stock class was Zach Henery. This season so far it’s Darren Davenport trying to lay claim to the title. Two weeks ago, Davenport claimed his 1st career win. It was a win that he felt was long over due. The big question tonight was, what to do for an encore?

Like Higley, Davenport would also have a great run in the heat race that would set him up to start on the pole position.
From the drop of the first green in the feature Davenport was gone. He looked like a man on a mission for another week. While others were battling for position on the speedway, Davenport was working on just how far he could spread himself out from the rest of the field. After leading all 15 laps of the A main, it would be a safe assessment to say he got the job done.

There was some strong racing going on behind the leader. Two by two, and at times 3 wide racing action could be seen all over the speedway. For the 2nd straight race, the Pure Stocks rolled in 18 competitors. A good sign that this class might be heading in a good direction.

AJ Christian drove to another 2nd place finish, rookie, Randal Schiffelbein Jr., posted a 3rd place finish after starting in 9th, 4th was 3x feature winner from ’11, Randy Kohn and young Tyler Garst rounded out the top 5.

It was rain of boos that came down on Terry Schmidt in victory lane after the Factory Stock A Main.

Zach Henery led the Factory Stock feature for a majority of the race. As Henery took the white flag a yellow came out on the speedway. The yellow flag meant that a green, white, checkered finish would be coming up. It was a bad break for Henery because he had built up a comfortable lead.

On the restart, Henery would move up the race track. As he moved up the track his momentum was scrubbed off and Terry Schmidt got into the back of Henery as he was coming up the track. The benefactor of this exchange was Steve Herrick, he took over the lead. Henery would end up spinning going down the back straight. Another yellow flag followed and because Herrick had not completed an entire lap at the front, the yellow flag meant that everyone would have to go back to their spot as it was on the lap prior. Herrick would be placed back in 2nd, while Schmidt would get the lead since Henery wouldn’t be able to continue.

On the next attempt at a green, white, checkered, Schmidt would fend off a hard charging Herrick for the win. Herrick would wind up in the 2nd spot, 3rd was Clint Hedge, who started 11th and finished 3rd, 4th was Gerald Wahwahsuck and Eric Weyer garnered the 5th spot as the checkered flag waved.

The Modified feature was maligned by a huge wreck on a restart that took a while to get things sorted out. Once things got back to normal, there was some great racing at the front of the field. Several spots were jostled around. The top 3 drivers in the feature would end up passing a total of 27 cars.

Chase Junghans had to work his way up from his 6th starting spot to battle the early leader, Brian Rigsby. Junghans would overhaul Rigsby for the top spot and then he would have to wait out several yellow flags and one red flag to get the win. It was win that had been a long time coming. Junghans was in the points lead at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway a few years back, instead of coming to race on a weekly basis, Chase took off with his brother Grant Junghans to compete full time with the
USMTS Modifieds.

Junghans has seasoned himself as a driver. Tonight his patience and thought process put him in a place he has never been in before at HPT, victory lane.

Last year’s track champion, Darron Fuqua blasted from his 12th place starting spot to finish in the 2nd spot, another mover was Kerry Davis who finished 3rd after starting 15th in the main event, Ryan Phillips scored a top 5 on his first night out finishing in 4th and Chases’ brother, Grant, would round out the top 5.

Race number 3 of the BriggsAuto.Com Speedway Super Saturday Showdown Series will get back under way next Saturday, April 28. Spectator gates will open at 5:30 p.m., hot laps are at 6:15 p.m. and the first race goes green at 7 p.m.

Next week is going to be “Kids Night” at the races. All youngsters 12 and under will get in absolutely free next Saturday night.

For more information on HPT log on to their website at www.hpt.com.

Championship Night Provides Plenty of Excitement At HPT.Com Speedway

October 2nd, 2011

Topeka, KS – Championship night at HPT.Com Speedway was dubbed “The Race For Hope & Faith.” Two fans, Sandy and Byron Glotzbach, wanted to find a way to help celebrate Sandy’s battle with cancer and their upcoming 30th wedding anniversary and they decided the best way was to add $2,000 to the night’s purse. In doing so it added a lot of excitement on championship night.

Each division saw an increase in purse money at the top spot. The Modified winner would get $1,500, $750 to the Factory Stock winner, the B Mod winner would take home $700 and the Pure Stock victor would pocket $225. As it was the last points race of the season, fans were guaranteed a shot at watching drivers take chances that they might not normally take.

Darron Fuqua had to wait until Saturday night to be officially crowned the points champion in the Washburn Tech Modified division, even though it was a couple weeks back that mathematically everyone else had been eliminated. At the start of the Modified feature it was Cody Agler and Kerry Davis jumping out to the front of the field. Fuqua would join the party up front charging to the 3rd position. In the past month Fuqua had been off his winning pace. He had been in this position before, but by the end of the night he would fade a couple of spots instead of move forward. This would not be one of those performances. After a yellow flag, Fuqua would move by Kerry Davis on the restart and within two laps would work his way by Agler on the way to the top spot. Once he grabbed the top spot, Fuqua extended his lead and would go on to win #11 on the season. His 11th win would hold a special place in his championship celebration. The win was worth $1,500, but it also signified the most Modified feature wins in a single season. He and Clint Bowyer shared the mark at 10 and with the win last night he moved to the top of the list. Tim Karrick, a former weekly competitor at HPT.Com Speedway, put on a good show for the fans. Karrick started 6th, moved his way back a little and then figured out the track and motored all the way up to the runner-up spot by the end of the night. Finishing in the 3rd position was Agler, Davis finished in the 4th spot and Ryan Phillips continued his strong final month to the season finishing in 5th.

The Super 8 at Forbes Landing Factory Stock division championship was still up in the air by the time the feature rolled around. Dave Samuels, the current point leader, needed to stay either in front of 2nd place Steve Herrick or just finish the feature to win his 2nd consecutive points championship. Samuels didn’t want to hold the crowd in suspense for very long. He jumped to the front of the field from his front row starting spot and he would take his 12th win of the season leading every single lap. In 2011 Samuels would be the only champion to repeat the feat from 2010. It was a heart felt win for Samuels as he has been a mainstay in the Factory Stock division. He announced before the race that this would be his last Factory Stock race and he led the crowd to believe that he would be back racing in 2012 in a different class. In the runner-up spot it was Steve Herrick capping off a solid season. Herrick, who held the points lead for most of the year, started the feature in the 9th spot. Herrick worked his way through traffic and made a valiant effort to get by Samuels, but it wouldn’t be his night as he would settle for 2nd. Tyson Young finished in the 3rd spot, 4th saw Frank Jaynes have his best finish of the season and James King rounded out the top 5 in the 5th position.

In the Whiteline CDL Training B Mod class it was a bit of redemption for the feature winner. 2011 was hard on Brian Murphy. Coming off a 2010 track championship, Murphy was ready to go for the season. Multiple feature wins in 2010 marked him as
the man to beat early in the season. Heading into championship night, Murphy had only visited victory lane once all year long. It wasn’t a bad year for Murphy as he has been in the top 5 in points all season long, but it just wasn’t the outcome he was looking for. He an rest easy heading into the off season knowing that he made it look easy on winning the $700 B Mod feature on Saturday night. Nic Bennett had the early lead, but he would give it up to Ethan Isaacs. The two would battle for awhile, but on a restart Murphy would shoot by Bennett for the 2nd spot and not to be content with that he also would drive right by
Isaacs with a power move. Murphy, who has been running a modified and b mod this season at HPT, drove a flawless race to the checkered flag and the win. The runner-up spot would go to Bennett, as it was his best feature finish of the season.

The 2011 points champion, Dalton Kirk, finished in the 3rd spot. Kirk, in his first season competing at HPT.Com Speedway, nails down his 2nd track championship of the year. Dustin Thulin would finish in the 4th position and Lucas Isaacs wound up in
the 5th spot at the end of the race. Tyler Garst has been running the final month of the season with a lot of pressure. His dad, Scott Garst, picked up a win 7 weeks prior in the maiden voyage for their Casey’s General Store Pure Stock project. Once Tyler had a chance to get in the car, anything less than a win wouldn’t be accepted. No, we are just kidding.

Garst at the beginning of the season was an employee of HPT.Com Speedway, but as he watched the racing week after week he knew that he wanted to be behind the wheel. For years he had a lot of success racing quarter midgets all throughout the U.S. That doesn’t usually mean that you are going to be successful in full-size cars, but mentally he knew how to handle the race game. On this night Garst would have one of his better nights as he would lead the most laps in the Pure Stock feature. He got the jump on AJ Christian to start the race and never looked back. Christian would finish 2nd, Mitch Schroer had his best finish of 2011 in 3rd, Dylan McDonald rolled to a 4th place finish and 5th went to a hard driving Dan Canady. Zach Henery the 2011 track champion had a rough night in the feature. Jim and Becky Gruber of Gruber Trucking offered Henery a ‘back row challenge.’ If Henery would give up his starting spot and start the feature as the last car, Henery would collect an extra $225.00 in cash if he were to win. Henery graciously accepted the offer. At the start of the race he would tap the back of Ken Fluery and it allowed his hood to come up in the right corner. As he went by car after car, it wasn’t long before he was sitting in the top spot. After a yellow flag, on the restart Henery would go roaring down the front stretch only to see his entire hood fly off the car. It brought out a yellow and sent him to the back of the feature with 6 laps to go. On the next
restart and a car would spin in front of him and damage his ride to where he couldn’t finish.

The racing at HPT.Com Speedway doesn’t end yet for 2011. The Lucas Oil MLRA will be coming back on Oct. 6th and 7th with the “Capital City Clash!” Two great nights of Late Models and Modifieds on one of the best tracks in the Midwest!

Driskell, Samuels, Goodman & Henery Land In Winner’s Circle; Fuqua & Henery Secure Championships

September 20th, 2011

Topeka, KS – Saturday night’s race was to set the table for next week’s championship night at HPT.Com Speedway. After the races were complemented two track champions were declared and two more might have put their stamp on a championship.

Darron Fuqua left Saturday night with a 105 point lead in the Washburn Tech Modified division. The maximum point total any one driver can earn on a given night is 50 points. With only one race left nobody can pass Fuqua. This is Fuqua’s first championship at HPT.Com Speedway.

In the Washburn Tech Modified division we have been seeing a youth movement over the last few races. Justin Johnson got his 1st career win just a couple of weeks back and last night, Luke Driskell, another young ace, picked up his 1st win at HPT.Com Speedway.

Driskell isn’t a normal weekly competitor at the track. It was a bit of irony as he started 6th in his heat race and the feature event. He knew that he had a fast car. In his heat race he would finish 2nd, but he had to make up a lot of ground in a short amount of time. He thought if he had some extra laps (25) he could get his GRT by Phillips to the front of the field.

It wasn’t an easy task getting into the lead. He had to pick drivers off one at a time. While he was doing this, Justin Johnson was putting some distance on the field up front. Driskell continued to knock off more positions he found himself in 2nd. He would run his race and line and it wouldn’t let him down.

Working his way to the back bumper of Johnson, Driskell would drive by him just like he had done all the other competitors while taking the lead. Driskell would continue his march to the checkers without missing a beat.

Everhart would finish 2nd, the 2011 Modified Track Champion Fuqua would finish 3rd, Tom Grist started 16th and drove all the way up to finish 4th and last week’s winner, Kerry Davis, rounded out the top 5 in 5th.

Zach Henery also left Saturday night with a triple digit lead (113) and a points championship. What he did that Fuqua didn’t’ do was Henery picked up his 16th feature win of the season in the Casey’s General Store Pure Stock class.

Henery started on the pole position for the feature and just like he has done all season he sprinted out to a big lead. From there it was just a formality.

Sixteen wins in a single season has never been accomplished by any driver in any division at HPT.Com Speedway. Henery still has 1 race left to go, which means that 17 is still in the cards!

Behind Henery the race was tight. The racing action was two and three wide at times. AJ Christian fell back after being up front and then battled his way back to a runner-up finish. Jimmy Millard had a strong run finishing in 3rd, 4th went to Randy Kohn and rounding out the top 5 was Darren Davenport.

All season long it’s been said the the Super 8 at Forbes Landing Factory Stocks put on some of the best races at the track. Saturday’s race was a barn burner!

Coming into the night all the eyes were, again, on Dave Samuels and Steven Herrick. The same attention that was shown last week and for the 2nd straight week it didn’t bother Gerald Wahwahsuck.

Wahwahsuck had his 3 wheeling factory stock out in front of the field most of the night for the 2nd straight week. Steve Herrick took the lead away for 1 lap during the main event, but Wahwahsuck would retake the lead on the very next lap.

Herrick and Samuels moved in the 2nd and 3rd spots on the speedway and battle for most of the night. This is just about where the excitement begins.

Samuels made a charge to get around Herrick and closed up on Wahwahsuck. Coming to the white flag it appeared that Wahwahsuck’s 3 wheeling could have taken a toll on his ride. The left front suspension on his car would give up on the final lap. Samuels would scoot by him and take his 11th win of the season.

Wahwahsuck would do an impressive job limping his car to a runner up finish, 3rd went to Steve Herrick, Henery Mabe finished a close 4th and Zach Henery racked up another top 5 finish in 5th.

Next week’s point championship in the Factory Stocks will be a tough battle if Herrick is going to win. Samuels extended his lead to 25 points over Herrick by the end of the night.

In the Whiteline CDL Training B Mod division it was another familiar face, Steven Goodman, finding his way back into victory lane.

As has been the case for most of the year it was a wild and crazy event for the B Mods. Last week’s winner, Dylan Whitehead, had a strong night going in his favor.

Whitehead was blistering fast all night long from the heats to the feature, unfortunately for him, while leading he would lose a left rear spring on the car and it would take him out of the race.

Richard Prochnow would take the lead next, but it would be Goodman that found his to the front. Goodman ran good, consistent laps and it would keep him out front for the rest of the night.

Goodman would have to earn his victory as the runner-up of Lucas Isaacs made several challenges on Goodman at the front of the field. Isaacs just couldn’t get the job done and Goodman would take the checkered flag for the 2nd time this season.

Third went to another Isaacs, Ethan. He would start 14th in the A Main and jump all the way to the 3rd by the end of the night, Prochnow finished 4th and Tracy Schaefer turned in his best race of the season finishing in 5th.

The points battle in this division appears to be over after last night too. Dalton Kirk had another off night, but his closest competition, MIke Higley, appears to be done for the season and that would hand the championship over to Kirk. Kirk has a 37 point lead with 1 race left.

Even thought HPT.Com Speedway has crowned a couple of champions for 2011, don’t think for a minute that their won’t be excitement next weekend. Byron and Sandy Glotzbach are feeling very generous and they are in a celebratory mood. Sandy has been been battling and has beaten cancer (and she will be beating it again!) and they are looking for a new and exciting way to celebrate their wedding anniversary. How about adding $2,000 to the purse next week!?

That’s right the Glotzbach’s have put a big hunk of change into next week’s races. The Modified winner will take home $1,500 bucks, $750 goes to the Factory Stock winner, the B Mod winner will take in $700 and the Pure Stock winner will inherit $225!

With this kind of bonus on the line, it will ensure that the action will continue once again at HPT.Com Speedway.

Spectator gates will open at 5:30 p.m., hot laps are scheduled for 6:15 p.m. and the racing action starts at 7:00 p.m.

Adult tickets are $10 and kids get in for $5.

For more information on Heartland Park Topeka visit them on the web at www.hpt.com.

Bowers Rebounds, Samuels Stays On Fire, Kirk Wins Thriller & Henery Unbeatable at HPT.Com Speedway

September 6th, 2011

Topeka, KS – B Mod driver Dalton Kirk is a busy high school kid as of late. He spends his days in school, after school he will practice football for 3 hours and then he gets to go home and find time to study and work on his race car. This would be a hard time for anyone, let alone a 16 year old kid who happens to be in a points battle for the White Line CDL Training B Mod Championship. Saturday night, Kirk made the most intense situation look easy. Dustin Thulin, a two time feature winner this season, sprinted out to the early lead in the main event.

Kirk started 9th in the feature and would have to come through some traffic to get to the front. At the beginning of the race he would watch Mike Higley, the competitor he is currently battling for the points title, in front of him driving to the front. Lap after lap Kirk showed his patience and poise as he sat behind Higley. The two drivers were making their way to the top spot.

Late in the race a restart would be needed for one of many yellows on the night. Kirk would start in the 2nd position on a green, white, checkered finish. Dustin Thulin, the leader for a majority of the race, would come up the track heading out
of turn 4. In doing so, he left the door wide open for Kirk to take advantage and that’s exactly what the youngster did.

Kirk got the preferred line and at the flag stand had the lead by just a nose for the last lap. The two drivers, driving identical cars, drove side by side around the speedway. The bottom line was the best way around the track. Racing out of turn 4, Kirk used this to his advantage and sprinted to the win.

The win opened up a little bit of a points lead for Kirk over Mike Higley. It was also Kirk’s 5th win of the season. Immediately after the race the youngster drove off to St. Louis for a high school football game on Sunday. Thulin finished 2nd, 3rd went to Mike Higley, Jack Frost came from 11th to finish 4th in the feature and rounding out the top 5 was Brian Murphy. In the Casey’s General Store Pure Stock division, the hottest driver at HPT.Com Speedway all year long put his stamp on another feature win. Zach Henery has proved all year long that he is the only person that can keep himself out of victory lane.
Saturday night was win #14 for the youngster from Berryton.

The feature race got started with a couple of consecutive yellows, the second was a long yellow as Tanner Allensworth and Sandy Tanner were involved in a wild skirmish. Allensworth was transported to a local hospital for observation.

The long layover wasn’t going to take Henery out of his winning ways. From the beginning to the end it was Henery out in front. Henery and his crew have his car set up so well that he can put it almost anywhere on the track and still run at the front of the pack.

AJ Christian and Darren Davenport were the closest competitors to Henery. A late race yellow wiped out any advantage Henery had built up, but it was only a matter of time before the green flag would come back out and Henery would go on to win #14. Only 3 races remain and it looks like Henery could be our first champion crowned. Christian finished 2nd, 3rd went to Davenport, former feature winner Randy Kohn finished 4th and Tyler Garst has his best finish of the season in 5th.

Twenty-six cars turned out for the Super 8 at Forbes Landing Factory Stock division. It was the largest car count of the year for this exciting group and by the end of the night, even with a lot of new cars, it finished with a familiar ending.

In the beginning of the race it was a former driver, Josh Henery returning to do battle once again in the factory stocks, at the front of the field. Just like a season ago, Dave Samuels and Henery re-engaged in their rivalry from a year ago.

Clean racing by the front half of the field was marred by some rough and yellow filled drivers in the back half of the field. Henery, Samuels, Gerald Wahwahsuck and Tyson Young spent a majority of the time at the front of the feature.

Samuels would follow Henery for several laps trying to find the best line that would move him to the top spot. It would be the high line coming out of turn number two that would provide the momentum for Samuels to take over the top spot.

Samuels would not relinquish the lead as he would go on to win #10 on the season and his 4th consecutive victory. The win also moved Samuels into the points lead, which was previously held by Steve Herrick. Henery finished in the runner-up spot, Marshall Jewett had another strong run finishing 3rd, 4th went to a hard charging Tyson Young and Jeff Miller, who went to
the back a couple of times, fought his way to a top 5 finish.

Justin Johnson seemed to pick up a head of steam from his first Modified Feature win a couple of weeks ago. At the start of the Washburn Tech Modified Feature last night, he jumped out to the early lead.

Starting on the outside front row, Johnson raced his way to the top spot and shortly into the race he had built up a sizeable lead. Modifieds are one of the most competitive classes of race cars all across the U.S. It does happen where a driver will go wire to wire and win the feature, but this wouldn’t be one of those times. With the big lead out in front, Johnson was on cruise control out in front. Several drivers behind him were working furiously to get to the front. Steven Bowers Jr. was one of those drivers. Bowers, by virtue of the redraw, had to start the main event inside the 6th row (11th). It was only two weeks ago when Bowers was leading and chucked a drive shaft coming to the white flag. Last night Bowers was on a mission to prove that he could get the job done. Bowers and Darron Fuqua, the current points leader, made their way to the leader. Fuqua would stall out at that point and lap by lap Bowers would get closer to the leader, Johnson.

The surface at HPT.Com Speedway provided for multiple grooves on the track. Bowers had a chance to try all of them while reeling in Johnson. Bowers, who builds his own chassis, had his hot rod dialed in last night. Just like the Factory Stock feature, Bowers put his car in the middle groove and worked his way around Johnson on the outside. A couple of restarts later it would be Bowers getting the 5th win of the season. Racing action was hot and hectic throughout the field on Saturday night. Johnson held on to 2nd, 3rd went to Ryan Phillips, Jarred Rogers finished in the 4th spot and Josh Everhart would round out the field in 5th.

Next Saturday night, Sept. 10, it will be race #20 of 22 in the BriggsAuto.Com Super Saturday Showdown Series. It was originally scheduled to be an off-weekend, but it has been used as a makeup date for the race that was postponed for the water main break.

Spectator gates will open up at 5:30 p.m., hot laps are scheduled for 6:15 p.m. and the racing action goes green at 7 p.m.

Adult tickets are $10 and kids 12 and under are $5.

For more information visit www.hpt.com.

Justin Johnson Scores 1st Career Modified Win At HPT.Com Speedway

August 23rd, 2011

Topeka, KS – Sometimes when other things are going on around you, you can fly under the radar. HPt.Com Speedway was ushering in a new Race Director on Saturday night, Terry Wantland. This was the perfect opportunity for Justin Johnson to make something Johnson made it a special moment at the end of the night by winning his 1st career Modified feature.

“I really don’t know how I am feeling right now,” said Johnson after the race, “I will have to tell you in the morning, I feel like I am dreaming right now.” It was a roller-coaster of a race for the young driver.

At the drop of the green flag it was Danny Barker that got the drop on the field, but he would give way to Grant Junghans. Junghans would hold onto the lead until Steven Bowers yanked it away from him. Bowers, the winner from the week prior, looked to be well on his way to another win. As he came to the white flag, Bowers would lose his drive shaft. It would take him out of contention for the win. It opened up the door for a few other drivers. Justin Johnson, Josh Everhart and Darron Fuqua all got a new lease on life as Bowers ran out of luck.

The field would complete a green, white, checkered finish. It took a couple of times, but once they got it right Johnson knew that it was time to go. “I was shaking, didn’t know what to do,” said Johnson, “when I came to the white I was puttin’, I didn’t want to step on anything. When I came to the checkered I had my hand out the window and I won.” It was the 1st win for Johnson in a Modified after racing for 5 years.

Junghans had a strong run finishing 2nd, 3rd went to Josh Everhart, Darron Fuqua finished in 4th and rounding out the top 5 was Kerry Davis. Mike Higley is riding a wave of good fortune right now. In the past two weeks he has picked off 2 wins and Saturday night he added win #3! “It’s awesome,” said Higley, “We have had great seasons when I was racing asphalt in ’06 and ’07 and then when the first year of B Mods came out in the area in ’08. Last year we tried to do the A Mod thing with Mike, we stayed together as a team, built a new car over the winter and we are all floating right now.”After last week, this week’s race was a great event. At least it was for Higley. Higley started in the 5th position and it took him some time to get up to the front of the field. Making your way through a 24 car field is tough. Sometimes you need to think about things before you stick your car in a place that might cause problems. Higley knows that all too well. Patience took him to the front tonight.

“The track was amazing,” said Higley, “I think we inverted 5th and it took me some time to get to the front but when I did I found the line I wanted and from there it was ‘Go’ time.” HIs win also edged him closer to the points lead. Dalton Kirk maintained the lead leaving the track Saturday night, but with only a few races left Higley has now closed the gap to just a mere 8 points. Kirk finished 2nd, Bryan Rigsby had a strong run going from 13th to 3rd, 4th was Dustin Thulin and rookie, Dylan Whitehead, marched from 14th to 5th in the A Main.

Just like in the B Mod division, two racers are setting the stage for a great points battle in the Factory Stock division, Dave Samuels and Steve Herrick. Herrick has been the points leader for most of the season and Samuels has been playing catch up. After 3 straight wins and 5 out of the last 6 races in the win column, Samuels has now cut the points lead to 12. Samuels, for yet another week, put his car anywhere he wanted to to make up time. He went high, low and middle on speedway. The high line seems to be his favorite groove. On the double file restart early in the race Samuels was stuck in the 2nd row on the outside. Exactly where he wanted to be. He used momentum and power to run to the front of the feature.

Jeff Miller finished in the 2nd spot, 3rd went to the points lead, Herrick, 4th was Zach Henery, who drove from 15th to 4th and Gerald Wahwahsuck finished in 5th after starting the race in the 16th spot.

In the Pure Stock division it was the season’s hottest driver, Zach Henery, getting win #13 on the year. Henery didn’t start up front. Tyler Hinrichs had the top spot. Hinrichs started to feel pressure from the high groove on the track and he didn’t know whether to hold his own line or move up the track to block. He chose to move up a little on the track and that was more than enough room for Henery to take the better position and get to the front of the feature.

Darren Davenport would put a run on Henery, but he would run out of time. It was his 2nd straight week of coming in 2nd on the track. Third went to Jimmy Millard, driving a new car, Randy Kohn finished 4th and 5th was AJ Christian. HPT.Com Speedway and the BriggsAuto.Com Super Saturday Showdown Series racers will have a break next week. The NHRA Div. 5 race will be running at Heartland on the drag strip, so they are giving the dirt track the week off.

For more information on Heartland Park Topeka, visit them on the web at www.hpt.com.

Wild Night Producers Excitement On And Off The Track!

August 15th, 2011

Topeka, KS – Nothing lasts forever. That is a statement that can be said from time to time. In the Washburn Tech Modified division, Darron Fuqua had not lost a race since June 25, 2011. Saturday night that streak came to a close. Steven Bowers Jr. scored an upset, as he drove to victory lane.

The feature event started out with Kerry Davis taking the top spot. After a couple of yellows, Davis, maintained the lead. At the front of the pack he would hold on until his engine would expire heading into turn 1. Fuqua would take the point from this position and it looked as if win #11 was on the way, but somebody forgot to tell Bowers this tidbit of information. Bowers was a man on a mission Saturday night. Following Fuqua to the front of the field he saw his chance to take over the lead. Working the high line on the track he would overtake Fuqua. Once at the front of the field, Bowers, a 3x feature winner in 2011, would race his way to win #4 on the season.

Josh Everhart had a solid run. He battled in the top 3 most of the night and wound up with a runner-up finish. Fuqua would slip to 3rd by the end of the feature. Ryan Phillips and Chris Morgan duked it out with one another late in the race. Phillips, the former Modified Track Champion, finished 4th and Morgan would round out the top 5 in 5th.

The Casey’s General Store Pure Stock Feature displayed the talent of driver, who is having arguably one of the best individual seasons ever at HPT.Com Speedway, Zach Henery. Saturday night, Henery drove his way to win #12 on the season. A lot of drivers would be happy just to reach victory lane once in a season, let alone 12 times! At the drop of the green flag, Henery had to work his way through the field. Due to the inversion for the feature event he started inside the 4th row. Sandy Tanner would prevail at the front while Henery was working his way around traffic. In a matter of a few laps, Henery found his way to Tanner’s back bumper. A pass would put him at the front of the field and from there he extended his lead after each lap.

The lead would get larger and larger until a late race yellow bunched up the competitors. On the restart Henery received pressure from Darron Davenport. The two would stay close on the speedway, but Henery would prevail for win #12. Davenport had one of his best finishes of the season in 2nd, coming in 3rd was Tyler Hinrichs, 4th went to the early leader Sandy Tanner and AJ Christian finished with a top 5 in 5th.

In the Super 8 at Forbes Landing Factory Stock A Feature the motto might have been; “If at first you don’t succeed, try ,try again!” Dave Samuels has been on a roll lately in the Factory Stock division. In 2011 he has the most wins in the class with 7, but he isn’t the points leader, he is still chasing Steve Herrick for that title. After Saturday night he can add another win to his total to make it 8 on the year and he chipped away ever so slightly at that points lead. Fans might have been surprised to see Samuels back in victory lane. Early in the night, the two time consecutive feature winner, got caught up in an early yellow that would put him in the back of the field. Twenty-two cars would start the main event and being at the end of that long long could have been the kiss of death for Samuels, but he would use it as motivation.

Yellow flags and moving past the competition would allow Samuels to move to the front of the field. Jeff MIller and Steve Herrick were at the front of the field for most of the night. The two would battle it out, but it was Samuels that kept coming to the front.

Riding the high line on the speedway, Samuels would go around both Herrick and Miller on his way to win #8 on the season.

Herrick would help his own cause for the points championship by finishing 2nd, Miller finished 3rd, 4th went to a consistent James King and the Pure Stock feature winner, Zach Henery, gathered a top 5 in 5th.

Many fans were confused with the White Line CDL Training B Mod main event.

The night started out with a great 6 lap run to open the feature event, but things got a little hairy after that. Several yellows flag laps surrounded the next couple of green flag laps.

This prompted Race Director, Rick Reaves to put a stop to the feature. He did this by pulling all the B Mods to the infield. The intent was to finish the race after the conclusion of two other features.

Due to a driver revolt, while sitting in the infield, the race would never restart. Mike HIgley would be declared the winner, as he was leading the last completed green flag lap on the race track.

Jeremy Chambers finished 2nd, 3rd went to the points leader, Dalton Kirk, 4th was Brian Murphy and rounding out the top 5 was John Grist.

The BriggsAuto.Com Super Saturday Showdown Series will continue next Saturday night with race #18 on the season. Class points championships are coming down to the wire and fans won’t want to miss a minute of the racing action!

Saturday night the spectator gates open up at 6 p.m., hot laps will start at 6:45 p.m. and the racing goes green at 7:30 p.m.

Adult ticket prices are $10 and children 12 and under are just $5.00.

Fuqua Puts Win #10 In The Books For His Dad, Higley, Henery, Samuels & Layne Also Winners At HPT.Com Speedway

August 8th, 2011

Topeka, KS – Sometimes life isn’t easy. In the span of 7 days, Modified driver, Darron Fuqua has been through a lot. It was one week ago that he was speeding around HPT.Com Speedway picking up his 9th win of the season, but on Sunday he found out that his father, former area racer Steve Fuqua, passed away. Working with grief is tough. It can be safe to say that Fuqua had a lot on his mind this past week. Saturday night, Fuqua put a lot to rest when he stormed to win #10 on the season.

Ten wins in one season is significant. Clint Bowyer, a former track champion at HPT.Com Speedway, reeled off a total of 10 wins back in 2001. Fuqua, with several races left, has reached the magic number of 10 and still has the possibility of more.

“I didn’t think I was going to win 10,” said Fuqua, “I had hoped. It’s been an awesome year, everything has been great.”

At the drop of the green flag it looked as if Fuqua’s night wasn’t going to last. A melee got started when Todd Wichman got crossed up in front of the field collecting several cars. Once the field got back to racing. Chase Junghans and his brother, Grant, took off at the front of the field. Chase would hang on to the lead and it looked as if he might end the consecutive win
streak of Fuqua’s. “We started fifth row outside and I didn’t know if we were going to get there. We were about in a couple of wrecks,” said Fuqua after the win, “I could never really find a good line. I was running 4th and it didn’t seem like I was catching anyone, it seemed like I was but then I would lose what I had gained.”

Fuqua would find his line and slowly start working his way to the front of the field. At the midpoint, Fuqua had made his way to 3rd on the speedway, that’s when Junghans decided to make it easy for Fuqua. Instead of having the battle up front, Junghans would spin coming into turn 4, giving the 2nd spot to Fuqua. That would set up a battle between Fuqua and the
current leader Cody Agler, a former feature winner. Agler and Fuqua put on a battle up front, but Fuqua would gain the lead and upper hand just after the re-start. Once in the lead, Fuqua would put some distance between himself and the rest of the
field. In honor of his father, 3 individuals added extra money to the modified purse. Fuqua was happy to earn that money with a win that his father would have been proud of.

“The success we are having this season is due to the total package,” said Fuqua, “I know a lot of people that have a big motor and they have a 3 year old car that they don’t know much about or they have just enough to get a good car but not a good motor. This Venom Chassis that we built over the winter, I had a hand in building it, I feel real comfortable in it I feel like I am a part of this car, the motor that my grandpa (Carl Murphy) and Matt Driskell put together runs awesome every week
and a good crew. I try to do the best I can.”

Steven Bowers Jr. returned from a short hiatus to finish in the 2nd spot, holding on to 3rd would be Agler, 4th went to Shad Badder, after getting caught up in the first wreck of the night, and Chase Junghans would finish in the top 5 in 5th. As Fuqua rolled to his 5th win of the season, Zac Henery has a great season going in 2011. Henery picked up win number 11 on Saturday night in the Pure Stock division. Rookie, Tyler Garst, jumped out to the lead on his first night of competition. In the lead Garst would bring the field down for a restart. During the restart it was deemed by track officials that Henery had jumped the start. It meant that he would have to be sent to the back of the field.

Deep in the field Henery put on his thinking cap and went to work. He raced by several drivers each lap until he arrived back at the front half of the field. A mistake by Garst gave Henery the yellow flag he needed to complete his run to the top spot and win #11. Once Henery was out front, there would be no denying the youngster from Berryton. AJ Christian finished in the runner-up spot, 3rd went to Tyler Hinrichs, Randy Kohn worked his way to a 4th place finish and in 5th it was Dylan McDonald with his best finish to date.

The B Mod division has seen their ups and downs on the season. Saturday night they showed just how exciting they can make their feature events. Dalton Kirk and Mike Higley have been battling it out at the top of the points standings for the last month. Saturday night they took that battle to the track as they went 1 and 2 late in the race. Kirk was hanging on the middle groove of the track and Higley the bottom. Each were hanging onto the line that they felt most comfortable with. Higley, who started 12th in the feature, needed to feel comfortable from the start. “Patience was a big key here, I have been telling everyone that I had a mental breakdown at the 5th row, said Higley, Anytime that they inverted me to the 5th row or back I had a problem mentally, I DNFed twice. I kept telling myself to be patient.”

Patience was the key. Higley rolled up on Kirk and it was Kirk who just got high enough on the race track to loose his momentum. Higley would take advantage of this and went on to his 5th win of the season at HPT.Com Speedway. The feature event was one of the best races of the night. Several cars battled at the front of the pack. At one point in the race 5 cars were nose to tail and side by side for several laps, before the race worked it’s way out. “As a racer you get real excited in the car and you think the laps are winding down and it’s time to go,” said Higley, “I got a big run off of two and I was all the way up beside Steven and I knew that we wouldn’t fit 3 wide down into turn 3. I backed out, used patience and I was able to get around Steven and Dalton.”

Kirk would finish 2nd, 3rd was a strong running Dylan Whitehead, finishing 4th was Steven Goodman and rounding out the top 5 was John Grist. The start of the Factory Stock feature was a tricky one.

On the opening green flag of the night, pole setter, Tyson Young, started the race a little prematurely. In doing so, he was penalized and sent to the back of the pack. Steve Herrick, the current points leader, took over the pole position. It wasn’t for long as Herrick would suffer the same fate as Young. He started the race to soon and was also sent to the rear of the field. Many fans in attendance began to wonder if this feature race would every get underway. Dave Samuels started from the outside the front row. All of the action going on during the first two starts, Samuels sat and waited patiently for the race to get underway.

As the green flag finally waved Samuels moved into the top spot. Gerald Wahwahsuck would give chase.

Wahwahsuck tried to run Samuels down, but couldn’t find enough power to go by the black number 72. Each time he would get close to Samuels, Samuels would stretch his advantage back out.

Smooth and consist ant laps drove Samuels to his 7th win of the season in the Factory Stock class. His total wins are the most for any driver in the division this season. The 2010 champion, Samuels, also picked up some valuable points on the points leader, Herrick, with another win.

Wahwahsuck finished 2nd, Eric Weyer drove to a tough 3rd place finish, 4th went to Steve Herrick, all the way from the back, and Zac Henery put together a top 5 finish in 5th.

Bobby Layne won the Midwest Lightning Sprints Chris Murray Memorial Feature on the night.

Sentimental Pure Stock Feature Win For Garst, Fuqua, Herrick & Thulin Also Find Winner’s Circle At HPT.Com Speedway

August 2nd, 2011

Topeka, KS – Sometime people like to root for the under dog. Sometime they like to root for the sentimental favorite. Sometime they just want to feel good about something. No matter who you are after watching the Casey’s General Store Pure Stock feature everyone should have been up cheering for the winner, Scott Garst. Garst came out for the first time this season to compete at HPT.Com Speedway. It had been more than 15 years since he was behind the wheel driving a Modified. That wasn’t really the story line tonight.

The story line was the fact that Garst was celebrating an anniversary that meant a little more than the win did. What, you mean that there is something more important to a racer than winning? How about living. Just a year ago, Garst needed a heart transplant. Unlike some folks, he got one. Not only did he get a transplant, he recently got stint put in to help out with the new heart. Garst and his son, Tyler, thought it would be neat to celebrate his 1 year anniversary with the new heart by running Tyler’s new Pure Stock. “It was about one year ago tonight, around 11:30 p.m. I went in and got a heart transplant,” said Garst, “I got out about 7 days later I went home and been trucking pretty good ever since. Two weeks I went and got a clog and had to get a stint put in two weeks ago Friday. I have been doing good and Tyler saw that I was doing good and he said can we get into Big Racing? So that’s how it started.” After finishing the heat race in 2nd, Garst set his sights on the night’s feature event. He would start inside the 2nd row and he knew that he had some competition, but the 10 time feature winner, Zac Henery was having problems. “I knew we had a good setup in the car, Dave Samuels has been killing himself trying to help me,” said Garst, “I just wish Mr. Henery was in their running, he is what the gauge is in this class. If you can run with him and you can beat him, then that means you can run with the King and you can beat the King, but since he wasn’t out there at 100 percent, I will never know if I could beat the King.” After jumping out to the early lead, Garst built up a comfortable lead. A late race yellow bunched up the field and it erased any lead that Garst had. On this magical night, Garst wouldn’t be denied as he held off a late race bid from Tyler Hinrichs to get the victory. Hinrichs went from 9th to 2nd in the feature, 3rd went to AJ Christian, Randy Kohn finished in 4th and 5th was Steve Stewart.

The Washburn Tech Modified results are inconclusive at this time. It’s a fact that Darron Fuqua reached the finish line 1st for the 9th time this season, but what the unknown variable in the equation is the teching procedure. Carl Flower, tech official at HPT, took tire samples of the Modified cars. Until the results of this test are released later this week, it means that the results are still ‘unofficial.’ The Modified features were marred by two large crashes. The first one happened on the opening lap collecting 9 cars, the 2nd incident happened a few laps later collecting another 6 to 8 cars. Once everything got sorted out it was Fuqua that took to battling with the early leader, Tom Grist. It wasn’t an easy task but Fuqua found the line that would take him into the lead. At the front of the field, Fuqua seems to be unstoppable. He would extend his lead and go on to win race number 9. Although, none of the results will be official until the tire test comes back. Tom Grist held on for 2nd, Brian Murphy finished in 3rd, 4th went to Jay Bailey and Darren Bennett, who was in the first yellow of the night, stormed all the way back to the front to finish 5th. Steve Herrick held of a large field of Super 8 at Forbes Landing Factory Stocks to win his 5th feature of the season. It would add to Herrick’s point lead in the division and it also marked another night where 20 plus Factory Stocks showed up to race. An ever exciting class, added more firepower with the new arrivals. Finishing 2nd after starting 11th was Gerald Wahwahsuck, Cliff Hedges Jr. finished 3rd in his first trip to HPT, 4th was a hard-charging Dave Samuels and rounding out the top 5 was James King.

The White Line CDL Training B Mod A Main went to Dustin Thulin. It was Thulin’s 2nd win of the season and it also put him back into the hunt for a points championship . Currently, Thulin is 66 points back of the leader, Dalton Kirk. Thulin would get the lead early and just like in the classes before, there would be some big accidents that would affect many drivers. A few yellows would come out late in the race, setting up a dramatic finish. As the green would fly late in the race contact between the #77 of Dylan Whitehead and #11 of Mike Higley would allow Thulin to run away from the field on the way to the win, Higley finished 2nd, 3rd went to the rookie, Whitehead, 4th was Dalton Kirk and rounding out the top 5 was a hard charging Steven Goodman who started 15th in the main event. The action continues next week for the BriggsAuto.Com Super Saturday Showdown Series Race #16!

For The 2nd Straight Week Fuqua, Samuels, Higley & Henery All Score Wins At HPT.Com Speedway

July 18th, 2011

Topeka, KS -It might have been Harry Potter Night At The Races, but it seemed more like Back To The Future to most fans in attendance. For the 2nd straight week every class winner from a week ago went back to victory lane tonight.

Darron Fuqua came into the night with the points lead in the Modified division. After following up last week with another win (number 8), the young driver out of Topeka can begin to relax a little bit, or can he? The night got started on a sour note. In Fuqua’s heat race it was deemed that he had contact with another car on the track and it relegated him to the tail of the field. He was able to fight back for a 3rd place finish, but with the inversion of 5 rows for the feature it gave him a 2nd row starting spot for the feature. That is all Fuqua would need.

“I am just driving my a$# off right now,” said an excited Fuqua after the main event, “the car has been feeling really good. The motor has been running awesome and the total package is right on, right now.”

Tonight was just like the last few winning nights for Fuqua. He found himself at the front of the field and checked out from there. As the checkered flag would fall on the race, Fuqua’s nearest competitor was a straightaway behind him. The win is the 8th of the season for Fuqua and it adds to his cushion in the battle for the points championship. Ryan Phillips finished in the runner up spot, 3rd went to a hard-charging Kyle Covert, 4th was Justin Johnson and rounding out the top 5 was, an ever improving, Brian Murphy.

Zach Henery stormed his way to another victory in the Pure Stock division on Saturday night. It was his 10th of the season, but it doesn’t sound like Henery thinks its that big of an accomplishment. “10 is great. Darron (Fuqua) has got a good run with 8,” said Henery, “it means a little more in the Mods than it does in the Pure Stocks. We are doing good, the car is doing good, the motor is running good…. we are just doing good right now.” The fact that this young driver from Berryton has 10 wins, still, can’t be denied. Anytime that a driver can put together a double digit figure in the win column, it’s an impressive stat. Tonight it took a little while before Henery was able to get the lead wrestled away from Darren Davenport. Once in the lead Henery held off all attacks, even from upstart, Randy Kohn. The two battled on a restart, but Henery would take back the
lead for good. Kohn finished 2nd, 3rd was Darren Davenport, Dan Canady finished in the 4th spot and AJ Christian finished in the 4th spot.

The B Mod race was a good one. Mike Higley raced his way to win number 4 on the season. It was also the 2nd consecutive win for the racer from Tecumseh. Dylan Whitehead maintained the lead early in the feature. The rookie kept that top
spot until Higley was able to reel him in and make the pass. During the night Higley surprised a lot of people in the stands by running the high line on the track. At a time when others were running the bottom, Higley went to the top side to find his momentum. The momentum built up by Higley was enough to get past Whitehead and then hold off all competitors to the finish. Dustin Thulin moved up 8 spots in the feature to finish 2nd, former feature winner, Marty Grist, came home in 3rd, 4th went to Dalton Kirk and 5th was John Grist.

The Factory Stock feature event was one of attrition. It started with 13 cars and finished with 8. Dave Samuels rolled to his 6th win of the season. Samuels picked up the win going where nobody else would on the track. High. During the early part of the feature, most drivers were staking their claim to the bottom of the track or the middle portion. Samuels has been around long enough to put his car where ever it needs to be in order to get to the front of the pack. Tonight was one of those nights. In the end, Samuels would even spread the lead out on his way to the win. Not only did Samuels post his 2nd win in as many weeks, he also edged a little closer to the points leader, Steve Herrick. Herrick, didn’t give up many points, as he finished 2nd on the night, 3rd was Matt Field, 4th went to Bob Troutwine and rounding out the top 5 was Terry Coder.

Next week it’s race #15 in the BrigssAuto.Com Super Saturday Showdown Series at HPT.Com Speedway.

Summer start times are still in effect. Spectator gates open up at 6 p.m., hot laps will be at 6:45 p.m. and the racing goes green at 7:30 p.m.

Adult tickets are $10 and kids 12 and under are just $5. Discounted tickets can be purchased online at www.hpt.com.

Fuqua, On A Mission, Collects Large Payday at HPT.Com Speedway

July 13th, 2011

Topeka, KS – It was a great evening at HPT.Com Speedway on Saturday night. The 2nd Annual Steve Bowers Sr. Memorial Race packed in more excitement that most 4th of July Fireworks. The fans that were in attendance on Saturday night saw their fair share of great racing action.

In the Modified Feature, it was shapping up to be a repeat of the previous year. Steven Bowers Jr., last year’s winner, started on the pole for the 30 lap feature after inverting the first 5 rows. Would anyone be able to beat Bowers starting from the front row? Darron Fuqua might have had an answer.

For winning his heat race earlier in the night, Fuqua earned a 10th row starting spot for the main event. The green flag came out and Fuqua, a 6 time feature winner heading into the night, stepped on the loud pedal. In just a matter of a few laps he
worked past 7 cars, good enough for 3rd.

The battle at the beginning was between Bowers and Modified ace, John Allen. Early in the race Allen would pass Bowers for the lead, only to see it wipped out by a yellow flag.

Once the went back to green flag action, Fuqua jumped to the high side and went around both Allen and Bowers for the lead. From there he put his ride at the front of the field and never looked back. It would be his 7th win of the season and it was
worth an extra $538, not bad for a night’s work.

Allen would finish 2nd, Kyle Covert put on one of his better runs of the year finishing in 3rd, 4th was Bowers Jr. and rounding out the top 5 was Josh Everhart.

Modified heat race winners were; Fuqua, Brian Murphy, Kerry Davis and Kyle Covert.

Dave Samuels hasn’t seen victory lane in a long while. It just seems like yesterday that the driver from Tecumseh raced his way to win #5. Since that time, other drivers have been stepping up their programs and have made things tough for Samuels.
As extra money was put down for Saturday night’s feature, Samuels made it tough on this fellow competitors.

Justin Siefert held the top spot for the 1st half of the 20 lap feature, but Samuels was on the move. He worked low, he worked high and he worked in the middle. Samuels was searching for the groove that would take him to the front of the pack. He found it.

The high line around the speedway has been a lucrative place for Samuels. Saturday night, he returned to the high side of the track when he needed it most. He also put himself in some hairy spots too. Three wide and running in the middle wouldn’t have
been my choice for the preferred line, but Samuels had to make some bold moves to get to the front of the field.

He worked his magic to perfection. He worked high to get around his fellow racers and then he dropped to protect the bottom of the race track. A place that he knew, would be coveted by other racers.

In the end it was Samuels getting his 5th win of the season and he also gained some valuable points.

Tyson Young turned in a fine performance finishing 2nd, 3rd went to Gerald Wahwahsuck, 4th was Siefert and Leif Weyer added his 1st top 5 of the season finishing 5th.

Heat race winners were; Samuels, Young and Matt Field.

It was another eventful evening for the B Mod division.

The only female competitor in the class, Shelby Calderwood, raced her way to the front of the pack at the beginning of the night. In the beginning she built up a sizeable lead, but a yellow flag would bunch her back up with the field.

Two time feature winner, Mike Higley, was on the move. In the past weeks feature races have had their laps shortened and this time Higley wasn’t going to play any games. Higley wanted to get to the front and now. He accomplished this goal by
weaving in and out of traffic.

Higley has been a tough competitor. Racing with Mike Ladish has brought out some very important qualities in Higley’s competitive fire.

Last week’s feature winner, Brian Murphy, pulled in another top 2 finish in 2nd, 3rd went to the veteran Jack Frost, 4th was the youngster from Gardner, Dalton Kirk and 5th was Brian Hey.

Heat race winners were Murphy, Higley, Marty Grist and Dustin Thulin.

For the 9th time this season it was Zach Henery roaring to the win in the Pure Stock class.

Henery put an epic beat down on the field. His margin of victory stretched out further than 3/4 of the track at HPT. It was a win he wanted to make sure he brought home.

Henery got everything he wanted. He won a heat race and dominated in the feature event. He extended his current points lead on the competition and continued to win more features than anyone else at HPT.Com Speedway.

Rodney Walker put a strong finish in the runner up spot, Randy Kohn put his noise into another top 5 finish coming home in 4th, Jimmy Millard finished in the 3rd spot, 4th was Millard and rounding out the top 5 was Sandy Tanner.

Heat race winners were Henery and Kohn.

Summer start times are still in effect. Spectator gates open up at 6 p.m., hot laps will be at 6:45 p.m. and the racing goes green at 7:30 p.m.

Adult tickets are $10 and kids 12 and under are just $5. Discounted tickets can be purchased online at www.hpt.com.

Fuqua Gest Win #6, Henery Gets Win #8, Herrick Gets Win #4 & Murphy Picks Off First Win of 2011 At HPT.Com Speedway

July 4th, 2011

Topeka, KS – At times on Saturday night, it almost felt like there was a full moon. It was hard to say whether there was one or not, the cloud cover concealed it. The stuff that happened on the track made it feel like their was a full moon. Heartland Park Topeka ushered in the holiday weekend with their own patriotic celebration and it was a fun night for all in attendance. Four drivers, in particular, had a great evening as they picked up wins in each of the 4 divisions.

Darron Fuqua has to be the hottest driver at HPT.Com Speedway. In the ultra-competitive modified field, Fuqa has raced his way to 5 wins on the season, that was until tonight. Fuqua rolled to the victory tonight and the win total climbed to 6 on the season.

The modified feature didn’t get off to a very good start, but once they got going it turned into a good show. Fuqua battled his way to the front after starting in the 5th row. As he got to the lead, it seemed as if the race would never end. Fuqua stayed patient, working his way through all the yellow flag situations on Saturday night. A total of 6 wins have come by the hands of Fuqua. The win also put Fuqua in a tie with Cody Agler in the Modified points standings.

Former feature winner, Josh Everhart finished in the 2nd position, Whitey Folk finished in the 3rd position, 4th went to Chris Morgan and rounding out the top 5 was Kyle Covert. Each week the factory stock class turns in a spectacular race. This week they were no different than any of the other classes.

Last week’s winner, Gerald Wahwahsuck, found himself at the point position. Lap after lap it looked as if, Wahwahsuck was going to put down another victory. Unfortunately for Wahwahsuck, Steve Herrick had other plans. Herric worked his way to the front after starting mid pack. Once he got to the top spot, he rode it out until he found a place where he could pounce. He found it and Herrick motored right by Wahwahsuck.

A total of 5 cars were battling it out to the end. Dave Samuels wound up 2nd, 3rd went to Tyson Young, 4th was Zach Henery and rounding out the top 5 was, James King.

It was another full field of cars for the B Modified division. 31 cars checked in on the night and each was ready to take their turn at the head of the table. After the night was over, it was the former track champion, Brian Murphy, holding off all racers to the finish line.

Murphy, who has been consistent all year long, had yet to win a feature event prior to tonight. From the drop of the green flag it was all Murphy’s night, as he went on to the win.

Dalton Kirk, the wonder boy from Gardner, finished 2nd, finishing in 3rd place was Mike Higley, Darren Robinson celebrated his best finish in 4th and finishing in the 5th position on the night was Richard Prochnow.

In the hobby stock feature, it was Zach Henery dominating on the night as he picked up win #8 on the season. It wasn’t without a battle. Henery had to shake a few pure stocks in order to take home the win.

Jimmy Millard finished in the 2nd spot, Darren Davenport had a solid outing finishing in 3rd. 4th was the 2nd place in points, AJ Christian and rolling in another top 5 finish was the #17 of Randy Kohn.

Wild Night At HPT.Com Speedway Produces 3 Repeat Winners and 1 New Face In Victory Lane

June 28th, 2011

Topeka, KS – Saturday night turned out to be hot and muggy at HPT.Com Speedway. This race marked the halfway point of the season and several drivers were ready to make a move and claim their territory.

In the Modified division, Cody Agler got out to the lead early in the race. As the race went on Josh Everhart, Kerry Davis and Darron Fuqua were all in hot pursuit of the youngster from Emporia, KS. The race got interesting about the halfway point. Agler was working his way through lapped traffic. The trio trying to run him down came upon a problem. Everhart came up on the back of fellow racer, Donnie Burlington. Burlington was a lapped car and Everhart got into the rear of Burlington and had to check up. When this occurred, Everhart, Davis and Fuqua all lost ground to Agler. Agler’s big lead wouldn’t last for long. A melee in turn one would bring out a caution and bunch the field back up for a 5 lap shootout.

For the past 3 races, HPT.Com Speedway has seen the same face in victory lane and as the race got ready to get back underway, many fans were wondering what familiar face was coming back tonight. Somebody forgot to tell Kerry Davis that he wasn’t in the mix. The green flag dropped and Davis jumped right into the runner-up spot and from there he set his sights on Agler. Davis would go upstairs to pass Agler and run on to the win. “It’s awesome,” said Davis, “All the SB Chassis have won, Everhart’s won, Steven’s won, I was the odd man out and it was nice to finally get it done.” Agler finished in the 2nd spot, 3rd went to Josh Everhart, 4th was Darron Fuqua and finishing 5th was Kyle Covert.

In the Factory Stock feature it was another repeat winner driving to victory lane, Gerald Wahwahsuck. Every week it seems as if the Factory Stock division is going to give the fans 110% worth of excitement and this week was no different. Steve Herrick, Wahwahsuck and others put on another great race tonight. Three wide racing was evident during the main event and a new competitor, Jason Ryun, also showed up and jumped into the fray.

“It was sweet, it was awesome, the track was just great!,” said Wahwahsuck after picking up the win, “It takes some time to just follow them. One bobble that is all you need. This class is so tight, if you sit back and take your time, when they bobble there you go.” Wahwahsuck added his 2nd win to his resume and also built some momentum, after taking a couple of weeks off from racing. Tyson Young rode to a 2nd place finish, Steve Herrick finished in the 3rd position, Matt Field finished 4th and newcomer, Jason Ryun had a good run finishing in the 5th position.

Zach Henery continued his domination of the Pure Stock division. Saturday night it was his 7th win of the season. Henery wasted no time blowing past the competition and getting to the front of the field. Just as he has done in the past, he left the rest of the competition on the way to the win. Several fellow racers gave their best effort to run Henery down, but they just didn’t have enough steam to get it done. Randy Kohn finished 2nd, 3rd went to Steve Stewart, Jimmy Millard raced to a 4th place finish and Darren Davenport finished with a top 5 in 5th place.

The B Mod division might be one of the toughest divisions at HPT.Com Speedway. This season there has been more different winners in this class than any other class. One driver might be improving on a weekly basis. Dalton Kirk is only 16 years old, but he has been racing a B Mod for about 3 years. What he has learned over those 3 years is helping him do what he does today. Saturday night was solid proof of that theory as Kirk won his 4th B Mod main event of the year. It wasn’t easy for Kirk, veteran racer, Jack Frost, made Kirk drive well as he applied pressure to the youngster.

“We just had the car set up just right.” said Kirk, “and I just waited, and waited, and waited on an opportunity to get up their with em and it came around and I took my chance.”

The chance he took and the win he obtained give him the most feature wins in the class and he also maintains the points lead for yet another week. Frost had a strong run but came up just short as he had to settle for a 2nd place finish, 3rd went to a Christopher Dishong, Dylan Whitehead finished in the 4th place and John Grist rolled into a top 5 finish in 5th.

Next week will be race number 12 of the BriggsAuto.Com Super Saturday Showdown Series. Summer start times will still be in effect. For more information about Heartland Park Topeka, visit them on the web at www.hpt.com.

Fuqua Hits Trifecta, Kohn Picks Up Win #3, Grist Returns To Winner’s Circle and Field Wins Close Race At HPT.Com Speedway

June 14th, 2011

Topeka, KS. – For the past few weeks Darron Fuqua has dominated the headlines at HPT.Com Speedway. This week wasn’t going to be any different as Fuqua won his 5th feature of the season and his 3rd in a row. Fuqua started in the 8th position. It took a little time for Fuqua to get passed a few cars on the speedway.

Once Fuqua zeroed in on the leader, it was only a matter of time before he was running the leader door to door. Steven Bowers Jr., started on the pole, and maintained the early lead. As the laps clicked off Fuqua was able to get underneath Bowers coming out of turn 4. “I thought I was clear of him,” said Fuqua, “He went in slid up into the middle and I went in to the bottom and I thought he tried to pinch the corner off and run into my right side.”

At the front of the pack it wasn’t time for Fuqua to relax. A couple of late race yellows made the night interesting. “Yeah, a little bit,” said Fuqua, “I was pretty confident with the bottom. I knew that if I hugged the bottom, I didn’t think anyone could pass me in the middle, so I just tried to hang on to the bottom.”

Kerry Davis would finish 2nd after starting 12th, former feature winner, Cody Agler, was 3rd, battling back to 4th was Josh Everhart and rounding out the top 5 was Kyle Covert. Race night at HPT.Com Speedway has provided a lot of great action already this season. Saturday night’s Factory Stock race was exciting. Matt Field drove into a pack of cars, but somehow he came out of everything unscathed.

“I tell you, I couldn’t believe the bite I was getting off of turn two,” said Field, “Steve Herrick and Gerald Wahwahsuck went down to avoid the lapped car and I just saw a hole and took it.” Field moved up a total of 6 cars from the start of the race. It was enough to land him in victory lane for the 2nd time this season. The top 4 cars seemed to be nose to tail. On the last lap, last week’s winner, Steve Herrick, gave it all he had. In the end, but it just wasn’t enough. The close racing action excited the fans in attendance. Gerald Wahwahsuck was also their at the end of the race, but he too would come up short.

Dave Samuels finished in the 4th position on the night and James King finished out the top 5. If the Factory Stock race wasn’t exciting enough, the B Mods gave the fans a great race too.

Marty Grist can tell everyone what it’s like to be a hero or a heel on Saturday night. Grist was running in 1st place in his heat race and spun out all by himself Causing him to go back to alternative plan of action. Grist would start up front in the feature and would over take the leader, before the halfway point. While Grist disposed of Bobby Penny, several other drivers made their way to the front to battle as well. One in particular hard charger was Mike HIgley.

Higley came on strong on a late race restart and it looked as if Higley was going to catch lightning in a battle for the 2nd straight week. In the end it would be Marty Grist taking his 2nd win of the season. Higley finished 2nd by half a car length, Dustin Thulin finished in the 3rd spot, Bobby Penny rolled to a 4th place finish and Dalton Kirk rounded out the top 5.

It was Randy Kohn finding success in the Pure Stock feature. Kohn has celebrated his 2nd year in racing by winning his 3rd Pure Stock win of the season and in the Midwest Outlaw Vintage Racing Association feature event it was Zack Simmons holding off Keith and Jack Simmons for the win.

Fuqua & Henrey Stay Red Hot At HPT.Com Speedway

June 10th, 2011

Topeka, KS – It was an evening full of great racing action at HPT.Com Speedway on Saturday night. Each of the 4 weekly classes did their best to give the fans something to cheer about all night long. Darron Fuqua started out the season doing well, after starting well he fell off a little bit (ok, he fell off a lot) and now he seems to have it all back in the right direction. Saturday night, Fuqua won the Modified Feature for the 2nd week in a row. It wasn’t just his 2nd win in a row, it was also his 4th win of the season. The win now gives Fuqua the most wins in the class to this point of the season. The big question of that night was did Fuqua change anything from last week to this week? “I am not real sure anything is the same,” said Fuqua, “I am a race car driver, I guess I have to be messing with it all the time.”

It seemed that the only thing that was the same was the fact that Fuqua was out in front. The feature event didn’t start that way. After winning his heat race an inversion of 6 rows landed Fuqua an 11th starting spot in the main event. Paul Snyder got out to the early lead. Not only was it an early lead, it was lead that he extended lap after lap. Fuqua was held up in traffic, but he was slowly moving his way to the front. Snyder looked to be in command until a yellow flag came out just before the halfway point. Once the green dropped it again, it was just the break that Fuqua was needing to mount a charge.
Fuqua blasted by Snyder and sped off to his 4th win of the season. Snyder finished in the runner-up spot, returning to HPT.Com Speedway and finishing 3rd was Robert Shepard, 4th went to Steven Bowers Jr. and right behind him in 5th was Kerry Davis. Fuqua isn’t the only driver at HPT.Com Speedway to be on a hot streak. Zach Henrey has also found himself in victory lane a few times in 2011. Saturday night was just another day at the office as he finished with his 6th win of the season. (The most of any driver in any class at HPT)

The Berryton, KS driver, Henrey, wasted no time as he ran straight to the 2nd place position and looked to get by another former feature winner, Randy Kohnn. Kohn laid claim to the top spot, but he had to wonder where the 6 time feature winner was. Kohn would do a fine job in his defense, but in the end it would be Henrey that would win the battle. Henrey got by Kohn using multiple grooves on the track. As the laps wore down, Henrey got faster. As the checkered flag came down, Henrey celebrated 6th win of the season. Kohn finished 2nd, 3rd went to Dan Canady, Tyler Hinrichs finished 4th and rounding out the top 5 was Jimmy Millard. Fans at HPT wondered if Henrey could be the first driver of the season to win two feature events, in two different classes on the same night? Henrey will have to wait and try to answer that one later in the year.

Steve Herrick pulled in two wins back to back earlier last month. The past few races have been to his liking. Herrick was getting pretty familiar with finishing up front each week. Herrick doesn’t have to worry about that problem this week, he drove to win number 3 on the season. It was another one of those exciting races. Henrey jumped out to the lead at the start of this main event. Herrick and Dave Samuels were slowly making their way to the front. Herrick took the lead from Henrey and set his sights on the finish line and before he could get to the finish line he was going to have to go head to head with Samuels. After the exciting action last week, this week’s races seemed mild. The race still packed in more excitement than most. Samuels made a run at Herrick. At one point, the two were side by side. Herrick committed himself to the bottom and Samuels tried to make up some time by eating up the high side.

The laps began to wind down and fans knew that this was building to be a fantastic finish. This wasn’t the first rodeo for these two veteran racers, who have a good rivalry going. On the last corner of the night, Samuels drifted out of this line coming out of turn four. It allowed Herrick to race to the checkers first. Another strong race from a competitive field of racers. A former NCRA modified champion, John Allen, decided to give B Mod racing a try for the first time in his career. Allen was helping someone work the kinks out of their car. What he did was inspire some of the other racers in the class. Allen started on the pole for the feature. It was all Allen at the front once the green flag dropped. In the early stages of the feature the battle up front looked to be between Allen, Dalton Kirk and Marty Grist. Several other drivers were also lurking in striking distance. Mike Higley was one of those guys.

A late race restart gave Higley the opportunity to make a run at Allen for the lead. Higley moved up on the track and his car was good. Momentum took Higley by Allen and on to his 2nd win of the season at HPT.Com Speedway. Dalton Kirk wound up in the 3rd place position, 4th was Bobby Penny and rounding out the top 5 was Jeremy Chambers.

Repeat Winners Visit Victory Lane During Summertime Celebration at HPT.Com Speedway

June 1st, 2011

(Topeka, KS) Fireworks were promised to the fans in attendance at HPT.Com Speedway on Saturday night. Fans didn’t expect to see the fireworks display until after the races, but instead they were treated to them early as the races took on a life of their own during the night.

It was just a few weeks back when Darron Fuqua knocked down 2 feature wins in the Washburn Tech Modified division on the same night. Since then it has been hit or miss from the youngster from Topeka, KS. Saturday night at HPT.Com Speedway it was another hit as he scored his 3rd win of the season. At the start of the race Fuqua went a little to high in turn 1 and lost some momentum, but after gathering himself back up he was able to get by Chris Morgan to take the lead. “”I had my hands full from the get go,” said Fuqua, “the car was too tight, there’s holes getting into the corners and I had to hit the holes to get the car to turn.” As Fuqua found himself at the front of the pack, he had to hold off a hard charge from Justin ‘Whitey’ Folk. Folk had been shuffle led back during a restart but, somehow, managed to work his way back up to the leader. He put a charge on Fuqua late. The two drivers gave the fans plenty to cheer about. Folk raced Fuqua hard, but in the end couldn’t over power the 3 time feature winner. The win was a shot in the arm for Fuqua. In the last couple of weeks he struggled with mechanical problems that took him from the points lead. He now finds some momentum to turn his season back around and head back towards the top of the class. “I hope so, we are going to take her home and write everything down and come back strong, I hope,” said Fuqua. Another 3 time feature winner in 2011, Steven Bowers Jr., raced his way to a 3rd place finish, Cody Agler drove to a 4th place finish and rounding out the top 5 was Chris Morgan.

The Super 8 at Forbes Landing Factory Stock Feature event might have last 15 laps, but all the fans remembered was the last corner. It was one of the wackiest finishes ever in the BriggsAuto.Com Super Saturday Showdown Series history. Joshua Mulich’s racing career has spanned a total of 4 weeks. Yes, it’s true. Mulich has been racing for a grand total of 4 times in his career. Fans of HPT will remember just a few weeks ago when the youngster stuffed his ride into the turn 3 wall at HPT.Com Speedway. Saturday night he looked like he had been racing for years. Mulich took to the lead in the early part of the feature event. As the cars behind him were jockeying for position, it allowed him to scoot away from the field and amass a lead. Dave Samuels, a multiple feature winner in the class was on the move towards Mulich and he was on a mission. Samuels had been roughed up early in the race. A couple of cars had gotten into him in turns 3 and 4 and it resulted in a loss of track position. The #22 of Mulich was one of the cars that forced Samuels up high on the track. This wouldn’t be the last time the two would be near each other during the feature. As Mulich took the white flag, Samuels had made his way to the leader. Heading down the back stretch, Samuels headed down low to take advantage of lapped traffic. Mulich had to come down to avoid the lapped traffic to keep pass with Samuels. As the two entered the corner, Mulich made contact with James King. Mulich then made contact with Samuels. It was at this point that things resembled a video game. Samuels almost loss control of his ride and went to the bottom of the race track. Mulich used King to keep his car straight. When the two drivers exited turn 4 contact between the two sent Mulich spinning and Samuels went on to win his 4th feature event of the season. “We just kept all the air in the tires tonight,” said Samuels, “hey, it was a great race. We got shuffled back at the beginning but we were able to run him down. Lapped traffic kind of played a factor in this for him (Mulich) we got together and I am going to have to look at the tape before I talk to much about the end of that race because it’s still a blur to me. I feel like I just closed my eyes and come out of it in the end.” It was a wheel-to-wheel, door-to-door action packed event, that the fans expect to see at HPT. Tyson Young finished in 3rd spot, Zach Henrey celebrated another good finish in 4th and rounding out the top 5 was Matt Field.

In the White Line Training CDL B Mod Feature, Dalton Kirk raced to his 3rd feature win of the season. It was an impressive feat and it turned out to be a great race for the final 6 laps, unfortunately the great racing was overshadowed by the fact that it took 30 plus minutes to get the first 4 laps in. Once the battle got under way at the front of the pack, Dalton Kirk and Brian Murphy locked horns with each other to the checkered flag. Kirk, is the new kid on the block that is racking up wins, while Murphy is the defending champion. It was a dream match up from a fans perspective. The two drivers went toe to toe in the remaining 6 laps. At one point the two made contact, but each driver showed the other the respect that was needed to complete the race. In the end it was Kirk getting the win with Murphy 2nd. Fans can expect these two to clash more in the coming weeks. At the end of the night’s racing, the two drivers are currently deadlocked for the points lead in the B Mod division. Jack Frost drove from 10th to 3rd in the main event, Richard Prochnow held on for a 4th place finish and Dylan Whitehead, who had a long night, earned a respectable 5th place finish in the feature. The hot driver of the season at HPT.Com Speedway has to be Zach Henrey in the Casey’s General Store Pure Stock division.

Saturday night, Henrey, rolled to his 5th win of the season in his division. Not only is it the most wins in his division, it’s also the most wins of the season in any class at HPT. Starting from the 5th position it didn’t take Henrey long to find the front of the pack. Once he took the lead, he wasn’t to be denied. Two weeks ago after his 4th win, his engine was claimed. Saturday night it meant that Henrey had to find a new power plant to put under the hood. The combination of the power plant and the driver behind the wheel landed the youngster in victory lane. Randy Kohn continues to celebrate a great sophomore season in 2011. Kohn finished runner-up to Henrey in the feature, Millard, racing the motor claimed from Henrey, finished in 3rd, 4th went to Dan Canady and the newlywed, Sandy Tanner, took home a 5th place finish as a honeymoon gift.

The action heats back up again next week at HPT.Com Speedway. The BriggsAuto.Com Super Saturday Showdown Series continues with race number 9 on the season.

More New Faces Find Their Way Into Victory Lane.

May 18th, 2011

(TOPEKA, KS)- Race car drivers seem to have a lot of firsts in their careers. Things like first time behind a car, first time working on my own car, etc. Tonight was one of those rare nights for Steven Goodman. Goodman, came close to a win last season but he spun on the white flag lap. This year he wasn’t about to let that happen again. Goodman wrestled away the lead from Brian Murphy, the early leader of the feature event. Once at the front position, Goodman, decided to run away from the rest of the competition.

“It was a crazy race. Come clear from a scratch position in the heat race and that was an awesome run,” said Goodman, “I put everything together and everything was just clicking.”

Wrecks and yellows were flying crazy during the B Mod Feature. The positive that came from this negative, was the fact that mayhem kept happening around him but it wasn’t collecting him up.

Goodman started out the night finishing 2nd in his heat race. It was a good finish considering he started scratch in the race. Once he got to the feature, it was time to let his brain do the talking. It worked well as you see the end result.

“This track has totaled one of my cars, blown one of my motors up and taking one of my trannys, so it feels great to finally get one up on it (the track),” said Goodman.

In the end it was Goodman who got the last word in on the track. It was smooth and had grip all night long.

Former track champion, Brian Murphy took home the 2nd place finish on the night, 3rd went to Mike Higley, 4th was Dalton Kirk and finishing 5th in the main event was, Jack Frost.

The Modified Feature ended with a lot of excitement, at least for Josh Everhart it ended with a lot of excitement.

Everhart has held together and turned in several great finishes in 2011. Saturday night at HPT.Com Speedway, it didn’t take long for him to come out and show the fans of the sports world just how good he is by winning the Modified Feature event.

The feature in the Modifieds the previous two weeks have went to Steven Bowers Jr. Bowers had began to roll Everhart in as the race went on. By the time the last couple of laps were run, Bowers had found a little bit of bite up higher on the race track. Everhart decided to keep his car on the bottom. At the line it was a photo finish and after further review, the race stands as is with Everhart picking up the win. “I looked over and he was sitting behind me,” said Everhart, “the cars are identical and if he was behind me that must have meant that I won.”

It was to close to call for many fans that were in attendance. It made for a fitting end to a long race night.

Bowers Jr. and Kerry Davis, both driving SB Chassis cars along with the winner, Everhart, finished 1, 2 and 3 on the track, Tom Grist took home the 4th spot and rounding out your top 5 was Cody Agler.

In the Factory Stock class, fans are begining to see just how fun this class can be. This week’s race was a heartbreaker for one and the ultimate high for another.

David Samuels has hauled in 3 wins out of the 6 races that had been completed to date. It looked as if he would be walking away with a win. Unfortatunately, Samuels would cut a tire down after contact between he and Alfred Benson. The contact would cost Samuels as he would get a left rear flat. Instead of pulling out a yellow, Samuels pulled into the pits.

Matt Field took over the lead and put the hammer down as he went on to win the Factory Stock A Main. He joins Samuels, Steve Herrick and Gerald Wahwahsuck as feature winners.

A year ago Field, was tyring to get back into the groove of racing a car on a weekly basis. This season things are back to being ‘old hat’ for this excited driver.

Tyson Young celebrated an outstanding performance, coming in the runner-up spot, Gerald Wahwahsuck finished 3rd, 4th went to Zach Henrey and 5th was Steve Herrick.

The Pure Stock class has seen more than it’s fair share of solid finishes in 2011.

Zach Henrey showed his prowess on the speedway for his 4th feature win of the season.

Henrey made solid laps in his car and drove past Randy Kohn for the win.

Randy Kohn, last week’s feature winner, finished in the 2nd position, the points leader in the class, AJ Christian, also had a strong run and Christian is consistent, Jimmy Millard and Steve Stewart took the checkers together.

After the Hobby Stock race an engine claim was placed on the winning car of Henry’s. The claim was agreed upon and now the claiming driver, Jimmy Millard, will have to race that motor in 2 weeks when they return to action. Keep an eye on this exciting class.

HPT.Com Speedway will be off next week, instead the racing will start again on May 21st. For more information log on to www.hpt.com

Kirk Becomes The First Driver To Repeat In B Mods At HPT.Com Speedway

May 9th, 2011

(Topeka, KS) – All good things must come to and end. Sales, winning streaks and movies are a few things that come to mind. Saturday night at HPT.Com Speedway the streak of different winners in the White Line CDL Training B Mod division came to an end. Dalton Kirk became the first repeat winner in the division with the feature win.

“You know it feels really good,” said Kirk, “coming out here and winning it for the 2nd time it’s real nice.”

Dylan Whitehead jumped out to the early lead in the B Mod feature. Several drivers were up on the wheel jockeying for position. Kirk was one of those drivers trying to move up. Kirk started in the 3rd row, but quickly found himself in the 2nd spot.

It wouldn’t be long before Kirk found himself at the front of the field. That is after a few yellows and a few restarts. Kirk would battle with Whitehead before taking the top spot. Once he got to the front, he protected his territory and went on to the win.

It took 6 races for the first repeat winner landed in victory lane. The competition in this class is getting more stiff each race night.

Bobby Penny would also get by Whitehead and take the runner-up spot, 3rd went to Whitehead, Mike Higley performed another one of his hard charges to the front again as he went from 11th to 4th and 5th went to John Grist.

Each week in the Casey’s General Store Pure Stock class, it’s a given that Zach Henrey is going to be at the front of the field. Tonight was no exception as Henrey passed Randy Kohn on a restart. What happened after that is what shocked the fans in attendance at the track.

Randy Kohn decided that 1 win on the season wasn’t enough, Kohn needed another win to add to his resume.

As Henrey was sitting in the top spot, Kohn kept him within striking distance looking for a good spot to jump on him.

“It feels good, but I am more in a state of shock. Seeing that 97 car go by me, I thought there was no chance of me getting him,” said Kohn, “I found a little something on the high side and was able to get a run on him… Boy! It feels good to get number 2.”

Kohn, along with the stunned crowd, enjoyed the moment in the spotlight. As Kohn picked up his 2nd win in the Hobby Stocks, he was quick to credit and thank Zach Henrey for the advice he has been giving the driver.

Henrey finished 2nd, the points leader, AJ Christian, finished 3rd, 4th went to Darren Davenport and Rodney Walker rounded out the top 5.

For the 2nd straight week in the Super 8 at Forbes Landing Factory Stocks, Steve Herrick found himself in victory lane.

Unlike last week, there would be no ultimate battle to the flag stand. This week, he took over the lead, extended it and drove off to the win.

Dave Samuels, a 3 time winner this year, looked to challenge Herrick, but a flat tire would end his night.

“I was back there a little ways and I figured that I would hang out there on the outside for a little bit,” said Herrick, “it was nice and smooth up there and I was just trying to be patient. I saw my move and I had to take her.”

Herrick’s repeat win wasn’t as big of a shocker to the driver from Topeka. The win was more of a confidence booster. He had never won two races in a row before in his career and maybe now with 2 wins under his belt maybe he is looking at 3.

Zach Henrey finished 2nd, a hard-charging Gerald Wahwahsuck finished 3rd, Tyson young celebrated a strong run in 4th and dropping to 5th on the last corner from 2nd, was Matt Field, due to a mechanical problem.

It was also a repeat winner in the Washburn Tech Modified division. Steven Bowers Jr. would ride to the win. It was his 2nd win in a row and 3rd win on the season.

At the outset of the race, there was a massive push from the entire field to get to the front. Unfortunately, for some, it wasn’t in the cards.

The top 5 cars at the end of the night started no better than 3rd row. It was a good run for most of the drivers in the top 10, but Bowers put together another unbeatable night.

Whitey Folk finished the race in 2nd, 3rd went to Kyle Covert, Josh Everhart battled all night long and finished 4th and the youngster from Emporia, Cody Agler, finished in the 5th position.

Six races are now complete and race number 7 comes up next week for the BriggsAuto.Com Super Saturday Showdown Series. To gather more information about the dirt track or Heartland Park in general, log on to www.hpt.com for more information.

Herrick Finally Busts Through With Win In Factory Stock at HPT.Com Speedway

May 4th, 2011

(Topeka, KS) – Every now and then the fans at a sporting event need something exciting to happen to get them to their feet. Saturday night at HPT.Com Speedway it was the Super 8 at Forbes Landing Factory Stocks that brought them to their feet. Dave Samuels has had a strangle hold on the HPT.Com Speedway victory lane. Samuels came into the night, winning 3 out of the first 4 features. It almost looked like he was going to do it again, except someone forgot to tell Steve Herrick.

“Dave’s really, really, fast and he’s hard to beat,” said Herrick. “Dave beat me earlier in the year when I came off the bottom, so I told myself you aren’t coming off this bottom.” Herrick didn’t come off the bottom all night long and it could have been just as easy to abandon, but he didn’t he kept the course and did what he intended on doing.

“Awe, I was just trying to stay on the bottom, cause I knew that they (Dave Samuels and Gerald Wahwahsuck)( were coming,”said Herrick, “I knew that I just wanted to protect the bottom. Late in the race a yellow flag was thrown, causing the cars to be bunched up again on the restart. When the green flag dropped on the speedway it was Herrick who came under fire with Wahwahsuck on the bottom and Samuels on the high side. Herrick would escape with the lead.

As the white flag went into the air, it was possible that Herrick was feeling a little reminiscent of night number 1. He lost the lead on the last corner to Samuels, who won. This time heading into the final turn, Herrick stuck his ride on the bottom and came off turn 4 for the win. The win was Herrick’s first win of the 2011 season. “We have got a really fast race car this year. We have been trying a lot to get it hooked up, it means a lot to win this first one, but hopefully there is more to come, said Herrick.

Samuels would finish in the runner-up spot, 3rd went to Wahwahsuck, 4th was Matt Field and rounding out the top 5 was James King. The White Line CDL Training B Mod feature was one that resembled a Hollywood blockbuster. The first 12 laps of the feature were predictable. Several wrecks, a lot of slicing and dicing and some drivers falling out. A late race yellow set up a green, white checkered finish.

Marty Grist was sitting a couple of rows deep on the first restart. His car would stumble as it tried to come up to speed, but it wouldn’t get it done. Lucky for Grist, a yellow flag would come out and he got to try it all again. Given a shot at redemption neither Grist nor his car faltered on the way to winning the feature in dramatic fashion in the last few laps. It was a win that almost left Grist speechless. “Don’t know how we did it. The initial one (the restart) the car stumbled and I didn’t get a good start, said Grist, when the yellow come out again I knew that I was going to try it.” To try it was an understatement. Grist new that the competition was all hugging the bottom of the race track. If he was going to get by the drivers in front of him he would have to go where they weren’t at. That meant heading to the high side.

“I knew that if everyone went to the bottom the top was going to open up for me, I knew that this car could get there. I could drive anywhere I wanted to and the car stuck,” said Grist. By the time they hit the last lap Grist was in the lead and looking to hold on to secure his victory. He got the job done going from 6th to 1st in just a couple of laps.

Truman Asher, who led a majority of the way, had to settle for 2nd place, Dalton Kirk put his modified in the top 3 for the 2nd straight week, rookie, Dylan Whitehead, notched another good finish in 4th and finishing 5th was a hard charging Bobby Penny. The Washburn Tech Modified Feature was dominated by Steven Bowers Jr.

Bowers took to the lead from the drop of the green flag. Once in the front spot, he would never give it up all night long. The only time Bowers was challenged would be when a yellow flag would come out bunching the field back together. On each successive restart, Bowers would go back out into the lead. From there he would pick up his 2nd Modified win of the season. Kerry Davis finished 2nd, 3rd went to Tom Grist, Kyle Covert finished 4th and rounding out the top 5 was Josh Everhart.

The Casey’s General Store Hobby Stocks saw Zach Henrey notch his 3rd win in 5 tries. Henrey kept pace with the early leader, Jimmy Millard, only to go by him just passed the halfway point. Henrey would not run away from Millard, but padding himself with enough of a cushion to secure his 3rd win. Randy Kohn, last week’s winner, finished in 3rd, 4th went to Steve Stewart and finishing in the 5th position was AJ Christian.

The BriggsAuto.Com Super Saturday Showdown Series continues again next Saturday night. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m., hot laps start at 6:15 p.m. and the racing action starts at 7 p.m. For ticket information and more, log on to www.hpt.com.

Easter Egg-stravaganza Ushers In Holiday Weekend At HPT.Com Speedway (Kids 12 & Under FREE)

April 22nd, 2011

(Topeka, KS) -There is nothing like a holiday weekend to get fans excited. Extra days off from school or work are just a few things people will enjoy. This Saturday night at Heartland Park Topeka fans will have another reason to celebrate!

The BriggsAuto.Com Super Saturday Showdown Series will host their Easter Egg-stravaganza this Saturday, April 23, at HPT.Com Speedway. Spectator will open up at 5:30 p.m., hot laps begin at 6:15 p.m. and the racing action goes green at 7:00 p.m.

The Easter Egg-stravaganza packs a lot of fun for the kids in attendance. All season long Heartland Park has implemented a KIDS ZONE. This has been a well received addition. This week the Kid Zone will have coloring contests, egg hunt, bouncy houses and a special appearance from the Easter Bunny!

Another big promotion for this weekend is that kids 12 and under will get in absolutely FREE to watch and participate in this week’s races.

Fans will also be excited to know that the exciting racing action will continue this weekend. The Washburn Tech Modifieds, White Line CDL B Mods, Super 8 @ Forbes Landing Factory Stocks and Casey’s General Store Pure Stocks will be competing a complete show.

Last week extra races were held as HPT.Com Speedway officials had to complete 3 feature races that were rained out from the previous week. Winners from the makeup features were Darron Fuqua (Modified), Gerald Wahwahsuck (Factory Stock) and Bryan Rigsby (B Mod).

In the Modified feature from last week Darron Fuqua not only won the makeup feature, he also pulled down the 2nd feature as well. Fuqua was the only driver to double up on the night.

Dave Samuels won the Factory Stock feature in the nightcap. The win was the 2nd on the season for Samuels, the track champion from 2010.

After a hard wreck in the early feature, Mike Higley was able to recover and return to win the 2nd feature in the B Mod division.

It was a repeat winner in the Pure Stock feature as Zach Henrey rolled to an easy win.

This Saturday’s action will be the 4th race in the BriggsAuto.Com Super Saturday Showdown Series points chase.

Double Dose Of Racing Sees Darron Fuqua Win Two Features in One Night

April 18th, 2011

(Topeka, KS) – It was a night that was suppose to be a double dose of racing action at HPT.Com Speedway turned into a night that Darron Fuqua won’t soon forget. The previous week’s main events in the Modifieds, Factory Stocks and the B Mods were postponed because of foul weather. That meant that those races would be run last night before the regular event scheduled for the BriggsAuto.Com Super Saturday Showdown Series.

Darron Fuqua knew that he had a fast race car. It wasn’t until he picked up the win in the 2nd Modified feature that he realized just how fast it was. In the early feature, Fuqua raced out to the lead and never looked back. At one point he carried a lead that stretched for 1/2 of the track. It was an impressive march to victory for the driver from Topeka, KS.

To earn the 2nd victory on the night, things were shaping up to be a lot harder for Fuqua. New drivers that weren’t allowed to compete in the first feature were rested and ready to go. Kerry Davis got the drop in the 2nd feature and looked to have Fuqua at bay. On one restart Fuqua would drop to the bottom of the track and sprinted by Davis to only see the yellow flag come out and wipe out his good fortune.

Moments later it would be Davis that saw his good fortune wiped out as he would slow on the back straight and come to a stop. This would hand Fuqua the lead. Once in the lead, Fuqua waged a battle with Cody Agler to the finish. Fuqua built up a large lead in the late portion of the 2nd feature, but as he made his way through lapped traffic Agler began to trim away at this lead. When it seemed that Agler was about to make a move on Fuqua in lapped traffic, the yellow flag came out once again. On the restart the two went back and forth, but it was Fuqua reaching the checkered flag first. Agler would settle for 2nd.

In the Factory Stock division the early feature went to an excited Gerald Wahwahsuck. This class has provided close racing action since opening night and the first feature would be no different. Dave Samuels, the winner from opening night, looked to be on his way to another Factory Stock feature win. Samuels worked his way through the field and found himself out in front. With less than 5 laps remaining a flat tire would send Samuels out of the lead and off the track. It was a time for the 2nd place car of, Wahwahsuck to pull in his 1st feature win at HPT.Com Speedway. Wahwahsuck took over the top spot. A battle late in the race with Steve Herrick to the finish line had the crowd on it’s feet. Wahwahsuck would fend off Herrick and claim his first feature win of his career at HPT.Com Speedway.

In the second feature of the night, it was all Dave Samuels. The former Factory Stock Champion, Samuels atoned for his early problems in the night. He would dominate the 2nd feature for his 2nd win on the 2011 season. Bryan Rigsby is a driver that has suffered some bad luck at times.

In the B Mod makeup feature, Rigsby would not find any of that bad luck. Twenty plus cars took to the speedway for the first race of the night. Out of the 20 cars, any of the competitors were capable of a win. The feature went for 15 laps, but it was the last 3 laps there were the most exciting. Rigsby, Tyler Frye and Dylan Whitehead would all 3 go toe-to-toe in the final laps. Rigsby would feel the pressure on the inside lane from Frye, while on the outside it was Whitehead applying the pressure.
As the white flag went up in the air, Rigsby would hold off both competitors taking his 1st win of the season in the B Mod division.

In the 2nd B Mod A main it was a surprise winner standing in victory lane at the end of the evening, Mike Higley. Higley was caught up in a multi-car wreck in the first feature. As Higley was carted off the speedway by the HPT tow truck, making it out for the 2nd feature was in question. Higley put everyone’s questions to rest as he weave his way through the traffic to overhaul the leader, Tyler Frye, on his way to the victory. It was emotional ride for this competitor as he spoke to the crowd from victory lane.

The Pure Stock division was the only division to not have an extra race on the night. They were able to get there feature in a week ago. In their feature race of the night, it was all Zach Henrey for the 2nd straight week. Henrey dominated on his way to his 2nd consecutive win on the season.

The BriggsAuto.Com Super Saturday Showdown Series will continue again next Saturday night, April 23, at HPT.Com Speedway.

Spectator gates will open at 5:30 p.m., hot laps will begin at 6:15 p.m. and the first make-up feature will go green at 7:00 p.m.

Ticket prices are $10 for adults, children (12 and under) are $5, seniors are $8 and military with an ID are free. HPT continues to sell online tickets at a discount. To order your tickets online, log on to Heartland Park Topeka’s official home on the web www.HPT.com.

Heartland Park Topeka – “Where the best come to play.”™

Looney Wins 2nd MLRA Feature In A Row, Familiar Face Wins Pure Stock & 3 Features Postponed

April 10th, 2011

Mother Nature can be a very fickle woman from time to time. Last night at HPT.Com Speedway she played a game of cat and mouse with the employees, the fans and the racers. In the end, Mother Nature ended up with the upper hand forcing the postponement of several races. The day got started with a bright outlook. Local forecasters were calling for partly sunny skies and a high of 75 degrees. Most of the day it was cool and foggy and by the time the races rolled around rain had slowly crept into the picture.

It was a special night at HPT.Com Speedway. The Lucas Oil MLRA brought in over 40 cars to the track looking to compete for the title. One hundred and sixteen cars total checked in to race. All the stars were lining up. Heat races were completed in all of the regular weekly series classes; Casey’s General Store Pure Stocks, Washburn Tech Modifieds, White Line CDL Factory Stocks and the Super 8 at Forbes Landing B Mods.

A couple of classes on the night finished their portion of the event. The Lucas Oil Latemodels and the Casey’s General Store Pure Stocks got through their entire portion of the show. In the MLRA finish it was Brad Looney taking home the win on Friday night at HPT.Com Speedway. Looney battled John Anderson down to the checkered flag and for the 2nd straight week it was Looney who collected the win.

The only other class to complete their portion of the show was the Casey’s General Store Pure Stocks.

Nine cars started the A Feature, but only one of them would take home the win. Steve Stewart appeared to be starting off the way he finished a week ago, with a win. Stewart jumped to the top spot and looked to be pulling away. That is
until Henery started closing the gap.

Just as the race was about to hit the halfway point, Henery had caught up to Stewart. The two racers went side by side for a few laps before a bad break would relegate Stewart to the back of the field.

The nose of the car driven by Stewart had fallen off his car on to the track. Having something fall off your car during a race is a bad omen. In this case the bad omen was the fact that he was sent to the rear.

Henery looked to take command of the feature and the yellow flag seemed to be all he needed to win. Randy Kohn might have had a different idea.

Kohn also made most of the opportunity on the restart. He jumped to 2nd place. He would knock on Henery’s door, but it just wasn’t meant to be. Henery would go on to win. It was the 14th time in victory lane for Henrey’s ride since last season.

Kohn held on to finish 2nd, AJ Christian threw another top 5 run with a 3rd place finish, 4th went to Jimmy Millard and rounding out the top 5 was Daniel Canady.

Casey’s General Store Pure Stock Heat race was hauled in by Henrey.

Next week the 3 features postponed will be run first and then next Saturday’s show will begin after the conclusion of the makeup A Mains. Next Saturday night the BriggsAuto.Com Super Saturday Showdown Series will continue with the features to be made up and another complete show all in one night.

Tickets for next Saturday’s event can be purchased at the track or online at www.hpt.com. At the track ticket prices will be $10 per adult and children 12 and under will be $5. When fans order online they will get tickets at a discount. Online tickets for adults will be $8. and children 12 and under will be $4.

Spectator gates will open at 5:30 p.m. and hot laps are scheduled to start at 6:15 p.m.

Heartland Park Topeka – “Where the best come to play!

Stewart Enjoy Opening Night Wins At HPT.Com Speedway

April 4th, 2011

Topeka, KS – Starting off a new racing season can be a tough task. Heartland Park Topeka did it in style Saturday night kicking off their Super Saturday Showdown Series. A large turnout, great weather and extroidinary racing action welcomed everyone who attended the races.

In the Modified A main, it was Steven Bowers Jr. starting off where he did last season, up front. After winning the track championship in 2010, it was a nice way to start off the new season. Even if Bowers thought that everything lined up for him on Saturday night. “Kinda had the luck of the draw, we had good forward bite,” said Bowers, “we started missing out there toward the end and I was just hanging on.”

Bowers didn’t appear to be hanging on. From the start of the race to the end of the race it was the familiar black 777 out in front of the field. “I had my two other SB Chassis cars out there in the feature with me and I went to the extreme with mine, I had to see if it would work,” said Bowers. Jake Richards put together a solid finish in the runner-up spot, Darron Fuqua slipped up early in the race and battled back to finish 3rd, 4th went to Kerry Davis and rounding out the top 5 was Josh Everhart.

The B Mod feature started out slow. From a fans perspective that is. During the opening lap, several cars were caught up in a
melee that took place up in turn 1. Once the racing action resumed it was a fantastic finish that saw a youngster from Gardner, KS, Dalton Kirk, take his first ever win at HPT.Com Speedway. A win that took the young driver by surprise.

“It was awesome, for never being here before to come out and do so good it’s awesome!” said Kirk. Kirk had the daunting task of running down last year’s hottest driver, Brian Murphy. Murphy found himself holding on to the lead but was under attack from about the last 1/3 of the race from Kirk. Holding the bottom line on the track Kirk was able to work his way past Murphy coming out of turn two.

Kirk went on to take his TRE by Bone B Mod to his 1st victory ever at HPT.Com Speedway, a place that he likes a lot. “It was nice and smooth, real fast,” said Kirk, “we will be back throughout the year.” Murphy would go on to finish 2nd, Jacob Ebert finished in the 3rd position, Jack Frost excited the crowd by taking the extreme high line on the track to a 4th place finish and coming in 5th was Bryan Rigsby.

Dave Samuels is beginning to like opening nights at HPT. For the 3rd consecutive year, he picked up the Factory Stock opening night win. “Winning is always a goal, but trying to win (on opening night) is always a goal, I try to win em all,” said Samuels, “That 5K (Steve Herrick) is so tough, they worked so hard in the off season. They proved that they came out loaded.”

Samuels didn’t come with an empty barrel either. Kasey Covert jumped out to the early lead, while both Herrick and Samuels were deep in the field. As Herrick worked his way to the front, Samuels road was a little tougher. Late in the race a caution was thrown and it allowed Samuels to bunch back up with Herrick. When the green flagged dropped the two warriors battled to the end. Herrick got a little out of the groove as Samuels slipped underneath Herrick and drove off to the win by a slim margin.

Matt Field had one of his best runs finishing 3rd, 4th was Steve Johnson and Gerald Wahwahsuck snuck in for a 5th place finish. The first A Main of the night was the Pure Stock event. Steve Stewart had to work his way to the front, away from the top spot and then back to the top spot on his way to winning the feature event.

“It feels great, we did a lot of work to the chassis this winter,” said Stewart, “I hope this continues, it feels great.” Last season the class was dominated by one car all season long. This year the class seems to be wide open and Stewart is hoping that his luck will continue to go the same way. AJ Christian pushed Stewart and at one point took the lead from Stewart, but by doing so it forced Stewart to change his line and he would move back by Christian on the way to the victory.

“The track was real good tonight, for opening night it was fast and smooth,” said Stewart. Christian finished 2nd, Blake Kisner was 3rd, 4th went to Darren Davenport and rookie, Ron Kohn, garnered a 5th place finish on his first night out. It will be a quick turnaround for the employees, racers, sponsors and fans of HPT.Com Speedway. April 8th, next Friday, the Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models will be complementing the BriggsAuto.Com Super Saturday/Friday Showdown Series. Late Models, Modifieds, Factory Stocks, B Mods & Pure Stocks will be on tap for this special, Friday night, race.

Tickets for next Friday’s event can be purchased at the track or online at www.hpt.com. At the track ticket prices will be $15 per adult and children 12 and under will be $10. When fans order online they will get tickets at a discount. Online tickets for adults will be $12 and children 12 and under will be $8.

Spectator gates will open at 5:30 p.m. and hot laps are scheduled to start at 6:15 p.m.

Arm Drop Lives Cancels Event at Heartland Park

September 27th, 2009

TOPEKA, KS – Rich Christensen and his officials today announced the cancellation of the October 9 & 10 ArmDrop Live event scheduled at Heartland Park Topeka due to not meeting a required minimal car count for the event. Christensen waited until the last possible moment to make the decision in hopes that the situation would resolve itself. Unfortunately, that did not happen.
“Fans and Racers I regret that due to not meeting a required minimal car count two weeks prior to the event that my staff and I have decided to cancel our event at HPT,” said Christensen. “Without the proper adequate racer participation it’s truly impossible for us to hold a fair and exciting ArmDrop event. I appreciate the support all our fans have shown for my TV shows and ArmDrop Live and ask that you come out visit Heartland Park Topeka in 2010 because they truly are keeping the sport of drag racing alive!”

While disappointed, Raymond Irwin, Heartland Park Topeka owner, understood Christensen’s difficult decision. “It is disappointing that they had to cancel this event as we were looking forward to hosting it,” said Irwin. “Unfortunately, these things happen sometimes. Rich and his crew strive to put on the very best show possible and we understand that Rich made this decision in the best interest of the racers and fans. We wish Rich the best of luck for the rest of 2009 and look forward to working with him for the Pinks All Out event at HPT in 2010.”

For more information about Heartland Park Topeka events, please call (785) 862-4781 or visit www.HPT.com. About Heartland Park Topeka Heartland Park Topeka is a unique, multi-faceted motorsports facility that offers an array of experiences for fans of all ages, tastes and backgrounds, from Saturday night dirt track racing to world-class, nationally prominent drag racing and
motorcycle race events. It is the mission of owner Ray Irwin and his team “to be a leader in the world of motorsports entertainment, and to build a community-based spirit throughout Topeka and the region.” For more information on all Heartland Park Topeka activities, please go to www.HPT.com.

Shannon Warta
Heartland Park Topeka
785-862-4781
www.hpt.com

2010 NHRA O’Reilly Summer Nationals Date Set

August 29th, 2009

TOPEKA, KS. – The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) announced several exciting changes to its 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series schedule on Tuesday. The 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series schedule remains a 24-race schedule with the major change being the addition of a second NHRA National event in Charlotte, NC. The track will be the setting for two events: one in the spring and one in the fall, with an inaugural event added to the schedule March 25-28 and the third annual NHRA Carolinas Nationals set for Sept. 16-19. The 22nd Annual O’Reilly Summer Nationals event in Topeka, KS has switched weekends in 2010. In past years the race has been held the weekend after Memorial Day, but in 2010 the Summer Nationals will be held the weekend before Memorial Day on May 21-23, 2010.

Tickets for the 2010 NHRA O’Reilly Summer Nationals will go on-sale soon. For more information, please call the HPT ticket office at (785) 862-4781. ESPN2 and ESPN2HD, a part of the ESPN network, the worldwide leader in sports, will again provide exclusive television coverage, on a same-day basis, of all 24 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series events featuring action from qualifying rounds on Saturday and Sunday’s race.

About Heartland Park Topeka
Heartland Park Topeka is a unique, multi-faceted motorsports facility that offers an array of experiences for fans of all ages, tastes and backgrounds, from Saturday night dirt track racing to world-class, nationally prominent drag racing and motorcycle race events. It is the mission of owner Ray Irwin and his team “to be a leader in the world of motorsports entertainment, and to build a community-based spirit throughout Topeka and the region.” For more information on all Heartland Park Topeka activities, please go to www.HPT.com.

HPT Honors Bower Sr. Saturday Night

July 9th, 2009

TOPEKA, KS. – Heartland Park Topeka announced Monday that it will match the purse money donated by the drivers for this coming weekend’s Super Saturday Showdown race present by the Kansas National Guard on Saturday, July 11 in the memory of driver Steven Bowers Sr., who passed away this past Saturday night. Bowers Sr. has been a long time competitor on the Heartland Park Topeka 3/8-mile dirt track and all money raised on July 11 will be donated to help the Bowers’ family.

During intermission spectators will have the opportunity to help as the several drivers will pass their helmets in the stands to collect donations for the Bowers’ family. A moment of silence in honor of Bowers Sr. will take place before the start of racing.

Heartland Park Topeka would like to extend its deepest sympathies to the Bowers’ family for their loss and encourages the dirt track community and fans to come out this Saturday night, July 11, to show their support and honor a great racer.

About Heartland Park Topeka Heartland Park Topeka is a unique, multi-faceted motorsports facility that offers an array of experiences for fans of all ages, tastes and backgrounds, from Saturday night dirt track racing to world-class, nationally prominent drag racing and motorcycle race events. It is the mission of owner Raymond Irwin and his team “to be a leader in the world of motorsports entertainment, and to build a community-based spirit throughout Topeka and the region.” For more information on all Heartland Park Topeka activities, please go to www.HPT.com.

Shannon Warta
Heartland Park Topeka
785-862-4781
www.hpt.com

Heartland Park announces Double Dollars Racing

April 24th, 2009

Topeka, Kansas, — Saturday night just got more exciting for both competitors and fans as HPT.com Speedway dirt track drivers now have the opportunity to double their winnings, it was announced today by Heartland Park Topeka Chairman
Steve Johnson.

Following a tremendous Opening Night of the Super Saturday Showdown Stock Car Series presented by the Kansas National Guard on April 18, when approximately 1,500 fans watched more than 70 cars light up HPT.com Speedway, organizers decided to inject additional excitement into the weekly series.

Starting this Saturday, April 25, and continuing each Saturday night, a driver will be chosen at random during the pre-race drivers’ meeting from each of the four classes that run at Heartland Park. The four lucky drivers each will double their purse money, and fans in the stands will know which cars have “extra” incentive to race even more aggressively during the evening.

“This is a great way to get our competitors further excited about racing at HPT.com Speedway on our new evening,” Johnson said. “The double dollars concept adds an interesting twist to each race. It certainly will increase the pedal to the metal approach that these drivers take into each showdown.”

The Double Dollars Racing will take place all season long excluding Saturday, August 15 when the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) visits Heartland Park Topeka.

About Heartland Park Topeka
Heartland Park Topeka is a unique, multi-faceted motorsports facility that offers an array of activities for fans of all ages, tastes and backgrounds, from Saturday night dirt stock car racing to world-class, nationally prominent drag racing and
road circuit events. It is the mission of owner Raymond Irwin and his team to “be a leader in the world of motorsports entertainment, and to build a community-based spirit throughout Topeka and the region.” For tickets and more information on all Heartland Park Topeka activities, please go to www.HPT.com.

Expect the Unexpected” on Saturday Nights

April 13th, 2009

Topeka, Kansas—Heartland Park Topeka owner Raymond Irwin plans to open the new Saturday Night Showdown Stock Car Series Presented by the Kansas National Guard on April 18 with an entertaining evening sure to surprise even the region’s most loyal racing fans.

“Expect the unexpected,” says Irwin. “Our Opening Night and new Saturday night schedule will be down-and-dirty racing, a welcome break from your ordinary weekend entertainment options. We’ve got a new management team that lives and breathes
motorsports, and a new night to watch the racing Heroes @ Heartland all summer long.”

Irwin also has made sure that no one skips the activities at the revamped HPT.com Speedway because of the cost of admission. All Saturday Night Showdown Stock Car Series tickets, including Opening Night April 18, cost only $8 for adults, $2 for
youths ages 12 and under. For more information, go to www.HPT.com.

“Moving our weekly oval track racing from Sunday to Saturday nights this season, with a low cost of admission given the economic downturn, was the direct result of talking and listening to our fans and drivers,” says Heartland Park Topeka Chairman Steve Johnson. “They felt Saturday was the perfect night for Heartland Park to host this exciting form of racing, when fans can come enjoy the electric atmosphere around the HPT.com Speedway with friends and family.”

Johnson also feels the Kansas National Guard is the perfect sponsor for the series, given the Heroes @ Heartland theme for the season. “The sacrifices that members of the military make for our country on a daily basis are the true measure of heroes
in our eyes,” Johnson says.

Hot Laps start at 6:15 p.m., followed by the special Opening Night festivities at 7 p.m. on April 18. Heartland Park Topeka Saturday Night Showdown Stock Car Series racing this season will feature four classes: Hobby Stocks, Factory Stocks, Champ
Modified and A-Modifieds.

The Super 8 at Forbes Landing is the class sponsor of the Champ Modified Series; Sonic Drive-Ins are class sponsor of the Hobby Stock Series; and Berry Tractor is class sponsor of the A-Modified Series. BriggsAuto.com is the new 2009 Heartland
Park Topeka facility sponsor.

Late last year, Johnson hired Alan Covert as HPT.com Speedway Manager to inject some added fun and professionalism into Heartland Park Topeka’s program. Covert’s roots in Midwest dirt track racing date back to 1940, when his grandfather first
began building and racing jalopies at Kansas tracks.

“We’ve come a long way since then, with four classes including Modified cars that will reach 100 miles per hour on the straightaway before they’re forced to turn left in the dirt,” Covert says. “At its core, though, dirt stock car racing remains
the same, with hard-nosed, fearless drivers pushing these cars to the limit on a tight, challenging track. You never know what’s going to happen week after week.”

Opening Night festivities on April 18 will include the finals of the Boy Scouts Pinewood Derby, where a local hero will be crowned champion. The Derby will be an element of the “Heroes @ Heartland” theme included in all the facility’s activities this season. There also will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony, a Topeka Chamber of Commerce gathering and a special rendition of the national anthem.

In March, Irwin announced the 2009 season and declared it the “best ever” in the facility’s 20-plus-year history. The 2009 schedule includes the always popular NHRA O’Reilly Summer Nationals to be held May 29-31, the region’s premier drag racing
event, and the newest signature motorsports event in the lineup, the AMA Pro Racing motorcycle series to be held July 31-Aug. 2.

About Heartland Park Topeka
Heartland Park Topeka is a unique, multi-faceted motorsports facility that offers an array of activities for fans of all ages, tastes and backgrounds, from Saturday night dirt stock car racing to world-class, nationally prominent drag racing and
road circuit events. It is the mission of owner Raymond Irwin and his team to “be a leader in the world of motorsports entertainment, and to build a community-based spirit throughout Topeka and the region.” For tickets and more information on all
Heartland Park Topeka activities, please go to www.HPT.com.

Heatland Park Topeka Announces “Best Ever” Season Schedule

March 11th, 2009

Topeka, Kansas, -AMA Pro Racing joins NHRA drag racing as a nationally prominent event New Super Saturday Showdown Series to begin in April on the dirt oval Diverse schedule attractive to sponsors, partners and fans

Heartland Park Topeka owner Raymond Irwin today announced the 2009 season schedule that he describes at the “best ever” in the facility’s 20-plus-years history. The 2009 schedule, unveiled at the Briggs Auto showroom of Heartland Park Topeka’s latest major partner, includes the motorsports facility’s traditional main attraction, the NHRA O’Reilly Summer Nationals to be held May 29-31, as well as the newest premier event in the lineup, the AMA Pro Racing motorcycle series to be held July 31-August 2.

The 2009 Heartland Park Topeka season will kick off April 18 with the new Super Saturday Showdown Series on the dirt track.

“It’s been my goal since coming to Topeka to turn Heartland Park Topeka into a truly unique motorsports entertainment facility,” said Irwin. “I believe with the help of a new executive team, new events and new partners, we can now say that we’re on our
way. I’m certain our fans will embrace our new schedule and approach to customer service.”

AMA Pro Racing comes to Topeka for the first-time ever after the 2008 acquisition, realignment and relocation of the organization by the Daytona Motorsports Group (DMG), which is owned and operated by many of the lead principles behind NASCAR, including Jim France, Vice Chairman and Executive VP of NASCAR, and AMA Pro Racing President Roger Edmondson, who launched the Grand-Am Sports Car Series now owned by NASCAR a decade ago.

“Given our goal to guide the sport of AMA Pro Racing into the mainstream of American culture, we couldn’t be more thrilled to showcase the extraordinary abilities of our competitors at Heartland Park Topeka this season,” said Edmondson. “Heartland Park
Topeka has evolved into one of the premier, multi-faceted motorsports entertainment facilities in the country, and I’m certain that motorsports fans in Topeka and throughout Kansas will embrace our unique brand of racing.”

The AMA event, which will be Round Ten in the series’ 13-event 2009 lineup, will feature the American SuperBike and Daytona Sportbike classes on Heartland Park Topeka’s challenging road course.

“The AMA series is televised worldwide, and will attract tens of thousands of spectators holding their collective breaths as these motorcycle athletes race inches apart at nearly 200 miles per hour,” said Heartland Park Topeka Chairman Steve Johnson, who has held leadership positions in several prominent motorsports organizations. “We anticipate the economic impact on the city of Topeka and surrounding area to rival that of the NHRA O’Reilly Summer Nationals. Believe me, it will be quite a show.”

Ticket sales for the NHRA O’Reilly Summer Nationals, available now at www.HPT.com, have been brisk, reported Johnson. The drag racing event once again will feature 8,000-horsepower Funny Cars and Top Fuel Dragsters topping speeds of more than 300
miles an hour in less than four seconds. Johnson said the event will feature a “Heroes Day,” a theme that will be maintained across the board at Heartland Park Topeka activities in 2009.

Heartland Park Topeka’s drag racing entertainment in 2009 also will feature the Lucas Oil Division 5 Championship, NHRA ET drag racing series, junior drag race series, street legal series and new to the Heartland Park Topeka lineup, the Armdrop Live drag racing extravaganza on Oct. 9-10.

The dirt track oval not only will host an exciting new Saturday night format, it also will host two demolition derbies on July 3 and September 18. The full 2009 Heartland Park Topeka season is available at www.HPT.com.

About Heartland Park Topeka Heartland Park Topeka is a unique, multi-faceted motorsports facility that offers an array of experiences for fans of all ages, tastes and backgrounds, from Saturday night dirt track racing to world-class, nationally prominent drag racing and motorcycle race events. It is the mission of owner Ray Irwin and his team “to be a leader in the world of motorsports entertainment, and to build a community-based spirit throughout Topeka and the region.” For more information on all Heartland Park Topeka activities, please go to www.HPT.com.

Media Contact:
Shannon Warta
swarta@hpt.com
(785) 862-4781

Heartland Park sets Dirt Track Registration Day

February 4th, 2009

TOPEKA, KS. – Heartland Park Topeka will be holding a dirt track registration day on Saturday, February 21 for their Saturday Night Showdown Dirt Series. The registration will be held in the Heartland Park Tech Building from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

At this time, all drivers will be able to register their car number for $30 and reserve a pit spot for $50. Payouts and points funds for the 2009 season will also be announced. Copies of the 2009 rules and schedule will be available for those who have not yet picked up their copy and wavier forms for minors can also be signed at this time.

Season pit passes will be available to purchase for $375 at the registration event. These passes will be good all season long, with the exception on MLRA and NCRA Late Model race on September 5 and the two day end of the season special on September 25
and 26.

HPT Dirt Registration day allows racers to get everything ready for the 2009 season, all in one day!

“We are very excited for the 2009 season and the atmosphere we are creating. This season we are going to make Heartland Park the place to race every Saturday night,” said Alan Covert, Heartland Park Topeka Dirt Track Manager.

Stop by HPT on February 21 and let the excitement of the 2009 dirt track season begin! For more information on all events at Heartland Park Topeka, visit www.HPT.com or call 800-43-RACES.

Heartland Park Topeka, a multi-purpose racing facility located in Topeka, Kan. annually hosts Full Throttle NHRA Summer Nationals, AMA Superbikes and many other pro and amateur drag racing, road racing and dirt racing events throughout the race
season.

Heartland Park Topeka Media Relations www.hpt.com

CONTACT: Shannon Warta
EMAIL: swarta@hpt.com
PHONE: (785) 274-0058
CELL: (785) 925-6100
WEBSITE: www.HPT.com

Saturday Showdown Dirt Series Announced for HPT

October 27th, 2008

TOPEKA, KS. (October 23, 2008) – Heartland Park Topeka is excited to announce big changes to their dirt track series. In 2009, the Saturday showdown dirt series will run weekly.

The season will kick-off with a bang on Saturday, April 11 with festivities for the whole family. Fireworks and fun will fill the air as Heartland Park Topeka and dirt track fans celebrate the start of the brand new season. Modified, B Mod, Factory Stock and Hobby Stock will compete every Saturday night throughout the summer and conclude the season in mid-October. 2009 will also feature other fan-favorites such as demolition derbies, trailer races and many others.

”The decision to move to Saturday night was a result of an overwhelming response from our competitors, fans, and sponsors. They all wanted a dirt series at Heartland Park that did not interfere with Friday night activities and Sunday family
gatherings. This is a great move for us and will continue our growth in the racing and entertainment industry,” said Raymond Irwin, owner of Heartland Park Topeka.

In addition to the brand new dirt series schedule, Heartland Park Topeka is also proud to welcome Alan Covert as the new dirt track manager. Covert has been around dirt track racing almost his entire life, as a racer, spectator and supplier, so he
is well aware of how important the move to Saturday night is to Heartland Park Topeka.

“Having the dirt series every Saturday is a great move because it will allow Heartland Park to move to the next level of dirt track racing. It will provide more excitement and better overall competition,” said Covert.

Visit hpt.com or call 800-43-RACES for more information on the complete Saturday showdown dirt series schedule.

Heartland Park Topeka, a multi-purpose racing facility located in Topeka, Kan. annually hosts NHRA drag racing, World of Outlaws (WOO) and many other pro and amateur drag racing, road racing and dirt racing events throughout the race season.

Donny Schatz & Jason Meyers Bring Championship Battle to Heartland Park Saturday

October 24th, 2008

Donny Schatz and Jason Meyers will continue their battle for the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series title this Saturday, October 25 at Heartland Park Topeka in the second annual Thunder at the Heartland. The two drivers are separated
by just 97 points with three events remaining in 2008. Schatz, who is the two-time defending Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series title winner, won at Heartland Park Topeka last season and is a two-time winner at the track. He won the inaugural race on the permanent 3/8-mile in 2001. A $1,000 bonus has been offered to any driver that can beat Schatz on Saturday. Also, if the North Dakota native wins, he will earn an extra $500. Schatz leads the series with 16 A-Feature wins this season, including a series-best six on 3/8-mile tracks.

“Hopefully we can go into the last weekend of the season with a championship and that is what our goal is,” Schatz recently said. Meyers finished fourth at Heartland Park last season, after beginning the night by setting fast time. He leads the World of Outlaws with 14 fast time honors this season. The driver that sets fast time each night receives five bonus points in the
standings, which has played to Meyers advantage this season. He gained a total of 41 points on Schatz last weekend during a two-race swing in his home state of California, picking up two more Top-Five finishes. He leads the series with 47 Top-Five finishes, and also is on top of the leader board in laps led. “We just have to keep doing what we are doing and finishing up front,” Meyers said, when asked what it will take to win his first title. “At this point it will probably take some bad luck on Donny’s (Schatz) part. All we can do is control what we can and that is running up front and winning races. We just keep trying to do that and get as many points as we can and try to track him down.”

The Thunder at the Heartland will be a full racing program for the World of Outlaws, beginning with time trials, followed by heat races, the Crane Cams Dash and A-Feature event, which will pay $10,000 to the winner. Headquartered in Roanoke, Va., Advance Auto Parts, a leading automotive aftermarket retailer of parts, accessories, batteries, and maintenance items in the United States, serves both the do-it-yourself and professional installer markets As of April 19, 2008, the Company operated 3,291 stores in 40 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Additional information about the Company, employment opportunities, customer services, and on-line shopping for parts and accessories can be found on the Company’s web site at www.AdvanceAutoParts.com

King of Track Finals Close HPT Drag Season

October 20th, 2008
TOPEKA, KS. (October 20, 2008)- The 2008 drag season at Heartland Park Topeka came
to a close Saturday, October 18 by crowning the E.T Bracket series winners and the
coveted title of King of the Track.  

Greg Pfeffer, Lee Short, Korbynn Stallbaumer and Jeff Faulkner all qualified on
September 20 to participate in the King of the Track showdown. In the first round of
the evening, Faulkner defeated Stallbaumer and with a no-show from Short, the finals
were set.  Pfeffer and Faulkner were set to compete for the title. Faulkner turned
on the red light giving the title of King of the Track title and the Wally trophy to
Pfeffer.  

Also taking place on Saturday night was last E.T. Bracket round of the season.
Racers in the five different class competed in their last chance to earn points. In
the Super Pro class, Brian Coonrod won over Perry Clark, who broke early in the
final round. Chris Livingood also took home a win in the Pro class with a ’71 Nova
over Troy Ross.  

Jeff Faulkner added to his points lead in the Sportsman class by beating Gene
Livingood down the stretch. The Street class featured Mickey Lockhart and Jeff
Faulkner in the finals with Lockhart’s ’83 Monte SS crossing the line first. In the
newest class to join the E.T. Bracket race at Heartland Park, Brian Pearson took
home the win over Paul Mustain in the finals of the Pro Bike class.  

After a summer of competing in the Heartland Park E.T. Bracket Series, the 2008
points winners were named in all five classes. The Super Pro points winner was Todd
Stallbaumer from Seneca, KS, and Kevin Miller, Eudora, KS, took home the series win
in the Pro category. Jeff Faulkner, Topeka, KS, impressively won both the Sportsman
and Street class. Paul Mustain, Topeka, KS, took the Pro Bike class.  

The 2009 drag schedule will be announced shortly! Visit hpt.com for more information
on all of the 2009 race events.  

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),
World of Outlaws (WoO) and many other pro and amateur drag racing, road racing and
dirt racing events throughout the race season.

Wettengel Nails Two Track Championships

September 8th, 2008

Topeka, KS. – Funny things happen on a points championship night at race tracks all across America. Heartland Park Topeka shouldn’t be any different, or should it? Sunday night was the final night of the Wast Management, Think Green Dirt Series Points Championship and it was exciting from start to finish.

Shane Wettengel has tasted success at HPT probably more than any other driver since re-opening back in 2006. Wettengel has held a championship for the last two season and now he can add two more in 2008. On Sunday night he picked up the crowns in the Hobby Stock and Factory Stock division. He didn’t even have to win either feature to get the job done.

In the Hobby Stock Feature, Shane Hilton pulled off his first win of the 2008 season. What a great night to get it on too, the last night.

Rod Michael and Tim Patch started the race on the front row. Patch would lead the start of the race. It wouldn’t be long before Hilton would pressure Patch for that lead spot.

Hilton would get by Patch, but he didn’t run off and leave him either. Patch gave a solid effort to run down Hilton, but couldn’t get it done.

Rod Michael finished 3rd, the points champ for 2008, Shane Wettengel, was 4th and finishing 5th was Kyle Covert.

This was the 1st championship for Wettengel on the night.

Heading into the Factory Stock main event, Wettengel and Kyle Covert, last year’s track champion, were racing 1st and 2nd in points all year long.

Kyle Covert showed his strength on Sunday night by winning in a landslide on the final night of the season. For most of the feature he carrried a large margin on the 2nd place car.

Covert also did what he had to do to catch Wettengel, he won. Unfortunately, it wasn’t by a large enough margin. Wettengel would win the Factory Stock Crown by 4 points.

Gerald Wahwahsuck made a strong run to the front. He started 7th in the feature and wound up just behind Covert. Eric Weyer finished 3rd, Greg Deters was 4th and rounding out the top 5 was Josh Henery.

In 2008, the B Mod class saw it’s first action at HPT. It was filled with a lot of excitement and enthusiasim. The final night of racing saw 29 B Mods check in for action.

It was one that most would like to forget on the final night, escpecially Brian Murphy. Murphy came into the night with a slight lead over DJ Demotte. A spin early in the race, while driving in the top 5 took Murphy out of the race with severe damage. DJ DeMotte would roll to his first track championship.

The feature event was shortened, due to several yellow flags and attempts to start the race. When the checkers finally came down on the speedway, Steven Bowers Sr. took the top honors. It was his first win at Heartland Park in 2008.

DeMotte came in 2nd, Ray Maloney finished 3rd, 4th went to a hard charging Scotty Martin and Brent Alverson picked off a fifth place finish.

The only points championship that was decided before the night started had to be the Modified class. Steven Bowers Jr. came in with a large advantage over the rest of the field. He had it locked up from the time he showed up at the track. What could he do for an encore? How about win another feature?

Bowers Jr. followed in his father’s footsteps with a win of his own. It wasn’t an easy win. He fell back and then had to work his way back up through the competition. When he finally made his way to the front he had to move past Tom Charles to get the lead.

The two went back and forth, before Bowers would take the advantage. Once at the point he wouldn’t look back.

Jack Richards would make his way by Tom Charles and they battled to the bitter end with Richards taking 2nd, while Charles finished 3rd. Justin Boney had the drive of the night in the Modified feature. Boney started in 19th and marched his way up to 4th before stalling out and finishing there. Kyle Stallbaumer celebrated a strong run and finished 5th.

Tonight’s races capped off the 2008 Wast Management ‘Think Green’ Dirt Series’ races for the season. Next up will be the World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series next Saturday night, Sept. 13.

World of Outlaws at HPT Rescheduled

September 14th, 2008

TOPEKA, KS. The Thunder at the Heartland featuring the World of Outlaws previously scheduled for Saturday, September 13 at Heartland Park Topeka has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 25.

Any advance tickets will be honored at the rescheduled date.

Please visit hpt.com or call 800-43-RACES for a new schedule of the World of Outlaws event.

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.

SCCA ProSolo Races Return to Heartland Park Topeka

September 11th, 2008

TOPEKA, KS. (September 11, 2008)- Heartland Park Topeka is hosting yet another national event at its world-class facilities. The Tire Rack SCCA ProSolo® National Series Championship Finale is back to put rubber to the asphalt for the third year at HPT.

Heartland Park Topeka is proud to host one of the nation’s largest autocross events which combines the excitement of drag racing and the skill of Solo on side-by-side, mirror-image autocross courses. Drivers compete in a heads-up style in various classes by combining their fastest times from each course.  

All ProSolo events feature the top drivers from each class, competing head-to-head in a variety of single-elimination, handicapped Challenges. The Hawk Super Challenge determines the Top Eliminator for the event, the Ladies’ Challenge draws from the two Ladies’ classes, the Honda Street Challenge draws from the six street classes, and the Bonus Challenge is for those who have not qualified for one of the other challenges.   

The racing for ProSolo Championship Finale takes place on Friday, September 12 and Saturday, September 13. Racing both days starts at 8 a.m. and will end around 5:30 p.m. 

To find out more about Heartland Park Topeka and all of the national events taking place at HPT, visit www.hpt.com. Race fans can also call 800-43-RACES for the opportunity to check out the world-class racing on our schedule next year. 

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), World of Outlaws (WoO) and many other pro and amateur drag racing, road racing and dirt racing events throughout the race season. 

WETTENGEL, MARTIN AND MORGAN ALL WIN AT HPT

August 14th, 2008

In the first feature of the night, Hobby Stock, Shane Wettengel took home the win. While it was Shane Hilton who started the race in the number one position it was Wettengel who ended there. Wettengel battled the entire race with Hilton with Zachary Henery fighting off contenders for the third place spot. In the end, it was Wettengel who pulled away with a commanding lead. With the win tonight, Wettengel remains first in the points race with a 20 point lead over second place Shuan Still.

The Factory Stock feature was also impressively won by Shane Wettengel. After his first win, he turned around and won his second class of the evening. Wettengel started this race in the number seven position but was able to fight off the competition and work his way to the top. The win was not easy though with James King battling Wettengel the entire way. After leading for several laps, King was not quite able to reach the top stop and finished the race in second. The Factory Stock points race remains a close race with Wettengel and Kyle Covert tied in the top spot.

Brian Murphy started the B-Mod feature race in the number one position, but that lead only lasted a couple of laps. Steve Bowers Jr. was quick to take over the lead but faced a bit of bad luck running into the wall in the early laps. From there on, it was Scotty Martin who dominated the race with impressive speed with no one coming close to him. Martin was so far ahead of the pack that he began to lap some of the lower placed cars. In the end, Martin took home the big win in the largest class of the night with DJ DeMotte taking second. With the win tonight Murphy remains first in the points with DeMotte passing Marty Gist for second place.

In the final feature of the night, the Modified class did not disappoint. Chris Morgan had a solid race leading most of the race. Tom Charles made sure that Morgan did not have an easy win though, and pressured him the entire race. In a race with multiple yellow flags, Morgan persevered and took home the win. Despite finishing near the back of the pack Steven Bowers Jr. still has a commanding lead in the points series with Ryan Phillips sitting in second.

The Waste Management “Think Green” Dirt Series continues on August 24 with the Chris Murray Memorial Race featuring the Midwest Outlaw Lighting Sprints. Visit www.hpt.com for more information on all the events at HPT.

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), World of Outlaws (WoO) and many other pro and amateur drag racing, road racing and dirt racing events throughout the race season.

WEDER BREAKS THROUGH, TOPS O’REILLY USMTS NATIONAL TOUR AT HEARTLAND PARK TOPEKA

August 11th, 2008

Weder, who took a pair of checkered flags last season in the O’Reilly USMTS
Southern Series, started fifth in the main event and moved into second shortly after Shryock snagged the lead from polesitter Ken Schrader near the midpoint of the 35-lapper. When Shryock bounced off his line while maneuvering beneath a lapped car on lap 27, Weder seized the moment and powered underneath the eight-time O’Reilly USMTS National Champion to take the lead.

With two laps to go, the yellow flag waved for the disabled machine of Rodney Sanders and bunched the field for a two-lap dash to the checkered flag.

Weder was flawless on the restart and pulled away to pocket the $2,000 top
prize. Tuesday night’s winner, Jason Hughes, nipped Schrader at the line for
second with Rookies Rockin’ Sports Bar Rookie of the Year points leader
Brandon Kenny finishing fourth and Justin Boney rounding out the top-5.

Shryock never got a chance to challenge Weder for the lead as a flat tire
forced him to the pits. He was able to pass four cars in the final two orbits, but finished a disappointing 12th in his first time out with a new-look body wrap featuring sponsorship from Casey’s General Stores.

Zack VanderBeek led the first lap from the outside of the front row, but fell to sixth by race’s end. NASCAR star Kenny Wallace sped to a seventh-place finish after starting 14th, with Jon Tesch eighth, Steve Kosiski ninth and Dustin Boney tenth.

With one race left in the Mo-Kan Region, Shryock leads Hughes by 59 points (1026 to 967) and has all but wrapped up his third regional title of the season. Tesch has 957 points but dropped one spot in the rankings, while John Allen is fourth with 884 markers. Kenny (825), VanderBeek (816), Justin Boney (793), Jason Krohn (761), Johnny Bone Jr. (694) and Weder (662) are sixth through tenth, respectively.

UP NEXT:
Thursday will find the O’Reilly USMTS National Tour teams invading their third first-time-ever facility in a row as they trek to the Nevada (Mo.) Speedway for the Mo-Kan Championship presented by Buzzard Racing Engines of Walker, Mo.

Pit gates will open at 4:30 p.m., hot laps begin at 6:45 and the first heat
race is at 7:15. Also on the racing card will be local Street Stocks and
Factory Stocks.

Race fans can pick up $2-off discount coupons at all Casey’s General Stores
locations in Butler and Lamar.

The Nevada Speedway is a 1/4-mile semi-banked clay oval located 0.4 mile
west of US 71 on CR K, then 0.4 mile south on Barrett. For raceday
information, call the track hotline at (417) 667-5859 or log on to www.nevadaspeedway.net.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, call the
headquarters at (515) 832-7944 or visit www.usmts.com online for the latest
news and information from the USMTS – America’s Hottest Ticket on Dirt.