TOPEKA, KS — Aug. 2, 2022 — (Motor Sports NewsWire) — Heartland Motorsports Park, known as the House of Speed, will once again be the site of the thrilling, must-see 11,000 horsepower, 330 mph action from the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series at the Menards NHRA Nationals presented by PetArmor August 12-14.
It is the 14th of 22 races in the 2022 season and the event marks the first time since 1997 that all four NHRA professional categories (Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle) will be used at Topeka. That guarantees an exciting and memorable weekend at a facility known for record-breaking performances and monumental speeds, as fans can enjoy a prime-time Nitro qualifying session on Friday, two qualifying sessions on Saturday and the final eliminations on Sunday.
As the countdown to the Championship Playoffs nears, the race also comes to a pivotal juncture as the racing teams attempt to claim an important win at Topeka’s House of Speed. Brittany Force (Top Fuel), John Force (Funny Car) and Dallas Glenn (Pro Stock) won the 2021 event and this year’s race will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1 (FS1), including live elimination coverage from 2pm ET Sunday 14 August.
Brittany Force shared a historic moment with her father John at Topeka last year when they shared the winners circle for the first time and became the first father-daughter to win the same race in NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series history. That was her only win last season, but B. Force was impressive in 2022 at Top Fuel, claiming four wins and the points lead. But it won’t be easy, in a packed field that includes Mike Salinas, who also has four wins this year, two-time race winner Doug Kalitta, Leah Pruett, Antron Brown, Tony Schumacher, Justin Ashley, Clay Millican and others, to win again Josh Hart.
J. Force clinched an incredible 10th Funny Car win at Heartland Motorsports Park a year ago and continued his amazing success at the facility. Last year was his first Topeka win in 13 years and he will be looking to finish second in a row against a star-studded group of competitors. That list includes points leader Robert Hight, who has four wins this year, Matt Hagan, defending champion Ron Capps and Cruz Pedregon, who each have four wins at Topeka, Sonoma winner Bob Tasca III, JR Todd, Alexis DeJoria, Tim Wilkerson, and Chad Green.
Dallas Glenn’s memorable rookie season in Pro Stock included a big moment at Topeka when he set a perfect .000 reaction time on the final lap to take the win en route to the NHRA Rookie of the Year honors. He has a win in 2022 but everyone is chasing points leader and four-time champion Erica Enders, who already has an impressive six wins to her name this season. She will look to keep rolling against strong contenders like reigning world champion Greg Anderson, Kyle Koretsky, Troy Coughlin Jr., Aaron Stanfield who has two wins this year, Matt Hartford and rookie Camrie Caruso.
It is Pro Stock Motorcycle’s first trip to Heartland Motorsports Park in 25 years and Angelle Sampey, the only points leader, has a win among the active riders, taking the win in 1997. But the exciting two-wheeler category is back and ready to put on a show, with many championship contenders looking to position themselves for the countdown to the championship. Joey Gladstone, who clinched his first career win in class at Sonoma, is just two points behind Sampey overall while other standouts include reigning world champion Matt Smith, Steve Johnson, Angie Smith, Jerry Savoie, Karen Stoffer, Eddie Krawiec and Jimmy Underdahl.
The event also features exciting competition in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, which features some of the sport’s top drivers, as well as Street Legal exhibition runs. After Nitro Qualifying on Friday and Saturday, fans can see an exciting performance of the hilarious jet car “Miss Elle” starring Mickey McCormick, as well as a wheelstander display of the PT cruiser “Walking Tall” starring “NitroMike”. On Saturday, fans can also visit the Nitro School to learn more about how the cars work and reach their blistering speeds.
Race fans at Heartland Motorsports Park can enjoy the special pre-race ceremonies introducing and celebrating each of the drivers racing for the prestigious Wally on Sunday and including the fan favorite SealMaster Track Walk. The final experience not to be missed at any NHRA event is the Circle Celebration on Sunday following the conclusion of the race, where fans are invited to congratulate the Menards NHRA Nationals, presented by the winners of the PetArmor event.
As always, fans will also receive an exclusive pit pass to the world’s most powerful and sensual motorsport attraction at Topeka. This unique opportunity gives fans a unique chance to see teams in action, service their hot rods between rounds, get autographs from their favorite NHRA drivers and more. Fans can also visit NHRA’s popular Nitro Alley and Manufacturers Midway, where sponsors and race providers create an exciting atmosphere that includes interactive displays, simulated competitions, merchandise, food and fun for the whole family.
Qualifying for the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series includes one round at 6:30pm CT on Friday, August 12 and the final two qualifying rounds on Saturday, August 13 at 2:00pm and 5:00pm. Final eliminations are scheduled for 10:30am CT on Sunday, August 14th. Televised coverage will include qualifying action on FS1 at 4:30pm ET on Saturday, 1pm on Sunday and then the eliminations on Sunday at 2pm ET.
To purchase tickets to the Menards NHRA Nationals presented by PetArmor, fans can visit www.nhra.com or call 800-884-6472. For more information about NHRA, visit www.nhra.com.
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Headquartered in San Dimas, California, the NHRA is the primary sanctioning agency for the sport of drag racing in the United States. NHRA presents 22 national events featuring the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series, Constant Aviation Factory Stock Showdown and Top Fuel Harley Series. NHRA offers riders of all skill levels opportunities to compete in the NHRA Summit Racing Series and NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style. NHRA also offers the NHRA Jr. Street program for teens and the Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 5-17. With over 120 member tracks, NHRA enables racers to compete in a variety of locations nationally and internationally. The NHRA’s Youth and Education Services (YES) program reaches over 30,000 students annually to spark their interest in automotive and racing careers. NHRA’s streaming service, NHRA.tv, allows fans to watch all national NHRA events as well as exclusive features from the sport. In addition, NHRA owns and operates three racing facilities: Gainesville Raceway in Florida; Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park; and Auto Club Raceway in Pomona in Southern California. For more information, log on to www.NHRA.com or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.
Source: National Hot Rod Association