Heartland Park Topeka

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Heartland Park Topeka
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Location Topeka, Kansas, United States of America
Time zone GMT-6
Owner Shelby Development LLC
Opened 1989
Major events National Hot Rod Association
NHRA Kansas Nationals
Grand Prix Road Course
Surface Asphalt
Length 2.5 mi (4 km)
Turns 14
Clay Oval
Surface Clay
Length .375 mi (.6 km)
Turns 4
Dragstrip
Surface Asphalt
Lap record 0:3.676 (Brittany Force, John Force Racing, 2016, NHRA Top Fuel Dragster)
Motocross track
Surface Dirt

Heartland Park Topeka is a multi-purpose motorsports facility located 5 miles (8 km) in Topeka, Kansas.

When it opened in 1989,[1] it was the first brand-new auto racing facility to be built in the United States for 20 years. Its facilities include a road-race course with 4 possible configurations (ranging from 1.8 miles (2.9 km) to 2.5 miles (4.0 km) in length), a ⅜ mile clay oval, off-road course and a ¼ mile drag strip. After several years of neglect, owing to continual financial difficulties, the track surface and other facilities had deteriorated badly and the very survival of the track was in doubt. In 2003, it was bought by Raymond Irwin, former owner (2007) of Blackhawk Farms Raceway, who has instituted a program of major renovations to the facility.[1]

In January 2016, the track was purchased by Chris Payne and Todd Crossley of Shelby Development, LLC.

The drag-strip is used by local clubs and the National Hot Rod Association. The road-course is mainly used by the SCCA, the National Auto Sport Association and marque-clubs. The track was the home of both the SCCA National Championship Runoffs and the Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships from 2006 to 2008. In the past, it has hosted ARCA, ASA, IMSA, AMA and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series' O'Reilly Auto Parts 275.[1]

The full 2.5 mile road course (and pit road) was completely repaved with a high-tech, polymer-enhanced asphalt in the fall of 2016 and will host a full schedule of car, motorcycle and kart events in 2017.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Peterson, Rick (May 25, 2003). "'Special times': Heartland Park has attracted racing legends". The Topeka Capital-Journal. Topeka, KS. Retrieved 2014-03-27. 

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Coordinates: 38°55′29″N 95°40′26″W / 38.92472°N 95.67389°W / 38.92472; -95.67389