TOPEKA, Kan. – Cedar Falls Raceway raced to the NHRA West Central Division Summit Racing Series Team Championship for the second year in a row this weekend at Heartland Park Topeka. The team from Cedar Falls, Iowa racked up 66 points to beat sister track Cordova Dragway Park who finished second with 55 points followed by Brainerd International Raceway in third and host track Heartland Park in fourth.
Four Iowa racers claimed individual honors led by Super Pro Champion Travis Smiley and his ’91 S10. The Emerson, Iowa, racer got the early lead and ran 119 mph in 9.475 seconds to defeat Glen Gordon, Wolcott, N.D., who was quicker at 8.906, 159 mph.
Steve Marquis, Camanche, Iowa, wheeled his ’62 Chevy II to the win as did Tom Klemme and Brian Hurley. Marquis faced off with Travis Baumert in the Pro final round. The two drivers had identical reaction times with Marquis better at the top end running 9.238 seconds on the 9.23 dial in for the win. Baumert, Sigourney, Iowa, went 10.099 at 131 in his ’72 Camaro. Davenport, Iowa, resident Klemme took the trophy in Pro Bike knocking out Jason Clampitt, Lino Lakes, Minn., with a pass of 8.830 seconds at 134 mph. Clampitt crossed the finish line at 144 mph in 8.993 seconds. Hurley rounded out the Iowa winners as he beat Michelle Emmans in the High School class. Hurley, Waterloo, Iowa, piloted his ’98 Nova to a lap of 12.280 at 108 mph to Emmans’ loosing effort of 15.062 at 84 mph.
The Sportsman trophy went to John Dost II, Olathe, Kan., and his ’92 Camaro. Dost defeated Shane Newland, Independence, Mo., in 12.127 seconds at 116 mph to Newland’s 12.789 at 106 in his ’66 Fairlane.
Smiley, Marquis, Klemme and Dost will all advance to the NHRA Summit Racing Series National Championship at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona where they will face off with the champions from the six other NHRA divisions for more than $100,000 in purse.
The following are the final results from the NHRA Summit Racing Series West Central Division Finals at Heartland Park Topeka:
|Cedar Falls Raceway
|Cordova Dragway Park
|Brainerd Int'l Raceway
|Heartland Park Topeka
|Kearney Raceway Park
|Grove Creek Raceway
|Eddyville Raceway Park
|Kansas Int'l Dragway
|Rock Falls Raceway
|Rolling Thunder Dragstrip
|Top End Dragway
|Pueblo Motorsports Park
|Douglas Motorsports Park
Travis Smiley, Emerson, Iowa, ‘91 S10, 9.475, 119.63 def.
Glen Gordon, Wolcott, N.D., ‘08 dragster, 8.906,159.64
Steve Marquis, Camanche, Iowa, ‘62 Chevy II, 9.238, 138.50 def.
Travis Baumert, Sigourney, Iowa, ‘72 Camaro, 10.099, 131.70
John Dost II, Olathe, Kan., ‘92 Camaro, 12.127, 116.03 def.
Shane Newland, Independence, Mo., ‘66 Fairlane, 12.789, 106.71
Tom Klemme, Davenport, Iowa, ‘87 Kawasaki, 8.830, 134.19 def.
Jason Clampitt, Lino Lakes, Minn., ‘10 Suzuki, 8.993, 144.66
Brian Hurley, Waterloo, Iowa, ‘98 Nova, 12.280, 108.48 def. Michelle Emmans, Dayton, Minn., ‘01 Regal GS, 15.062, 84.50
TOPEKA, Kan. – Five racers took home the Race of Champions trophies late Saturday night at Heartland Park Topeka for the NHRA Summit Racing Series West Central Division led by Super Pro winner Anthony Layne of Cool Valley, Ill.,
Layne worked his way thought eliminations for the ‘race within a race’ that pits top points earners from each of the 20 tracks represented this weekend. Layne, in a ’06 dragster, went 172 mph in 7.610 to defeat Cal Belden, Abendeen, S.D., in a ’99 dragster clocking in at 8.903, 164 mph.
Home state racers Josh Peterson, Munjor, Kan., and Darrel Goheen, Hays, Kan., took the wins in Pro and Sportsman respectively. Peterson beat Kurt Mullen out of Manchester, Iowa, with a lap of 10.448 at 123 mph in his ’67 Chevelle to Mullen’s 10.830 at 123 in a ’68 Barracuda. Goheen, who has won the division championship three years in a row, took the Sportsman Race of Champions trophy as he knocked out Iowa racer Rick Pitzer. Goheen covered the quartermile track in 12.002 seconds at 110 mph with Pitzer close behind at 12.171, 109 mph.
Rounding out Saturday’s winners were Steve Klemme and Drew Beale. Klemme, Taylor Ridge, Ill., won the Pro Bike class aboard his ’73 Kawasaki running 9.017 at 135 in beating Curtis Spracklin, Omaha, Neb., who went quicker at 8.699, 140 mph. Beale won in the High School class with his ’70 Camaro over Austin Mohr, Mitchell, S.D. Beale, Hillsdale, Ill., ran 12.102 at 107 mph to Mohr’s 12.663, 106 in his ’71 Chevelle.
Action resumed on Sunday for the West Central Division Summit Racing Series Championship where the winner’s will advance to the NHRA Summit Racing Series National Championship in November at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.
The following are final results from the NHRA West Central Division Summit Racing Series Race of Champions at Heartland Park Topeka:
RACE OF CHAMPIONS
Anthony Layne, Cool Valley, Ill., '06 Dragster, 7.610, 172.87 def.
Cal Belden, Abendeen, S.D., '99 dragster, 8.903, 164.39
Josh Peterson, Munjor, Kan., '68 Camaro, 10.448, 123.86 def.
Kurt Mullen, Manchester, Iowa, '68 Barracuda, 10.830, 123.00
Darrel Goheen, Hays, Kan., '67 Chevelle, 12.002, 110.81 def.
Rick Pitzer, Glenwood, Iowa, '74 Duster, 12.171, 109.17
Steve Klemme, Taylor Ridge, Ill., '73 Kawasaki, 9.017, 135.58 def.
Curtis Spracklin, Omaha, Neb., '05 Kawasaki, 8.699, 140.42
Drew Beale, Hillsdale, Ill., '70 Camaro, 12.102, 107.54 def.
Austin Mohr, Mitchell, S.D., '71 Chevelle 12.663, 106.03
TOPEKA, Kan. – Racing kicked off today at Heartland Park Topeka for the NHRA West Central Division Summit Racing Series Finals. More than 500 racers from 20 tracks across the region took to the quarter mile today for opening day of time trials. Up for grabs this weekend are both individual and team championships with more than $50,000 in purse and contingency postings.
Gates open at 7 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday with Saturday’s time trials beginning at 8 a.m. and round 1 of the Race of Champions scheduled for 1 p.m. The ROC pits the top points earners from each track in head to head single elimination competition with winner’s being crowned Saturday evening.
Sunday’s action gets underway at 8 a.m. with round 1 for the West Central Division Summit Series Championship with Cedar Falls Raceway looking to defend their title from a year ago while Darrel Goheen looks to make it four in a row in the Sportsman class. The Hays, Kan., racer has won the division championship every year since 2009.
Sunday’s winners in Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, and Pro Bike will advance to the Summit National Championship at Auto Club Raceway, Pomona, Calif., in November where they will battle the division champions from the six other NHRA divisions for a purse of over $100,000.
Heartland Park Topeka to host West Central Division NHRA Summit Racing Series Finals
TOPEKA – Heartland Park Topeka will host the West Central Division NHRA Summit Racing Series Finals Sept. 14-16. The event will feature teams of the series’ best racers representing NHRA member yracks from across the region. Top points-earning drivers in five classes will compete for team and individual honors. Racers in Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, Pro Bike, and High School will run at the event.
Gates at Heartland Park Topeka will open at 7 a.m. each day. Time trials will start Friday morning at 8 and continue Saturday at 8 a.m. as well, and eliminations will begin on Sunday at 8 a.m.
Following time trials on Saturday morning, the action will continue with the Race of Champions, in which the top points earners from each track will compete in head-to-head competition. Sunday’s winners in Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, and Pro Bike will advance to the National Championship at the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in November. They’ll run against the winners from NHRA’s other six divisions for a purse of more than $100,000.
Heartland Park Topeka is at 7530 SW Topeka Blvd., Topeka, KS 66619. For more information, call the track, 785-862-4781, or log on to www.hpt.com or www.NHRADiv5.com.
WEST CENTRAL DIVISION NHRA SUMMIT RACING SERIES FINALS: Fact Sheet
WHAT: West Central Division NHRA Summit Racing Series Finals, where top drivers from NHRA member tracks across the West Central Division compete in five classes for individual and team honors. Competing classes are Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, Pro Bike, and High School. The Race of Champions, a race within a race where the top points earners from each participating track run head to head for individual honors, will run on Saturday. Sunday’s event winners in Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, and Pro Bike will advance to the National Championship at the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.
WHERE: Heartland Park Topeka, 7530 SW Topeka Blvd., Topeka, KS 66619.
WHEN: Friday through Sunday, Sept. 14-16, 2012.
FRIDAY, Sept. 14 -- Gates open at 7 a.m. Time trials begin at 8 a.m.
SATURDAY, Sept. 15 – Gates open at 7 a.m. Time trials begin at 8 a.m. Race of Champions is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.
SUNDAY, Sept. 16 -- Gates open at 7 a.m. First round of eliminations starts at 8 a.m.
PURSE: The NHRA Summit Racing Series competitors in Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, and Pro Bike will compete for cash awards of more than $17,000.
The event winners in Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, and Pro Bike will advance to compete against winners from NHRA’s other six divisions at the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals in Pomona in November. They will each receive $3,500 for competing at the Finals, and the winner in each class will receive an additional $5,000.
Participants in the High School category compete for trophies.
2011 EVENT WINNERS: Cedar Falls Raceway, team champion; Gary Koch, Super Pro; Brandon Schmall, Pro; Darrel Goheen, Sportsman; David Primrose, Pro Bike; Megan DeMoss, High School
FEATURES: More than 500 drivers in five race categories: Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, Pro Bike, and High School.