23rd annual NHRA Summer Nationals
Heartland Park Topeka
7530 SW Topeka Blvd.
Topeka, KS 66619
Elevation: 980 feet
; 800-43-RACES (7-2237); 785-862-4781
Radio Frequency: 88.7 FM
Sprawling multipurpose Heartland Park Topeka has been a Midwest favorite since it opened in 1989, but its dragstrip has gained the majority of headlines. The event, originally in the fall, has featured numerous record performances, the most significant of which was the shattering of the quarter-mile four-second and 300-mph barriers in Funny Car in 1993. The event moved to its current spot on the schedule in 2001.
2010 recap: Reigning NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series world champs Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel), Robert Hight (Funny Car), and Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) collected wins to bolster their title defenses. Neither Schumacher nor Hight had won in Topeka, but both crossed that task off their lists to move closer to the points leaders in their classes. Edwards, meanwhile, upped his already impressive points lead to 267 markers over runner-up Allen Johnson.
How to Get There: The track is on Topeka Boulevard where it intersects Gary Ormsby Drive, four miles south of Interstate 470. From Kansas City, take the Kansas Turnpike (I-70) to the South Topeka exit and travel south on Topeka Boulevard to the track. From Wichita, take the Kansas Turnpike (I-335) to the South Topeka exit and travel south on Topeka Boulevard to the track. From I-470, take the Topeka Boulevard exit and travel south to the track.
Visitor Information: Visit Topeka Inc., 785-234-1030 or 800-235-1030, www.visittopeka.travel