Super Gas winner Shawn Carter broke a lengthy winless drought in Topeka when he defeated Collin Becker in the final round. Carter’s last national event win came at the 2007 Dallas race. Driving his ’05 Cavalier, Carter was wheel to wheel with Becker in the final and survived a close 9.896 to 9.888 double breakout. Carter prepared for the final round with wins against two-time Topeka winner James Kunkel, Norman Brungardt, George Meyer, and Shannon Brinkley. Ironically, the Heartland Nationals was Carter’s first appearance of the season in NHRA competition.