Sunday's pre-race festivities included a lively discussion between Antron Brown and Scott Palmer, whose round one meeting was deemed the Marquee Matchup in Top Fuel.
The popular track walk was led by Top Fuel racer Cameron Ferre, left, and Funny Car driver Terry Haddock. They were joined by a host of Topeka drag racing fans who got to walked the famed Heartland Motorsports Park track surface.
As part of NHRA's ongoing effort to honor first responders, the Topeka Police Dept. Pipe and Drum Corps was also a part of pre-race ceremonies.
Charlie Stewart's C7 Corvette is just one example of the diversity that can be found in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series. Stewart was the No. 2 qualifier after a 9.906 pass in round one.
John Force climbs from his Peak Chevrolet following his round one win over Dale Creasy. Force went on to reach the semifinals for the sixth time this season but it still waiting for win No. 150.
Ryan Priddy turned in another impressive performance behind the wheel of Nick Mitsos' Mountain View Racing COPO Camaro. Priddy qualified No. 15 and reached the semifinal round in the SAM Tech.edu NHRA Factory Stock Showdown.
Austin Prock looked like anything but a rookie in Topeka with a strong semifinal finish in his Montana Brands/Rocky Mountain Twist Top Fuel dragster.
Pro Stock teams had the week off but points leader Bo Butner kept his skills sharp by racing his Cobra Jet Mustang in the SAM Tech.edu Factory Stock Showdown. Butner lost a close battle against Stephen Bell's COPO Camaro.
Robert Hight celebrated his fourth Funny Car win of the season and the 49th of his career. Hight now has a sizable 208-point lead in the Mello Yello Funny Car standings.
After winning 12 Top Fuel events last season, Steve Torrence is on a roll again this season with five-straight victories. The reigning Mello Yello champion also enjoys a massive lead in the points standings.