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Steve Herrick won some races last year, but this year he will be looking for a Factory Stock Championship. (Reed Bros. Racing Photos)

Topeka, KS – When we last left the action at Heartland Park’s Dirt Track there was a lot of things going on. Darron Fuqua capped off a stellar season winning 11 races and his 1st Modified Championship, Zach Henery dominated the Pure Stock division winning 16 of 22 races, in the B Mod ranks Dalton Kirk won his 1st championship and Dave Samuels was the only repeat track champion from 2010 winning the Factory Stock Championship. All that goes down the drain on Saturday night as the 2012 season kicks off at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway!

What?

Oh, that’s right there are several new things to see this Saturday night, April 7, 2012, for the first race of the year.

The first thing fans will notice is the renaming of the speedway. Russ Briggs has been a longtime supporter of racing at Heartland Park Topeka. His company, Briggs Auto Group, has been a longtime partner with the track. It’s a fitting move that the BriggsAuto.Com Super Saturday Showdown Series now takes place at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway.

What other things should be in store for fans and racers this weekend? A whole lot!

Racing at the fast 3/8 mile track in Topeka will always be the key attraction. The Washburn Tech Modifieds, Super 8 at Forbes Landing Factory Stocks, Whiteline CDL Training B Mods and Casey’s General Stores Pure Stocks will, once again, entertain the fans all season long.

Darron Fuqua, 2011 Champion, will be back to defend his title. To repeat he will have to fend off a ton of hot competitors. Late last season several new faces and veterans showed up in victory lane. This season you don’t know what will happen in this class. Modified racing is one of the, if the most, competitive class when it comes to dirt track racing action.

Drivers such as Steven Bowers Jr., Josh Everhart, Kerry Davis, Justin Johnson, Luke Driskell and a host of others will be on hand to provide non-stop excitement.

The Factory Stock racers gave fans something to really cheer about last year. There feature races carried all kinds of excitement. Last lap passes, last corner passes, domination, a little rubbin’ and some down right knockouts were just a few adjectives to describe last years Factory Stock events.

Dave Samuels has taken off to run in the B Mod division. That means someone will have to step up in 2012. Look no further than the runner-up in points last season, Steve Herrick. In the off-season Herrick made the biggest move off all the drivers in the division. He bought the championship ride from last year! That’s right. This season Herrick will be driving Samuels’ old car. A car that has spent a lot of time in victory lane.

Fans gravitated to this class last year. Look for that same thing to happen this year as the Factory Stocks will provide even more action than before.

What can you say about the B Mods? Last season this class mimicked the stock market. They were up, they were down and sometime they just maintained. If there is an ‘X’ Factor, this class of race cars and drivers are it. This class has drivers that are true rookies and they also have some drivers that have been in the game for a long time. Last season it was a tough mix. Looking back at last season it appears that several drivers have realized what they needed to do in order to win races. This move should provide for better racing and more winners. It’s a winning combination.

It’s hard to pick a clear cut favorite in the class. Mike Higley could be that guy, if there is one. Over the past 3 years this class has grown in competitors every year. This year will be no different and until you hit the race track you just don’t know who will show up and drive in this division!

Zach Henery will not be trying to repeat his run from a year ago, or will he? The Henery team is a secretive bunch. It’s been said that Henery won’t be driving, but it’s not out of the realm of possibility.

Unlike the other classes, the Pure Stocks have not grown as expected over the last few years. It’s a puzzling riddle. The class is designed for beginners or folks that want to see what the sport is all about. Competitors will not find a more economical class at HPT other than the Pure Stocks. This season officials are looking for an increase in the number of competitors compared to the last few seasons. This means the class is wide open and will, like all the other classes, provide the fans of HPT with awesome on track action!

Another characteristic that helped HPT succeed last season was the promotions. As fans stepped into the track, they felt like they were part of the show. The Kids Zone provided youngsters a place to play, autograph sessions were a hit before each race, intermissions always had an exciting event and sometimes the element of surprise also sparked the fans interest. Fans can expect continuation of these activities in 2012, starting with this weekend.

For the fans it doesn’t get any better than opening night. Opening night at HPT means FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT! The Kid Zone will be full of activities, the track champions will be on hand for the pre race autograph session, prizes will be given away, intermission games are on tap and it’s been leaked to the press that the EASTER BUNNY will be on hand for some pictures and to hand out some eggs!

This weekend at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway is sure to be a hit!

The spectator gates open up at 5:30 p.m., hot laps at 6:15 p.m. and the first race goes green at 7:00 p.m.

Adult tickets are $10 ea. and kids 12 and under are $5 ea.

For more information about Heartland Park Topeka or to purchase tickets online, log on to www.hpt.com.

Join track announcer, Jr. Lowrey, each and every Wednesday night from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. for a weekly internet podcast, PIT PASS. PIT PASS is a weekly show dedicated to all the action at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway. Listen in for driver interviews, race re-caps, race previews, sponsor spotlights, contests, giveaways and a whole lot more. Find the link for the show at www.hpt.com.

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