Sunday, November 19, 2017

Heartland Park Ready To Bounce Back!

After 20 features at Heartland Park there have been 18 different winners. Reed Bros. Racing Photos

After 20 features at Heartland Park there have been 18 different winners. Reed Bros. Racing Photos


Topeka – Last week the rain sat in on the final 3 days of the week and the dirt track racing at Heartland Park Topeka was cancelled.

This Sunday night July 10th the Big Time Bail Bonds Sunday Showdown will continue with the best IMCA Racing in the Midwest on Sunday night!

The Big Time Bail Bonds Sunday Showdown will have different gate and start times this week. Pit and spectator gates will open up at 4:30 p.m., hot laps will be at 6:30 p.m. and the first race goes green at 7:00 p.m. As the weather forecast is looking at warmer temps, HPT is looking to utilize the cooler evening temperatures.

With July 4th the following day, the fans need to have something for them as a bonus and J.Y. Fireworks, located at 5105 S. Topeka Blvd., will be on hand Sunday night to provide something for the fans.

RECYCLED RACE NOTES…

What Happened The Last Race At Heartland Park…
Derrick Brown scored the unthinkable in the BillsBuilt Race Cars IMCA Modified Feature, he held off 3 time feature winner, Jordan Grabouski. Former Cars 4 Less IMCA Stock Car Champ, Steven Herrick, scored his 1st win of the 2016 season. Brian Davidson returned from a short layoff to race his way to win #1 on the season in the Jersey Mike’s Subs IMCA Northern Sport Mod Feature. Splitting a car with his brother from Saturday to Sunday night, Dalton Ronnebaum blasted his way to a win in the Jersey Mike’s Subs IMCA Hobby Stock main event.

BillsBuilt Race Cars IMCA Modified Notes…
With the win last week Derrick Brown becomes 1 of only 3 drivers to have won a feature this season.
Danny Holt continued his string of top 5 finishes as last race out he finished in the 3rd position.
A big melee got the last race feature off to a slow start, once it got back to green flag racing action there was action all over the speedway.
The hard charger last week went to Jordan Grabouski who started 8th and finished 2nd on the night.
Only 35 points separate the point leader, Jordan Grabouski, from the 5th place in points, Jared Rogers.

Mike Eisenhut. Reed Bros Racing Photos

Mike Eisenhut. Reed Bros Racing Photos

This Week’s Driver to Watch… Mike Eisenhut #2, Topeka, KS.

Eisenhut has been around the racing community for quite some time. This season he is gaining more consistent feature finishes. Last race out an unfortunate breakage of his left front caused him to bow out of the race early in the night. The bad luck shouldn’t continue to follow him, but you never know. Eisenhut is a strong competitor and watch him this week to see if he is somewhere in the top 5 by the race end.

Cars 4 Less IMCA Stock Car Notes…
It was nice to see Steve Herrick finish at the front of the last feature event. Herrick is a former track champ at Heartland Park and the win had to be a big boost to his confidence.
Jim Powell Jr. made Herrick earn the win two weeks ago. The competition level in this division is second to none.
Points leader Brandon Conkwright just keeps finishing toward the top each and every week. Last race he finished 3rd and it’s helped him gain a 15 point advantage.
Bryan Rigsby had a strong race going from 12th to 7th. He was looking at a top 5 but a mishap on the final lap set him back to 7th.
5 different winners have raced into victory lane after 5 features have been raced this season.

Christine Holt. Reed Bros. Racing Photos

Christine Holt. Reed Bros. Racing Photos

This Week’s Driver To Watch… Christine Holt #11, Topeka, KS.

In 2016, Christine Holt is having one of her best seasons ever. No she is not beating down the door to victory lane, but what she is doing is getting better each week. Holt’s been in, or near, the top 10 every race night. Not a bad stat considering she is in one of the toughest classes in the U.S. Holt’s attitude helps her out each and every Sunday night. Being the only female in a male dominated sport, Holt is just working at her own pace and getting things done the way she likes them. Watch this week and see if she is in the hunt for a win.

Jersey Mike’s Subs IMCA Northern Sport Mod Notes…

It was just 2 races ago when Brian Davidson was involved in a nasty wreck on the front stretch. It looked like his car was toast. Not so. Last week after a lot of TLC, Davidson was able to make it out and not compete, but he won the main event.
Out of 5 features raced this season, there have been 5 different winners on the season. No driver has been able to repeat as a winner this year.
Just 23 points separate the top 6 in the point standings.

Derek Huffman. Reed Bros Racing Photos

Derek Huffman. Reed Bros Racing Photos

Driver to Watch This Week… Derek Huffman #1, Topeka, KS.

Huffman has been a long time supporter of racing at Heartland Park Topeka. He likes the track and he is comfortable with the surroundings. This season Huffman has turned in some solid efforts. He has been near the front of the pack a couple of times but something seems to always happen. Currently Huffman’s strong season has placed him 5th in the points just 19 back of the leader. Keep an eye on this pilot Sunday night!

Jersey Mike’s Subs IMCA Hobby Stock Notes…

If one thing could be said about racing at Heartland Park it would probably be just how tough the competition is. Out of 5 features raced this season there have been 5 different winners.
Dalton Ronnebaum started 5th on the grid last race out and ended up winning it by a decent margin.
There is a tight battle in the points as the leader, Dalton Ronnebaum, sits on top for now, but the top 4 drivers are separated by just 16 points.
Jaylen Wettengel had one of his best finishes ever in 3rd place last race out.

Randy Kohn. Reed Bros. Racing Photos

Randy Kohn. Reed Bros. Racing Photos

Driver to Watch This Week… Randy Kohn #17, Topeka, KS.

Randy Kohn is one of those drivers that everyone should be terrified of. He is quite and mild mannered, but when you get him outside he is a bear ready to attack anything that gets in his way. A former multiple feature time winner at HPT. Kohn has had some strong finishes. This season he isn’t pushing so hard. In doing this it’s paying off for Kohn this season. He has slowly started to figure his car out. This week watch and see if Kohn finishes strong and gets the chance to go fishing.

Big Time Bail Bonds Sunday Showdown
Points as of 6/19/2016

Cars 4 Less IMCA Stock Car 2016

1 24c Brandon Conkwright 190.000 -0
2 27 Dominic Thyfault 175.000 -15
3 11 Christine Holt 160.000 -30
4 5K Steve Herrick 159.000 -31
5 15 Terry Blessing 152.000 -38
6 20P Jim Powell Jr 139.000 -51
7 39K Shane Schmidt 130.000 -60
8 12b Bryan Rigsby 116.000 -74
9 60K James King 115.000 -75
10 22 Matt Haid 109.000 -81

Jersey Mike’s Subs IMCA HOBBY STOCKS – 2016

1 96R Dalton Ronnebaum 181.000 -0
2 53T Tyler Garst 177.000 -4
3 91J Jaylen Wettengel 171.000 -10
4 4d Alex Boyden 165.000 -16
5 59 Byron Glotzbach 145.000 -36
6 40G Lafe Garst 128.000 -53
7 97L Levi Henery 126.000 -55
8 14 Ricky Tanner 120.000 -61
9 77 Cody Williams 107.000 -74
10 127 Tommy Fose 103.000 -78

Billsbuilt Race Cars IMCA Modified 2016

1 30 Jordan Grabouski 198.000 -0
2 77 Steven Bowers, Jr. 178.000 -20
3 81 Tom Charles 178.000 -20
4 7D Danny Holt 164.000 -34
5 44 Jared Rogers 163.000 -35
6 2 Mike Eisenhut 157.000 -41
7 444 Chris Flower 125.000 -73
8 63 Derrick Brown 121.000 -77
9 7 Anthony Tanner 115.000 -83
10 7M Clay Money 106.000 -92

Jersey Mike’s Subs IMCA Northern Sport Mod 2016

1 c4 Curtis Dreasher 182.000 -0
2 81 Austin Charles 179.000 -3
3 21K Dan Charles 172.000 -10
4 45 Dustin Thulin 169.000 -13
5 1 Derek Huffman 163.000 -19
6 91J Jaylen Wettengel 159.000 -23
7 1M Brian Murphy 140.000 -42
8 B55 Brian Davidson 131.000 -51
9 23c Billy Carreno 117.000 -65
10 12b Bryan Rigsby 96.000 -86

NOTES TO THE RACERS: Driver check in closes at 6:15 p.m. Make sure you are there to check in before 6:30 p.m. If you are not there by 6:30 you will have to start scratch in your heat and it will be up to the track officials if the late driver will be allowed to compete.

Important Information…

Pit Gate Opens at 4:30 p.m.
Spectator Gate Opens at 4:30 p.m.
Draw Ends at 6:15 p.m.
Drivers Meeting at 6:20 p.m.
Hot Laps at 6:30 p.m.
1st Race Goes Green at 7:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices:
Adult $8.00
Kids 6 to 12 $2.00
Children 5 and Under are FREE!
Sr. (62+) & Military (with ID) $6.00

Order of Events:
Jersey Mike’s Subs Hobby Heats
Jersey Mike’s Subs Sport Mod Heats
Cars 4 Less Stock Car Heats
BillsBuilt Race Cars Modified Heats
Jersey Mike’s Subs Hobby B (If needed)
Jersey Mike’s Subs Sport B (If needed)
Intermission 15 minutes FREE FIREWORKS RAFFLE J.Y. FIREWORKS
Cars 4 Less Stock B (If needed)
BillsBuilt Race Cars Modified B (If needed)
Features
Jersey Mike’s Subs Hobby
Jersey Mike’s Subs Sport Mod
Cars 4 Less Stock Car
BillsBuilt Race Cars Modified

To follow all the action fans can keep up with Heartland Park Topeka’s Dirt Track by logging on to their website at www.heartlandpark.com or follow them on Facebook at Heartland Park Topeka!

Heartland Park Topeka’s Dirt Track is located at 7530 SW Topeka Blvd, Topeka, KS.

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