Thursday, February 22, 2018

Heartland Park Topeka is excited to announce the inaugural SPEEDFEST 2012 event to celebrate racing in Topeka

Every summer the nitro returns to Topeka at Heartland Park for the NHRA Dollar General Summernationals. To kick off this year’s event, May 18-20, Heartland Park is offering a free, public fan fest in downtown Topeka to celebrate racing in America’s heartland. The event is called SPEEDFEST 2012.

This free event will block off 8th street in downtown Topeka between Kansas Ave. and Quincy and will feature numerous racecars on display including NHRA Top Fuel cars, dirt track cars, motorcycles and more. Fans will enjoy event activities including music, food, fan giveaways, and a kid’s zone, among others. The highlight of the day will give fans a chance to meet some of the fastest drivers in the world during an autograph session with some of the greatest of NHRA racing.

“This will be an exciting event to celebrate racing in Topeka,” said Joe Douthitt General Manager of Heartland Park Topeka. “SPEEDFEST is a great way to kick off the NHRA race weekend and give fans the opportunity to see a variety of race cars up close and get an autograph from NHRA stars. We invite all of Topeka and surrounding communities to come see what all of the excitement is all about. SPEEDFEST definitely has the potential to become an annual event in downtown Topeka. ”

SPEEDFEST will take place on the Thursday (May 17) before the NHRA Dollar General Summernationals at Heartland Park in downtown Topeka on 8th Street between Kansas Ave. and Quincy from 11 am to 8 pm. NHRA driver appearances begin at 5 pm.

Key organizations participating in the planning of this event include Downtown Topeka, Inc., Coca-Cola, Cumulus Broadcasting of Topeka, WIBW-TV and NHRA. Other corporate supporters of the event include Heartland Park Topeka’s Official Partners: O’Reilly Auto Parts,, Kansas Lottery, Kansas Army National Guard, Stormont-Vail HealthCare, Budweiser and CoreFirst Bank & Trust.

To learn more about this event, visit

The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series returns to Heartland Park Topeka, May 18-20 for the 24th annual NHRA Dollar General Summernationals. Great seats are still available by calling NHRA at (800) 884-NHRA (6472) or visiting

Heartland Park Topeka is a unique, multi-faceted motorsports facility that offers an array of activities for fans of all ages, tastes and backgrounds, from Saturday night dirt stock car racing to world-class, nationally prominent drag racing and road circuit events. It is the mission of owner Raymond Irwin and his team to “be a leader in the world of motorsports entertainment, and to build a community-based spirit throughout Topeka and the region.” For tickets and more information on all Heartland Park Topeka activities, please go to

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