Archive for Friday, May 28, 2004

Topeka drag races at a glance

May 28, 2004

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O'Reilly Summer Nationals

Site: Topeka

Schedule: today, qualifying, 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, qualifying, noon. (ESPN2, 7 p.m., tape); Sunday, eliminations, 11 a.m. (ESPN2, 3 p.m., tape).

Track: Heartland Park Topeka.

Last event: Doug Kalitta made the quickest Top Fuel pass in NHRA history and John Force earned his 111th career Funny Car victory at the Route 66 Nationals. Kalitta covered the Route 66 Raceway quarter-mile in 4.420 seconds at 328.22 mph, well ahead of the Brandon Bernstein, who made his pass in 5.283 at 182.08. Jason Line earned the first Pro Stock victory of his career and Shawn Gann won his first Pro Stock Bike race of the season and third of his career.

Last year: Tony Pedregon earned his third straight Funny Car win at Heartland Park Topeka during the O'Reilly Summer Nationals. Larry Dixon edged Doug Kalitta in the Top Fuel final and Greg Anderson defeated Kurt Johnson in a close Pro Stock battle.

Fast facts: Gary Scelzi broke an NHRA record with his seventh Top Fuel victory of the season at the 2000 event. ... Heartland Park, considered to be one of the faster tracks on the circuit, has held at least one NHRA national event every year since 1989.

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