GLENDORA, Calif. --
NHRA officials were able to reach an agreement quickly with Heartland Park Topeka's new ownership group, Heartland Park Topeka, LLC, led by Chris Payne and Todd Crossley.
The 28th annual NHRA Kansas Nationals will be contested May 20-22 at Heartland Park Topeka, one of the quickest and fastest drag strips in the world. The event, which will be televised live on Fox Sports 1 (FS1), will be race No. eight in the regular season, bringing the season total of events for the NHRA Mello Yello Series to 24.
"Heartland Park Topeka has such a great history with NHRA as the site of many performance milestones and record-setting achievements. We are looking forward to continuing that legacy with today's announcement," said Peter Clifford, NHRA president. "The fans in the Topeka and Kansas City area are some of the most passionate in the country and we are excited for them to be able to continue to enjoy the NHRA Mello Yello Series. And for NHRA Sportsman racers, the track is one of the busiest in that region, and it will continue to offer many racing opportunities for those hot rodding enthusiasts."
Said Payne: "We're honored and excited to work with NHRA and ensure drag racing will once again thrive in Topeka for years to come. We're grateful to be a part of such a great community who loves all forms of racing and look forward to revitalizing one of Topeka's greatest assets."
In addition to back-to-back divisional events in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series in late July, NHRA will offer a full menu of sportsman racing action at Heartland Park Topeka, including the NHRA Summit Racing Series, NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League, NHRA Jr. Street and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA.
"We thank new owner Chris Payne for his commitment to NHRA drag racing," Clifford added. "His love for the sport and commitment to the Heartland Park facility should be a big win for the Topeka community and for all of our racers."
The full 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule is below.
2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Schedule NHRA Mello Yello Series Regular Season Feb. 11-14 Circle K NHRA Winternationals Pomona, Calif. Feb. 26-28 CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals Phoenix March 17-20 Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals (PSM) Gainesville, Fla. April 1-3 NHRA Nationals Las Vegas April 22-24 NHRA Four-Wide Nationals (PSM) Charlotte, N.C. April 29-May 1 NHRA SpringNationals Houston May 13-15 Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals (PSM) Atlanta May 20-22 NHRA Kansas Nationals Topeka, Kan. June 3-5 NHRA New England Nationals Epping, N.H. June 9-12 Toyota NHRA Summernationals (PSM) Englishtown, N.J. June 17-19 NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Bristol, Tenn. June 23-26 Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals (PSM) Norwalk, Ohio July 7-10 Route 66 NHRA Nationals (PSM) Chicago July 22-24 Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals (PSM) Denver July 29-31 NHRA Sonoma Nationals (PSM) Sonoma, Calif. Aug. 5-7 NHRA Northwest Nationals Seattle Aug. 18-21 Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals (PSM) Brainerd, Minn. Aug. 31-Sept. 5 Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals (PSM) Indianapolis NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship Sept. 16-18 NHRA Carolina Nationals (PSM) Charlotte, N.C. Sept. 23-25 AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals (PSM) St. Louis Sept. 29-Oct. 2 NHRA Keystone Nationals (PSM) Reading, Pa. Oct. 13-16 AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals (PSM) Dallas Oct. 27-30 NHRA Toyota Nationals (PSM) Las Vegas Nov. 10-13 Auto Club NHRA Finals (PSM) Pomona, Calif. (PSM) - Event will include Pro Stock Motorcycle
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