29th Annual Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals

MENARDS NHRA HEARTLAND NATIONALS

WHAT: 29th annual Mendards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties, the eighth of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Drivers in three categories – Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock – earn points leading to 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world championships. The race also will feature competition in the NHRA Lucas Oil Series.

WHERE: Heartland Park Topeka, Topeka, Kansas. From Kansas City, take the Kansas Turnpike (I-70) to the Topeka Boulevard exit and travel south to the track. From Wichita, take the Kansas Turnpike (I-335) to the Topeka Boulevard exit and travel south to the track.

WHEN: Friday through Sunday, May 19-21

SCHEDULE:

  • FRIDAY, May 19 – LUCAS OIL SERIES qualifying
    NHRA J&A SERVICE PRO MOD SERIES qualifying at 3 and 6 p.m.
    MELLO YELLO SERIES qualifying at 3:30 and 6:30 p.m.
  • SATURDAY, May 20 – LUCAS OIL SERIES eliminations
    NHRA J&A SERVICE PRO MOD SERIES qualifying at 1 and Round 1 of eliminations at 4 p.m.
    MELLO YELLO SERIES qualifying at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m.
  • SUNDAY, May 21 – Pre-race ceremonies, 10 a.m.
    MELLO YELLO SERIES eliminations begin at 11 a.m.
    NHRA J&A SERVICE PRO MOD SERIES eliminations at 12:15 p.m.

TELEVISION:

Friday, May 19, FS1 will televise one hour of pre-recorded qualifying at 11 p.m. (EST).
Saturday, May 20, FS1 will televise one hour of live qualifying at 3 p.m. (EST).
Sunday, May 21, FS1 will televise three hours of live finals at 2 p.m. (EST).

2016 EVENT WINNERS: Doug Kalitta, Top Fuel; Matt Hagan, Funny Car; Jason Line, Pro Stock.

MOST VICTORIES: John Force, 9, FC; Scott Kalitta, 6, TF; Warren Johnson, 5, PS, Cruz Pedregon, 4, FC; Greg Anderson, 4, PS.

TRACK RECORDS:

Top Fuel – 3.676 seconds by Brittany Force, May ‘16; 331.85 mph by Doug Kalitta, May ’16.
Funny Car – 3.862 seconds by Matt Hagan, May ‘16; 335.57 mph by Matt Hagan, May ’16.
Pro Stock – 6.515 seconds by Erica Enders, May ’15; 211.43 mph by Enders, May ’15.

NATIONAL RECORDS:

Top Fuel – 3.658 sec. by Leah Pritchett, Feb. ‘17, Phoenix; 332.75 mph by Spencer Massey, Aug. ’15, Brainerd, Minn.
Funny Car – 3.822 by Matt Hagan, Aug. ’16, Brainerd, Minn.; 335.57 mph by Hagan, May ’16, Topeka, Kan.
Pro Stock – 6.455 sec. by Jason Line, March ’15, Charlotte, N.C.; 215.55 mph by Erica Enders, May ’14, Englishtown N.J.

TICKETS: For tickets call (800) 884-NHRA (6472). Tickets also available online at http://www.NHRA.com/tickets

GLENDORA, CA — Point standings (top 10) following the 37th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway, the seventh of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series –

Top Fuel
1. Leah Pritchett, 641; 2. Tony Schumacher, 627; 3. Steve Torrence, 592; 4. Antron Brown, 560; 5. Doug Kalitta, 486; 6. Clay Millican, 385; 7. Brittany Force, 347; 8. Terry McMillen, 301; 9.Troy Coughlin Jr., 295; 10. Scott Palmer, 244.

Funny Car
1. Ron Capps, 633; 2. Matt Hagan, 539; 3. John Force, 490; 4. Robert Hight, 437; 5. Tommy Johnson Jr., 427; 6. Jack Beckman, 426; 7. Courtney Force, 405; 8. Tim Wilkerson, 329; 9. J.R.Todd, 326; 10. Jonnie Lindberg, 318.

Pro Stock
1. Greg Anderson, 586; 2. Bo Butner, 585; 3. Jason Line, 515; 4. Tanner Gray, 496; 5. Jeg Coughlin, 495; 6. Chris McGaha, 421; 7. Erica Enders, 390; 8. Shane Gray, 382; 9. Drew Skillman, 360; 10. Vincent Nobile, 341.

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