Heartland Park Hosts NHRA Racing Finals

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TOPEKA, Kansas (WIBW) -- The region's best need-for-speed racing junkies were in Topeka September 13-15, vying for a spot in a race in California.

Sportsman racers and their teams from all over the west central division of the National Hot Rod Association gathered in Heartland Park Topeka for the division finals.

The competition is split up into 18 tracks with teams on each track. Racers and teams compete for individual and team points, but one track will claim the title.

Competing classes are Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, Pro Bike and High School.

The Race Of Champions ran Saturday, in which the top points earners from each participating track run head-to-head for individual honors.

There were 600 entries this year, more than the nationals race, and all of them are dreaming of the same goal.

"They're looking for an opportunity to win a championship and then go on to Pomona, California this fall to try and win a national championship," NHRA Race Coordinator Bruce Kamada told 13 News. "They're all searching for that dream. There could be no better place to be than here. This is a centrally located race track, it's a magnificent facility and we're happy to be here."

Racers and their cars have come from as far north as Canada, as far south as Texas and as far west as Denver.

Time trials ran Saturday and elimination rounds begin Sunday. Sunday's event winners in Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman and Pro Bike will advance to the national championship at the NHRA Auto Club of Southern California Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.