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Heartland Motorsports Park

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Heartland Motorsports Park
House of Speed
Heartland Motorsports Park Logo 2020.png

Heartland Park Topeka.svg
LocationTopeka, Kansas, USA
Time zoneGMT-6
Coordinates38°55′35.82″N 95°40′34.31″W / 38.9266167°N 95.6761972°W / 38.9266167; -95.6761972
OwnerShelby Development, LLC
Address7530 SW Topeka Boulevard
Topeka, KS 66619
Major eventsNational Hot Rod Association
NHRA Heartland Nationals Country Stampede
Country Stampede
Grand Prix Road Course (2008–present)
Length2.5 miles (4.02 km)
Grand Prix Road Course (2004–2007)
Length2.5 miles (4.02 km)
Race lap record1:39.558 (United States Tomy Drissi, Jaguar XKR, 2006, Trans-Am)
Original Road Course (1989–2003)
Length2.5 miles (4.02 km)
Race lap record1:27.880 (South Africa Wayne Taylor, Intrepid RM-1, 1991, IMSA GTP)
1/4 Mile Dragstrip
Length.25 miles (.402 km)
Autocross/Solo/Drift Pad
SurfaceAsphalt, 22 Acres
Concert Venue

Heartland Motorsports Park, formerly known as Heartland Park Topeka, is a multi-purpose motorsports facility 8 miles (13 km) south of downtown Topeka, Kansas near the Topeka Regional Airport.

When it opened in 1989,[1] Heartland Motorsports Park was the first new auto racing facility to be built in the United States for 20 years. Its facilities include a road-race course with 4 possible configurations (ranging from 1.8 miles (2.9 km) to 2.5 miles (4.0 km) in length), a ⅜ mile clay oval, off-road course and a ¼ mile drag strip. After several years of neglect from continual financial difficulties, the track surface and other facilities had deteriorated badly. The track's survival was in doubt until 2003, when Raymond Irwin, former owner (1986-2007) of Blackhawk Farms Raceway bought it and began major renovations.[1]

In December 2015, Chris Payne and Todd Crossley of Shelby Development, LLC.[2] purchased the track. Payne, the CEO of Shelby Development, became the track's sole owner in January 2017.[2]

The drag-strip is used by local clubs and the National Hot Rod Association. The road-course is mainly used by the SCCA, the National Auto Sport Association and marque-clubs. The track was the home of both the SCCA National Championship Runoffs and the Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships from 2006 to 2008. In the past, it has hosted ARCA, ASA, IMSA, AMA, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series' race: O'Reilly Auto Parts 275,[1] NASCAR Busch North Series, NASCAR Midwest Series and the NASCAR Southeast Series.

The full 2.5 mile road course (and pit road) was completely repaved with a high-tech, polymer-enhanced asphalt in the fall of 2016, and continues to host events. In the 2021 season, Heartland Motorsports Park is slated to host over 200 events [3] across their Drag Strip, Road Course, Drift/Solo Pad, and specialty areas..

Lap Records

The fastest official race lap records at Heartland Motorsports Park Topeka are listed as:

Category Time Driver Vehicle Date
Grand Prix Road Course: 4.023 km (2004–2007)[4]
Trans-Am 1:39.558[5] Tomy Drissi Jaguar XKR 2006 Heartland Topeka Trans-Am exhibition race
Original Road Course: 4.023 km (1989–2003)[4]
IMSA GTP 1:27.880[6] Wayne Taylor Intrepid RM-1 1991 Camel Grand Prix
IMSA GTP Lights 1:36.630[6] Parker Johnstone Spice SE90P 1991 Camel Grand Prix
IMSA GTO 1:41.130[7] Robby Gordon Mercury Cougar XR-7 1990 Camel Grand Prix
IMSA GTU 1:47.720[7] Bob Leitzinger Nissan 240SX 1990 Camel Grand Prix
AAC 1:53.650[7] Kenny Irwin, Jr. Buick Somerset 1990 Camel Grand Prix

Used until 2018
Used until 2018


  1. ^ a b c Peterson, Rick (May 25, 2003). "'Special times': Heartland Park has attracted racing legends". The Topeka Capital-Journal. Topeka, KS. Archived from the original on August 19, 2003. Retrieved 2014-03-27.
  2. ^ a b The Topeka Capital-Journal, Payne becomes sole owner of Heartland Park Topeka by Kevin Haskin, January 26, 2017, Retrieved May 15, 2019.
  3. ^ "Events > Heartland Motorsports Park". Heartland Motorsports Park. Retrieved 2021-02-04.
  4. ^ a b "Heartland Park". Retrieved 28 January 2023.
  5. ^ "TA: RACE: Rocketsports Racing Topeka race notes". Retrieved 18 March 2023.
  6. ^ a b "Topeka 300 Kilometres 1991". Retrieved 28 January 2023.
  7. ^ a b c "Topeka 2 Hours IMSA GTO 1990". Retrieved 28 January 2023.

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This page was last edited on 19 March 2023, at 04:34
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