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TOPEKA FACILITY OFFICIALLY CHANGES NAME TO HEARTLAND MOTORSPORTS PARK

Jake Schmidtlein, General Manager for Heartland Park Topeka, announced today at the facility that the company will officially be changing its name to “Heartland Motorsports Park” effective immediately. As part of the rebranding, the organization has also unveiled a new logo and redesign of its website.

Schmidtlein explained that the new name would reflect the evolving focus and standards of the company, adding, “As we continue to grow and improve Heartland Motorsports Park we want our name and logo to emphasize our position as one of the premier motorsports facilities in the United States.”

NEWEST TECHNOLOGY IN RACING EQUIPMENT FEATURED AT PRI SHOW

Attendees at the 30th Anniversary Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show will discover the latest in machining and trailer offerings as more than 100 manufacturers showcase and demonstrate their newest equipment in the Machinery Row and Trailer Exhibit areas. Taking place December 7-9, 2017, at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, the industry’s premier motorsports trade show features everything race professionals need to succeed and compete.
 
Machinery Row features aisles filled with the latest shop machining equipment, cutters and abrasives, and fabricating equipment from leading manufacturers. Attendees will see firsthand how they can enhance their cutting, honing, surfacing, fabricating, and welding efforts through live demonstrations on actual race parts, and will be able to meet with vendors, ask questions, and share information. It’s a must-see for any professional race team, race engine builder, or race fabricator planning on making a machinery purchase or wishing to keep up with the latest machining trends.

SNYDER PREPARING POWERSOURCE '68 CAMARO FOR 2018 DEBUT

The chance to try something new has always caught Mick Snyder’s attention. For 2018, that means driving a new car. Snyder, who has been a champion in Alcohol Funny Car, Pro Extreme and Top Sportsman, will debut a Powersource Transportation ‘68 Camaro for the upcoming Top Sportsman season. After excelling in the orange ’63 Corvette still owned by Jason Scruggs for the past eight years, Snyder is now eager for the challenge in a new car.

“It’s kind of cool having something new,” Snyder said. “I’m always excited about new stuff.”

TF RACER PRITCHETT TO RECOGNIZE HEARTLAND PARK BRACKET RACERS

 

Racers who competed in the Karl Performance Bracket Racing Series at Heartland Park during the 2017 season are in for a treat at the upcoming banquet where NHRA Top Fuel Dragster driver, Leah Pritchett, will be the host.  The season long bracket racing competition is part of NHRA’s Summit ET Racing Series that culminates with the NHRA Division 5 Bracket Finals and sends competitors to NHRA’s World Finals to compete for national honors in Pomona, California.

DUNN NAMED IHRA SENIOR CONSULTANT

IRG Sports + Entertainment (IRGSE), a leading promoter of sports and live entertainment experiences, announced that Mike Dunn has been named senior consultant for the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA).
 
One of the most accomplished figures in drag racing, Dunn served as IHRA President from Feb. 2016 until moving to this new position. The change allows him to pursue other interests outside of the sport, while continuing to serve as a trusted advisor to IHRA management and officials with the sanctioning body recently re-affirming its commitment to grassroots, Sportsman racing.

NOBILE PLANS ON COMPETING IN PRO STOCK CLASS AT WINTERNATIONALS

 

If things go according to plan, Vincent Nobile will return to competing in NHRA’s Pro Stock class at the 2018 season-opening Winternationals Feb. 8-11 in Pomona, Calif.

“We are definitely coming out in 2018 and more than likely we will be at Pomona,” said John Nobile, who tunes the car driven by his son Vincent Nobile. “We have a brand-new car coming from Jerry Haas. We are going to leave on Dec. 11, so Vincent can get fitted for it. We are hoping Jerry can get it done in time, so we can go testing (at Phoenix before the Winternationals) and then go to Pomona.”

John Nobile said his son will be campaigning a 2018 Chevy Camaro in the upcoming season.

EYE CANDY FROM JERRY BICKEL RACE CARS

When it comes to creating four-wheeled candy, Jerry Bickel is indeed the Candy Man. His latest creation is a sleek Mustang destined for Top Sportsman/Fast Brackets racer Brian LaFlam. The Blue Oval beauty has a ProCharger underneath the hood. 

THE BEST OF THE GEEZER, 2017 PHOTOS

Each season, Roger Richards, the original photographer for CompetitionPlus.com since 1999, logs thousands of miles on the CompetitionPlus-themed van covering the world, on and off the track. Likewise, he snaps the button on his trusty Nikons nearly 600,000 times capturing the imagery which many of you have come to know as the Geezer Files. He's compiled a gallery of his favorite images along the way in 2017. THE BEST OF THE GEEZER 2017

BOWMAN WINS BIG AT SCSN

Mike Bowman came full circle Sunday evening at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, earning his second-straight Precision Turbo Pro Mod victory at the Nitrous Outlet Street Car Super Nationals 13 Presented by Speed Society in a span that also saw him earn the win at the Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod earlier this year.

Tom Bailey in the SKRC Blown Olds 442 all the way from Orion, Mich. earned the class top qualifier with an ET of 5.750 seconds, but Bowman’s speed of 270 mph flat was an incredible benchmark that wouldn’t be topped in Pro Mod. Bowman topped Carl Stevens in the finals with a 5.789 at 260.91 mph over Stevens’ 5.876 at 224.62 mph. The Oak Hill, Calif. resident earned the victory in the same ’69 Chevelle he won with here last year.

HISTORIC DRAG CARS STEAL THE SHOW AT MUSCLECAR AND CORVETTE NATS

 

The Muscle Car And Corvette Nationals presented its 9th edition of American muscle at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL last weekend. MCACN has earned its reputation as the premier show to feature the finest in rare vintage and faithfully restored muscle cars.

Factory involvement in racing during that era especially at the drag strip, gave birth to muscle cars. So it makes perfect sense for MCACN to feature historically significant drag machines. As well as some of the people responsible for giving muscle to the masses.

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