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New Race Directors Kick-Off the 2009 Drag Season

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TOPEKA, KS. (April 2, 2009)- For the 2009 drag season, Heartland Park Topeka is excited to announce three new race directors for the three programs on HPT’s quarter-mile drag strip.
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Bernie Schmidtlein will be race director for the NHRA Drags Street Legal Style that will take place on 13 different Thursday nights throughout the summer. Schmidtlein has served in race control at Heartland Park in past years and is excited to be involved in HPT drag racing once again.
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“I feel that everyone who comes out to the Thursday Night Street Legal is there not only to race but for the social aspect of it also. We are going to bring back the fun and entertainment of Thursday nights again,” said Schmidtlein.
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Heartland Park’s Junior Drags, which allow kids from the ages of 8 to 17 to race, will be run by race director Gary Gillman. Eight Junior Drag races will take place on Friday nights all summer long. Gillman himself raced in the super street class out at Heartland Park and also has a daughter that competed in the junior drag program.
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After working the past couple of years at the dirt track, Gillman is ready to get back to drag racing.
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“Drag racing is where I feel I can be the best help in making HPT a great place to race,” said Gillman.
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The E.T. Drag Series at Heartland Park Topeka will be run by Ronnie Hefner. Twelve races make up the E.T. Drag Series and those races take place on Saturdays during the summer. Hefner has been involved with HPT for many years both as a competitor as well as an experienced safety and line worker.
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“My goal for the year is to bring back racer friendliness that Heartland Park used to be known for and make it a successful year at HPT,” said Hefner.
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Each will serve as race director of their perspective drag event and will bring their enthusiasm and love of drag racing to make this the best season ever at Heartland Park Topeka!
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For a complete schedule of events at Heartland Park Topeka, please visit www.HPT.com or call 800-43-RACES.
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About Heartland Park Topeka
Heartland Park Topeka is a unique, multi-faceted motorsports facility that offers an array of experiences for fans of all ages, tastes and backgrounds, from Saturday night dirt track racing to world-class, nationally prominent drag racing and motorcycle race events. It is the mission of owner Ray Irwin and his team “to be a leader in the world of motorsports entertainment, and to build a community-based spirit throughout Topeka and the region.” For more information on all Heartland Park Topeka activities, please go to www.HPT.com.