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SPOTLIGHT ON SPEED: John Dost II

SPOTLIGHT ON SPEED: John Dost II

 

John Dost II hasn't always been the biggest fan of Heartland Park Topeka, not because he didn't like the facility, but simply because the Olathe Sportsman racer hadn't had a lot of success at HPT.

 

"I raced mostly at KCIR,'' Dost said. "I came out here a little bit. I usually didn't do good, that's why I didn't come out here.''

 

That has changed in a hurry this season, with Dost posting the biggest win of his career in Sunday's NHRA Summit Racing Series Dvision V ET Finals..

 

Dost, 26, defeated fellow Heartland Park racer Shane Newland in the finals, earning a shot at a national championship in November at Pomona, Calif.

 

Dost, driving a 1992 Camaro, clocked an elapsed time of 12.127 seconds at 116.03 miles per hour while Newland drove his '66 Fairlane to a time of 12.789 at 106.71 mph.

 

"The last (ET Finals) I went to was in 2004 and I lost first round,'' Dost said after his victory. "This is a blast. I couldn't stop shaking. I can't get the smile off my face.''

 

Dost's win Sunday continued what has been a very solid year, with Dost ranking in the top five in Sportsman points in HPT's ET Bracket Racing Series.

 

"I struggled at the beginning of the year -- we had some car problems -- but I have slowly gotten back up to fifth place in the points,'' Dost said. "Hopefully I can extend that a little bit the last two races.''