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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.''