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RICKIE SMITH POWERS TO PRO MOD VICTORY AT HEARTLAND NATIONALS

Rickie Smith drove to victory Monday during the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service portion of the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties at Heartland Motorsports Park. This weekend’s Pro Mod racing, presented by Summit Racing Equipment is the fourth of 12 events this season.

Smith ran a 6.262-second pass at 233.52 mph in his Chevrolet Camaro to take down the No. 1 qualifier Chad Green in the final round and earn his second victory of the season and 13th of his career. Smith defeated Harry Hruska, Shane Molinari and Todd Tutterow on his to the win.

ON-TRACK INCIDENT DURING TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER ELIMINATIONS AT TOPEKA

Top Alcohol Dragster Racer Steve Collier of Benton, La., was involved in an on-track incident during the second round of eliminations at the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals in Topeka, Kan.

Collier’s dragster stood up and blew over before coming to a stop and being attended to by onsite safety personnel.

POINT STANDINGS FOLLOWING 2018 NHRA HEARTLAND NATIONALS

Point standings (top 10) following the 30th annual Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties at Heartland Motorsports Park, the eighth of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series -

 

ROUND BY ROUND RESULTS FROM 2018 NHRA HEARTLAND NATIONALS

Final round-by-round results from the 30th annual Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties at Heartland Motorsports Park, the eighth of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:

 

 

SPORTSMAN RESULTS FROM 2018 NHRA HEARTLAND NATIONALS

Monday's final results from the 30th annual Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties at Heartland Motorsports Park. The race is the eighth of 24 in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:

DELAGO, THE FREE AGENT, ENJOYS A WEEKEND AT THE TRACK

 

Friday at Heartland Park - Topeka, noted tuner/crewchief  Tommy DeLago made his way around the pit area. He looked every bit like a soldier without an army.

DeLago was taking in the sights and sounds of the nitro circus minus any responsibilities. He was released from his tuning role at Kalitta Motorsports earlier this week.

"I’ve learned this weekend that I actually have more people that care about me and that have been taking care of me all weekend," DeLago said with a smile. "It’s actually been a pretty good weekend so far."

NO. 1 QUALIFIERS MILLICAN, C. FORCE AND KRAMER ADVANCE ON RAIN-SHORTENED ELIMINATIONS

The Mello Yello Drag Racing Series eliminations at the 30th annual Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals were postponed by NHRA officials due to inclement weather conditions following an eight-hour rain delay at the start of the day.

Racing in the Top Fuel, Funny Car, and Pro Stock categories as well as the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series eliminations will be completed on Monday.

MILLICAN ACCIDENTALLY QUALIFIES NO. 1, JUMPS FROM LAST TO FIRST IN Q3

It’s not very often you hear of a driver accidentally falling into success.

But that is exactly what happened to Clay Millican Saturday afternoon at Heartland Motorsports Park as the driver of the Parts Plus/Great Clips/Strutmaster Top Fuel machine quite literally lucked into the No. 1 spot and held that position for his fourth green hat of the season and second in a row at the 30th annual Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties.

KRAMER EARNS SECOND CAREER NO. 1 START AT TOPEKA

Deric Kramer could really get used to this green hat thing.

After more than seven years getting his feet wet in the Pro Stock ranks, the 32-year-old out of Sterling, Colorado took the next big step in his career earlier this year by combining his physical abilities with the mechanical abilities of a KB Racing powerhouse and the results speak for themselves.

IT WAS MORE THAN SWITCHING TIRES FOR STEVIE JACKSON

 

Stevie "Fast" Jackson, if anything, is resourceful.

The trash-talking, fast-driving doorslammer driver from Georgia was in the final round of the NGK NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMax Dragway when he lost control of his supercharged Camaro and crashed. He was uninjured, but his race car was mortally wounded.

As Jackson returned to his Evans, Ga.-based shop on the next day, he pondered his next move. He could attempt to repair the mangled race car, which would take well beyond the three weeks until the next race on his schedule. Jackson then pondered a new car, but even working around the clock at the chassis would come up weeks short.

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