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Located SW side of Topeka, Kansas on Topeka Blvd
NHRA Sanctioned
1/4 Mile Track
Concrete Safety Wall
Track Elevation 1000 feet above sea level
660 foot smooth ground concrete launch surface
660 feet of asphalt race surface
2,600+ feet of shutdown and 180-foot, net-equipped sand trap followed open area
Track runs North to South
Compulink Timing System
Musco Stadium Lighting
750 Acre Facility
Full Concession Stands with food and beverage and Budweiser products
Small coolers are allowed but absolutely no glass bottles of any kind
VP Race Fuel on site Contact HMS for current price
On Site Camping some electric hookups available
Dumping station outside the park for campers and race rigs
Lots of paved parking for race cars
Large Pavilion Area
Pit side restrooms have showers
We Accept Master Card, Visa and Discover at the Gates

Information on Heartland Motorsports Park Drag Strip

Type of race track: NHRA sanctioned 1/4 mile dragstrip on 750 plus acres of land.

Location: Located SW side of Topeka Kansas on Topeka Blvd

History: Construction on Heartland Motorsports Park took more than a year and on August 11, 1989, four years after a motorsports facility was proposed in Topeka, the track hosted its first race, the Camel Grand Prix. Built at a cost of nearly $22 million, Heartland Motorsports Park has been hosting record setting performances since the doors first opened over 25 years ago.

Drag race season: April to mid-November, select Friday nights, most Saturdays, and some Sundays.

Friday Fun Nights - Open test and tune for all types of cars and bikes

Saturday Bracket Events - There are classes for Jr. Dragsters, (purpose built race cars for kids 8-18 years old), stock street cars/bikes, and classes for race cars /bikes. Special classes on select race dates.

Sundays - Bracket and special classes on select dates

Features: Very clean modern facility, family friendly environment, clean restrooms, nice full service concession stands, showers, camping available, electricity available for a fee.

General Racer FAQ

Heartland Motorsports Park has compiled a number of frequently asked questions and answers to help you better understand the rules, safety and technical guidelines of drag racing and increase your enjoyment at our facility.
Does HMS make the safety rules?

The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) establishes rules for every type of vehicle that can run down the quarter-mile. All NHRA member tracks must follow these safety guidelines. Each year, a new NHRA Rulebook is published with revisions and updates. Rulebooks are available at the track for $10, and are highly recommended for anyone who is interested in participating more frequently or building a car.

I have a street car. What do I need to come out and test or race?
The basic items needed to pass tech inspection for the typical street car include good tires, a battery tie-down, radiator overflow catch-can, operable neutral-safety switch, seat belts, and a valid state driver's license or NHRA competition license is required for all participants. Don't forget to wear long pants, shoes, and a shirt with sleeves!

What do I need to race my street bike?
Again, a valid state driver's license or NHRA competition license is required. NHRA approved helmet, denim or heavier pants, a leather jacket, leather gloves, and leather shoes that rise above the ankle. If the bike runs quicker than 10.99 or faster than 120 mph, additional requirements apply.

Do I need a helmet?
A helmet is one of the first safety items that you may need to purchase. Any vehicle that runs faster than 13.99 seconds, and all motorcycles and dune buggy-type cars, must have an approved helmet. Helmets must have a SNELL rating of SA2010 or SA2015, as well as those with an SFI rating of 31.1A, 31.2A, 41.1A, or 41.2A.

Can I use nitrous oxide?
NHRA allows the use of nitrous oxide in bracket classes. Check the track's specific class rules to be certain, but in most cases you can use nitrous. Nitrous bottles must be vented to outside the driver compartment if it is mounted in the same compartment as the driver. All bottles must be stamped with a DOT - 1800 pound rating.
What are some of the major safety items I will need as I go quicker?

The following is a list of major items that are required at specific ET's and speeds. This list is a guideline, and we recommend consulting a current NHRA rulebook for specific details, specifications, and diagrams.

13.99 seconds (8.59 1/8th)

Drive Line Loop with slicks
Approved helmet (Full face in open cars)
SFI 3.2A/1 Jacket in vehicles equipped with non-OEM nitrous oxide, turbochargers or superchargers
13.49 seconds (8.25 1/8th)
Roll bar in convertibles
SFI seat belts in convertibles
11.99 seconds (7.49 1/8th)
Steel Valve Stems
Arm Restraints (open cars)
11.49 seconds (7.35 1/8th)
SFI 1.1 or 1.2 Flywheel / Clutch
SFI 6.1, 6.2, 6.3 or 9.1 Flywheel shield
SFI 3.2A/1 approved jacket
Roll bar
SFI approved seat belts
Drive Line Loop with street tires
Full Leathers on M/C, ATV and Snowmobile @ 120 MPH
10.99 seconds (6.99 1/8th) or Super Street
SFI 4.1 Transmission Shield, or at 135 mph
Locking transmission dipstick tube
Aftermarket axles and axle retainers
SFI Harmonic Balancer
Roll Cage with altered floor pans, or 135 mph - Window net required
Ignition cut-off on all bikes / snowmobiles that exceed 135 mph
9.99 seconds (6.39 1/8th) or Super Gas or 135 mph
NHRA Chassis Certification
NHRA Competition License
SFI jacket & pants 3.2A/5
SFI neck collar & gloves 3.3/1
SFI 29.1 flexplate / 30.1 flexplate shield (AT equipped cars)
Full Face Helmet meeting Snell or SFI specifications

150 mph

I bring my children to the track. Where are they able to go with me?

A minor release form is available at Registration/Front Gate or Tech Inspection for children from ages 14-17 years. This release will allow them to be in a restricted access area. The restricted access area is defined to start at the back of the tower and extend through the track and return road to the ET Slip Booth. He or she is only permitted in this area while supporting a car making a run at that time. Upon completion of the run being supported they must depart the restricted access area. Anyone under the age of 14 or children without a Minor Release on file must remain seated INSIDE of a tow vehicle or not enter the restricted areas. Golf Carts, 4-wheelers, or side-by-sides are not considered inside a cab. Children under age 14 are not allowed on motorcycles, golf carts, or 4-wheelers. No one under 16 years of age is allowed to operate any vehicles (including but not limited to tow vehicles, motorcycles or 4-wheelers) anywhere or ride in/on a vehicle making a run.