The 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule continues with the NHRA Kansas Nationals, taking place Memorial Day weekend, Friday through Sunday, May 22nd through 24th, at Heartland Park Topeka. The Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock classes will take to the track for the 26th annual event, joined by the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and the NHRA Harley-Davidson Series. Spencer Massey (Top Fuel), Courtney Force (Funny Car) and Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) took home Wallys from HPT last season.
Funny Car legend John Force leads all drivers with nine wins at HPT, while Cruz Pedregon (Funny Car) and Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) each have four wins.
The youngest Force daughter made history last year, racing to the 100th win by a woman in Mello Yello Series history; Force and her sister Brittany (Top Fuel) also made history as the first pair of sisters to secure No. 1 qualifiers in the same event.
“It’s exciting the memories I will always have when looking back at the 2014 Topeka race,” said Force. “It was a special weekend because my sister Brittany and I were number one qualifiers in each of our fields and I went on to get my fourth career win. Not only was it special for us, but also it was a big weekend for the women in our sport. Getting that win marked the 100th win for women in the NHRA (Mello Yello Series) and that Wally (trophy) will always be special to me. I loved all the excitement it brought to the fans and drivers. It was a monumental win for the women, and it really shows how far our sport has come and how competitive these women really are.”
In Top Fuel, Massey is looking to follow up his win at Gainesville earlier this season with another win at Topeka. Currently third in points, Massey has two previous wins in three final round appearances at the track, which is where Massey first worked on a Top Fuel dragster.
“(Topeka) was the first time I ever worked on a Top Fuel car,” remembers Massey. “Anytime I go Topeka it just brings back all of the memories of being a crew member and learning the ropes of racing before even driving. It’s almost like a second home track. It’s a fun place and the people in that part of the country just love drag racing.”
Pro Stock veteran Larry Morgan picked up his first win since 2009 at Charlotte in March, and currently sits seventh in points. He’s ready for this weekend’s event, the second straight for the series.
“I welcome it,” said Morgan of consecutive races. “I love racing so let’s do it every weekend. We had a car to win in Atlanta but the driver screwed up. That’s the easiest thing to fix. I can’t wait to get back in there and race. Atlanta was really hot also and we didn’t miss a beat. Nick (Morgan, son/crew chief) and the guys did a great job of adapting to those conditions. It’ll probably be hot in Kansas too so we’re very upbeat.”
Qualifying for the NHRA Kansas Nationals begins Friday at 4:30 and 7 p.m. CT, continuing Saturday at 1:30 and 4 p.m. CT. Pro eliminations get underway Sunday at 11 a.m. CT. Keep up with the action at www.nhra.com.
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