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Topeka Pre-Race Report

Menards NHRA Nationals 
Presented by PetArmor
Event No. 11 of 20
Heartland Motorsports Park
Topeka, Kan.
Aug. 13 – 15, 2021

Topeka Event Highlights: 

  • 2017 event champion
  • 2016 event runner-up
  • Four-time No. 1 qualifier (2009, 2010, 2012, 2015)

2020 Topeka Recap:
N/A (canceled due to COVID-19)

2019 Topeka Recap:
Qualified fourth; Semifinal finish (defeated Scott Palmer in E1, Doug Kalitta in E2; defeated by Steve Torrence in E3)

Last Event (Pomona 1):
Qualified 11th; Semifinal finish (defeated Steve Torrence in E1, Shawn Langdon in E2; defeated by Justin Ashley in E3)

Career Statistics:
451 races; 68 wins (16 Pro Stock Motorcycle); 49 No. 1 Qualifiers (11 PSM)

Noteworthy:

  • Brown enters Topeka ranked No. 2 in the Top Fuel standings, and has advanced to the semifinals or beyond seven times through the first 10 events of 2021

Quotable:
“I’ve always loved going to Topeka, it’s such a special place to me especially because I’ve always considered the late Gary Ormsby to be one of the greats, so I always get pumped up turning onto Gary Ormsby Drive heading into the track. Heartland Motorsports Park is a great facility and the conditions are usually good, but this weekend it could be hot and slimy, or it could be decent out there, so we’ll see. We’re excited to get out there and do what we do. Topeka has been good to us in qualifying and we’ve won there before, but it would feel really good to get a win out there this weekend.”

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