Hundreds of fans camp out for NHRA races at Heartland Park Race Track

TOPEKA (KSNT) –It has been a bumpy ride, but racing fans are finally getting what they’ve been waiting for. The NHRA Kansas Nationals at Heartland Park Race Track.

Racers and fans are gearing up for what could be the final races at the track.

“I eat, live, and breathe drag racing nitro and rubber,” said Linda Deckard, racing fan.

Campers, tents, and recreational vehicles have taken over Heartland Park Race Track, traveling from all over the Midwest.

“We may not be coming back here and that’s sad,” said Jack Smart, racing fan.

Jack Smart, and his family have been road tripping it from Colorado to Topeka for the last seven years.

They say there’s no place like it. The track back home doesn’t compare to what fans call ‘good ole Heartland Park.’

“It’s not near as nice as this track,” said Orvil Harder, racing fan. “It’s closer but doesn’t have the hometown feel as this track does.”

For racing fan Linda Deckard, Heartland Park has been a second home for more than two decades.

She has a life size poster of the legendary John Force, which she hopes to get signed.

“I am very excited,” said Deckard. “I will probably go up and talk to John ahead of time, and see if he can get it signed Sunday.”

We talked to some local fans who say they are going to miss the racing when it’s gone.

“It is always a good time to come out here,” said Ryan Colwell, racing fan. “I’ve been to several events, dirt track events, and next year (the track) it’s not going to be here.”

With rain predicted in this weekend forecast, racing fans say they are not going to let rain run them off. They aren’t leaving the park, until after the final run on Sunday.

Races are scheduled to start Friday at 8 a.m.

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