This contest has expired.

Win tickets to see Jerrod Niemann in Topeka during the 29th Annual Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties.


The popular FanFest gathering and press conference for the 29th Annual Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties will be Thursday, May 18 in recently revitalized downtown Topeka on 8th Street between Kansas Avenue and Quincy Street.

FanFest 2017 is an event to celebrate drag racing in Topeka and to welcome racers and fans to our great city in celebration of the NHRA Menards Nationals that will be held at Heartland Park Topeka, May 19-21. FanFest 2017 will begin with a press conference at 2:00pm. Following the press conference fans will have an opportunity to meet and greet drivers of the NHRA Mello-Yellow Drag Racing Series, play games, see displays and visit food vendors.

Headlining the appearance will be  16x Funny Car Word Champion John Force along with other NHRA stars from Mello-Yellow Drag Racing Series. Making a special appearance will be Elaine Larsen displaying her popular 280 mph jet propelled dragster along with the “Jet Technology Center” an interactive display.

Record-breaking performances have become the norm for the stars in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series when they visit Heartland Park Topeka, and that trend will look to continue in 2017 when the 10,000-horsepower, 300-mph nitro-burning machines are unleashed at the 29th annual NHRA Menards Heartland Nationals presented by Minties, May 19-21.

The NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series makes a debut appearance at Heartland Park Topeka being the fifth of 12 stops in 2017. The radical Pro-Mods are capable of producing runs at over 240 mph. In addition to Pro-Mod action, the popular Nitro Harleys will be in competition with side-by-side one wheel in the air action.

After Nitro qualifying on Friday, fans can watch the spectacular Larsen Motorsports jet dragsters sponsored by Florida Tech and Matrix System. These thrust driven vehicles driven by the first ladies in Jet Car exhibitions will wow the fans with exciting pre-run flame shows and quarter-mile fiery runs.

Also taking part during the action packed weekend, national country recording artist Jerrod Niemann will play a special concert at the NHRA Menards Heartland Nationals presented by Minties.  The concert will take place following the final round of professional qualifying for the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series on Saturday, May 20. Those who purchased a ticket for the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties Pet Treats will not be required to purchase a separate ticket to take advantage of the show. The concert presentation is a brand new exciting promotion that adds a new level of entertainment and excitement to the event.

In addition to all the new features, the NHRA Menards Heartland Nationals presented by Minties will also honor first responders with NHRA’s “Salute to First Responders” celebration.