Atoka Motorsports Park hosted the 17th Annual Heartland Nationals over Labor Day Weekend for the first time ever. This event typically takes place on Memorial Day Weekend, but was postponed just over two months due to the massive rains around the original date. The race action was just as good with strong turnouts in each class. Randy Kimbley was once again a top performer as he swept both days of action in the Pro 3 Quads category. A special Ironman shootout took place on Sunday where both Cars and ATVs battled for the top prize. Danny Travis representing the ATV's took home the big hardware defeating Kenny Kapple's Chevy-powered Buggy in the final round. New Mexico's Vickie Hall did a great job piloting her "Farmer's Daughter" Dragster to the 3.5 Index Cars category win. Many points battles are very close heading into the Season Finale at the October "Fall Fest" event. Check the "Points" page for the current standings & "Results" page for more results from the Heartland Nationals.
The 2015 Atoka Motorsports Park season has been greatly affected by the intense rain that has plagued the Oklahoma / Texas region this Spring. After the Heartland Nationals were rained out on Memorial Day Weekend, the next race on June 13 looked promising. After a great Friday night test night, Saturday's racing got underway but ultimately rain would end up taking the win and washing out eliminations. Before the rains, Jackson Evans took the Pro 4 Quads Trophy class win over Laura Feuerhelm & Karson Stephens was the winner of the Peewees class over Addie Stephens. The next points race at AMP will be on July 11. And a makeup date for the Heartland Nationals has been announced. The 2015 Heartland Nationals will now take place on Labor Day Weekend September 4-6.
The 2015 race season at Atoka Motorsports Park in Atoka, OK is underway after holding the first points race on April 11. AMP will once again race every second Saturday of the month through November as well as host the Heartland Nationals Memorial Day Weekend. The Heartland Nationals and November races will be the only two non-points races, the October Fall Fest event will be the final points race. New for 2015, the Pro 1 Quads class will go back to a Pro Tree. Despite the tree change, defending class champion Randy Kimbley took the Pro 1 Quads money class victory over Sandi Allen. Sandi had a great day also scoring a runner-up finish in the Pro 1 Quads Trophy class. Results from April are updated on the 'Results' page & Points are updated on the 'Points' page of this site.
The point series season concluded on October 10-11 at Atoka Motorsports Park's Fall Fest event. Many championships were locked up heading into the event. However the Pro 2 Cars class was wide open heading into the final race, and it was Louis Shull winning the class on Saturday moving himself from 3rd to 1st in the process earning the class points championship. Below is a list of AMP's 2014 Class Champions.
Pro 1 Cars: Kenny Kapple
Pro 1 Quads: Randy Kimbley
Pro 2 Cars: Louis Shull
Pro 2 Quads: Randy Kimbley
Pro 3 Quads: Bobby Kincaid
Pro 4 Quads: Tristian Griffith
Full points can be found on the 'Points' page of this web site.
The 16th Annual Heartland Nationals at Atoka Motorsports Park (AMP) produced one of the biggest turnouts in event's history along with some of the best racing ever seen. Atoka's Marc Luce brought out his brand new Lucas Oil Top Alcohol Dragster and defeated Michigan's Ted Lirones with a 2.74ET at 135MPH in the Top Alcohol class final round. Texas racer Courtney Stidham handled the job in the Top Eliminator class as he defeated Missouri's Terry Glasscock recording a 2.99ET at 108MPH for the win. The PTN classes put on a great show with Oklahoma's John Pate (PTN 3.95 Index Pro ATV) as well as Michigan's Bob Ramlow (PTN 3.5 Index) and Buddy Hammett (PTN Ironman) taking class victories. Missouri's MDR Racing dominated the PSDA Heads-Up classes taking three class wins while Michigan's Rigger Racing with rider Steph Bennett won the PSDA 3.7 Index category. Arizona's Kenny Hayes walked away with Hardware as he won the Quick 16 Cars category on Friday night. For full results from this event, check the 'Results' page of this web site.
The 2013 AMP point series season came to an end at the October Fall Fest event. This race also served as the final race for this season's Mid-America Sand Drag Series, so racers from across the region showed up to battle it out for the top prizes. When the dust settled, Lane's Tim Feuerhelm ended up winning the Pro 1 Cars championship in both the track point series as well as the MASD series clinching both titles in a dramatic final round against tough Texas racer John Acker. Okmulgee's Randy Kimbley was also a double up champion as he earned both the AMP track championship & MASD title in the Pro 1 Quads category. On top of that, Kimbley also scored the track's Pro 3 Quads championship. Other Atoka Motorsports Park 2013 Track Champions were David Collins (Pro 2 Cars), Danny Travis (Pro 2 Quads), and Gus Griffith (Pro 4 Quads). In MASD series action, Texas racer Courtney Stidham used a string of incredible runs to take the Top Eliminator victory over 2013 MASD class champ Terry Glasscock. Tonkawa's Rod Trower brought out his Thunder Top Alcohol Dragster to take the class win with a 2.73 ET at over 130MPH. Results are updated on the 'Results' page & Points are updated on the 'Points' page of this site. Remember the AMP season finishes out with a non-points event on November 9.
The 15th Annual Heartland Nationals at Atoka Motorsports Park was a record breaking show over Memorial Day Weekend. Atoka's own Marc Luce set a new track record covering the 300' sand drag strip in 2.592 seconds, which eclipses the old record of 2.618 set by Rod Trower in October of last year. Unfortunately for Luce, the new track record would not be enough in competition as Trower would take the Top Alcohol class win in a 2.78 to 2.64 hole shot decision. This would also give Trower the early points lead in the 2013 Mid-America Sand Drag Series championship hunt. Missouri's Terry Glassock repeated as Heartland Nats champ as he drove his Pinto-powered Dragster to the Top Eliminator title over Dee Trower. Buckeye, AZ's Kenny Hayes made the long haul to Oklahoma pay off as he took the Pro 1 Cars win with his "Flirtin' With Disaster" Jeep over 2012 MASD champion John Acker. Justin Evans took the Pro 1 Quads victory back home to Texas for JE Motorsports as he defeated Danny Travis in the final round. It was another great Heartland Nationals. To check out the full results, click on the "Results" page of this site. To view the current AMP point standings, click on the "Points" page of this site. For more on the Mid-America Sand Drag Series, go to www.NationalSandDragNews.com. The MASD will be back at AMP on October 11-12 for the Fall Fest event.
The 2012 Fall Fest at Atoka Motorsports Park was a race within the overall race. On this weekend, the overall race was the one to beat Mother Nature. With rain and storms on the way for late Saturday, an expedited schedule was put in place to finish up not only the Mid-America Sand Drag Series (MASD) classes, but also the AMP Point Series categories. Sensational racing action was the result throughout the weekend. Tonkawa, OK's Rod Trower made history at AMP as he fulfilled a long time goal of setting the track record with his "Thunder" Top Alcohol Dragster with an astounding 2.618 seconds to eclipse the 2.633 record set by California's Gary Mink in May of 2011. The other half of the Trower Racing team, Rod's wife Dee made it to the Top Eliminator final round, where she would place 2nd to Independence, MO's Jeff Sieg, who also was the MASD TE class champion for 2012. Texas racer Glenn Swanner took his first ever Pro 1 Cars class victory on Saturday, with his fellow Texas competitor John Acker winning the MASD class championship & Tim Feuerhelm taking the track championship. Randy Kimbley not only won the Pro 1 Quads category on Saturday, but he also won the Pro 2 & Pro 3 Quads classes for a rare three peat on one day. Texas racer Luke Martin's semi-final finish wrapped up the MASD Pro 1 Quads title while Rick Lovelace was the AMP Pro 1 Quads champion. Kimbley's wins in the Pro 2 & 3 Quads classes made him a multi-class track champion while David Collins (Pro 2 Cars) and Chloe Cooper (Pro 4 Quads) were also crowned track points winners on this night. Click the "Results" page for full results from Fall Fest 2012.
The 14th Annual Heartland Nationals at Atoka Motorsports Park saw some of the best racers from across the country converge on Oklahoma over Memorial Weekend. This was also the first race for the 2012 Mid-America Sand Drag Series, so this set the stage for some amazing racing action. Oklahoma's Rod Trower came within .001 of a new track record as he recorded a 2.634 at 142MPH to claim the Top Alcohol class victory. Missouri led the Top Eliminator class as Terry Glasscock took the win with his Corvair-powered Dragster over Jeff Sieg. The Pro 1 Cars class victory went to Texas racer John Acker as he defeated AMP regular Ethan Fomby. Texas also secured the Pro 1 Quads win as Luke Martin took the big win over Danny Travis. Check the Results page for full results from the Heartland Nats. The next AMP event will be on July 14.
Atoka Motorsports Park has announced a few rules additions for the 2012 race season. These can also be seen on the Rules page of this web site.
New Rules for 2012
- Once Eliminations begin, racers must finish eliminations with the same vehicle they started. There will be no switching of vehicles during eliminations allowed.
- Once racers have turned on the bottom stage light, the starter has the right to start the tree. If a racer backs out of the beam once the starter has activated the tree, they will receive a red light.
- After time trials & trophy class, racers are required to turn in their dial-ins immediately. Once the sheets go to the tower, you are late & will not have a dial-in.
- Once a racer is the next pair to race, they cannot change their dial-in for that pass.
The 13th Annual Heartland Nationals at Atoka Motorsports Park continued on the tradition with a great racer & spectator turnout. Gary Mink, from Fresno, CA, set a new track record at AMP with a 2.633 bettering the previous record of Jeff Janoe with a 2.647. Mink would go on and Scott Carroll in the Top Alcohol final where they put on an awesome show with Gary taking a 2.70 to 2.74 decision by just .016 at the stripe. The Top Eliminator guys had to one up that one as Texas’ Courtney Stidham made it back-to-back Heartland Nationals wins in a thrilling final round race against Tim Martin decided by just .007 at the stripe. Sunday’s Pro Bracket classes also saw some great battles as Tim Feuerhelm (Pro 1 Cars), Kirk Whitlow (Pro 1 Quads), and Ashley Ralston (Pro 2 Cars) emerged victorious. Saturday's winners were Kevin Self (Pro 2 Quads), Randy Kimbley (Pro 3 Quads), Trey Walton (Pro 4 Quads), and Layla Shull (Peewees). Friday night's Quick 16 Winners were Arizona's Keith Ahart (Q16 Cars) and Rick Lovelace (Q16 Quads). Check out full results on the Results page of this site.