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Topeka might be too hot for records

Updated: May 27, 2004, 10:19 PM ET
By Bill Stephens | ESPN

TOPEKA, Kan. -- Heartland Park Topeka, the locale for this weekend's 16th O'Reilly Summer Nationals, is a drag racing facility where ultra-low elapsed times and monumental top speeds have become a common occurrence.

In 1993, the NHRA saw the first four-second run and 300 mph top speed in Funny Car go into the record books at HPT thanks to two different drivers. Chuck Etchells' 4.987 e.t and Jim Epler's 300.13 mph speed turned drag racing on its ear.

Might we see more record-smashing ...

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