Capital City Clash brings NASCAR Nextel Cup stars to Heartland Park

Tonganoxie’s Dustin Boney took the 30-lap A-feature win Wednesday in the Capital City Clash at Heartland Park Topeka.

corey garriott

Wednesday night on a dirt track turned into a Sunday afternoon at a Nextel Cup event.

Heartland Park Topeka hosted the second annual Capital City Clash, where NASCAR drivers Clint Bowyer and Ken Schrader battled each other all night. The two drivers paid no heed to the other 69 competitors in the modified division, including a third NASCAR driver, Kenny Wallace.

Bowyer and Schrader stood toe-to-toe in their heat race, finishing 1-2, respectively. In the A-feature, Bowyer and Schrader tried to best each other in the middle of the pack while Tonganoxie’s Dustin Boney took the A-feature event win.

“It feels pretty good,” said Boney. “We definitely had to work for this one. We had a real good car. We may not have been the best, but we were there in the end.”

Early on in the A-feature, it was a game of survival with multiple wrecks and cautions. Just a few laps in, the No. 22 car of Bill Robinson went sideways in turn one and slid into an infield tire, flipping the car. At the same time in turn two Wallace also bowed out in a crash.

“I just tried to stay patient and save my car for the last 10 laps because I knew there would be a lot of cars breaking toward the end and we finished,” said Boney.

Bowyer had the early lead in the A-feature after starting in sixth but lost it in turn two, lap seven, when he spun out and had to restart at the back of the pack.

“Moisture came up through the track and the car just kept getting tighter and tighter,” said Bowyer, who hails from Emporia. “I threw it into the corner harder and harder to make the corner and just got in too hard.”

Respectively, Bowyer and Schrader finished 10th and 12th in the A-feature.

Bowyer said he felt he had the best car but a lack of experience and seat time in a modified also contributed to the spin out. He added that he enjoyed racing Schrader all night, especially back home.

“This is my home stomping ground so it’s a lot of fun to come down here,” said Bowyer.

As for Boney, he said he wasn’t intimidated racing against the NASCAR drivers.

“They were just another person,” said Boney, “I’ve raced with them all before.”