Holton Man Seeks to 'Crowd Source' Money to Buy Topeka Race Track
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man is hoping an ambitious crowdfunding effort will help him buy a beleaguered Topeka racetrack. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports Dan Canady of Holton has started a GoFundMe crowdfunding effort to raise up to $10 million to buy Heartland Park Topeka. Heartland Park Topeka opened in 1989 and became one of the NHRA's most popular drag racing venues in the 1990s. After the racetrack's finances took a turn for the worse in recent years under track operator Raymond Irwin and Jayhawk Racing, the city proposed to buy Heartland Park. But Topeka's governing body voted against the plan. Canady says he'll use the crowdfunding money to negotiate a deal with Irwin, and if another deal is finalized before he raises the money, he'll return the money to donors.