USAC RETURNS TO BELLEVILLE IN 2013;
SILVER CROWN SERIES JOINS MIDGETS AT LEGENDARY HALF-MILE
One of America’s most revered motorsports events returns to the USAC
fold in 2013 with an exciting addition to its tradition-laden program,
when the 36th “Belleville Nationals” unfolds at the historic Belleville
(Kansas) High Banks.
Since 1978 the spectacular high-banked dirt oval at the North Central
Kansas Free Fair has thrilled fans with its annual “Belleville Midget
Nationals” racing extravaganza. Next year, USAC’s vaunted TRAXXAS Silver
Crown Championship Cars will make its Belleville debut in conjunction
with the Mopar National Midget cars to produce a Belleville spectacle
unlike any in the track’s history.
The August 1-3 schedule calls for a full program of USAC Midget racing,
along with Silver Crown practice on Thursday night, Silver Crown
qualifying and feature on Friday and the Midget finale on Saturday. In
addition, renewing a long-standing tradition at Belleville, participants
will gather Wednesday at the fairgrounds park to select opening slots
for the Midget competition.
Half-mile dirt Silver Crown racing dates back to 1980 at Williams Grove,
Pa. and in the ensuing 32 years other half-mile dirt ovals have included
annual treks to Rossburg, Ohio and Terre Haute, Ind., plus events at
Knoxville, Ia., Denver, Colo., Oklahoma City, Okla., Tampa, Fla.,
Parkersburg, W.Va., Hagerstown, Md., Las Vegas, Nev. and Phoenix, Ariz.
“We are looking forward to USAC’s return to the Belleville High Banks,
adds USAC Silver Crown Series Director James Spink. “We expect this
exciting addition at Belleville to attract new fans to the
diehard-legion of race fans from American as well as Down-Under who
annually target this weekend as one of their signature calendar events.
We will see many drivers pulling double-duty that weekend, including
many who have had their Silver Crown cars on the sideline the past year.”
“We are very happy to have USAC back on board for the 36th annual
Belleville High Banks Midget Nationals, and also for the very first time
bringing the USAC Silver Crown Series to the famed Belleville High
Banks, says race organizer Jimmy Melton. “There will be alot of new
events from autograph parties to the cars being displayed the week of
the midget nationals. We really look forward to working with USAC on
this historic event in 2013!”
USAC Triple Crown Champion Jerry Coons Jr. expects to be among drivers
doing “double duty” in the 2013 Belleville program. He notched his third
Belleville Midget Nationals championship last year and has a pair of
wins on Silver Crown dirt half-miles. “I’ve been an advocate for the
Silver Crown at Belleville, so I’m very excited to see this
materialize,” says Jerry. The Silver Crown cars and the return of USAC’s
National Midgets to Belleville should be a big step toward boosting the
event for race fans. The half-mile tracks have always created great
Silver Crown action and with Belleville’s different size configuration
it should make for good racing.” Coons’ previous Silver Crown half-mile
victories came at Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix, Ariz. and at the
“4-Crown Nationals” in Rossburg, Ohio.
USAC previously sanctioned the Belleville Midget Nationals from 1996,
when Robby Flock was the winner, through 2009, when USAC National
Drivers Champion Bryan Clauson took home the trophy.