From Bryan Gapinski
Belleville, KS — (July 22, 2013) — Former Champions Jerry Coons Jr. and Bobby East look to renew their rivalry in the upcoming 36th Annual Belleville Midget Nationals on Aug. 1-3 at the Belleville High Banks. The event features a new format change, and the return of the United States Auto Club (USAC) as the sanctioning organization, along with The Belleville High Banks Race Committee.
While both drivers are former Midget Nationals Champion, they look to transfer their “High Banks” success to “The Hustle on the High Banks” on Friday Night Aug. 2, which will mark the first ever appearance at the track for The TRAXXAS USAC Silver Crown Series. Coons currently holds a slight lead over East in the Series points, after East claimed the 2012 Championship by twelve points over Coons.
Coons the only three-time winner of the Midget Nationals (’05, ’07, ‘12), and has four preliminary feature night victories. East also has scored four preliminary night feature wins at the track, along with his 2004 Nationals Championship.
Thursday Aug. 1 will see the USAC Honda National Midget Dirt Series run qualifications, preliminary races and a 25-lap midget feature race. The TRAXXAS USAC Silver Crown Series. will hold a practice session during the evening, in preparation for Friday Nights events. Coons will defend his midget title aboard the Joe Dooling owned Spike/Ford-Esslinger No. 63. East will pilot the familiar Terry Klatt No. 4 for the Nebraska car owner.
Friday Night Aug. 2, will highlighted by a 50-lap feature for the Silver Crown Cars. The tracks popular cruiser division will also be competing. Coons, continues his long association in the series driving the RW/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports No. 27. East will be aboard the Tony Stewart/ Curb-Agajanian Motorsports entry.
Saturday Aug. 3 will feature dashes, and last chance races setting the field for the 40-lap midget feature. The United Rebel Sprint Car Series again returns for the 2nd annual 305 Sprint Nationals.
General Admission tickets for all events are sold first-come first-served on race day at the ticket gate. Reserved Seating tickets is available for the Belleville Midget Nationals. General admission available only if the event is not sold out, and available only on the day of the race at the track ticket office (bottom 3 rows only).
Tickets can be ordered by going to the tracks website, or logging onto The TicketForce website (direct link to Belleville events) : http://tickets.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=1031 .