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Former winners Clauson & Coons aim again for Belleville Glory

39th annual running slated for Aug. 5-6

Belleville, Kan., July 20--- Former Belleville Midget Nationals Champions Bryan Clauson and Jerry Coons Jr. head the list of drivers competing in the upcoming "39th annual Belleville Midget Nationals" on August 5-6 at the Belleville High Banks. Both drivers have three career victories in the famed event.

Clauson returns as the defending champion driving the Joe Dooling owned No. 63 Spike/Stanton SR 11. Clauson also won the event in 2009-10. Clauson's season has been highlighted by competing in over one hundred race events already, including leading three laps in the 100th annual Indianapolis 500-mile race in May.

Coons the events first three-time winner (2005, '07, '12) will be driving for the new team formed by Rusty Kunz. The team will utilize a Spike/Stanton SR 11 combination in the No. 1K car. Kunz has two previous wins as a car owner and three as chief mechanic/team manager.   

Thursday Night August 4 will feature a Tim Dugger Concert in the infield. Admission is $10 per person, under 14-years old free. Also a free BBQ meal will be provided while supplies last.

On track action kicks off on Friday night for the The USAC National Midget Championship Series with qualifications,  preliminary races and a 25-lap midget feature race. The popular two-person cruiser stock car division will race on the track's infield quarter-mile track.  

Saturday night will feature last chance races for participants to make the 40-lap feature. A check of $12,500 awaits the winner. The United Rebel Sprint Car Series again returns for the "4th annual 305 Sprint Nationals".

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Belleville Midget Nationals fast approaching

39th annual running slated for August 5-6

Belleville, Kan., July 13---The 39th annual Belleville Midget Nationals on August 5-6 at the Belleville High Banks is fast approaching! The United States Auto Club (USAC), along with The Belleville High Banks Race Committee will again serve as sanctioning organization .   

The USAC Honda National Midget Dirt Series will again be the focal point of one of midget racing's crown jewel events.  Action kicks off on Friday August 5 for the midgets with the always exciting qualifications around the 1/2-mile high banked clay oval,  preliminary races and a 25-lap midget feature race. The popular two-person cruiser stock car division will race on the track’s infield quarter-mile track.  

Saturday night will feature last chance races for participants to make the 40-lap feature, midget racing's most grueling event of the season. A check of $12,500 awaits the winner. The United Rebel Sprint Car Series again returns for the "4th annual 305 Sprint Nationals".

Thursday Night will feature a Tim Dugger Concert in the infield. Admission is $10 per person, under 14-years old free. Also a free BBQ meal will be provided while supplies last.

"The Fans of the High Banks" a group of race fans who follow and attend Belleville events went the extra mile this year and raised money through sponsorships and donations to increase the payoff for the midget events.   

General Admission tickets for all events are sold first-come first-served on race day at the ticket gate. Reserved seating tickets are available for the event. 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. Special children ticket pricing is being offered this year.  Link to order tickets from Ticket Force can be found by logging onto the tracks website www.highbanks.org.

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Macedo Cowboys up to win the 35th Annual Pepsi Nationals

Sun Prairie, WI - Carson Macedo of Lemoore, California overtook Monrovia, Indiana's Justin Peck and held off teammate Spencer Bayston to win the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series feature event for the 35th annual Pepsi Nationals at Angell Park Speedway.  Macedo is only the fourth driver to win the Pepsi Nationals in their first attempt.

Pole sitter Justin Peck held the lead from the get go until an early race caution on lap five.  On the restart, Macedo was able to stay with Peck and dove to the bottom of turn three for the slide job.  Peck crossed over and returned and the battle for the lead ensued until Macedo was able to make a slide job stick off turn two.  Spencer Bayston slipped past Peck for second on lap 17, but had to wait for the caution to fly for Kaitlynn Leer before being able to try a chance at the lead.

Restarting the race almost to halfway, Macedo would jump the cushion in one and two and then in three and four allowing Bayston by and a slider-fest to ensue.  As the duo exchanged slide jobs for the lead, Bayston would lead laps 26 and 27, but Macedo would slide back by to regain the lead on lap 29.  On the same lap, the action would be slowed for Ryan Robinson.  Coming back to green, Bayston would jump the treacherous Angell Park Speedway cushion in turn one and take a tumble bringing out the red.  Bayston would be alright, but find himself on the business end of the wrecker.

Coming back to green, Macedo had a five lap shootout on his way to becoming the 35th annual Pepsi Nationals champion.  Zach Daum would make a last ditch effort on the restart to challenge for the lead, but was unable to make it stick, losing ground and allowing Tanner Thorson to move by for second.  Thorson finished second after starting 12th.  Daum finished third.  Andrew Felker took fourth after running the semi and starting 17th, while Holly Shelton rounded out the top five.  

"What an awesome racecar to drive," said Carson Macedo.  "It drove itself, really.  That cushion got a little treacherous in one and two and Keith made a gesture to me on the yellow and pretty much said get up in the seat or you're going to lose this thing.  Awesome effort by our team.  They put in a lot of good, hard work in at the shop that makes this possible and shouldn't go unnoticed.  Had a great time and I love this track.  At this track you just have to enter on it and run it as hard as you can.  Pepsi and everybody that supports this event, I really appreciate that."
"We were super good," Tanner Thorson stated.  "These guys gave me an awesome car.  It's depressing to finish second again, but to a teammate, it wouldn't be any better to finish second to him.  Hat's off to my guys, they worked their butts off."

"We had a shot, but that's about all we had," explained Zach Daum.  "We just got so tight there on the cushion and part of me leaving in an ambulance here twice kind of figured out that I probably shouldn't go and bang the thing as hard as everybody else was.  I kind of babied it into one a little too much there."

Midgets

POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series Feature Results (30 laps): 1. 71K - CARSON MACEDO  2. 67 -TANNER THORSON  3. 5D - ZACH DAUM  4. 3 - ANDREW FELKER  5. 67K - HOLLY SHELTON  6. 71 - RYAN ROBINSON  7. 3N - JAKE NEUMAN  8. 1 - SCOTT HATTON  9. 53 - AARON SCHUCK  10. 41 - AUSTIN PROCK  11. 7 - AUSTIN BROWN  12. 77 - KAITLYNN LEER  13. 1K - BRAYTON LYNCH  14. 5X - JUSTIN PECK  15. 97 - SPENCER BAYSTON  16. 57 - CHAD BOESPLUG  17. 32 - GARRETT AITKEN  18. 31 - DAVID BUDRES  19. 27 - TUCKER KLAASMEYER  20. 9K - KYLE SCHUETT  21. 20 - CODY WEISENSEL  22. 0 - ANDY BAUGH

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Thorson Continues Keith Kunz Motorsports Stronghold

Belleville, IL- With his POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series victory at Belle-Clair Speedway, Tanner Thorson of Minden, Nevada continued the Keith Kunz Motorsports stranglehold on the National Midget scene.  Thorson's victory at Belle-Clair was his sixth triumph of the 2016 season.  Starting in the fourth position for the 30 lap main event, Thorson fell in line third at the drop of the green flag and dispatched Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports teammate Spencer Bayston on lap eight, setting his sights on race leader Justin Peck.

Upon moving into the second position, it would take Thorson almost a dozen laps to reel in Peck before the duo entered a battle with wild slide jobs and the typical, spectacular curb-banging fashion on the high-banked 1/5th mile Belle-Clair Speedway.  As the leaders banged the boards exchanging slide jobs, the action allowed third place runner Zach Daum to close.  Thorson would officially take the lead on lap 23 from Peck, with Daum moving into second on lap 25.  Enduring two cautions and one race-stopping red in the final laps, Thorson would take the checkers first, followed by Daum for second.  Tucker Klaasmeyer would finish third from fifth, followed by Jake Neuman in fourth.  Justin Peck would finish fifth.

"It was great," said Tanner Thorson.  "This team gave me an awesome car that allowed me to do that.  It was a patience game in the beginning, the track was pretty fast.  All-in-all, hats off to these guys, they definitely deserve this.  We've been really strong here the last two races, and every track we go to, so hopefully we can carry on to tomorrow.  I love coming here."

"That's just little Belleville," Zach Daum stated.  "It's always a workout.  When the racetrack gets like that it's a lot of fun.  We've been in contention every night we run here at Belleville, we just got to keep chugging along here and keep moving along.  We're kind of close, but we're not quite there either."

"It was actually pretty rough," explained Tucker Klaasmeyer.  "The right front mud cover fell off and packed full of mud, so it was shaking a bit.  Hat's off to Tanner and Zach.  They did a heck of a job."

POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series Feature Results (30 laps): 1. 67 - TANNER THORSON  2. 5D - ZACH DAUM  3. 27 - TUCKER KLAASMEYER  4. 3N - JAKE NEUMAN  5. 5X - JUSTIN PECK  6. 7 - AUSTIN BROWN  7. 97 - SPENCER BAYSTON  8. 71K - CARSON MACEDO  9. 15 - ANDREW FELKER  10. 22 - ANDY MALPOCKER  11. 91 - DERECK KING  12. 67K - HOLLY SHELTON  13. 55 - SHANE COCKRUM  14. 5 - DANNY FRYE  15. 71 - RYAN ROBINSON  16. 41 - AUSTIN PROCK  17. 17 - DARREN HAGEN  18. 9K - KYLE SCHUETT  19. 32 - GARRETT AITKEN

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Illinois Midget Week Coming To Macon Speedway June 11

Belleville, IL – The 4th Annual Illinois SPEED Week is shaping up to be one of the largest events for 2016 with a world-wide driver presence set to tackle five straight days of racing. All five nights will feature POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series action, paired with both the POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series and the POWRi/ILLINI Lucas Oil Division II Midget Series. The grueling weeks kicks off on Wednesday, June 8th at the high-banked Belle-Clair Speedway. Thursday, teams will head north to Quincy Raceways, before Friday’s show at Jacksonville Speedway. Saturday, the divisions will invade Macon Speedway and for the fifth and final night, Illinois SPEED Week will conclude at Lincoln Speedway. The five nights of racing will be the ultimate test of endurance for drivers and crews, equipment maintenance, and an excellent display of driver talents.

The Macon Speedway event on Friday, June 11 will not only have all three POWRi classes, the night will also include the UMP Pro Late Model division.  In that class, Springfield, IL driver Matt Taylor has two wins and four straight second place finishes to lead the standings.  Jake Little, Guy Taylor, Nick Bauman, and Jose Parga has also taken Macon wins.

Previous Illinois SPEED Week Champions for the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series include Christopher Bell (2013, 2015 tie), Tyler Thomas (2014), and Darren Hagen (2015 tie). In the POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series, Cale Thomas took the inaugural Illinois SPEED Week in 2013, while Frank Flud was the champion in 2014. Joe B. Miller was the 2015 Illinois SPEED Week Champion for the micros. Newly added in their freshmen year, the POWRi/ILLINI Lucas Oil Division II Midget Series will be the third division on the roster for Illinois SPEED Week.

Currently atop the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series point standings and still looking for his first victory of 2016, Zach Daum holds an 80 point lead over Spencer Bayston going into Illinois SPEED Week. Andrew Felker rides in third, 100 points out, while Justin Peck sits in fourth, 180 points out of the top position. Fifth place Tanner Thorson has a 240 point disadvantage to overcome in order to reach the top spot.

Pit gates on June 11 at Macon Speedway will open at 3:00, grandstands at 4:00, Late Model pill draw will end at 5:50, hotlaps will begin at 6:00, and racing will take the green at 6:00.

POWRi Lucas Oil National Midgets
1. Zach Daum 2300
2. Spencer Bayston 2220
2. Andrew Felker 2200
4. Justin Peck 2120
5. Tanner Thorson 2060
6. Carson Macedo 1690
7. Holly Shelton 1670
8. Jake Neuman 1620
9. Tucker Klaasmeyer 1570
10. Ryan Robinson 1540

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