Nationals fast approaching August 4-5" |
"Boat looks for
Belleville, Kan., July 19---The 40th annual Belleville Midget
Nationals on August 4-5 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 the sanctioning organization .
The USAC Midget
National Championship Series cars and drivers will again be the focal point
of one of midget racing's crown jewel events. Action kicks off on
Friday August 4 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 "5th
annual 305 Sprint Nationals".
Last year's winner
Chad Boat will attempt to become only the fourth driver to win
consecutive events hoping to join the short exclusive list which includes:
Stan Fox (1979-80), Kasey Kahne (2000-01), and Bryan Clauson (2009-10).
Boat's Tucker-Boat Motorsports No. 84 was nearly perfect every time the car
ran the "High Banks" during the 2016 event. He backed up Saturday's
victory by winning Friday's preliminary feature. Boat also won his heat race
both nights, Saturday's pole dash, and missed fast time in
qualifications by 0.005 seconds.
"Our performance in last
year's event was because of our great preparation in the shop for the event,
qualifications went great and it set the tone for the rest of the week"
commented Boat in a recent interview.
"It's such a prestigious
event and to be able to be the first father-son winners it's something both
of us will remember for the rest of our lives" said Boat in reference to
joining his father Billy the 1995 winner as event father-son champions.
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
advance tickets from Ticket Force is: https://tickets.ticketforce.com/?search=belleville
Photo caption: Chad Boat (right) is joined by his father &
co-car owner Billy Boat after winning the 2016 Belleville Midget Nationals.
Boat will try to become fourth driver in the events forty year history to win
consecutive years. (Boyd Adams photo)