LOOKING BACK: Clauson’s Belleville Sweep

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Bryan Clauson, shown here in 2016 at Lawrenceburg Speedway, swept the Belleville Midget Nationals 10 years ago. (Dick Ayers Photo)

SPEED SPORT has been reporting on and covering motorsports happenings from all over the world for 85 years, so we thought it would be fun to take a look back in the archives to see what happened 10, 25 and 50 years ago each week.

So check out what SPEED SPORT was covering 10, 25 and 50 years ago this week in Looking Back!

10 Years Ago (Aug. 5, 2009): Bryan Clauson swept a busy day of racing at the Belleville High Banks, winning the Belleville Midget Nationals as well as the preliminary feature earlier in the day. Rain postponed the Friday feature to Saturday afternoon and Clauson outran Chad Boat to win the 20-lap preliminary feature. He followed it up later in the day by holding off Brad Sweet to win the 30-lap Belleville Midget Nationals finale that evening.

Other Happenings: Ryan Briscoe edged Ed Carpenter by .0162 seconds to win the Indy Racing League event at Kentucky Speedway; Jimmy Mars won the USA Nationals at Cedar Lake Speedway after 13 years of trying; Ferrari announced Michael Schumacher would come out of retirement to sub for injured driver Felipe Massa; Donny Schatz won the 99th race of his World of Outlaws career at K-C Raceway in Ohio; Denny Hamlin won in NASCAR competition at Pocono Raceway.

25 Years Ago (Aug. 3, 1994): The FIA handed down a $500,000 fine to Mild Seven Benetton’s Formula One program for a number of infractions from the British Grand Prix a few weeks earlier. Driver Michael Schumacher was penalized with the loss of second-place points and was banned for two Formula One races for ignoring a black flag during the race. Mika Hakkinen and Rubens Barrichello were also given one-race suspended sentences for other infractions.

Other Happenings: Scott Goodyear survived an attrition filled event to win the IndyCar Marlboro 500 at Michigan Int’l Speedway; Darrell Waltrip made a rare ASA start, winning the AC-Delco Challenge Series Mello Yello 300K at Heartland Park in Kansas; Gerhard Berger snapped Ferrari’s 56-race drought with a victory at the Hockenheimring; Illini racing figure Bob Tezak was sentenced to 12 years in prison for his role in an arson for insurance plan and threatening witnesses.

50 Years Ago (Aug. 6, 1969): Mark Donohue made it two wins in a row for team owner Roger Penske in Trans-Am competition with a victory at Le Circuit Mont Tremblant Sunday. The race was marred by an eight-car pileup in the seventh corner 14 laps after the green flag waved. The incident started when the engine in George Follmer’s Bud Moore Boss 302 Mustang expired, dropping fluid all over the track. A track marshal, attempting to help Follmer from his car, suffered a fractured left arm and burns to his lower body when he became pinned under a car.

Other Happenings: Sammy Sessions and Todd Gibson collected USAC sprint car victories; Ontario (Calif.) Motor Speedway inked a 10-year agreement with USAC to host 500-mile Indy car events on Labor Day weekend; A.J. Foyt won the Mid-Atlantic 300 stock car event at Dover Downs Int’l Raceway when rain cut the event short; Benny Parsons won the 100-lap ARCA event at Toledo Speedway in Ohio; Jacky Ickx won in F-1 action at the Nurburgring.