BELLEVILLE, Kan. – Jerry Coons, Jr. won the “Prelude to the Belleville Midget Nationals” 25-lap feature Thursday Night on the quarter-mile dirt oval inside the Belleville High Banks.
The event marked the first midget race on the quarter-mile track.
After setting fast time, Coons started from the pole position and quickly jumped into lead at the start. The events only caution appeared on the third lap for a stalled car.
On the restart Coons began slowly increasing his lead over Darren Hagen and Zach Daum. Close action racing occured behind Coons for all positions.
Coons held at 1.6 second lead at the midway point, and increased the advantage to two seconds, with ten laps remaining.
Coons began lapping sower cars with six laps remaining. On Lap 22 Daum passed Hagen for second place. Coons driving the Joe Dooling owned Spike/Ford-Esslinger No. 63 finished 2.38 seconds ahead of Daum, Hagen, Brad Kuhn and Rico Abreu.
“It was a racy track, the car was perfect. I cant wait till we run the big track tomorrow night,” said Coons.
Several car owners opted to “save” their equipment for Friday Night when actions switches to the half-mile track, as a full field is excepted to compete for starting positions in Saturday Night Championship Feature.
Blake McMillian topped Wyatt Burks and Curtis Spicer to win the JayHusker 600 Micro Series non-wing feature, while Jake Galusha finished ahead of Shon Pointer and Chad McWirither in the winged feature.
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