It’s Coons Again At Belleville

Jerry Coons Jr. (63) charges under Caleb Armstrong at the Belleville Highbanks. (Ken Simon photo)
Jerry Coons Jr. (63) charges under Caleb Armstrong Friday night at the Belleville Highbanks. (Ken Simon photo)

BELLEVILLE, Kan. — Jerry Coons Jr. won the 25-lap feature on Friday night, kicking off the 35th annual Belleville Midget Nationals on the Belleville High Banks.

The win coupled with his Thursday Night victory on the quarter-mile makes the Tucson, Ariz., driver as the favorite to become the events first three-time winner on Saturday night.

Polesitter Caleb Armstrong paced the field at the start closely followed by Coons. Coons drove under Armstrong entering turn three on the fourth lap, taking the lead. Coons then easily pulled away from the field and enjoyed a 2.6- second lead on lap10 and increased the advantage to four seconds at the midway point.

A stalled car, with ten laps remaining erased Coons lead. On the restart, Coons pulled out to a four-car length lead over Brad Kuhn.

Both drivers ran perfect laps around the half-mile the remainder of the distance, pulling away from the field. Coons driving the Joe Dooling owned Spike/Ford Esslinger No. 63 finishing 0.63 seconds ahead of Kuhn, Armstrong, Darren Hagen, and Chris Windom.

“The car was flawless were focusing everything towards Saturday night’s race,” said Coons.

The victory was the fifth preliminary night feature win for Coons at the track, second to Stan Fox’s seven wins.

The finish:

Jerry Coons Jr., Brad Kuhn, Caleb Armstrong, Darren Hagen, Chris Windom, Zach Daum, Scott Hatton, Casey Shuman, Don Droud Jr., Chet Gehrke, Jeff Stasa, Terry Goodwin, Randy Boyer, Rico Abreu, Vance Lein, C.J. Johnson.


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