BELLEVILLE, Kan. — Winning the upcoming 39th annual Belleville Midget Nationals on Aug. 5-6 at the Belleville High Banks is one of midget auto racing’s toughest tasks.
Former Belleville Midget Nationals Champions Bryan Clauson (’09, ’10, 15) and Jerry Coons Jr. (’05, ’07, ’12) are the only two returning past winners of the event.
With one of the largest fields excepted in recent years, competition will be tough to take home Saturday’s championship trophy. Six drivers based on their current season and Belleville history appear as the strongest threats to keep Clauson or Coons from a fourth event victory and include:
Brady Bacon: Currently third in USAC National Midget points, and leads the USAC Sprint Car points. Bacon’s best Belleville effort was third in 2008. Driving for new team formed by Vermont’s Frank Manafort.
Spencer Bayston: USAC National Midget point leader in his third year of midget racing. Bayston retired from last year’s Nationals with mechanical problems but gained valuable experience on the High Banks.
Chad Boat: Son of ’95 National winner Billy Boat, returns to Belleville, focused on winning the USAC title. Drives for two-time Nationals car owner champion Corey Tucker.
Carson Macedo: Belleville rookie, but has been spectacular this season winning the Pepsi Midget Nationals among his three midget victories. Macedo also has winged sprint car victories in California and Wisconsin this season.
Shane Golobic: Winner of the USAC season opener looks to improve on his 13th place finish at his most recent Belleville visit in 2013.
Tanner Thorson: National Midget Driver of the Year point leader. His 10 midget feature victories this season are twice as many as the next driver. Finished third in his first Nationals in 2013. Recently made his pavement late model debut.
Thursday Aug. 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.
Friday night will feature qualifications, preliminary races and a 25-lap midget feature race for the USAC National Midget Championship Series. 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 fourth annual 305 Sprint Nationals.