BELLEVILLE, Kan. – Keith Kunz Motorsports has filed three entries for the 36th annual Belleville Midget Nationals on Aug. 1-3 at the Belleville High Banks.
The event features a new format change, and the return of the United States Auto Club (USAC) as the sanctioning organization, along with The Belleville High Banks Race Committee.
Kunz is looking for his fourth Belleville Midget Nationals Championship as a car owner, with previous wins by Page Jones (1993), Kevin Doty (1994) and Kyle Larson (2011). Last years runner-up Rico Abreu will lead the team, and be joined by two “Belleville” rookie drivers, Christopher Bell and Tanner Thorson. All three drivers will drive Bullet chassis’ powered by Toyota.
Abreu challenged eventual winner Jerry Coons Jr. late in the race, scoring a popular second place finish in his first appearance at the half-mile high banked clay oval. Abreu’s 2013 season has been highlighted by three winged sprint car feature wins and a USAC National/POWRi/Badger Midget feature victory at the famed Angell Park Speedway.
Bell currently finds himself atop the Honda USAC National Dirt Midget Series points, and has three feature victories, with two sanctioning organizations Thorson, a 17-year-old graduate of outlaw kart racing, made his midget debut earlier this season, and has recorded five top 10 finishes in 15 feature starts this season.
Aug. 1 will see the Honda USAC National Dirt Midget Series run qualifications, preliminary races and a 25-lap midget feature race. The TRAXXAS USAC Silver Crown Series will hold a practice session during the evening, in preparation for its event on Aug. 2.
“The Hustle on the High Banks” on Aug. 2 will mark the series first ever appearance at the track for Silver Crown series, highlighted by a 50-lap feature. The tracks popular cruiser division will also be competing.
Aug. 3 will feature dashes and last chance races setting the field for the 40-lap midget feature. The United Rebel Sprint Series will return for the 2nd annual 305 Sprint Nationals as well on Aug. 3.