USAC Returns To Belleville In 2013

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

BELLEVILLE, Kan. — USAC will return as sanctioning body of the 36th Belleville Nationals Aug. 1-3 at the Belleville High Banks. And the sanctioning body will bring its historic Traxxas Silver Crown Series along with it.

This past year’s Belleville Midget Nationals at the high-banked half-mile oval drew only 14 midgets and the future of the event appeared in doubt.

USAC returns as sanctioning body for the event for the first time since 2009.

“We are very happy to have USAC back on board for the 36th annual Belleville High Banks Midget Nationals, and also for the very first time bringing the USAC Silver Crown Series to the famed Belleville High Banks, says race organizer Jimmy Melton. “There will be a lot of new events from autograph parties to the cars being displayed the week of the midget nationals. We really look forward to working with USAC on this historic event in 2013.”

The program calls for a full program of USAC midget racing, along with Silver Crown practice on Thursday night, Silver Crown qualifying and feature on Friday and the midget finale on Saturday.

The Silver Crown Series ran its first half-mile track in 1980 at Pennsylvania’s Williams rove Speedway and currently makes annual treks to Ohio’s Eldora Speedway and Indiana’s Terre Haute Action Track.

“We are looking forward to USAC’s return to the Belleville High Banks, adds USAC Silver Crown Series Director James Spink. “We expect this exciting addition at Belleville to attract new fans to the diehard-legion of race fans from American as well as Down Under who annually target this weekend as one of their signature calendar events. We will see many drivers pulling double duty that weekend, including many who have had their Silver Crown cars on the sideline the past year.”

Defending Belleville Nationals champion Jerry Coons Jr. is among the drivers expected to do double duty at Belleville next summer.

“I’ve been an advocate for the Silver Crown at Belleville, so I’m very excited to see this materialize,” Coons said. “The Silver Crown cars and the return of USAC’s National Midgets to Belleville should be a big step toward boosting the event for race fans. The half-mile tracks have always created great Silver Crown action and with Belleville’s different size configuration it should make for good racing.”