Belleville announces Nationals sponsor

BELLEVILLE, Kan. (Feb. 2, 2001) - During a joint press conference held during the Belleville Expo & Racers Trade Show Saturday, officials from the Belleville High Banks announced that WhoWon.com will be an Associate Sponsor for this year's 24th ...

BELLEVILLE, Kan. (Feb. 2, 2001) - During a joint press conference held during the Belleville Expo & Racers Trade Show Saturday, officials from the Belleville High Banks announced that WhoWon.com will be an Associate Sponsor for this year's 24th Annual Belleville Midget Nationals.

"We are extremely thrilled to have WhoWon.com and their world-wide contact to the auto racing community as a High Banks partner," said Belleville High Banks President Barry Bottger.

As part of the partnership, WhoWon.com will be providing expanded, in-depth coverage of the Belleville Midget Nationals, as well as electronic media and promotional services for the 2001 season. At Belleville, WhoWon.com have a distinct presence throughout the facility.

"It is truly an honor for WhoWon.com to be a part of the rich history that is the Belleville High Banks," said WhoWon.com President Jeff Nun. "It's a huge undertaking and we are excited about the challenge."

With more than 10 million pages served up each month, WhoWon.com is the Internet source for motorsports fans from coast to coast. With news and information for more than 1,700 tracks and over 500 racing organizations, WhoWon.com is a one-stop Web resource for thousands of auto racing enthusiasts around the globe.

"The Belleville Midget Nationals is the ideal showcase for WhoWon.com and our grassroots audience," Nun added. "Our involvement as an Associate Sponsor is a great opportunity to be mentioned in the same breath as such a landmark event."

The 2001 Belleville Midget Nationals is set for Wednesday through Saturday, Aug. 1-4. Kasey Kahne of Enumclaw, Wash., is the defending champion.

In addition to the sponsorship announcement, High Banks Hall of Fame Election Committee Chairman Don McChesney made the official announcement that Steve Knepper, Randy Roberts, Lloyd Axel, Roy Bryant, Don Budy, Ray Lee Goodwin, Leonard Kerbs, George Harding, Jan Opperman and Hector Honore have been selected for their contributions to the sport of auto racing and the Belleville High Banks.

The induction ceremony will take place in Belleville, Kan., at the National Midget Auto Racing Museum on Wednesday, Aug. 1.

Hundreds of race fans and competitors alike jammed the Belleville National Guard Armory, Saturday, for the Belleville Expo & Racers Trade Show, which featured dozens of vendors from chassis manufacturers and news organizations to die-cast collectible resellers and track/series promoters.

The Belleville High Banks, located in Belleville, Kan., is managed by a volunteer racing committee that host 10-12 racing events annually. "The World's Fastest Half-Mile Dirt Track" allows drivers the rare opportunity to run "wide open" the entire track, and the sweeping oval is one of the most demanding test of endurance and skill for drivers. The track's mainstay is the annual Belleville Midget Nationals, held every year during the first weekend in August. As the nation's most prestigious midget car race of the year, the best equipment, owners and drivers flock to the small rural community of 3,500, which is transformed into a racing Mecca of more than 30,000 people each August.

For more information on the Belleville High Banks, write to: Belleville High Banks, P.O. Box 349, Belleville, KS 66935 www.highbanks.org

Reserved tickets for the 24th Annual Belleville Midget Nationals are available by calling (785) 527-5179, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

-Bellville High Banks

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Series Automotive , Midget , USAC
Drivers Kasey Kahne , Steve Knepper