Instant Replay: 9th Annual Belleville Midget Nationals - 1986 By Paul Haase BELLEVILLE, Kan. (July 18, 2001) - Tommy White came to the Belleville Midget Nationals in 1986 to do one thing: "Win the big one." And that he did. As one of the ...
Instant Replay: 9th Annual Belleville Midget Nationals - 1986
By Paul Haase
BELLEVILLE, Kan. (July 18, 2001) - Tommy White came to the Belleville Midget Nationals in 1986 to do one thing: "Win the big one."
And that he did.
As one of the hottest drivers in midget racing, White had battled the Belleville High Banks for a couple of years, but his best finish was a fifth in the 1985 finals.
Although White led the finals the last 32 laps, it didn't come easy. For the first 8 laps, Ron 'Sleepy' Tripp -- the 1985 champ -- led the race only to be passed by White. A couple of laps later Tripp was forced out with a blown tire. White built up the lead over 1984 champ Mark Passerrelli for most of the race but on lap 32 a yellow flag came out for a stalled car. Passerrelli closed the gap for the remainder of the race, but White held him off to take the checkered. Robby Flock finished third.
Rain on Thursday caused the preliminaries to be run on Friday as a double card. In the two qualifying feature races, Tripp won the first one followed by White and Dave Burns. The second feature saw Passerrelli, 1981 champion Mike Gregg and Dan Boorse finishing in the top three slots. Preliminary trophy dashes were not run because of the length of the show.
The Saturday non-finals races saw the trophy dash going to White, followed by Boorse, Passerrelli, Scott Hatton, Tripp and Burns. The 'C' feature winner was Danny Williams, followed by Rory Peachey, John Zerbe and Steve Stasa. The semi-main top finishers were Palmer Crowell, Dave Berg, Bob Davison and Ronnie Burke.
The 9th Annual Belleville Midget Nationals were not plagued by a single red flag during the two nights of racing.
9th Annual Belleville Midget Nationals - 1986
Top 5 finishers:
1. Tommy White
2. Mark Passerrelli
3. Robby Flock
4. Dean Billings
5. Don Boorse
Reserved tickets for the 24th Annual Belleville Midget Nationals presented by WhoWon.com are available by calling (785) 527-5179, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by logging onto the Belleville High Banks Web site.