Belleville Nationals recap, Salem preview

SALEM'S GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY "JAMES/O'CONNOR CLASSIC NEXT; CLAUSON BLITZES FIELD AT BELLEVILLE; WISE TAKES ALL-STAR PRELIM Brad Kuhn continues to lead the USAC Mopar National Midget standings as the series eyes the August 15 Golden Anniversary...

SALEM'S GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY "JAMES/O'CONNOR CLASSIC NEXT; CLAUSON BLITZES FIELD AT BELLEVILLE; WISE TAKES ALL-STAR PRELIM

Brad Kuhn continues to lead the USAC Mopar National Midget standings as the series eyes the August 15 Golden Anniversary "Joe James/Pat O'Connor Classic" at the Salem (Ind.) Speedway. Kuhn took third in Saturday night's Speedway Motors "Belleville Midget Nationals" in Kansas and will take a 41-point lead into the Salem program.

Bryan Clauson of Noblesville, Ind. led the final 18 laps to win Saturday night's 40-lap Speedway Motors "Belleville Midget Nationals" finale at the Belleville High Banks. He trailed pole dash winner and pole starter Henry Clarke until Clarke's engine expired on lap 23, then held off a determined bid by defending race winner Brad Sweet to put his All Star Performance/Bryan Clauson Racing Spike/Esslinger Ford in the winner's circle. Sweet took second ahead of Kuhn, Darren Hagen and Josh Wise.

Clauson also emerged the winner of the 20-lap preliminary feature at the Belleville High Banks Saturday, concluding the "Friday night" program which was interrupted by rain after heat one. Clauson led the final three laps, beating Chad Boat, Caleb Armstrong and Matt Smith to the checkered flag. Brad Loyet, who led twice during the race, finished fifth after he became the last of several drivers to encounter tire woes in the 20-lap event.

Josh Wise of Riverside, Calif. won Thursday night's "shootout" at the half-mile Kansas dirt oval. Wise, piloting the Pedregon Motorsports Advance Auto Parts/TRD Spike/Toyota, took the lead on lap 18 when Bobby East encountered engine woes. Hagen took second ahead of Whitt, Clarke and Sweet.

-credit: usac

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Series USAC
Drivers Brad Kuhn , Bobby East , Josh Wise , Bryan Clauson , Darren Hagen , Matt Smith , Brad Sweet , Chad Boat , Henry Clarke , Brad Loyet , Caleb Armstrong