WM: Belleville Nationals: Entries top sixty

Belleville Midget entries top 60! purse tops $91,000! Over 60 entries have already been received for this week's 25th "Belleville Midget Nationals" USAC National/Western Midget Car race at the Belleville (Kans.) High Banks. The three-night...

Belleville Midget entries top 60! purse tops $91,000!

Over 60 entries have already been received for this week's 25th "Belleville Midget Nationals" USAC National/Western Midget Car race at the Belleville (Kans.) High Banks. The three-night racing program at the 1/2-mile dirt track sports a record $91,000 total purse. The race is co-sponsored by Budweiser and Kansas Touchstone Energy.

National Midget Car point leader J.J. Yeley of Phoenix, Ariz. and Western Midget Car point leader Shane Scully of Encino, Calif. headline the list of entered drivers. Yeley holds a one-point lead over defending National Champion Dave Darland going into Tuesday night's race at Lincoln, Neb., while Scully's lead over former Western Champion Robby Flock stands at 70 points. Yeley and Scully are seeking their initial Belleville victory, while Darland won the race in 1999 and Flock won in 1996.

Former Belleville Champions Jason Leffler (1997) and Kevin Doty (1994) are also entered, as are defending Western Champion Danny Ebberts and former USAC driving champions Tracy & Ted Hines, Wally Pankratz, Jay Drake and Josh Wise, plus former USAC "Rookies of the Year" Aaron and A.J. Fike and recent "Hut Hundred" winner Mike Hess.

Preliminary nights Thursday and Friday conclude with 25-lap features, while Saturday night's (August 3) finale is a 40-lapper.

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Series USAC
Drivers Jason Leffler , Dave Darland , Danny Ebberts , J.J. Yeley , Jay Drake , A.J. Fike , Wally Pankratz , Robby Flock