IMCA: 1966 Cobra to pace field at Belleville this Sunday

BELLEVILLE, Kan. (June 1, 2001) - Gessford Machine, based in Hastings, Neb., will pace the action at the Belleville High Banks in Belleville, Kan., this Sunday, with their 550-horsepower, 427-CID road course machine. The Shelby replica is...

BELLEVILLE, Kan. (June 1, 2001) - Gessford Machine, based in Hastings, Neb., will pace the action at the Belleville High Banks in Belleville, Kan., this Sunday, with their 550-horsepower, 427-CID road course machine. The Shelby replica is primarily designed for asphalt and has competed at Heartland Park Topeka, Gateway Intl. Speedway and on the streets of Cheyenne, Wyo.

George Anderson, driver and owner of the Gessford Machine Cobra, indicates the car can be used on the street, however, the twin 4-barrel carburetion does pose a fuel consumption consideration at today's cost of gasoline!

Anderson's Cobra will lead the parade lap for this Sunday's feature races for Belleville's season opener featuring the high-flying 360 Sprint Cars of the NSCA Ethanol E-10 Sprint Series and the I.M.C.A. Late Models of the CNCTA Friesen Challenge Series.

The Belleville High Banks pit gate opens this Sunday, June 3, at 3 p.m. (CST), with spectator gates swinging open at 5. Hot laps get underway at 6:30 and the green flag unfurls for the first heat race at 7:30.

Adult general admission is $12 and children are $5. Pit passes are $20.

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, or call (785) 527-6050. Sponsorship inquiries may call or fax (402) 761-3676 or via e-mail at wdake@alltel.net. Information is also available on the World Wide Web by logging on to http://www.highbanks.org or http://www.whowon.com.

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.

-BHB

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Series Midget , Sprint , Stock car