Belleville High Banks race report 2001-07-22

Phillips, Robe dominate NCRA twinbill at Belleville BELLEVILLE, Kan. (July 22, 2001) - When the O'Reilly NCRA Late Model Series last visited the Belleville High Banks earlier this month, Terry Phillips put on a driving clinic by coming from the...

Phillips, Robe dominate NCRA twinbill at Belleville

BELLEVILLE, Kan. (July 22, 2001) - When the O'Reilly NCRA Late Model Series last visited the Belleville High Banks earlier this month, Terry Phillips put on a driving clinic by coming from the back of the field to win the 25-lap main event.

On Sunday night his starting spot was reversed, but the outcome was the same.

Phillips decimated the 20-car field as he led every lap from the pole position en route to a $3,000 pay day at "The World's Fastest Half-Mile Dirt Track." A late-race caution flag erased Phillips' quarter-mile advantage over second-place Kyle Berck, but the Springfield, Mo., ace pulled away on the restart and marched to his second series victory of the weekend.

Back on July 1, both Phillips and Berck had to qualify for the main event through the B Feature. Berck, of Marquette, Neb., followed Phillips through the A Feature field to finish second that night, and again Sunday he was second to Phillips at the checkered flag.

Ted Martin of Bennington, Kan., finished third, while defending series champion Tony Gregg of Hastings, Neb., grabbed fourth. Steve Rushin of Poplar Bluff, Mo., rounded out the top-5 finishers.

Phillips, whose father, Larry, was the 1982 and '86 NCRA Late Model champion, won the first heat with the other two heat wins going to Earl Kinderknect of Salina, Kan., and Gregg.

Current series points leader Delbert 'The Iceman' Smith of Wichita, Kan., started 20th in the A Feature after suffering mechanical problems in his heat race and wound up eighth.

In O'Reilly NCRA Modified Series action, David Lahey of Moscow, Kan., was hoping to match Phillips' back-to-back wins at Belleville, but those hopes were squashed by Wichita's Marc Robe, who ran away and hid from the field in the 20-lap main event.

Robe started on the pole after winning his heat race and proceeded to lead every lap for the $1,000 victory. Lahey started and finished second.

Curt Fulps of Wichita finished third, while Brent Burkhart of Hutchinson, Kan., was fourth.

Two-time defending series champ Johnny Allen of Chanute, Kan., completed the top-5 finishers and also gained ground in this year's title chase. Current points leader Greg Skaggs of Glenpool, Okla., had to use a provisional to get into the A Feature where he finished 17th. Brian Franz of Newton, Kan., who trailed Skaggs by 40 points and led Allen by 50 coming into Sunday night's show, had to qualify through the B Feature and finished 13th in the main event.

Both the O'Reilly NCRA Late Model and Modified Series return to the Belleville High Banks for the third and final doubleheader this season on Sunday, Sept. 2. Racing starts at 7:30 p.m.

Up next at Belleville is a special Vintage Super-Modified and Stock Car Meet on Saturday, July 28. Then, the O'Reilly NCRA 360 Sprint Series joins the I.M.C.A. Late Models of the Friesen Chevrolet Challenge Series for a special wings-and-fenders doubleheader on Tuesday, July 31. Two days later, the greatest Midget drivers in the world converge on the Belleville High Banks for the 24th Annual Belleville Midget Nationals presented by, Thursday-Saturday, Aug. 2-4.

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 Information is also available on the World Wide Web by logging on to or

Reserved tickets for the 24th Annual Belleville Midget Nationals presented by 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.

<pre> Results from Sunday's 25-lap O'Reilly NCRA Late Model Series A Feature at Belleville High Banks, with finishing position, starting position in parentheses, car number, driver, hometown and money won:

1. (1) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo., $3,000. 2. (9) 14 Kyle Berck, Marquette, Neb., $1,800. 3. (5) 7C Ted Martin, Bennington, Kan., $1,200. 4. (3) 1C Tony Gregg, Hastings, Neb., $900. 5. (6) 14JR Steve Rushin, Poplar Bluff, Mo., $800. 6. (2) T1T Earl Kinderknect, $700. 7. (10) 52 Ryan McAninch, Goddard, Kan., $600. 8. (20) 92 Delbert Smith, Wichita, Kan., $500. 9. (8) 1F Jason Friesen, Sutton, Neb., $450. 10. (4) 21C Mike Conkwright, Manhattan, Kan., $400. 11. (16) 55 Chris Kratzer, Lyons, Kan., $375. 12. (15) MC2 Danny McFadden, Wichita, Kan., $350. 13. (17) 1 Eddie Tidwell, Ada, Okla., $325. 14. (18) 15W Mike Wiarda, Aurora, Neb., $300. 15. (19) F14 Mike Felton, Largmont, Colo., $275. 16. (11) 33 Al Purkey, Coffeyville, Kan., $250. 17. (12) 15 Mike Martin, Dodge City, Kan., $225. 18. (13) 02 John Kuchar, Brighton, Colo., $200. 19. (7B) 7 Rod Bencken, Oakley, Kan., $200. 20. (14) Z28 Dan Topliff, Manhattan, Kan., $200.

RACE STATISTICS Lap Leader: Phillips 1-25. Hard Charger: Smith (started 20th, finished 8th). Halfway Leader: Phillips. Cautions: 2. Provisional Starters: None. Did not start: Terry Loos, Henderson, Colo.; Jason McGehee, Wichita, Kan.

First Heat (8 laps): 1. Phillips; 2. T. Martin; 3. Berck; 4. Friesen; 5. M. Martin; 6. McFadden; 7. Wiarda; 8. Smith.

Second Heat (8 laps): 1. Kinderknect; 2. Rushin; 3. Conkwright; 4. Kuchar; 5. Loos; 6. Kratzer; 7. McGehee.

Third Heat (8 laps): 1. Gregg; 2. Bencken; 3. McAninch; 4. Purkey; 5. Topliff; 6. Tidwell; 7. Felton.

Results from Sunday's 20-lap O'Reilly NCRA Modified Series A Feature at Belleville High Banks, with finishing position, starting position in parentheses, car number, driver, hometown and money won:

1. (1) 2 Marc Robe, Wichita, Kan., $1,000. 2. (2) 24L David Lahey, Moscow, Kan., $800. 3. (4) 30 Curt Fulps, Wichita, Kan., $700. 4. (3) 13 Brent Burkhart, Hutchinson, Kan., $600. 5. (6) 98 Johnny Allen, Chanute, Kan., $500. 6. (10) 88 Chad Wheeler, Muskogee, Okla., $450. 7. (5) 25 Scott Green, Derby, Kan., $400. 8. (13) 1D Don Renfro, Wichita, Kan., $400. 9. (9) 77K Kurt Johnson, Concordia, Kan., $400. 10. (16) 2M Mike Meyer, Greenwood, Neb., $350. 11. (15) 73 Dave Hardesty, Minneapolis, Kan., $350. 12. (20) 72 Vernon Hammond, Wichita, Kan., $300. 13. (17) 86 Brian Franz, Newton, Kan., $300. 14. (11) 22 Brian McGowen, Pittsburg, Kan., $300. 15. (19) 15 Greg Stephens, Wichita, Kan., $300. 16. (7) 99 Jerry Phillips, Galva, Kan., $300. 17. (21) 27 Greg Skaggs, Glenpool, Okla., $300. 18. (12) 35 Tim Echevaria, Milford, Kan., $300. 19. (14) 11W Tim Watts, Beloit, Kan., $300. 20. (18) 44 Brian Powers, Wichita, Kan., $300. 21. (8) 1R Matt Richards, Lincoln, Neb., $300.

RACE STATISTICS Lap Leader: Robe 1-20. Hard Charger: Hammond (started 20th, finished 12th). Halfway Leader: Robe. Cautions: 2. Provisional Starter: Skaggs.

First Heat (6 laps): 1. Lahey; 2. Allen; 3. Jim Armstrong, Liberal, Kan.; 4. Johnny Bone Jr., Pea Ridge, Ark.; 5. McGowen; 6. Meyer; 7. Stephens; 8. Govern, Wichita, Kan.; 9. Troy Kingsbury, Smith Center, Kan. (top two advanced to the A Feature)

Second Heat (6 laps): 1. Burkhart; 2. Phillips; 3. Wheeler; 4. Sean Burkland, Cresco, Neb.; 5. Hardesty; 6. Skaggs; 7. Mike Jarvis, Wichita, Kan.; 8. Jon Thompson, Superior, Neb.; 9. Rodney Dodds, Haysville, Kan. (top three advanced to the A Feature)

Third Heat (6 laps): 1. Robe; 2. Richards; 3. Echevaria; 4. Watts; 5. Powers; 6. Jed Day, Wichita, Kan.; 7. Dustin Huehl, Bennington, Kan.; 8. Brandon Blochlinger, Concordia, Kan. (top two advanced to the A Feature)

Fourth Heat (6 laps): 1. Fulps; 2. Johnson; 3. Green; 4. Renfro; 5. Franz; 6. Hammond; 7. Steve Burch, Junction City, Kan.; 8. Tony Foster. (top three advanced to the A Feature)

C Feature (10 laps): 1. Meyer; 2. Stephens; 3. Hammond; 4. Kingsbury; 5. Govern; 6. Jarvis; 7. Dodds; 8. Skaggs; 9. Blochlinger; 10. Foster; 11. Huehl; 12. Burch; 13. Thompson; 14. Day. (top 10 advanced to the B Feature)

B Feature (12 laps): 1. McGowen; 2. Echevaria; 3. Renfro; 4. Watts; 5. Hardesty; 6. Meyer; 7. Franz; 8. Powers; 9. Stephens; 10. Hammond; 11. Kingsbury; 12. Jarvis; 13. Skaggs; 14. Govern; 15. Blochlinger; 16. Armstrong; 17. Dodds; 18. Burkland; 19. Bone Jr.; 20. Foster. (top 10 advanced to the A Feature)


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