Star studded history featured on the world's fastest half mile of dirt


Some of the nation's greatest drivers have tested their nerves at Belleville, including Parnelli Jones, A.J. Foyt, Tony Stewart, Ken Schrader, Stan Fox, Steve Kinser, Sammy Swindell, Scott Bloomquist, Billy Moyer, Kasey Kahne, J.J. Yeley and Jeff Gordon.The race track is BAD FAST, allowing those who can hold on an opportunity to run “wide open” the entire track!“Man, this is one fast joint,” said Brian Birkhofer, who captured the main event when the World of Outlaws Late Model Series (known as Xtreme DirtCar Series then) played before a standing-room-only crowd on Aug. 28, 2004. “This track is definitely flat out wide open all the way around.”

“I mean everybody who was anybody was at Belleville, and they had their best cars ready to go there. It was a great race for me to win,” said Jeff Gordon after his Belleville Midget Nationals victory on his 19th birthday in 1990. “I was on a tear there, running wide open and jumping the cushion and never lifting. I never stopped racing like that until the checkered flag flew.”Built inside the acclaimed half-mile track is a quarter-mile track which features special events for Dwarf Cars, Mini-Stocks, Hobby Stocks, TQ Midgets, Cruisers and more.The track’s mainstay has been the Belleville Midget Nationals, which have been held every year since 1978. As the nation’s most prestigious event of the year for Midgets, America’s top owners and drivers trek to Kansas each year for the historic event. The Belleville Midget Nationals is an exciting race that brings the best equipment, owners and drivers to the nation’s richest midget race in the country, transforming the town of Belleville from a small rural community of 2,500 to a racing Mecca of more than 20,000 people!

The Belleville High Banks has brought exciting races to the “Crossroads of America” for over a century. To recognize the long-lasting tradition and prestige of various racing events held at the track, the High Banks Hall of Fame & National Midget Auto Racing Museum was built to capture and remember racing personalities, memorabilia and display race cars that influenced the historic racing community. In July, 2004 a dream that had been nearly a decade in the making was given the checkered flag when the High Banks Hall of Fame & National Midget Auto Racing Museum opened at U.S. Hwy. 81 and 12th St. in Belleville. WE KNOW you'll enjoy your next visit to The World’s Fastest Half Mile Dirt Track.