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Daum caps off record setting night
1 lap, 8 lap and 25 lap records fall 

 Daum’s victory in the non-stop event broke Kasey Kahne’s track record by over sixteen seconds, which was set on August 4, 2000. Earlier in the night Tracy Hines lowered the one-lap track by over a half-second to 16.803 seconds. Michael Pickens’ victory in the second heat race also lowered the 8-lap track record.           

​Polesitter Dave Darland took the lead at the start, Daum moved into second position on the third lap. Daum closed to Darland’s rear bumper two laps later. Daum took the lead as the pair crossed the start/finish line on the eighth lap. Defending Belleville Champion Chrsitopher Bell retired one lap later.          

Daum increased his lead over Darland each lap, and at the midway point held a 2.8 second lead. With Daum leading, a great battle for second was staged between Darland, Rico Abreu and Hines.           

Daum driving the Dan Daum owned Eagle/Stanton Toyota No. 5 finished 6.92 seconds ahead of Abreu, Darland,Hines and Chris Windom. " It's so great to finally get a victory here, hopefully our luck will improve for Saturday" commented Daum. 

SUMMARY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Tracy Hines, 24, Parker-16.803; 2. Bryan Clauson, 63, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.039; 3. Christopher Bell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.229; 4. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-17.302; 5. Rico Abreu, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.314; 6. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.406; 7. Dave Darland, 17, RW/Curb-Agajanian-17.454; 8. Michael Pickens, 3F, RFMS-17.499; 9. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-17.537; 10. C.J. Johnson, 45, Martin-17.759; 11. Chris Windom, 3, RFMS-17.799; 12. Jerry Coons Jr., 2, Lein-17.935; 13. Don Droud Jr., 44, Smith-18.062; 14. Chett Gehrke, 11c, Matteson-18.181; 15. Garrett Hood, 11H, Hoods-18.190; 16. Cody Brewer, 96, Central Motorsports-18.239; 17. Jeff Stasa, 91, Stasa-18.291; 18. Stu Snyder, 2s, Rhoten-18.307; 19. Matt Johnson, 85, Johnson-18.562; 20. Randy Boyer, 69, Boyer-NT; 21. Johnny Murdock, 0, Murdock-NT; 22. Joe Cleveland, 0A, Murdock-NT; 23. Robert Bell, 0z, Murdock-NT.      

FIRST HEAT : (8 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Hines, 3. Daum, 4. Brewer, 5. C.J. Johnson, 6. Droud, 7. M.Johnson, 8. Cleveland. 2:28.33       

SECOND HEAT : (8 laps) 1. Pickens, 2. Clauson, 3. Abreu, 4. Windom, 5. Stasa, 6. Gehrke, 7. R.Bell. 2:19.14       

THIRD HEAT : (8 laps) 1. C.Bell, 2. Coons, 3. Hood, 4. Chapple, 5. Snyder, 6. Thorson, 7. Murdock. 2:21.22       

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Zach Daum, 2. Rico Abreu, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Tracy Hines, 5. Chris Windom, 6. Michael Pickens, 7. Jerry Coons Jr., 8. Don Droud Jr., 9. Isaac Chapple, 10. Cody Brewer, 11. Garrett Hood, 12. Stu Snyder, 13. Jeff Stasa, 14. Bryan Clauson, 15. Robert Bell, 16. C.J. Johnson, 17. Matt Johnson, 18. Johnny Murdock, 19. Christopher Bell. 7:26.50

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Darland, Laps 8-25 Daum.

NCRA open 2014 season on the Highbanks!

Junghans, Hurd take home championships

The National Championship Racing Association made their first trip of the season to Belleville on Saturday, July 5th to kick off the 104th season at the Belleville High Banks.  Click here for full Modified Recap.  Click here for full Late Model Recap.

Rico Abreu claims 37th Belleville Midget Nationals

Keith Kunz secures 5th title; third in last four years

Rico Abreu made it very clear after his runner-up performance on Friday that he was tired of finishing second in the Saturday finale of the “Belleville Midget Nationals” after ending up there the last two years. The St. Helena, California pilot used a mid-race slider for the lead and was flawless riding the rim of the legendary half-mile for the emotional victory in the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports – Toyota TRD #97 Bullet/Speedway Toyota.

“It’s hard to tell everyone how this one feels. I got pretty emotional in victory lane in that moment. I told myself that I wasn’t running second this year. I realized I wasn’t gaining on him and I was running the same line as him, so it was time to move up a bit higher and got it going up there. It was as far on the fence as it could be, and I almost hung from it a couple times. It was right up my alley, for sure. This is special for me – I’ve wanted to win here since I showed up here,” Abreu said.

Daum, who won Friday’s 25-lap preliminary feature, got the jump from the pole. An caution for Chris Windom, who had been running 8th, slowed the early going. He changed his right-rear tire and rejoined the field.

From there, the race went green, and Daum actually pulled away from Abreu after the restart and through the ten-lap mark. Abreu then got going, cutting big chunks out of Daum’s lead until he caught him at the completion of lap thirteen and fired a long, sweeping slider through turns one and two for the lead.

With the pass made, Abreu continued to trace the outside rail of Belleville, opening up his lead as Daum also enjoyed a comfortable advantage over the battle heating up for third between Tracy Hines and Christopher Bell.

Abreu had a close call in traffic, and then could not complete a slide-job with about fifteen to go, allowing Daum to close in a bit. Daum could not draw close enough to make a move, however, and Abreu carried on.

With nine laps to go, the second and final caution appeared, giving Daum another chance to go after Abreu. The Honda National Midget point leader was again on his game, though, and nailed the restart to gain himself a large advantage. He took his fourth win of the season and eighth win of his young career.

Daum finished a fine week that never saw him worse than second, which is where he finished in the Belleville finale aboard the Daum Crop Insurance – Weld Wheels #5D Eagle/Stanton Toyota.

“You know Rico is gonna go good, especially when the track moves up that high. I knew he’d be coming at that point. He slid me and there was nothing I was gonna do about it. I didn’t know how close second was, so I was making sure I didn’t give anything away at the end. It was obvious there was no catching him without a major mistake or a problem. I’m really happy with our week,” Daum said.

Hines fended off Bell’s last-turn slider for the final podium position in the Parker Machinery – Turbines, Inc. #24 Spike/Stanton Toyota.

“I messed up a little off two on the last lap and knew he was coming, but I just turned back under him and was able to beat him to the line. I think we proved between Zach and myself that our Stanton engines were every bit as strong as the others, and we’re happy with our week. We didn’t blow any up and we kept it up front,” Hines said.

Bell, the defending race winner, came home fourth in the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports – Toyota TRD #97 Bullet/Speedway Toyota, and Windom rebounded all the way to fifth in the RFMS Racing – Liberty Village #3 DRC/Stanton Mopar.

USAC HONDA NATIONAL MIDGET RACE RESULTS: August 2, 2014 – Belleville, Kansas – Belleville High Banks –“Belleville Midget Nationals”

FIRST HEAT : (8 laps) 1. Zach Daum (#5D Daum), 2. Christoper Bell (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Jerry Coons Jr. (#2 Lein), 4. Michael Pickens (#3F RFMS), 5. Stu Snyder (#2s Rhoten), 6. Jeff Stasa (#91 Stasa), 7. Tanner Thorson (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian). 2:18.03

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Rico Abreu (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Bryan Clauson (#63 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Chris Windom (#3 RFMS), 4. Garrett Hood (#11H Hoods), 5. Don Droud Jr. (#44 Smith), 6. Johnny Murdock (#0 Murdock), 7. Tyler Dunkle (#0A Murdock). 2:19.95

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tracy Hines (#24 Parker), 2. Dave Darland (#17 RW/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Cody Brewer (#96 Central Motorsports), 4. Isaac Chapple (#52 Chapple), 5. Matt Johnson (#85 Johnson), 6. Ty Williams (#19 Stasa), 7. Robert Bell (#0z Murdock). 2:21.11

POLE DASH: (6 laps) 1. Daum, 2. Abreu, 3. Bell, 4. Hines, 5. Darland, 6. Clauson. 1:48.87

B DASH: (6 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Pickens, 3. Brewer, 4. Chapple, 5. Hood. 1:48.25

FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Rico Abreu, 2. Zach Daum, 3. Tracy Hines, 4. Christoper Bell, 5. Chris Windom, 6. Dave Darland, 7. Bryan Clauson, 8. Jerry Coons Jr., 9. Michael Pickens, 10. Cody Brewer, 11. Stu Snyder, 12. Jeff Stasa, 13. Matt Johnson, 14. Isaac Chapple, 15. Garrett Hood, 16. Johnny Murdock, 17. Robert Bell, 18, Tyler Dunkle, 19. Don Droud Jr., 20. Ty Williams. NT
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-13 Daum, Laps 14-40 Abreu.

NEW HONDA NATIONAL MIDGET POINTS: 1-Abreu-788, 2-Hines-677, 3-Bell-653, 4-Clauson-621, 5-Daum-549, 6-Windom-538, 7-Thorson-500, 8-Pickens-455, 9-Darland-418, 10-Andrew Felker-332.

Swanson Rides High to Silver Crown Victory

Wins back to back in Belleville

Silver Crown Series point-leader Kody Swanson continued his dirt dominance of this season as he took his third win of the season on Friday night in the “Hustle on the High Banks” of Belleville, Kansas. The Kingsburg, California driver rallied from as deep as seventh to steal the win late in the race, running strong to the end as other front-runners experienced problems.

Chris Windom took the lead from outside the front-row as Swanson stumbled on the start after taking the pole for the 50-lapper. He dropped to fourth as Windom and Christopher Bell took off running the high side, and Tracy Hines moved from the third-row to third in the opening laps.

The first caution came on lap seven for Caleb Armstrong, who had an encounter with the turn-two cushion and had major rear-end damage. Windom still led Bell up front, as they opened up a gap over Hines, Jerry Coons, Jr., and Swanson.

The second and final caution came on lap 15 for Jacob Wilson, and this time on the restart, Swanson lost two more spots before regaining his momentum. With Swanson now in 7th, Windom and Bell displayed their strength on an extremely treacherous cushion around the vaunted half-mile, stretching it out to over half a track over third.

Bell fell off Windom’s pace after catching the turn-one guardrail just past halfway, and Windom’s lead appeared to be insurmountable. He toyed with the Belleville guardrail, running a wicked pace on the cushion and opening up his lead even more. With about 15 laps to go, Windom suddenly dropped down on the track for a lap, and after going back to the top a lap later it was apparent that he was slowing. Meanwhile, Swanson was moving back through the field as he stayed up top while others experienced tire problems or damage from banging the guardrail and had to move down.

Windom eventually moved to the bottom with ten to go as the RW Motorsports #17 was running out of fuel, but he held the lead through lap 44 before dropping to the bottom of the backstretch and exiting the race track just as Swanson sprinted by with the lead. He led with five to go and was virtually unchallenged over the final laps, winning by 5.361 seconds in the DePalma Motorsports – Radio Hospital #63 Maxim/Hampshire.

“Sometimes, it’s just your night. When they told me we were in the lead, I honestly didn’t believe it. You just never say die in Silver Crown racing, and especially with this team. We had an engine issue and switched to this one for tonight just to be sure we could finish the race, and we gave up a lot of ground on the restarts. It was hard to believe I was running them down late. I got into the wall pretty hard myself and it wasn’t the same from there. Luckily, the car was good enough to get us there. To win tonight, they said we’d have to run up there, and it feels great to deliver for my team on a track like tonight. I started racing for these guys and promised them I could win pavement races, and two years later I haven’t won a pavement race but we’ve got three dirt wins!” Swanson exclaimed.

Hines found his way by Bell for second but came up short in defending his Belleville Silver Crown victory from last year with the Lightfoot Racing – Hughs Brothers #16 Beast/Chevy.

“Belleville is always a little gnarly anyway, but when run a heavy champ car, it gets your attention. When it was four feet from the wall, it wasn’t a big deal, but when it stopped moving and we were banging the guardrail, that was tough. We paced well early and knew we were catching Bell, but I got into the wall hard and felt like I almost flipped it. I backed off at that point and the 63 went by us – I had nothing for him at that point,” Hines said.

Bell held on for third despite a violently shaking car due to a blistered right-rear tire and heavily packed right-rear wheel on the Fred Gormly – RPM Auto Enterprise #99 JEI/Chevy.

“I followed Darland into one and tagged the guardrail too hard, and it was instant. Going down the back straightaway, I knew we were in trouble. My insides hurt, it was shaking so bad. I honestly almost pulled in, but Rico was spotting for me and told me I had a half-lap behind us. I’m glad he was spotting for me and thankful to get a chance to run this race car. I ran it pretty soft there on the opening lap and Chris drove away from us, so I knew that’s how it was going to be and drove thirty laps or whatever without lifting up there,” Bell said.

Bobby East recovered from changing an engine early in the day to move from 13th to finish fourth in the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #10 Maxim/Kistler, and Dave Darland rounded out the top-five in the MTR Martco – Longworth Equipment #19 Beast/Toyota.

USAC SILVER CROWN SERIES RACE RESULTS: August 1, 2014 – Belleville, Kansas – Belleville High Banks – “Hustle on the High Banks”

QUALIFYING: 1. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-17.221; 2. Chris Windom, 17, RW/Curb-Agajanian-17.227; 3. Jerry Coons Jr., 98, RPM/Gormly-17.283; 4. Christopher Bell, 99, RPM/Gormly-17.324; 5. Dave Darland, 19, Longworth-17.370; 6. Tracy Hines, 16, Lightfoot-17.414; 7. Caleb Armstrong, 9, Armstrong-17.772; 8. Chris Urish, 77, Urish-17.846; 9. C.J. Leary, 21, Team Six-R-18.149; 10. Jacob Wilson, 07, Wilson-18.809; 11. Jake Simmons, 31, Simmons-19.277; 12. Grant Simpson, 96, Simpson-21.119; 13. Davey Ray, 25, Sachs-NT; 14. Bobby East, 10, Stewart/Curb-Agajanian-NT; 15. Tim Barber, 28, Pierson-NT.

FEATURE: (50 Laps) 1. Kody Swanson, 2. Tracy Hines, 3. Christopher Bell, 4. Bobby East, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Jerry Coons Jr., 7. Chris Urish, 8. Jacob Wilson, 9. Chris Windom, 10. Jake Simmons, 11. Caleb Armstrong, 12. C.J. Leary, 13. Grant Simpson, 14. Davey Ray. 24:35.13
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-44 Windom, Lap 45-50 K.Swanson.

NEW USAC SILVER CROWN SERIES POINT STANDINGS: 1-K.Swanson-345, 2-Hines-300, 3-East-291, 4-Windom-243, 5-Wilson-195, 6-Coons-177, 7-Tanner Swanson-165, 8-Bobby Santos-159, 9-Armtsrong-155, 10-David Byrne-147.