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Thursday, July 1, 2010


A century in the making, RevHoney Energy Belleville 100 just 24 hours from reality


BELLEVILLE, Kan. (July 1) – On July 4, 2010, it will have be exactly 100 years ago that three men raced around what is now known as the Belleville High Banks. To help celebrate the centennial anniversary of auto racing at Belleville, dozens of the hottest dirt Modified drivers in America are poised to tackle the legendary Belleville High Banks as both machine and driver will be tested in a contest never before witnessed at the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile Dirt Track” or anywhere else across the fruited plain when the inaugural RevHoney Energy Belleville 100 takes place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 2-4.


Some of the hottest mud-slingers behind the wheel today are pre-entered for the chance to walk away with one-of-a-kind bragging rights and a possible $100,000 payday.


On Friday night, the competitors take on the Belleville High Banks with heat races, “B” mains and a 40-lap “A” main carrying a $5,000 top prize with a minimum $500 to start. The top-10 finishers will be locked into Saturday night’s thrilling finale. Saturday’s program will feature another round of qualifying events, followed by a 15-lap non-qualifiers race with drivers failing to make it into “the big dance” racing for $2,000 to win and $300 to start.


The thrilling conclusion will be the 60-lap championship “A” main with 30 cars starting three-wide on the historic high-banked half-mile clay oval with $10,000 earmarked for the winner and a minimum of $1,000 for each of the starters.


The main event will see a unique twist when the race is red-flagged on lap 30 for a 10-minute pit stop that will take place on the front stretch in front of the grandstands.


But that’s not all ... Friday’s “A” main winner will also be the polesitter for Saturday’s championship “A” main. Prior to the start of Saturday’s blockbuster finale, that driver will be offered the option of starting dead last in the field and go for a whopping $100,000 paycheck if he or she can win from the 30th starting position.


Dozens of contingency prizes will also be awarded during the event, plus a Halfway Leader Award, Hard Charger Award, Hard Luck Award and more. Special awards and one-of-a-kind trophies and plaques will be presented to the top three finishers, as well as their pit crew members.


Sunday will conclude the Fourth of July Holiday with a dazzling auto thrill show and other entertainment suitable for a 100-year celebration of auto racing, including the Pig 100 — a not-so-light-hearted special event featuring real live pigs and a shot at $500 for one lucky participant.


In case of inclement weather on Friday or Saturday, Sunday is being held in reserve as a rain date for those events.




On July 4, 1910, three cars entered the first auto race held in Belleville, Kan. Auto racing was a relatively new sporting event in 1910, as was the automobile. Those three cars and their drivers that day were part of a much larger sporting contingency … horse racing. The only documentation that has been located about that first auto race in Belleville is buried in a newspaper story featuring the horse racing of July 4, 1910.


The only auto racing paragraph in the newspaper account reads as follows:


“The automobile race was a great attraction and the machines worked in perfection. White and Stover of this city were the prize winners in this race. They drove a Model 10 Buick and made five miles in 7 minutes and 10 seconds. A white steamer from Deshler was second but the Buick lapped the white steamer one and one quarter laps in the contest. Harley Lewis with a Ford was a good second until his machine heated and he had to pull out of the race. It was intimated that White and Stover had provided themselves with a motor of increased power but they offer one hundred dollars reward to any one who will produce a particle of proof that the motor used by them is not the identical kind they sell to the trade.”


Now, and nearly 100 years later, the Belleville High Banks is perhaps the most demanding dirt track in the country in terms of expecting the most of driver and equipment. Certainly it is the fastest half-mile dirt track in the country and most certainly can boast its no. 1 ranking in historical longevity. While many aspects of the automobile and auto racing have changed since 1910, two things really haven’t changed: the test of the machine and the endurance of the driver.


In 2010, machine and driver will be tested in a contest never seen before when the celebration of 100 years of auto racing in Belleville and the advancement of the motor car will take place at the Belleville High Banks with the inaugural running of the RevHoney Energy Belleville 100 featuring Modifieds on the High Banks on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 2-4, 2010.




Showing car number, driver’s name (age), hometown and chassis/engine.

98 John Allen (41), Chanute, Kan., Hughes/Allen’s.

18x John Anderson, Omaha, Neb., Hughes/Sput’s.

112 Jim Armstrong, Liberal, Kan., Hughes/Allen’s.

17 Brent Behrends, Webber, Kan., TBA/TBA.

8 Justin Bell, Omaha, Neb., BMS/Bell.

9 Brandon Blochlinger (29), Concordia, Kan., BMS/TBA.

12 Johnny Bone Jr. (43), Pea Ridge, Ark., TRE/Homegrown.

111 Danny Bradford, Farmington, N.M., TBA/TBA.

42b Kyle Bronson, Brandon, Fla., TBA/TBA.

43c Brian Calhoon, Beloit, Kan., TBA/TBA.

12c Joe Carr, Petaluma, Calif., Carr/Carr.

21c Chris Cole, Cache, Okla., Hoffman/Penrod.

1c Jeff Cyphers, Concordia, Kan., BMS/BigPappa.

4r Tim Donlinger, Rochester, Minn., Ramirez/Sput’s.

31 Corey Dripps (37), Waterloo, Iowa, BC/AEM.

58 Garrett Durrett, Simsboro, La., GRT/TBA.

35 Tim Echevarria, Junction City, Kan., TBA/TBA.

2g Kenny Gaddis, Hallsville, Texas, Hughes/JR.

93 Rick Germar, Red Oak, Iowa, Germar/Cramer.

3g Clinton Gilmore, Chapman, Kan., TBA/TBA.

19r Ryan Gustin (19), Marshalltown, Iowa, Hughes/Mullins.

55 Larry Hall, Rochester, Minn., Hall/Hall.

75 Garry Hall, Rochester, Minn., Hall/Hall.

07 Mark Hedberg, Lindsborg, Kan., TBA/TBA.

88j Troy Johnson, Concordia, Kan., BMS/JR.

18 Chase Junghans (17), Manhattan, Kan., Hughes/Sput’s.

2 Grant Junghans (21), Manhattan, Kan., Hughes/Sput’s.

33 David Karst, Mills, Wyo., BMS/TBA.

2k Darrick Klima, Belleville, Kan., BMS/TBA.

82 Brad Koehn, Omaha, Neb., TBA/TBA.

777 Jared Landers (28), Benton, Ark., Shaw/TBA.

16t Todd Ligenza (43), Columbus, Neb., Jet/Brunkhorst.

81 Garfield Lopez, Elizabeth, Colo., BMS/TBA.

M15 Mike Martin, Dodge City, Kan., TBA/TBA.

43 Michael McCleskey, Lawton, Okla., GRT/TBA.

97m David Murray Jr., Oberlin, Kan., Victory/JR.

9d8 Paden Phillips, Chanute, Kan. BillsBuilt/Allen’s.

31j Jeremy Rasmussen (23), Bella Vista, Ark., TRE/Donrich.

65 Greg Sharpe, Commerce City, Colo., Sharpe/Sharpe.

92 Delbert Smith (49), Wichita, Kan., BMS/Phillips.

03 Dillon Smith, Waco, Texas, Skyrocket/Carroll’s.

31 Gerald Spurgeon, Ponca City, Okla., Shaw/Hebb’s.

26 Scott Styskal, David City, Neb., Razor/Jacobs.

117 Jason Teague, Tahlequah, Okla., Hughes/BMS.

07 Jeff Thomas, Penngrove, Calif., Carr/Mullins.

75x Jon Thompson, Superior, Neb., Kraft/Thompson.

33z Zack VanderBeek (25), New Sharon, Iowa, Skyrocket/Sput’s.

38s Gary Whitmore, Derby, Kan., Hoffman/Hebb’s.

15 Andy Wilkinson, York, Neb., BMS/Donrich.

11 Brad Withenshaw, DuQouin, Ill., TBA/TBA.




The prize money (and potential prize money) being offered at the RevHoney Energy Belleville 100 is the most ever offered at the speedplant in its 100-year existence. Nearly $100,000 in total prize money is up for grabs, and depending upon a single decision made by Friday’s winner the two-day purse could climb to more than $180,000.


FRIDAY PRELIMINARY “A” MAIN (40 laps, 24 starters): 1. $5,000, 2. $2,500, 3. $2,000, 4. $1,500, 5. $1,250, 6. $1,200, 7. $1,150, 8. $1,100, 9. $1,050, 10. $1,000, 11. $950, 12. $900, 13. $850, 14. $800, 15. $750, 16. $700, 17. $650, 18. $600, 19. $550, 20-24. $500 ($27,000 total).


SATURDAY NON-QUALIFIERS RACE (15 laps, 20 starters): 1. $2,000, 2. $1,000, 3. $900, 4. $800, 5. $700, 6. $600, 7. $500, 8. $400, 9-20. $300 ($10,500 total).


SATURDAY CHAMPIONSHIP “A” MAIN (60 laps, 30 starters): 1. $10,000 or $100,000*, 2. $5,000, 3. $3,000, 4. $2,000, 5. $1,750, 6. $1,700, 7. $1,650, 8. $1,600, 9. $1,550, 10. $1,500, 11. $1,450, 12. $1,400, 13. $1,350, 14. $1,300, 15. $1,250, 16. $1,200, 17. $1,150, 18. $1,100, 19. $1,050, 20-30. $1,000 ($52,000 or $142,000 total).


* The driver who qualifies to start on the inside of row one (pole position) will have the option of retain the #1 starting position or, instead, start in the 30th (and last) position at the drop of the green flag. Should that driver accept the challenge, start last and win the 60-lap championship “A” main, that driver will be awarded $100,000.


Both door panels from the winning racecar will be autographed by the winning driver, removed from the car by the winning team and donated to the RevHoney Energy Belleville 100 to be displayed for a period of time and potentially given to area museums as a fund-raising and/or auction items.


One driver’s name among the first 100 pre-entered teams will be randomly drawn to win a new 2010 BMS Modified chassis, fuel vouchers will be presented to teams that arrive with an open trailer and display a Belleville 100 decal on the rear body panel and three members (driver and two pit crew members) of the top three finishers in the championship “A” main will each receive hand-crafted RevHoney Energy Belleville 100 awards.




Three-day group ticket packages are nearly depleted, but single- and multi-day reserved seat tickets are still available for both Friday and Saturday. Single day race tickets are available for $40 each day or $75 for both Friday and Saturday. Sunday's festivities featuring the Auto Thrill Show and Pig 100 are $33 per person, but young fans 18 years of age and younger get in on Sunday for just 25 cents with at least one paid adult.


Remaining group ticket packages are available for $99, which covers all three days of the RevHoney Energy Belleville 100 plus many other “perks” available only to three-day group/family ticket holders, such as VIP access to drivers and infield; discounted event apparel; free admission to the RevHoney Energy/Speed Secrets iVision Theatre; free tours of the 1910 race track location; a one-lap tour of the world famous Belleville High Banks; and more.


For an optimal experience for those in attendance, all large rigs and enclosed trailers will be parked outside of the race track.


To order tickets for the inaugural RevHoney Energy Belleville 100, call 402-440-9182 today.




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The Belleville High Banks is a historic dirt track built in the 1910 era for racing events that encompassed everything from horses to motorcycles. Today, the “World's Fastest Half Mile Dirt Track” brings more than race cars and drivers to North Central Kansas, but also an atmosphere of excitement and enthusiasm to the famed Belleville High Banks. The sweeping clay oval is one of the world's most demanding tracks for both drivers and equipment.


The Belleville High Banks hosts a dozen or more star-studded events throughout the racing season, featuring the nation's most talented drivers from the toughest touring circuits on dirt, including the USAC National Midget Car Series, World of Outlaws Late Model Series and other special events for Sprint Cars, Late Models and Modifieds.


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, Kasey Kahne, J.J. Yeley and Jeff Gordon.


“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.”


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 checkered flag when the Xtreme DirtCar Series (now World of Outlaws Late Model Series) played before a standing-room-only crowd on Aug. 28, 2004. “This track is definitely flat out wide open all the way around.”


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. But for the last 33 years, the track’s mainstay has been the Speedway Motors Belleville Midget Nationals, which have been held every year for 31 years during the last weekend in July.


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 is located 2.0 miles north of US 36 on US 81, then 0.4 mile southeast on M St. to 7th St., then 0.1 mile east (near the water tower, at the North Central Kansas Fairgrounds). The track website is located at www.highbanks.org on the World Wide Web.


More information about the RevHoney Energy Belleville 100 can be found at www.belleville100.com online.



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