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posted June 02, 2001 04:37 PM UIN: 16262997

BELLEVILLE, Kan. (June 1, 2001) - Bob Blazek and the staff of the National
Midget Auto Racing Museum and High Banks Hall of Fame in Belleville, Kan.,
will be your hosts on Sunday as the "World's Fastest 1/2 Mile Dirt Track"
opens the 2001 racing season with the 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 Museum, located in downtown Belleville, will open at 10 a.m. The
temporary site is located on the South side of the Republic County
Courthouse Square.

Fans may browse through the large collection of racing memorabilia at
leisure. Drivers and owners are invited to bring a framed photo of their
past or present race car for permanent or temporary display inside the

If one wishes to bench race or just simply relax, you're invited to do so on
the sidewalk of the mall lobby.

Fans and competitors are also encouraged to inquire about the items to be
given away by the Museum during the 24th Annual Belleville Midget Nationals
presented by, Aug. 2-4.

Superior Outdoor Power Center of Superior, Neb., has partnered with the Hall
of Fame to offer a chance of winning a Yamaha Kodiak 4-wheeler, a portable
Honda generator or two tickets for four nights of the 2001 Amoco Ultimate
Knoxville Nationals.

Proceeds from this project will help fund the new Museum construction in

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 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.

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Media Contact:
Jeff Nun,
(402) 421-6894 (phone, fax) (e-mail)
World Wide Web:

Sponsorship/Partner Contact:
Wayne Dake, JW MotorSports Associates
Promotions Director
Belleville High Banks/National Midget Auto Racing Museum
(402) 761-3676 (phone, fax)
(402) 440-3977 (cellular) (e-mail)
World Wide Web: ,

Administrative Contact:
Barry Bottger, Belleville High Banks
Fair Amusement Committee
P.O. Box 349, Belleville KS 66935
(785) 527-6050 (office)
(785) 527-2488 (track) (e-mail)
World Wide Web:

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