BELLEVILLE, Kan. — Clauson Marshall Racing has filed three entries for the 40th annual Belleville Midget Nationals on Aug. 4-5 at the Belleville High Banks.
Drivers for the team, which uses Spike Chassis and Stanton SR11 engines, are Tyler Courtney, Shane Golobic and Justin Grant.
The Tim Clauson and Richard Marshall-owned team was formed last fall and races in the memory of Clauson’s son, three-time Belleville Midget Nationals Champion Bryan Clauson, who died the day after last year’s Belleville Midget Nationals from injuries suffered in a crash during the event.
Since the team’s debut in late December, Courtney has driven the No. 7BC car to six midget victories nationwide (tied for first), including three USAC National event wins. Courtney, who is currently fourth in USAC National Midget points, will be making his debut at Belleville.
Golobic’s only previous Midget Nationals attempt resulted in a 13th-place finish in 2013. Golobic has used consistency this season driving the Clauson-Marshall/Matt Wood Racing No.17, and finds himself just seventeen points out of the USAC points lead.
Golobic scored both of his midget victories during the month of March, winning the season opener for the USAC National Midget Series indoors in DuQuoin, Ill., and 11 days later adding the USAC Western Midget event at Placerville (Calif.) Speedway.
Although making his midget debut on the High Banks, Grant has a podium finish at the track. Grant finished third in the 2015 “Hustle on the High Banks” USAC Silver Crown event at the track.
Grant’s four USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victories have him atop the series point lead entering the second half of season for the division. He is currently fifth in midget points.
“Belleville was an event Bryan looked forward to every year, the Belleville victories were an important races in his career,” Tim Clauson said earlier this week. “Our team views the event as two USAC National Midget point races. As the USAC season begins the final stretch we remain focused on the title for our drivers. Yes we carry a heavy heart to Belleville this year, but we want everyone at the event to enjoy the races, and Belleville as Bryan would have wanted them to do.”
Friday, Aug. 4 will feature practice, qualifications, preliminary races and a 25-lap feature for the midgets on the half-mile high-banked clay oval.
Saturday, Aug. 5 will feature last chance races for midget participants to make the 40-lap feature, midget racing’s most grueling event of the season. A check of $12,500 awaits the winner.
CREDIT: Bryan Gapinski for Belleville High Banks