Boat scores Belleville opening night victory

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By Bryan Gapinski

Defending champion Chad Boat captured the 25-lap feature on Friday Night, kicking off the 40th annual Belleville Midget Nationals on the Belleville High Banks. The victory in the USAC National Midget Championship Series event, was his third straight at the track tying the Belleville Nationals record of Stan Fox's three victories during the 1979-80 events.

Holly Shelton led the opening lap while Boat quickly moved from his third place starting position passing Shelton for the lead exiting Turn 4 to complete the second lap. One lap later the caution appeared for a stalled car.

USAC points leader Spencer Bayston took over the second position one lap later. Boat and Bayston pulled away from the field, with Boat leading Bayston by 1.2 seconds at the completion of the tenth lap.


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