- The High Banks
The High Banks
Brought to you by Museum of American Speed in-house historian, Bob Mays: "Within these pages is the history of one of America's most famous dirt track venues, the Belleville High Banks. Starting on a flat horse track in 1910, Belleville's first auto racing star was Harry White in a Model 10 Buick. From there the story is told how this palace came to be, first as a circling 1926 and then a bowl, starting in 1932, until the high banks were fully realized in 1934. From that point on, Belleville became the fastest half-mile dirt track in the world. Much of that story is told by the Hall of Fame team of L.A. and Beryl Ward. The Ward's race reports put you in Belleville on each race day for 60 years from 1938, when Everett Saylor battled Jimmy Wilburn in one of the greatest dirt track duels ever witnessed, through 1997, when Jason Leffler defeated Billy Boat and Tony Stewart to win the Belleville Midget Nationals. Ride along with these stars and many others recounting the highs, the lows, the good and bad times that made Belleville a true gathering of the clans!"