Bellm Kicks Off 2018 Season at Air Capital Shootout

Lonnie Wheatley, NIXA, Mo. (March 29, 2018) – Kyle Bellm is set to kick off the 2018 season in grand style by making a run for this weekend’s $13,000 NCRA Sprint Car winner’s share at 81 Speedway’s “Air Capital Shootout” near Wichita, KS, aboard the Greenworks Nursery/Landscapes Awarded No. 14k Sprint Car.

Following a Thursday night practice session, the Friday-Saturday double atop the 3/8-mile clay oval will mark Bellm’s third “Air Capital Shootout” event with a strong sixth-place finish in his most recent outing in 2014.

“We’re excited for Wichita, we’re looking forward to getting the season going,” the pilot of the Kannady Racing Engines-powered Christian County Collision Repair/Bybee Lawn Care entry commented.  “We’ve been pretty good there so we’re looking for a couple of solid nights to start the year.”

Coming off a strong 2017 season that included a handful of wins and 17 top-five finishes, this weekend begins a slate of approximately 50 events over the course of the season for the PPG Automotive Finishes/Colorvision Sprint Car team.

“We’re not going to chase any points this year, we’re just going to pick and choose our races,” Bellm explains.  “Between the National races in the area along with the Regional races and weekly shows at Lake Ozark, there are a lot of good paying races within several hours of home.”

It will lead to a busy season of racing action throughout Missouri and surrounding states for the VP Racing Fuels/Schure Built Suspensions/Schaeffers Racing Oil entry with an ASCS Warrior Region outing at Moberly’s Randolph County Raceway on April 14 next on the docket after this weekend’s action.

The team does however find itself entering the 2018 season minus a primary sponsor.

“We appreciate the support that Resource Asset Management Solutions (RAMS) gave us over the past two years and everything that they did to help build this team,” Bellm says.  “Hopefully we can find another major partner that can help us continue to improve the team along with the group of marketing partners that we already have in place.”

This weekend’s racing action at 81 Speedway fires off at 7:00 p.m. on Friday night and then 6:00 p.m. on Saturday night.  Those unable to catch the action in person can watch via Pay-Per-View at

2017 Quick Stats:  38 races, 5 wins, 17 top-fives, 18 top-tens.

Up Next: NCRA Sprint Car “Air Capital Shootout” at 81 Speedway in Park City, KS.

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