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Christopher Bell’s NASCAR Camping World Tuck Series Win At Eldora Speedway Is A Dream Come True

Christopher Bell’s NASCAR Camping World Tuck Series Win At Eldora Speedway Is A Dream Come True

by July 23, 2015 0 comments

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ROSSBURG, O.H. – In a thrilling finish on Wednesday night, Christopher Bell held off a hard charging Bobby Peirce in the 1-800-Car-Cash Mud Summer Classic at Eldora Speedway to claim his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory in only his third start.

Christopher Bell displayed a dominate performance on Wednesday night in Ohio, leading a race high of 106 laps after starting fourth. Prior to the Mud Summer Classic, the only experience Bell had in the series was a fifth place finish at Iowa Speedway back in June and a 17th place finish a few weeks ago at Kentucky Speedway. Bell has started making a name for himself as a dirt racer, but he would have never dreamed that his first win at Eldora Speedway would come in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event.

“It’s just really special,” Bell said. “I think my first race here (Eldora Speedway) was in 2013 in a midget and I’ve run second here twice and I just never could seal the deal. Two years ago I remember watching this race on TV and I had just started in the midget ranks and just a kid from Oklahoma. I thought how cool it would be if I was able to come up here and race a truck at Eldora. Just an honor to be here. I never would have dreamed I would be a NASCAR truck winner here at Eldora.”

Throughout the night, it appeared as if the series’ regulars struggled to keep up with Bell and runner-up finisher, Bobby Pierce. The two drivers battled all night long, and in the closing laps, it was Pierce who was right on the back bumper of Bell. Pierce pushed his No. 63 RPM Services Inc./Roofix Inc. Chevrolet Silverado to the limit and hard into the outside wall, causing the deck lid to come loose. However, with the prestigious win on the line, the two drivers searched for every grain of dirt that would catapult them further away from the pack. In the end, it appeared that Bell was a little stronger on the restarts and able to drive with a more consistency.

“That’s pretty awesome that me and Bobby (Pierce) can come here and run one-two,” Bell said. “I never heard of him until I was at a sprint car race last year and he was running his late model. It’s pretty cool that a couple of dirt guys can run one-two at a dirt race track.”

Beyond competing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Bell has also turned a number of laps in the CARS Tour and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. So far this season, out of three CARS Tour starts, he was won two races, with the first coming at Orange County Speedway in April and the second at Southern National Motorsports Park in May. As for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, he finished 22nd at Irwindale Speedway in April and later followed the effort up with a second place finish at Iowa Speedway back in May.

“I’ve been running the super late models for (Kyle Busch Motorsports) KBM – I started doing that last year and honestly I was just really thankful that I ran the two K&N races. When I went to Iowa I was really surprised at how much similar the trucks drove to the K&N cars and I felt like that really groomed me to be able to run as good as I did at Iowa. As far as my next race, I think this is my last one for the year. Hopefully I’ll get some more opportunities here in the future, but just thankful to be here at KBM.”

At this moment in Christopher Bell’s career, he appears to be happy with traveling the country and competing roughly 100 times a year in whatever kind of race car he can get behind the wheel of. The 20-year says that he’s living the dream, and that he has no idea what the future holds, but no matter if he decides to compete more on dirt or asphalt, he probably won’t have too much difficulty finding a ride.

“Honestly, I’m living my dream right now,” Bell said. “I’m getting to race for a living and getting to race 100 times a year and that’s all I’ve ever wanted to do was just get to race. Whatever opportunities may come my way I’ll be thrilled to take advantage of them and three years ago I was just a micro-sprint racer in Oklahoma and now here I am running a NASCAR Camping World truck – just never would have seen that coming. Never would have thought that I would get the opportunity to do it. It’s pretty cool and an honor to be up here.”

 

1-800-Car-Cash Mud Summer Classic Results:

1.) #54 Christopher Bell

2.) #63 Bobby Pierce

3.) #19 Tyler Reddick

4.) #4 Erik Jones

5.) #14 Daniel Hemric

6.) #31 Austin Dillon

7.) #8 John Hunter Nemechek

8.) #13 Cameron Hayley

9.) #88 Matt Crafton

10.) #33 Ty Dillon

11.) #52 Ken Schrader

12.) #11 Ben Kennedy

13.) #02 Tyler Young

14.) #05 John Wes Townley

15.) #07 Ray Black Jr.

16.) #45 Chris Fontaine

17.) #23 Spencer Gallagher

18.) #50 Jody Knowles

19.) #6 Norm Benning

20.) #82 Sean Corr

21.) #51 Matt Tifft

22.) #98 Johnny Sauter

23.) #17 Timothy Peters

24.) #08 Korbin Forrister

25.) #35 Cody Erickson

26.) #94 Wendell Chavous

27.) #10 Jennifer Jo Cobb

28.) #29 Brad Keselowski

29.) #00 Cole Custer

30.) #1 Travis Kvapil

31.) #15 Chad Boat

32.) #74 Stewart Hayward

 

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Top-10 Point Standings:

1.) #88 Matt Crafton

2.) #19 Tyler Reddick -14

3.) #4 Erik Jones -24

4.) #98 Johnny Sauter -71

5.) #05 John Wes Townley -92

6.) #13 Cameron Hayley -101

7.) #14 Daniel Hemric -105

8.) #17 Timothy Peters -109

9.) #23 Spencer Gallagher -117

10.) #11 Ben Kennedy -123

Hunter Thomas
Hunter Thomas is a journalist who grew up in Darlington, S.C. His first motorsports-based endeavor was working as the Public Relations Director at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., and his journalism start came while he was freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the News & Press while in college.

Hunter has been working within the NASCAR industry since 2010, and throughout the years, he has done everything from PR/Marketing for drivers and teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to working at Rockingham Speedway. As a journalist, Hunter has covered everything from regional short tracks to NASCAR, ARCA Racing Series, World of Outlaws, Red Bull Global Rallycross, NHRA and much more.

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