The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series ran five qualifying races Wednesday night at Eldora Speedway to help set the starting lineup for the 1-800-Car-Cash Mud Summer Classic.
MB Motorsports’ Bobby Pierce, a dirt veteran like Bell, scored the Pole earlier in the day and led much of the race until a Lap 42 restart when Bell jumped ahead.
The win came in just Bell’s third career national series start and his third Camping World Truck Series start. Bell’s background consists primarily of racing on dirt, including competing in the Kings Royal sprint vehicle race last Sunday at Eldora.
“It’s just unbelievable”, Bell said.
It was his first-ever win at Eldora and in the Camping World Truck Series. Even in spite of the damage, which included a decklid precariously close to falling off, Pierce still kept pace with Bell, but he could never muster enough speed to complete a winning pass.
Bell fended off Pierce in a series of late restarts in the caution-filled race, running the outside line on the half-mile clay oval in his No. 54 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota. “It was a lot of fun out there”.
According to the latest oddsmakers, Austin Dillon and Brad Keselowski are co-favorites to win today, as each has 15/4 odds while Ty Dillon and Tyler Reddick both have 13/2 odds. Each time, however, he fought back and flexed his muscle to get past Austin Dillon – another Sprint Cup Series regular – on multiple occasions and track Bell back down to contend for the lead.
When Korbin Forrister spun with two laps to go, the drama meter pegged even more, setting up for a green-white-checkered finish.
“That’s pretty awesome that me and Bobby came here and ran 1-2”, Bell said.
Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): C. Bell 2 times for 106 laps; B. Inaugural Eldora victor Austin Dillon was sixth followed by Nemechek, Cameron Hayley, Matt Crafton and Ty Dillon.