Christopher Bell Feels Right at Home on the Dirt at Eldora

Many drivers who race on dirt put running at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio on their bucket list. Many also dream of competing in one of the NASCAR national series. At the young age of 20, Christopher Bell has already done both, but this Wednesday will be the first time he can do both at the same time.

Bell has spent much of his racing career driving midgets and winged sprint cars on dirt tracks around the country, and even Australia during the winter months. He has competed at Eldora several times with his best finishes coming when he was second in midget races twice, and he finished sixth in a 410 winged sprint car. Bell made his first start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series last month at Iowa Speedway where he impressed many people with his fifth-place finish. At Kentucky Speedway two weeks ago, Bell ran in the top 10 much of the race despite having no practice for his first start on an intermediate track.

Wednesday night Bell hopes to combine what he's learned driving the Toyota Tundras this year with his extensive experience on dirt to improve on the fifth-place finish he claimed at Iowa. He was able to get in some extra laps at Eldora last weekend competing in one of the biggest dirt races of the year, the Kings Royal, where he ran both a 360 and a 410 sprint car. Bell finished third in the 360 sprint race. He won his heat race in the 410 sprint, but while running second with six laps to go in the Kings Royal had an accident which left him with an 18th-place finish.

Wednesday Bell will be driving the same Toyota Tundra Darrell Wallace Jr., raced last year, which led 97 laps en route to the victory at Eldora. KBM teammate Erik Jones won the pole and led 24 laps. The two combined to lead 80 percent of the laps in last year's event. KBM drivers have collected one win, 121 laps led, two top-five and three top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 13.2 across five starts at the half-mile clay oval.

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