Bell Dominates Super Late Models at Hickory

Monday, Nov 02 1042
Returning to the track where he made his late model debut for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) last fall, Christopher Bell dominated the Super Late Model portion of Saturday night's Liberty 300 CARS Tour event at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway. Bell started from the third position, took the lead for the first time on lap 12 and led the final 139 laps en route to his sixth Late Model win of 2015.
A caution with 10 laps remaining set up a sprint to the finish, but Bell was able to hold off a strong challenge from Kyle Grissom and crossed the stripe 0.687-seconds ahead of the CARS Super Late Model champion. Josh Berry, who won the Late Model Stock race earlier Saturday and was in line for a $40,000 bonus if he could win the Super Late Model portion, finished third. Future KBM driver William Byron came home in the fourth spot. Bell's KBM teammate Kaz Grala was relegated to a 20th-place finish after a mid-race accident.
Bell also took part in the "Double Duty Dare," but was sidelined by a mechanical issue 23 laps into the Late Model Stock race.
The win was Bell's sixth in 14 starts behind the wheel of a Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) Late Model in 2015 and seventh across 21 career starts since the open-wheel dirt standout began his pavement-racing career last fall.
"The guys worked really hard and we had a really fast ToyotaCare Camry," Bell said. "I'm very fortunate to be a part of Kyle Busch Motorsports and this was a great way to celebrate the announcement earlier in the week that I'll be back with them full-time in trucks next season and hopefully continue running some Late Model races."
Bell's next Super Late Model race for KBM will be the Governor's Cup at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway Sunday, Nov. 15. He returns to the No. 54 JBL Tundra for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series WinStar World Casino 250 at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday night.
Christopher Bell and the KBM Super Late Model Program would like to thank the following partners for their support during the Winchester 100:
AP Brakes
Hightower Racing Transmissions
Renton Coil Spring
Auto Meter
Interstate Batteries
Safety  Kleen
Axalta Racing
Schroth Safety Products
Bassett Racing Wheel
JGR Driven Racing Oil
Simpson Race Products
Brown and Miller Racing Solutions
KBM Chassis
Sweet Manufacturing
Coleman Racing Products
Mechanix Wear
Essex Parts
Miller Electric
Five Star Race Bodies
Quarter Master
VDL Fuel Systems
Hamner Racing Engines
Racing Electronics