EL PASO, Texas — Christopher Bell led flag to flag Friday night at El Paso Speedway Park, becoming the fourth first-time winner of the season in the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV American Real.
“I just can’t say enough about my guys that work on this car. It really showed tonight,” Bell said. “The thing pretty much drove itself around the race track. We made a small change on that open red on the start and it really brought the car to life, and like I said, it really drove itself around the track.”
The second consecutive year a first-time winner has been crowned at the west Texas oval.
Bell drew the front row alongside Kolt Walker.
There were two failed attempts to start the race as a result of a pair of crashes, but the third green flag was a charm and Bell raced into the lead.
The race went non-stop until lap 25 when David Gravel spun his No. 82 off the top of turns three and four. Leaving the field in his wake, Christopher Bell completed lapping into the top 10 just prior to the caution being displayed.
Back underway with four slower cars between Bell and second running Jeff Swindell, the Baytown Ford No. 31b went uncontested to victory.
Jeff Swindell crossed second; earning his 15th podium finish of the season.
Kolt Walker ran in the runner up spot until lap 15 when contact with a slower car sent the No. 12m flying into the infield.
Re-entering the racing surface fourth, Walker worked past Matt Covington in the final laps to claim his first podium finish in Lucas Oil ASCS National competition.
Matt Covington crossed fourth after starting ninth with Aaron Retuzel coming from 15th to complete the top five.
Christopher Bell, Jeff Swindell, Kolt Walker, Matt Covington, Aaron Reutzel, Jason Johnson, Logan Forler, Danny Lasoski, Seth Bergman, Johnny Herrera, Brad Loyet, John Carney II, Kraig Kinser, Cole Wood, Ryan Linder, Tony Bruce Jr., David Gravel, Jesse Baker, Jan Howard, Lorne Wofford, James Mosher, Rick Ziehl, Travis Rilat, Josh Baughman.