Bell & Stewart Set For TMS ASCS Run

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Christopher Bell and Tony Stewart (left), shown last year at Eldora Speedway, are both expected to compete in the April 6-7 Tony Stewart presents the Vankor Texas Sprint Car Nationals at The Dirt Track at Texas Motor Speedway. (Frank Smith Photo)

FORT WORTH, Texas — Three-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Tony Stewart and 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champ Christopher Bell highlight an early list of marquee drivers entered in the two-day April event at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track that also will feature a new title sponsor.

The Tony Stewart presents the Vankor Texas Sprint Car Nationals will take place April 6-7 on the four-tenths-mile dirt oval as part of the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 NASCAR doubleheader weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.

Stewart and Bell, who earned his second consecutive Chili Bowl Nationals championship in January, join five-time Chili Bowl Nationals champion Sammy Swindell on the list of early entries for the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series event.

FOX Sports NASCAR personality Kenny Wallace, who raced in all three of NASCAR’s three national series during a 25-year career, will compete for the second consecutive year in the limited modified division.

While Stewart, Swindell and Wallace are scheduled to compete both nights, Bell only will race in Saturday night’s ASCS action following NASCAR Xfinity Series qualifying and the My Bariatric Solutions 300 earlier in the day.

“This is such a cool place to race and it’s always great when dirt events can run alongside NASCAR weekends – not only as a driver, but so that the fans can enjoy a great mix of racing events,” Bell said. “…How I made myself who I am today was by being able to win sprint car races like these. I think whenever you bounce back and forth between each and every division, it just makes you better for the next thing and makes you a better driver overall. I think just running multiple divisions and different style cars helps you. I think everything just builds on each other and makes you a better race car driver.”

Vankor, an independent energy and commodities company headquartered in North Texas that specializes in the trade and distribution of oil and gas, signed a multi-year agreement to serve as the entitlement sponsor of the speedway’s marquee dirt track event of the year.

Also expected to compete in the Tony Stewart presents the Vankor Texas Sprint Car Nationals are Sam Hafertepe Jr., Aaron Reutzel, Wayne Johnson and many of the top Lucas Oil ASCS drivers.