Different Car, Similar Result For Bell

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Christopher Bell in the Tucker-Boat Motorsports No. 84. (Jim DenHamer photo)
Christopher Bell in the Tucker-Boat Motorsports No. 84. (Jim DenHamer photo)

LINCOLN, Ill. — For Christopher Bell, a change of scenery did nothing to deter his drive to victory lane on Sunday night with the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League.

Bell drove the Tucker-Boat Motorsports No. 84 to his 29thPOWRi victory in dominant fashion at Lincoln Speedway.

Starting from the pole after he earned PAC Sprints High Point Man honors with a sixth-to-first heat race run, Bell guided the field to the green flag alongside Logan Seavey in the Keith Kunz-Curb Agajanian Motorsports, Mobil 1, Bullet-By-Spike/Toyota No. 67.

After leading the opening circuit, Bell nearly saw the lead slip from his grasp by lap two when he went to the test the high side of turns one and two. Allowing Seavey to pull alongside, the duo went wheel to wheel into turn three vying for the same real estate at the low line. Edging his front end into the corner and prevailing, Bell held on to the top spot and force Seavey to go searching for his next move.

While Bell kicked it into high gear and checked out, the battle for second heated up as Ace McCarthy sneaked past Seavey when he bobbled on the top side of turns three and four. Several laps later, Seavey shot back by McCarthy and brought KKM teammate, Tanner Carrick, with him into the third spot.

The red flag waved on lap 23 for an upside down Jesse Colwell, who also collected Tanner Thorson in the mix. The break in action brought Bell’s torrid pace to a screeching halt and snapped his monstrous 8.1-second lead over Seavey.

Going back to green with seven laps to go, Bell had a giant cushion of six lap cars separating himself and Seavey, a near improbable mountain to overcome.

Bell controlled the final seven laps at Lincoln Speedway with ease and found the checkered flag for his 29th-career POWRi National Midget League win. All 28 of Bell’s previous POWRi triumphs came with Keith Kunz-Curb Agajanian Motorsports.

Chasing Bell to the line and continuing his stellar campaign was Logan Seavey with a second-place finish in the Mobil 1 No. 67 machine. Tanner Carrick rounded out the podium aboard his Craftsman No. 71k.

Zach Daum and Tanner Thorson completed the top five.

The finish:

Feature (30 laps): 1. 84-Christopher Bell (1); 2. 67-Logan Seavey (2); 3. 71K-Tanner Carrick (11); 4. 5D-Zach Daum (13); 5. 98-Tanner Thorson (8); 6. 91T-Tyler Thomas (9); 7. 28-Ace McCarthy (5); 8. 21KS-Joe B. Miller (20); 9. 08-Cannon McIntosh (6); 10. 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer (4); 11. 71-Jesse Colwell (10); 12. 7M-Chance Morton (16); 13. 3N-Jake Neuman (7); 14. 97A-Austin O’Dell (14); 15. 9-Daison Pursley (12); 16. 67K-Holley Hollan (15); 17. 86C-Dalton Camfield (17); 18. 85-DJ Vanderley (21); 19. 8M-Kade Morton (23); 20. 11B-Kaylee Bryson (18); 21. 16C-Dave Camfield Jr. (24); 22. 72-Sam Johnson (19); 23. 3B-Shelby Bosie (22); 24. 5T-Presley Truedson (3); 25. 17C-Devin Camfield (25).