PUTNAMVILLE, Ind. – Christopher Bell has jumped out to a hot start in the Honda USAC National Dirt Midget Series campaign aboard his new ride with Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports this season.
After finishing on the podium on night one of Indiana Midget Week Wednesday in Gas City, he held off his hard-charging teammate Kyle Larson for the win on Thursday night at Lincoln Park Speedway.
Bell benefited from four of the top-nine qualifiers failing to transfer through their heat and found himself on the pole. He jumped out ahead of another teammate, Rico Abreu, to grab the early lead. With just five laps in the books, a power outage led to a red-flag period.
A wide track led to lots of slide-jobs as the race resumed, with ninth-starting Brad Mosen the prime mover as he climbed into the top-five. The three teammates ran 1-2-3 for an extended run, until Mosen came calling after a restart and took advantage of Abreu and Larson racing for second to dive to the runner-up spot. Mosen immediately reeled in Bell and applied pressure for most of the second half of the race, with Larson disposing of Abreu to track them down while in third.
With just eight to go, Jerry Coons Jr. stopped while running sixth with a flat right-rear tire. Tire wear was an issue, and the front-runners cooled their tires, including some packing down the enormous cushion in turn-one. Larson jumped up there on the restart and immediately circled Mosen.
He set his sights on Bell and tried the outside in one again, but to no avail. With time running out, Larson threw two slide-jobs for the lead but failed to make them stick. He made one more desperation slide into turn-three on the final lap, but came up short, leaving Bell to take the win in the Curb Records – Toyota TRD No. 71 Bullet/Speedway Toyota.