USAC Midget Fight Heads To Canyon

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Chris Bell has earned the USAC Rookie of the Year Award in the Honda National Midget Series. (Don Figler photo)
Chris Bell is the Honda USAC National Midget Dirt point leader. (Don Figler photo)
Chris Bell is the Honda USAC National Midget Dirt point leader. (Don Figler photo)

PEORIA, Ariz. — Honda USAC Midget Series point leaders Christopher Bell (National) and Ronnie Gardner (Western) will be out to protect their point leads this weekend when the two series race together during the 46th Western World Championships at Canyon Speedway Park.

Bell, of Norman, Okla., is a National series rookie but has stormed to a 106-point lead over Bryan Clauson on the strength of five victories and five other podium finishes in 16 starts aboard the Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian entry. His wins include the Belleville Midget Nationals, the Gold Crown Midget Nationals, the Chad McDaniel Memorial and the Indiana Midget Week title.

Gardner, of Norco, Calif., has sped to a 256-point cushion over Jake Swanson in the Western standings with 15 podium finishes, including nine victories. He enters Peoria with a string of four consecutive wins in the SIX-EIGHT Racing entry. Clauson will try to increase his 2013 USAC feature victory total in all series as he pursues an all-time single-season mark. He has 19 wins in national and regional competition so far, including four national and two Western midgets.

This week’s Canyon events (Thursday, Friday and Saturday), include the USAC West Coast and Southwest sprint cars.