Bell Lands Kunz USAC Midget Ride

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Christopher Bell will make his Traxxas USAC Silver Crown Series debut during the Ted Horn 100. (Frank Smith Photo)
Chris Bell, seen here during the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals last week, has signed on to drive the No. 71 midget for Keith Kunz in the USAC Mopar National Midget Series in 2013. (Frank Smith Photo)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Chris Bell will wheel a midget for Keith Kunz in the USAC Mopar National Midget Series this year.

Bell confirmed the news Thursday afternoon during a phone interview with National Speed Sport News. He said the arrangement came together after a successful outing at the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals last weekend.

“This year I’m going to be driving the Keith Kunz Motorsports/Toyota Racing Development No. 71 on the USAC (midget) schedule,” Bell said. “It was actually Pete Willoughby, who is partners with Keith, he actually got ahold of me in mid-December about driving in the Chili Bowl. Things worked out very well in the Chili Bowl so they decided to hire me full-time for this year.”

Bell, an 18-year-old driver from Norman, Okla., said he hopes to also gain some seat time in a 410 sprint-car during the 2013 season. He said he has already had offers to race in 360 sprint cars, but would prefer a chance to gain experience in a 410 sprint car.

The Oklahoma native first jumped onto the national radar in 2011 when he won The 66 Mike Phillips Memorial micro sprint-car event in Marion, Ill., pocketing $10,000. He also nearly won the American Sprint Car Series-sanctioned Short Track Nationals at I-30 Speedway in Arkansas in 2012, finishing second to winner Paul McMahan.