CALISTOGA, Calif. — Christopher Bell passed Ryan Bernal on the 24th lap and led the rest of the way to claim Saturday night’s 30-lap Louie Vermeil Classic AMSOIL USAC-CRA Sprint Car Series race at Calistoga Speedway in his Roth entry.
The race featured five official lead changes as Bell was trailed by CRA point leader Damion Gardner, Rico Abreu, Brody Roa and Robert Ballou.
Mike Spencer led the first 10 laps, Bernal led three, Bell led one, Bernal led the next nine, then Bell took over for good.
Bell came one spot shot of a sweep of the night’s action at Calistoga, finishing second to teammate Rico Abreu in the companion Honda USAC Western Midget Series. Abreu passed Bell on lap 28 and led the final three laps of the Honda USAC Western Midget feature in his Toyota TRD Nullet/Speedway Toyota.
Bell was second and Tanner Thorson third ahead of Shane Golobic and Ronnie Gardner, who swept into the Western point lead as a result. Golobic led the first six laps and Bell the next 21 before Abreu’s winning move.
SPRINTS: Christopher Bell, Damion Gardner, Rico Abreu, Brody Roa, Robert Ballou, Matt Mitchell, Kevin Thomas Jr., Mike Spencer, Colby Copeland, Bradley Terrell, Cody Williams, D.J. Johnson, Tim Barber, Austin Williams, Logan Williams, Terry Schank Jr., Chris Gansen, Jake Swanson, Adam Brenton, Ryan Bernal, Bud Kaeding, Geoff Ensign, Scott Hall, Marty Hawkins, Trevor Schmid.
MIDGETS: Rico Abreu, Christopher Bell, Tanner Thorson, Shane Golobic, Ronnie Gardner, Michael Pickens, Alex Schutte, Taylor Simas, Scott Pierovich, Jarid Blondel, Britton Bock, Brian Gard, Lance Hallmark, Trey Marcham, Cody Swanson, Johnathon Henry.