It was Bell’s third win this season in the Camping World Truck Series, all coming on 1.5-mile tracks. He led 54 of the 150 scheduled laps.
The start of the race was delayed three hours due to rain, but fans that waited things out were rewarded with an exciting finish. The race ended well past midnight Eastern Time.
Still, it wasn’t easy for Bell, who endured a dropped lug nut that got hung up on a brake rotor on one pit stop, prompting the team to take off the fresh tire it had just put on to retrieve the loose lug. Bell also suffered a single-car spin but recovered from that and roared back to win.
STAGE WINNERS: Ben Rhodes (Stage 1) and Noah Gragson (Stage 2) both earned their first career stage wins.
HOW BELL WON: Bell hovered around the lead for much of the race, leading 54 laps. Brandon Jones made a strong challenge in the closing laps.
WHO ELSE HAD A GOOD RACE: Runner-up Brandon Jones, Noah Gragson came back from a spin to finish fifth (and led 32 laps), while Matt Crafton rallied back from contact to finish eighth.
WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Just a few laps after winning Stage 1, Ben Rhodes admitted he got a bit too aggressive when he spun and took out ThorSport teammate Grant Enfinger and caused minor damage to another ThorSport teammate, Matt Crafton.
NOTABLE: Third-place finisher Justin Haley and fourth-place finisher Austin Cindric both earned their Truck Series career-best showings.
QUOTE OF THE RACE: “I knew if the right circumstances came up, we could do it.” – Christopher Bell.
WHAT’S NEXT: The Truck Series moves to the only dirt race on the schedule, July 19 at Tony Stewart’s Eldora Raceway in Rossburg, Ohio.