A few hours after Kyle Busch sustained severe leg and foot injuries in an Xfinity Series crash at Daytona International Speedway, his Super Late Model team with driver Christopher Bell was victorious at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway in the last night of the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing.
Bell, who ran three races for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the World Series, was behind Harrison Burton (son of former NASCAR Sprint Cup driver and current NBC Sports analyst Jeff Burton) for much of the event. But shortly after a restart, Bell passed Burton with 20 laps to go.
Two more cautions set up the final restart with five laps to go. Bell maintained the lead and took the victory over Burton and third-place Spencer Davis.
“It’s really special to me,” Bell told reporters. “When we came down here, we didn’t know what to expect. We thought we’d have a pretty good car, but it’s so tough. These guys have been running all week long. But we were able to get going really good right off the bat.
“I didn’t qualify really well all three nights, but we were able to come away with this 100 lapper … I knew we had a really good hot rod, I just had to take care of it. One hundred laps is a long time. Whenever I got behind [Burton], I was just kind of riding. I knew I had a really good car. I was just trying to learn where I had to make my move. And then we got late in the race and I started to pressure him more and more.”
Zane Smith finished fourth in Saturday’s Super Late Model race to lock up the weeklong World Series championship. Burton, who won twice this week, was fourth in the standings.