Christopher Bell wins World Midget 50 Lapper in New Zealand

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Christopher Bell beat out Michael Pickens Saturday in the World Midget 50 Lapper at Western Springs Speedway in New Zealand.

Bell started first but quickly lost the lead to Pickens.

Bell overtook Pickens for the lead on Lap 20 and led the rest of the way.

Kyle Larson, who won a 39-lap feature two nights ago over Bell, wrecked on Lap 43 and did not finish.

Saturday’s race concluded a stretch of six midget races in 11 nights in New Zealand. In that span Bell also won two sprint races in addition to Saturday’s win. Larson won two midget races.

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Christopher Bell wins sprint feature with last-lap pass; Kyle Larson wins midget race

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Christopher Bell and Kyle Larson were both victorious Sunday in sprint and midget races at Western Springs Speedway in Auckland, New Zealand.

Bell won the 25-lap sprint feature with a daring last-lap pass of Michael Pickens which had to be reviewed by officials for grass usage. Bell passed Pickens on the inside in the final turn after running second for the entire race.

The victory follows Bell’s sprint win at the track on Wednesday.

“I don’t know what to say, I didn’t expect that one,” Bell told Speed Shift TV afterward.

You can watch the race in the above video.

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Bell’s win was preceded by Larson trouncing the field in the World 30-Lap Midget Derby, beating Bell by .837 seconds.

Larson defended his win in the race last year.

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Kyle Larson finishes fifth in second New Zealand midget feature

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Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell‘s New Zealand dirt racing tour continued Friday as the NASCAR drivers took part in midget races at Baypark Family Speedway in Mount Maunganui.

The main event was the South Pacific 40 Lapper.

Larson, who is competing in New Zealand for the second offseason in a row, placed fifth in the feature. It was his second top five of the tour after he finished second Wednesday at Western Springs Speedway. Michael Pickens finished first Wednesday and Friday.

Bell had a disappointing outing after his sprint feature win on Wednesday.

He won his midget heat race over Tyler Courtney and Larson, but his night ended early in the feature when he lost his left rear tire.

Larson and Bell’s New Zealand adventure continues Sunday back at Western Springs Speedway with the World Midget 30-lap Derby.

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