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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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Kyle Larson, Christopher Bell place 1-2 in New Zealand midget race

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Kyle Larson bested Christopher Bell to win a 39-lap midget feature in Auckland, New Zealand, that paid tribute to the late Bryan Clauson.

Larson fended off Bell in a late shootout after a caution to win round five of the United Truck Parts International Midget Series.

It is Larson’s second win of the tour.

Bell started 19th and then flipped from contact with 32 laps to go while running 14th. After restarting 17th, the Xfinity Series driver fought his way back into second inside nine laps to go. A caution with six laps left set up the dash to the finish.

There is one 50-lap race left in the New Zealand tour.

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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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