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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.


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.


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.


Kyle Larson finishes New Zealand swing with win, earns 3 checkers in 4 races

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If he was a baseball player, Kyle Larson just completed a road trip with a fantastic .750 batting average – all home runs, you might say.

The NASCAR Cup star on Friday completed a four-race exhibition series racing his midget car in New Zealand – two other races were rained out – with a win Friday at Western Springs Speedway in Auckland, N.Z.

It was Larson’s third win in the four races he was able to compete in that race did not interfere. He spun out late in the only race he did not win.

Larson boarded a plane early today to fly back across the Pacific Ocean, destination Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he’ll take part in next week’s 32nd annual Chili Bowl.