Christopher Bell had the field covered Saturday night at Southern National Motorsports Park. He took the lead on lap 33 and never looked back, picking up his second CARS Tour win of the season. “It’s pretty special,” said Christopher Bell. “I’ve been here three times and been second a few times before this, so I finally knocked this track off my bucket list.”
Cole Timm jumped out to the early lead and held on to the top spot for the first fourteen laps before Harrison Burton made the move to his inside and to the lead. Burton paced the field for the next twenty laps as Bell worked his way from his third starting position to Burton and to the lead.
Three quick cautions over the next 17 laps placed Burton and Bell side by side on the restart, but Bell was able to hold off Burton and quickly retake the lead each time. Bell escaped to nearly a straightaway lead with Burton holding steady in second and Timm in third.
“It was tough. I was really, I’m sure we all were just sliding around out there,” said Bell. “I was just trying to run a pretty respectable pace so I could maintain my stuff, but it seemed like the pace that I was running I had to keep slowing down in order to keep from sliding the car around. Those last 35 or 40 laps I was really slipping and sliding and praying for no yellows.”
Bell was really fast all weekend,” said Burton. “But we were right there. I thought we might have a good shot, he was just so fast and I don’t know how his tires didn’t fall off, he was racing really hard, I’m kind of surprised he didn’t come back to us a little bit there.”
Bell got his wish and no more yellows flew as the field ran the final 75 laps under green. Bell maintained his lead over Burton, but as the laps wound down, Timm closed in on Burton for the second spot. With under ten laps to go Timm caught and passed Burton to finish second, leaving Burton with a third-place finish.
“I think we used a little bit too much trying to get back to Bell,” said Burton. “Timm did a good job saving and was setting a really good pace. I feel like if we would have saved a little more we would have had something to hold off Timm, but probably not catch Bell.”
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-By Jana Wimmer, Speed51.com Correspondent -Twitter: @JWimm22
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CARS Super Late Model Tour Unofficial Results
Southern National Motorsports Park
Lucama, North Carolina
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