Christopher Bell may have just finished a stretch of five NASCAR Cup Series races in 14 days. However, that did not stop the Norman, Oklahoma native from returning to his roots and finding another place to race Wednesday night.
Bell took the win in the 30-lap Winged Micro Sprint feature at Millbridge Speedway (NC) on Wednesday, leading every lap of the way for the victory.
It was not Bell’s first time at Millbridge Speedway in the Micro Sprint. The Leavine Family Racing Cup Series driver competed in the track’s first weekly event for the Micro Sprints on May 14.
However, a parts failure in his heat race relegated Bell to the B-Main on that night, where he charged through the field to win. He started a similar charge in the A-Main on that evening before being caught up in an incident.
There would be no such misfortune this time around, as Bell cruised to victory after holding off a challenge from Carson Kvapil on lap 10.
“We had a really good race the first time we came out here,” said Bell in victory lane. “Unfortunately, we got caught up in the heat race, but it was a lot of fun in the feature to start in the back and work my way through there. We learned a lot on the car, and we continue to get better and better.”
Bell took the lead on the opening lap, battling with Kvapil for the top spot in the early stages before pulling away for the victory.
“This car was just really stuck. I was able to stick around the bottom. [Kvapil] learned from that first start to go down and block me, but he opened the door just enough where I got a run and got inside him.”
For Bell, the chance to race the Micro Sprint is a throwback to his developmental years as a young racer. While the class is a new one at Millbridge Speedway, it is the kind of car where Bell cut his teeth before moving on to NASCAR stardom.
Bell is particularly thankful to Jeremy and Ashly Burnett, co-owners of Millbridge Speedway, for adding the Micro Sprints to their racing program and giving them a home in the Carolinas.
“This is what I grew up racing, these Micro Sprints. They’re a great class of car. They’re a real race car. I’m glad Jeremy [Burnett] has stepped up to give Micro Sprints a home here in North Carolina. Hopefully we can get more cars and more guys to jump in on this deal. It’s a lot of fun to come out here on a Wednesday night.”
Brent Crews, the winner back on May 14, finished second, with Kvapil coming home third. Sam Corry and Matt Francis rounded out the top five.
Millbridge’s top two classes of Outlaw Karts were also in action Wednesday night, producing a pair of first-time winners. Andrew Wehrli secured his first win in three years of trying at Millbridge in the Open Division, while Box Stock graduate Biscuit Williams picked up his first Intermediate Division win.
Fans who missed Wednesday’s racing from Millbridge Speedway can watch an on-demand replay of Speed51’s broadcast of the event by clicking here.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
-Photo credit: Speed51 Photo
Millbridge Speedway Winged Micro Sprints Results
June 3, 2020
- Christopher Bell
- Brent Crews
- Carson Kvapil
- Sam Corry
- Matt Francis
- Gavin Boschele
- Sean Brierley
- Trevor Cline
- Ethan Burdett
- Chase Cabre
- Joey Robinson
- Tyler Walker
- Tim Nye
- John Nicholson
- Tyler Letarte