— NASCAR Trucks (@NASCAR_Trucks) July 23, 2015
Christopher Bell is a veteran dirt driver, but has limited trucks experience. When the two combined on Wednesday night at Eldora Speedway for the 1-800-Car-Cash Mud Summer Classic, it was Bell who triumphed for the first time in his NASCAR career.
The Kyle Busch Motorsports driver took the checkered flag in the No. 54 machine after leading 103 of the 154 laps. It just so happened to be the same truck that Darrell “Bubba” Wallace drove to Victory Lane last season in the Mudsummer Classic.
Everybody will have a 54 at least some where on their truck next year! 2 years in a row..
— Darrell Wallace Jr (@BubbaWallace) July 23, 2015
While Bell came out on top in his third start, the man just behind him was also a massive story. Bobby Pierce, making his first trucks start, finished second after starting from the pole. The reaction following the race with his father Bob Pierce—a member of the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame.
— FOX Sports 1 (@FOXSports1) July 23, 2015
Meanwhile, the night didn’t go quite as well for Brad Keselowski. In his first start at Eldora, the Brad Keselowski Motorsports owner spun out in practice before wrecking coming out of a turn in the race.
The carnage, however, was intense.
That wasn’t the worst for Keselowski on the night, who was also eaten by a shark in “Sharknado 3.”
A huge night for Bell and the No. 54 team was a great way to end the third annual Mudsummer Classic. The only downside? Now we have to wait a whole year for another dirt race in NASCAR.
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