Christopher Bell wins NASCAR Truck Series war at Eldora

Bell led a race high 106 laps Wednesday night. (Getty Images)
Bell led a race high 106 laps Wednesday night. (Getty Images)
Bell led a race high 106 laps Wednesday night. (Getty Images)

It was a display of NASCAR’s youth movement Wednesday night as 20-year-old Christopher Bell held off 18-year-old veteran dirt late model star Bobby Pierce in a spectacular battle to win the 1-800-CarCash Mud Summer Classic at Eldora Speedway.  Bell and Pierce were the class of the field and staged a furious battle in a in a start and stop race that saw a record 13 cautions. It was Bell’s first NASCAR win in just his third start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Bell led a race high 106 of the 150 laps as Pierce led the second most, 40, and never lost touch with the leader.  Pierce was making his first NASCAR Camping World Truck series start and pulled off a nearly perfect night earlier winning the pole then his heat race and falling just one spot shy of the win.  Tyler Reddick was third thanks to a late race charge to the front; Erik Jones also with a late race charge was fourth, Daniel Hemric was fifth.

After starting fourth, Bell was up to second by lap 25. MORE>>>

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