Christopher Bell mastered the final restart of the night Wednesday at Eldora Speedway, fending off a brief challenge from Austin Dillon and beating pole sitter Bobby Pierce to the checkered flag to notch his first career win. This marks the second year in a row the Number-54 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota was parked in Victory Lane at the half-mile Ohio dirt oval.
Last year, Darrell Wallace Junior was behind the wheel. This time, it was Bell engineering the victory in just his third career start. He qualified ninth then won his heat race to lock down the Number-4 starting spot in the night’s main event. Bell led a race-high 106 laps, including the final forty-nine. His margin of victory over runner-up Pierce was three-quarters of a second.
Tyler Reddick grabbed third place with rookies Erik Jones and Daniel Hemric completing the top five. Dillon wound up sixth … In addition to Bell, other winners of the night’s heat races were Pierce, Reddick, John Hunter Nemechek and Ken Schrader – with Cody Erickson winning the “last-chance” race to secure his spot in the thirty-two-truck field … Two-time defending series champion and current points leader Matt Crafton finished ninth and saw Reddick whittle six points from his advantage that now stands at fourteen heading into the next race next week in Long Pond, Pennsylvania … Wednesday’s race was slowed by thirteen cautions, most in the three-year history of the event, for sixty-one of the 154 laps.