A finish for the ages, Kyle Larson looked to have his first Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire in hand, but with a furious run as the leaders worked into traffic, Christopher Bell found the hole on the low line entering turn one on the white flag lap to win his third Golden Driller in a row aboard the iRacing/Keith Kunz Motorsports No. 71w.
“Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be able to win the Chili Bowl. I don’t think I’ve ever really been a part of a last lap race like that, so I’m just glad that thing came out in the end,” stated Bell who earned Keith Kunz his eighth Golden Driller as a car owner.
Finding traffic on Lap 48, Larson’s advantage came under fire as slower traffic played to Bell’s advantage. Racing to the final two laps, Bell was there. Looking for room to pass, the opportunity came as the pair raced past the white flag. Tapping tires through the first two turns as Kyle slipped off the bottom, Larson and Bell came together again through the third and fourth turn with neither wanting to give in. Freeing himself from Larson, Bell was able grab the win by 0.350 seconds.
The victory puts Bell in an elite class with Kevin Swindell as the only two drivers to win three consecutive Chili Bowl titles. Swindell still stands as the only one to go four for four.
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