“This is my first time racing here and this place is great,” said Bell. “That was awesome racing with Kyle out there. In the early going I could see Mosen up high and Kyle was strong on the bottom. I was watching them and to see what they were going to do, then when I got to second place I just decided to go for it. When I ran the B-main I got to try some different things and see just how hard I could push the car around this place. I tell you what, this is an awesome car and engine because I don’t think I let out of the throttle at all during the race. This car did a helluva job.”
Larson’s second-place run proved bittersweet.
“I’m glad for Bell,” said Larson. “He’s one of my best friends and a great teammate. It just kind of stinks finishing second. I’m getting tired of running second. I just got into [turn] one a little hot and about turned the car over, but I saved it and that was all he really needed. He had a great car and it was a fun race.”
Caleb Armstrong was third, Mosen fourth and Zach Daum fifth. Brady Bacon, Bryan Clauson, Jerry Coons Jr., 2012 Midget Week champ Darren Hagen and Kevin Thomas Jr. completed the top 10. Thomas was awarded the Hard Charger of the race after starting 22nd. Darland was 12th.
Only minutes after finishing second, Larson had a chance to redeem himself as he climbed back into a non-wing sprint car for just the fifth time since a nasty crash at Eldora during the 2012 4-Crown Nationals.
Behind the wheel of the Indiana Underground No. 37RW, the phenom started inside the fifth row for the 25-lap A-main. The first 14 laps saw Clauson in the Tony Stewart Racing/Chevy Performance/Kistler No. 20, Robert Ballou and Larson separate themselves by nearly a straightaway advantage as they jockeyed for the lead. Ballou led the first six circuits before Clauson took the point with the other two in hot pursuit.