Belleville, IL. (3/24/22) Christopher Bell would be a man on a driven mission at Port City Raceway, notching his second career feature victory within the POWRi 600cc Outlaw Micro League presented by Engler Machine & Tool earning the edge in the starting event of the Ninth Annual Turnpike Challenge presented by Super Clean.
With a great turnout of twenty-nine entries, Mitchel Moles would log the quickest hot-lap time with a 9.223-second lap as Moles, Frank Flud, Willie Urish, and Kaylee Bryson would notch heat racing victories in the early on-track racing battles.
Earning the night’s high-point qualifier award, Mitchel Moles would lead the stout field to the start of the twenty-lap feature event with outside front-row starting Christopher Bell grabbing the early racing advantage after an intense side-by-side battle for the front with Moles.
Attempting to run down the speedy leading Bell, Mitchel Moles would stay close throughout the long stretch of caution-free racing with Frank Flud quickly closing in on the leading pair of drivers as heavy lap traffic would quickly come into play on the close-cornered track.
Undeniable in speed all event, Christopher Bell would hold steady up-front to earn the feature victory stating “These Micro races are so much fun, I knew it was close out there. Michel showed me his nose a time or two, but my team gave me such a great car I could put this thing anywhere I needed to keep the lead.”
With heavy lap traffic coming into play in the fast-paced twenty-lap feature, Frank Flud would maneuver into finishing a close-runner up positioning with Mitchel Moles overcoming a mid-race incident to place a solid-showing third as Kaylee Bryson place fourth and Braxston Wilson rounding out the night’s top-five finishers.
Port City Raceway | Turnpike Challenge Night 1 | 3/24/22:
Hoosier Racing Tire Top Hot Lap Time: 13M-Mitchel Moles
Advanced Racing Suspensions Heat Race 1 Winner: 13M-Mitchel Moles
MVT Services Heat Race 2 Winner: 81-Frank Flud
Auto Meter Heat Race 3 Winner: 15U-Willie Urish
Rod End Supply Heat Race 4 Winner: 11B-Kaylee Bryson
Super Clean Semi Feature Winner: 36-Kris Carroll
Max Papis Innovations High Point Qualifier: 13M-Mitchel Moles
Toyota Racing Development Hard Charger: 36-Kris Carroll (+10)
Engler Machine Feature Winner: 21-Christopher Bell
Engler Machine Tool A Feature 1 (20 Laps): 1. 21-Christopher Bell; 2. 81-Frank Flud; 3. 13M-Mitchel Moles; 4. 11B-Kaylee Bryson; 5. 14X-Braxston Wilson; 6. 20Q-Brecken Reese; 7. 36-Kris Carroll; 8. 17S-Baron Silva; 9. 44-Branigan Roark; 10. 15U-Willie Urish; 11. 14G-Madelyn Gjerness; 12. 2B-Garrett Benson; 13. 24G-Greyson Springer; 14. 20S-Steven Curbow; 15. 39-Russ Disinger; 16. 11-Stefan Sidur; 17. 29-Scott Sawyer; 18. 56-Ethan Ayars; 19. 13-Elijah Gile; 20. B8-John Barnard; 21. 60-Earl McDoulett Jr; 22. 10T-Talin Turner; 23. 8K-Tyler Kuykendall.
Super Clean B-Feature (10 Laps): 1. 36-Kris Carroll; 2. 10T-Talin Turner; 3. 11-Stefan Sidur; 4. B8-John Barnard; 5. 20S-Steven Curbow; 6. 60-Earl McDoulett Jr; 7. 78B-Brody Wake; 8. 19J-Justin Robison; 9. 13S-Peter Smith; 10. 23-mike DiBart; 11. 8K-Tyler Kuykendall; 12. 3-Cole Roberts; 13. 14D-Chris DiBart.
Advanced Racing Suspensions Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 13M-Mitchel Moles; 2. 14X-Braxston Wilson; 3. 56-Ethan Ayars; 4. 13-Elijah Gile; 5. 11-Stefan Sidur; 6. 10T-Talin Turner; 7. 20S-Steven Curbow; 8. (DNS) 3-Cole Roberts.
MVT Services Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 81-Frank Flud; 2. 24G-Greyson Springer; 3. 2B-Garrett Benson; 4. 39-Russ Disinger; 5. 36-Kris Carroll; 6. B8-John Barnard; 7. 19J-Justin Robison.
Auto Meter Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 15U-Willie Urish; 2. 29-Scott Sawyer; 3. 17S-Baron Silva; 4. 44-Branigan Roark; 5. 23-Mike DiBart; 6. 8K-Tyler Kuykendall; 7. (DNS) 14D-Chris DiBart.
Rod End Supply Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 11B-Kaylee Bryson; 2. 21-Christopher Bell; 3. 20Q-Brecken Reese; 4. 14G-Madelyn Gjerness; 5. 60-Earl McDoulett Jr; 6. 78B-Brody Wake; 7. 13S-Peter Smith.
Up next for the POWRi 600cc Outlaw Micro League presented by Engler Machine & Tool will be the final two days of the Ninth Annual Turnpike Challenge presented by Super Clean at I-44 Riverside Speedway in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on March 25-26.
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