Returning to the site of his first win ever on asphalt, Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Christopher Bell dodged wrecks and a flurry of caution flags Saturday to win a chaotic Super Late Model race in the Orange Blossom 300.
The bedlam started on the first lap of the CARS Tour event, when Quinn Houff spun battling pole-sitter Cole Timm. A large portion of the field got tangled up in the carnage.
The 150-lap SLM race was marred by several other cautions, extending the race late into the night, but Bell would prevail on the same three-eighths-mile track where he won the Pro All Star Series 2014 Orange 150.
Car owner Kyle Busch was in attendance to cheer on his driver with other notable NASCAR Stars such as Jeff Burton, Honorary Grand Marshal Leonard Wood, and Joe Nemecheck to name a few.
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In last Saturday's 150-lap Late Model Stock Car portion of the night, Brayton Haws took the lead on lap 35 and never looked back to earn his first career CARS Tour victory.
Running with some of the nation’s top Late Model drivers, Haws, 15, took the lead from pole-sitter Deac McCaskill and then had to fight off a late race charge from Myatt Snider – the son of NASCAR broadcaster Marty Snider. They battled to a geen-white-checkered flag finish, created by a late race caution for Christian PaHud, who blew a tire and hit the Turn 3 wall.
“We were fast from the beginning of the race and had to work to get by Deac a little bit,” Haws said. Calling Saturday’s win “awesome,” the Youngsville driver praised his Hawk-McCall Motorsports team for their work at getting his car into top shape.
The next races at OCS will be Saturday, April 25. The night will feature Late Models, Limited Late Models, Pure Stock, Street Stocks, and Super Mini trucks.
The Orange Blossom 300 Presented by the Grilling Store was year’s second stop on the CARS Tour, which features Late Model Stock Car and Super Late Model races running under the same banner, at the same track on the same night. The 10-event series moves on to Hickory for the Catawba Valley 300 on May 9 and returns to Rougemont on Aug. 1 for the Summertime Showdown 300.
ORANGE BLOSSOM 300
Late Model 150
1, Brayton Haws. 2, Justin Crider. 3, Myatt Snider. 4, R.D. Smith III. 5, Jamey Caudill. 6, Tommy Lemons Jr. 7, Justin Johnson. 8, Thomas Beane. 9, Jeffrey Oakley. 10, Deac McCaskill. 11, Clint King. 12, Blake Stallings. 13, Roddey Sterling. 14, Chris Davis. 15, Doug Barnes Jr. 16, Donnie Puryear Jr. 17, Chris Hudspeth. 18, Robert Tyler. 19, Garrett Campbell. 20, Christian PaHud. 21, Trent Barnes. 22, Mike Darne. 23, Stacy Puryear. 24, Stefan Parsons. 25, Michael Fose. 26, Austin McDaniel. 27, Todd Gilliland. 28, Tyler Ankrum. 29, Matt Waltz. 30, Ryan Wilson (DNS).
Super Late Models 150
1, Christopher Bell. 2, Bubba Pollard. 3, Kyle Grissom. 4, Cole Timm. 5, Chris Davidson. 6, Brandon Setzer. 7, Trevor Noles. 8, Brandon Lynn. 9, Zane Smith. 10, Chris Fontaine. 11, Stephen Leicht. 12, Lucas Ransone. 3, Quin Houff. 14, Roger Lee Newton. 15, Richard Gould. 16, John Hunter Nemechek. 17, Stephen Nasse. 18, Harrison Burton. 19, Clay Jones. 20, Grant Galloway. 21, Lucas Jones. 22, Dominique Van Wieringen. 23, Kiel Spaulding. 24, Gus Dean. 25, Clay Rogers. 26, Steve Wallace. 27, Matthew Wragg. 28, Nick Robinson. 29, Matt Craig. 30, Robby Lyons.