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Bell gets first win on PASS circuit

Chris Bell (52) fights John Hunter Nemechek (8) for the lead in Saturday’s Orange 150 in Rougement. Bell went on to win, his first victory this season on the PASS circuit.
Chris Bell (52) fights John Hunter Nemechek (8) for the lead in Saturday’s Orange 150 in Rougement. Bell went on to win, his first victory this season on the PASS circuit. Photo by Thomas Lee

Making only his second start in a stock car event on asphalt, Oklahoma’s Christopher Bell dominated the second half of the Orange County 150 Saturday night at Orange County Speedway.

It was Bell’s first career Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model win and the second of the 2014 PASS season for the Kyle Busch Motorsports team, which won at Canada’s Autodrome Chaudiere in August.

“This is just unbelievable to come out here and run with John Hunter Nemechek and all of these guys and come out on top,” said Bell after scoring the win in his PASS South Super Late Model debut, “I can’t thank all of my guys enough. ... They believed in me and stuck with me and now here we are.”

In qualifying, Preston Pelter took his fourth straight quick qualifying time with a lap of 97. 248 miles per hour around the high banked, three-eighths-mile speedway. In the top 10 qualifiers redraw, Jared Irvan moved to the pole position with Bell flanked alongside and Peltier moving back to start fourth.

On a brisk and breezy night in Rougemont, Bell cruised to his first major stock car victory by nearly a second over Nemechek, Peltier, Brandon Setzer, and Ryan Moore.

In a 50-lap PASS Pro Late Model event, Kodie Conner took the lead from Jeremy Haudricourt with 13 laps to go and held on for his fourth win of the season. Hickory winner Nick Robinson led the first 33 laps.

Nikki Carroll won the night’s USAC Eastern Midget feature,

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