It may not be NASCAR season yet, but while the wait goes on for that, dirt racing events are in full flow elsewhere. The sport’s stars Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell, in particular, have created quite the buzz in their exploits in the ongoing Chili Bowl event.
Participating among a host of other drivers from NASCAR, Larson leads the list considering his impressive dirt racing resume. He was involved in Tuesday’s heat and qualifying events, and dictated his car on the track with ease and control.
The likes of 2020 Cup Series champion Chase Elliott, Ryan Newman, and Brett Moffitt will take to the field as well in the coming days. Ahead of Saturday’s feature events, then, the NASCAR community will aim to make its mark in the competition to the fullest.
The Joe Gibbs Driver was sensational in the flagship event, gripping and turning on the half-mile dirt track. Bell smoothly operated his machinery, drifting past his rivals to seal the race victory after starting the race in sixth.
In the same event, meanwhile, Larson dropped down to fifth at one point in time. However, given his experience and skill, he finished third in the event behind Bell and McIntosh.
It should be noted that Larson is the reigning Chili Bowl Nationals champion, after winning the race in 2020. Rest assured, his strong start means the trophy would become quite difficult to prise away from him.
The Hendrick Motorsports No.5 driver entered the fray in Heat 8, starting in fourth place on the grid. He cruised past his competitors and went through to his qualifier, which he once again aced.
Finally, in Tuesday’s A-feature event that decided entry to the weekend’s main spectacle, Larson competed in the 30-laps race. Though he started in second, he eventually overtook Thomas Meseraull to win the event.
With Larson’s Cup Series teammate Elliott gracing his presence in the heat at a later stage, Larson and Bell look to be the men to beat as it stands. A Chili Bowl title win for either would certainly provide a huge morale boost prior to the start of the 2021 Cup Series campaign.