Action this past weekend started with Bells practice in the Creation Cope Racing’s #54 Extreme Bidder Chevrolet Impala. The interesting aspect to the weekend for Bell was the double-feature schedule he would be running for the first time in his oval track racing career. After qualifying in the 11th position for the first 35-lap sprint race, Bell did an excellent job keeping out of trouble and running the same constantly fast laps that earned him the seat in the first place. The main goal for Bell was to keep his nose clean and the car intact as he would have a 2nd race later in the evening. Bell worked his way through the field to as high as 5th when a caution occurred forcing the cars to restart. Bell was positioned by NASCAR to the inside line of cars and NASCAR rules state that cars in that line have to wait to begin passing. This unfortunate rule caused several cars to pass Bell on the restart. At the end of the first race the #54 Chevrolet Impala came home in an impressive 9th place. It was now time for a brief break for Bell and his team as the car was prepped for the second race later in the evening. Bell used the break to study how other cars run around SNMP as well as getting to know the competitors he had raced in the first race and would be racing in the second as well. Once every other class stormed around the short track located in Kenly, North Carolina the green flag waved to start the second Limited Late Model event as well as to start the third career race for Bell. He lined up 9th on start and after running a smart yet aggressive race that saw him muscle the car around the short track without power steering, he took the checkered flag in the 8th position giving him two Top-10’s on the weekend. The progress, heart, passion and determination are there and anyone in the paddock this past weekend could see Bell wants this opportunity in NASCAR and will obtain it.
“This weekend was great for the team and I after a strong night of hardnosed racing at Southern National Motorsports Park and for me to bring the car home clean” Bell stated. “This weekend was a fun experience for me passing competitors on the bottom and top of the track. I was able to run as high up as 5th! Derrike has continued to help me out a lot with spotting and coaching during our down time. If this is a taste of what NASCAR is going to be like, I can’t wait to go play with the big boys. This weekend is my last race for the month and I’m excited to go back to Caraway Speedway and see how I can do my second time around.”
Team Owner Derrike Cope was very pleased with Bell’s progress after the event. “I am extremely pleased with the results from this weekend’s test and race at Southern National Speedway. Tim continues to adapt quickly to this form of racing and is making major strides in understanding the key elements of oval track racing and how they relate to his continued success in his pursuit of a NASCAR career.”
Creation Cope’s Team Manager Andy Woolgar shared his thoughts and comments on the two sprint races following the checkered flag of race two. “”Tim executed two very good, clean races this weekend, the second event under trying circumstances when his car lost power steering. These LLM races are teaching Tim a great deal about what it takes to become a NASCAR driver, and I can honestly say that watching him this weekend was like watching someone who had discovered their talent for racing all over again. We could see that he was more confident than ever before from the positioning of the car on the track and the conviction shown when passing other cars and finishing the races. This weekend we’ll go back to Caraway Speedway, a track that he knows, so it will be interesting to see progress made”.
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