Christopher Bell gets airborne for second consecutive year at Daytona
As Johnny Sauter took the Stage 1 win and the bonus points that went along with it in Friday night’s Camping World Truck Series season opener, a second crazy wreck occurred behind him at Daytona International Speedway.
This time, for the second year in a row, the No. 4 truck of Christopher Bell went airborne as a result.
The No. 23 GMS Racing Chevrolet of Spencer Gallagher triggered the accident by getting into the back of the No. 7 Toyota of Brett Moffitt, who then clipped Bell’s truck and sent it into a wild, flying spin that took all four wheels off the ground.
Amazingly, Bell not only landed safely but continued on in the race. He was in 17th when the race resumed.
His No. 4 truck remained on the lead lap until he got loose with 29 laps to go and ended up wrecking again, ending the night for Korbin Forrister and the No. 5 truck in the process — as Forrister took a hit from Bell and went sliding through the grass in the infield, tearing up the bottom of his machine.
Sauter won the first two stages of three that make up the new race format in the Truck Series, with the stages divided up into 20, 20 and a final run of 60 laps for the race win in the Next Era Energy Resources 250.