Kyle Larson holds off Christopher Bell in New Zealand Midget race

Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell put on another Midget classic on Wednesday night in New Zealand.PHOTO BY MOTORSPORT IMAGE – LAT


They race one more time on Friday night for the World 50


Kyle Larson picked up his second Midget victory at Western Springs Speedway in Auckland, New Zealand, in less than a week. He did so by outdueling fellow NASCAR star Christopher Bell in yet another battle between two of the best Midget drivers in the world.

Larson started on the pole and took the lead from Tyler Courtney while Bell worked his way from the back in the 39-lap feature. The race was 39 laps in tribute to the late Bryan Clauson.

Bell was perhaps held up in his pursuit of Larson when eight laps into the race, he made contact with another car and flipped. He restarted from the tail of the field and still made it inside the top five, with 10 laps remaining.

Bell caught a caution with six laps remaining for a spin by Hayden Guptill. Bell capitalized, quickly advanced to second and even took the lead from Larson, but he couldn’t hold on to it. Larson retook the lead, and Bell couldn’t find enough momentum on the outside to retake the position.

Complete results can be found below.


1. Kyle Larson
2. Christopher Bell
3. Michael Pickens
4. Tyler Courtney
5. Hayden Williams
6. Logan Seavey
7. Brad Mosen
8. Matt Smith
9. Brock Maskovich
10. Kaidon Brown
11. Chris Windom
12. Hayden Guptill
13. Shayne Alach
14. Jayden Worthington
15. Leon Burgess
16. James Earl
17. Taylor Clarke
18. Jeremy Webb
19. Chris McCutcheon
20. Scott Buckley
21. Bryan Clauson (honorary entrant)