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Christopher Bell interested in Super Late Model stint

The Cup Series championship contender is open to a pavement short track return

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Under the right circumstances, Christopher Bell is interesting in returning to pavement Super Late Models.

Bell, who drives for Joe Gibbs Racing in the NASCAR Cup Series, spent his formative pavement years in Super Late racing for Kyle Busch Motorsports, which at the time was overseen by general manager and crew chief Bond Suss.

Suss also oversees the pavement development program for Toyota in alliance with Donnie Wilson Motorsports and has wanted Bell to return for a handful of races. Bell says he’s interested but it has to be the right circumstances and there is always convincing Coach Gibbs to sign off on it as well.

“I think that’s definitely an option,” Bell said. “The problem with the Supers are, is that there are not a lot of car owners out there like there is in the dirt world and that makes it harder to do. But I have stayed in touch with Bond Suss and we’ve bounced the idea around of me getting back into a Super Late Model but the logistics haven’t worked out.

“But I wouldn’t be surprised, and you never know, one of these days, but I don’t have anything planned right now.”

Bell used to tease that he enjoyed Super racing but that the cars didn’t have enough horsepower for his liking coming form a open wheel dirt background but really, given the current state of NASCAR style racing – heavy cars with reduced horsepower — a Super is the closest thing he can get to replicating the things he likes most about competition.

Is he genuinely interested?

“If it was at the right track, absolutely,” Bell said. “You know, I had an absolute blast at Winchester and Salem; even Nashville. Nashville, I had a lot of fun. I enjoy the faster tracks. I don’t really think that I see myself going to Oxford Plains again but yeah, definitely the faster tracks I would enjoy going to.”

Matt Weaver is the owner and founder of Short Track Scene. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He also has extensive experience covering NASCAR, IndyCar and Dirt Sprint Cars.

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