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Oklahoma scene: Norman resident Chris Bell wins first World of Outlaws race

Bell, 19, pursed $6,000 for winning the 40-lap race on a quarter-mile dirt track, which will be one of the smallest venues the professional sprint car circuit will run this summer. Bell overcame three caution flags and worked his way through lapped traffic to win.
Oklahoman Published: May 9, 2014
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Chris Bell, a 19-year-old sprint car driver from Norman, notched one of the biggest wins of his short career. Bell outlasted defending champion Daryn Pittman and legend Donny Schatz to win a World of Outlaws feature at Jacksonville Speedway in Illinois.

Bell pursed $6,000 for winning the 40-lap race on a quarter-mile dirt track, which will be one of the smallest venues the professional sprint car circuit will run this summer. Bell overcame three caution flags and worked his way through lapped traffic to win.

“It’s a dream come true,” Bell said. “We’ve been really good, but we’ve been really bad. To come here and get a win, that’s something special. It’s always been a lifelong dream to be able to win an Outlaw race, so it’s a special night I’ll never forget.”

Pittman, an Owasso native, finished second.

“Hats off to him, obviously he’s an extremely talented young kid and not too bad for a couple of Oklahoma boys tonight,” Pittman said. “I’m pretty proud to run second to him. It’s no surprise to anybody in the pits that he was going to win an Outlaw show, if not this year then really soon.”

Schatz, Brad Stewart and Cody Darrah rounded out the top-five finishers.

COWBOYS CRUSH K-STATE

Tim Arakawa had a two-run homer, and Jon Perrin threw a complete game as No. 7-ranked Oklahoma State hammered Kansas State 8-0 on Friday in Big 12 baseball at Tointon Stadium in Manhattan, Kan. A sellout crowd of 3,609 watched Perrin allow four hits and one walk. He struck out 10.

SOONERS BLIZTED BY TCU

Cody Jones and Garrett Crain each had three hits Friday, and TCU wiped out Oklahoma 10-2 in Big 12 baseball before 4,046 fans at Lupton Stadium in Fort Worth. Mac James and Austin O’Brien each had RBI hits for Oklahoma, which led 2-0 for 21/2 innings before the Horned Frogs took control.

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