Larson Midget Flip

Bell, Larson take wild rides during midget races in New Zealand

NASCAR Cup Series drivers Christopher Bell and Kyle Larson took a pair of heavy tumbles during dirt midget action at Western Springs Speedway in Auckland, New Zealand.

In Day 1 of the United Truck Parts International Midget Series, Larson finished second in the third heat race, winning the fifth heat as well as the first United States vs. New Zealand vs. Australia Test Race.

But the night quickly took a turn for Larson in another test race, losing control of his midget, hitting the outside retaining wall and flipping multiple times down the backstretch.

Larson later tweeted out his appreciation for the safety equipment in his midget that kept him secure, while also adding a little humor despite the disappointing result.

Shortly after Larson’s incident, Bell also flipped a number of times after hitting the backstretch wall in a similar spot.

The incidents eliminated both drivers from competing in the feature race later that evening.

The United Truck Parts International Midget Series is a five-event showdown between drivers from the United States, Australia and New Zealand, featuring the most talented dirt racing drivers from each country. The five races are held at three dirt tracks — Western Springs Speedway, Baypark Speedway and Huntly Speedway. The series finale will be held on Jan. 5 with the World 50 Lap Classic at Western Springs.

Both drivers will be back in action during the second round of the United Truck Parts International Midget Series at Baypark Speedway in the 40-lap Gold Cup event.