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Bell ready for more personal road racing experience
SoVaNow.com / August 22, 2013Mackena Bell remembers a brief fling with road course racing.
The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East driver, part of the field for the Biscuitville 125 race at Virginia International Raceway Saturday, has virtually no experience with road courses, save for about 20 laps she did a Lime Rock Park in Connecticut a couple of years ago. After a brief exposure to that track, she wrecked. “I haven’t had the greatest success (away from ovals),” she conceded.
But she’s fired up to race at VIR.
“Not intimidated at all. I think it’s very fortunate for us to be able to be the first series to run here in the NASCAR ... I’m really looking forward to it. There’s so much to learn, in braking straight, and just doing things I’m not used to. I think it’s awesome that we get the opportunity to do something like that.”
She’s also ready to prove her worth in NASCAR. She also feels a kinship with fellow competitor Kenzie Ruston.
“I definitely think, slowly but surely, we are proving our point and proving we have a place in this sport,” said Bell.
Bell has confidence she soon can carve a spot somewhere in NASCAR’s top 3.
She also believes she is well ahead of where she might have expected to be in her NASCAR career, and she’s humble enough to keep on learning her craft.
Bell made her K&N Pro Series East debut at Greenville Pickens Speedway in 2010, and has been part of the Drive for Diversity initiative since 2009.
Bell currently stands 12th in the K&N Pro Series east. Following Iowa (Aug. 2), Bell has top five and a pair of top tens in nine starts this season.
The Rev Racing driver finished fifth at Richmond earlier this year, her best career finish on the K&N Series to date. She was 23rd in points on this series in 2010, so her current status outside the top shows measurable improvement. She has a total of 15 starts in K&N East, with one top five and two top tens.
Bell began racing in Outlaw Dirt Karts in 2002, where she won the championship and rookie of the year honors in the Box Stock division. She was the rookie of the year in Legends at Champion Speedway in 2005, where she became the first female - and youngest driver overall - to earn a victory.
Bell ran legends at Shasta Raceway in 2006 and competed in the Pacific West Coast tour in 2007. She also made her debut in late models in 2007. She competed full time in the late model division at the All American Speedway in 2008, and competed under the Drive for Diversity banner at Irwindale Speedway in 2009 in late models.
She was a key figure in the 2010 BET reality show ‘Changing Lanes.’
After starting the 2010 season in Rev Racing’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series East lineup, Bell finished the season in NASCAR Whelen All-American series late models.
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