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USAC champion Chris Windom to make Cup debut in Bristol dirt race

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Reigning USAC Midget champion Chris Windom will make his NASCAR Cup Series debut in the dirt race at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 28.

Windom will drive the No. 15 Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet with sponsorship from NOS Energy Drink.

“I’m very excited for this unique opportunity with RWR,” Windom said in a release on Tuesday. “Not only to race in the NASCAR Cup Series, but to be a part of the first time they race Bristol on dirt is really cool. Hopefully, my previous dirt experience will give me a head start out of the gate.”

Last season, Windom became the seventh driver to claim the USAC Triple Crown - winning a title in all three of its national series: Midget, Sprint Car, and Silver Crown.

He has five career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts to his credit across the 2017 and 2018 seasons, including two on the dirt at Eldora Speedway in Ohio.

“Chris is an established dirt racer, whose achievements surpass many,” team owner Rick Ware said in the same release. “I’m looking forward to seeing him race, and hopefully bring home a good finish.”

Also excited for Windom’s debut is Christopher Bell, who earned his first Cup win last week on the Daytona International Speedway road course.

“It’s going to be fun to have Big Daddy (Chris Windom) racing with us,” Bell told reporters during a media teleconference on Thursday. “I’ve been teammates with him now for a couple races on the midget side (with CB Industries), so he’s going to give us a run for our money for sure.”

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Photo Credit: Rick Ware Racing