Saturday, September 22, 2018

Christopher Bell Wins Richmond Xfinity from Pole

Christopher Bell Wins Richmond Xfinity from Pole

The Bell is Ringing Loudly as He Sweeps the Season at RR

Christopher Bell, who was racing with a heavy heart last night, won the Xfinity race at Richmond to secure his spot in the next round of the playoffs.

Christopher Bell affixes the winner’s decal to his car in Victory Lane
Christopher Bell affixes the winner’s decal to his car in Victory Lane

“More importantly, we are racing with heavy hearts for a fellow sprint car driver Greg Hodnett, he lost his life last night . . . . so I am thinking about him – there are a lot of us thinking about him, so that is the priority." Christopher expressed right after climbing out of the #20 Rheem Toyota.

Winning the first race of the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs at Richmond Raceway takes some of the pressure off the twenty-three-year-old as it automatically advances him into the next round. With five wins this season, Bell is one of the favorites to win the championship. He is also the leader for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year award.

“To be able to come out here and to win on a restart like that is really special,” Bell said in Victory Lane. “We weren’t the best car, that’s for sure. On the long run those guys would just drive away from me. The pit crew did an awesome job keeping me out front. Got to restart on the front row and that was key.”

Ross Chastain finished runner-up, Daniel Hemric finished third, while Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Matt Tifft rounded out the top -five.



The series heads to the ROVAL next weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the final road course event of the season. There will be an open test on Thursday (Sept. 27) as it will be the first time teams have ever turned laps at the 17 turn track. Rain is in the forecast all of next weekend, which would make the middle race of the opening round of the playoffs even that much more of a wild-card race


Photo Gallery: Richmond Raceway on September 21, 2018

Christopher poses with the pole award after qualifying on the pole position.
Christopher poses with the pole award after qualifying on the pole position.

Christopher Bell, driver of the #20 Rheem Toyota, leads the field to green
Christopher Bell, driver of the #20 Rheem Toyota, leads the field
to green during the NASCAR Xfinity Series Go Bowling 250 at
Richmond Raceway on September 21, 2018 in Richmond, Virginia.
Christopher Bell leads the field during the NASCAR Xfinity Series Go Bowling 250.
Bell leads the field during the NASCAR Xfinity Series Go Bowling 250.
Christopher Bell celebrates in Victory Lane.
Christopher Bell celebrates in Victory Lane.
Christopher Bell celebrates Win with a burnout.
Christopher Bell celebrates Win with a burnout.
Christopher Bell takes the checkered flag to win the Go Bowling 250.
Christopher Bell takes the checkered flag to win the Go Bowling 250.


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