Monday, October 23, 2017

Christopher Bell Scrapes by Jones for 1st #NXS Win

Christopher Bell Scrapes by Jones for 1st XFINITY Win

Bell Wins the ‘Kansas Lottery 300’

Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) recently announced that Christopher Bell will compete in NASCAR XFINITY Series fulltime in 2018. 

Christopher Bell Wins at Kansas Speedway for his first #NASCAR #NXS Victory.

The 22-year-old who is currently running full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) and remains in contention for this season’s championship. He currently leads the point standings entering this weekend’s race at Martinsville with five race wins and seven stage wins providing him a Series high 3047 points.

“Christopher has proven himself at every level of racing and we are excited to have him run fulltime in our XFINITY Series program starting in 2018,” Joe Gibbs stated at the time. “He has shown great maturity both on and off the track and we think he is ready for this opportunity. We look forward to watching his continued progress in the sport.”

“I can’t express how excited I am about the opportunity to drive fulltime for Joe Gibbs Racing in the XFINITY Series,” said Bell. “This has been a tremendous year for me and obviously I remain focused on finishing the Truck Series season strong and hopefully bringing a Championship to Kyle, Samantha and everyone at Kyle Busch Motorsports. I don’t think I could ask for a better place to take the next step in my racing career. I’m already comfortable with everyone at JGR and I think the experience I have with them this year should help me at the start of 2018.”

Christopher Bell Wins at Kansas Speedway for his first #NASCAR #NXS Victory.

Well Bell did not waste any time and proved he could win at the Xfinity level in just his fifth series start. During a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series off-weekend, the 2013 United States Auto Club (USAC) National Midget Champion caught and passed his JGR teammate, Erik Jones for the lead on lap 197 of 200. Bell who qualified fourth went on to take the checkered flag.

Jones was not pleases with Bell’s “slide job and drift in front of him.”

“It’s not dirt racing,” Jones complained, referencing Bell’s dirt-track background. “He’s not clear. I can’t just stop on the top. I didn’t expect him to drive in on the bottom so hard he wouldn’t be able to hold his lane.

“It’s unfortunate. I thought we were going to race for the win, and unfortunately, it wasn’t much of a race — it was more of a wreck. We’ll just have to move on.”

“I never want to wreck anyone, especially my teammate,” Bell said. “I don’t know. My spotter said ‘Clear.’ I drove it in really deep. I felt like I cleared him – I don’t know.

Christopher Bell Wins at Kansas Speedway for his first #NASCAR #NXS Victory.

“It’s my first XFINITY win. I’m sorry that Erik didn’t finish the race, but, man, I’m just stoked. This thing was awesome. To be able to win in the XFINITY Series is something I dreamed of as a kid. We were both on old tires. We were sliding around…

“Bummed for the way it finished, but I’m glad it held on, man. I was getting tire smoke in the car there those last couple of laps, and I was worried we weren’t going to make it.”

Should be an exciting 2018 Xfinity Season. 

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Christopher Bell Wins at Kansas Speedway for his first #NASCAR #NXS Victory.

Christopher Bell Wins at Kansas Speedway for his first #NASCAR #NXS Victory.

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