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NASCAR

Bell was Best at Bristol

April 6 2019 Christopher Bell Capture checker flag at Bristol Motor SpeedwayBell was Best at Bristol

Christopher Bell had Bristol Motor Speedway circled on the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) schedule as a race track that he wanted to conquer. Not only was it a track where he hadn’t won previously, but also it was the first ‘Dash 4 Cash’ race of the 2019 season.

Bell took the lead in Saturday’s NXS race with 18 laps remaining and held on to take the checkered flag to not only make his first trip to victory lane at the historic half-mile bullring, but also claim the $100,000 bonus check for the ‘Dash 4 Cash.’

April 6 2019 Christopher Bell win Xfinity Series At Bristol Motor Speedway
“To get my first win here with the Dash 4 Cash bonus,” said Bell. “Thank you to Xfinity for doing that and more importantly thank you to Rheem, Ruud, everyone at Toyota, TRD (Toyota Racing Development), everyone at Joe Gibbs Racing. These Supras are super, super fast. Joe Gibbs Racing has a really, really good package here at Bristol, but for whatever reason we struggled to find it. The longer the runs went, the better I got. I’m just very thankful to be here at Joe Gibbs Racing driving for such a wonderful team.”
 
Harrison Burton, racing in his first career Xfinity Series race, brought out the caution on Lap 259 when a tire went down and he ran into the outside wall. He still managed to pull out a top-10 finish, in 10th.
 

“We had a really good start with our Toyota Supra and were running I think fourth or something at the end of stage one,” said Burton. “We got way too tight in the second stage and blew a right-front (tire), got into the fence and then kind of made a rally back to tenth I think is where we finished. It was definitely an up and down day. It was a crazy experience to come out and race these cars. I felt like I was at home so that was good and I had a lot of fun doing it.”

The NXS will head to Richmond Raceway for the ToyotaCare 250 next Friday night.