Christopher Bell’s Supra was the car to beat in Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) race at Iowa Speedway. Bell started from the pole, won both stages of the race and led a dominating 234 laps (of 250) in the Joe Gibbs Racing No 20 Supra. However, eventual race-winner Chase Briscoe caught Bell on fresher tires and passed him with five laps remaining to get the victory and Bell finished runner-up.
“That was tough,” said Bell. “To be able to hold him (Chase Briscoe) off as long as I did and not win the race stings. This Rheem Supra was super, super fast today. Whenever he got inside of me there, I felt like my best bet to win the race was to try and stay right on his door and chase him down into the corner. Maybe I could have charged the corner a little bit harder and not let him clear me or just opened up my entry and tried to turn down. There’s no telling. He did a good job, he won the race and we had a great race car so there’s nothing to hang our hat on.”Bell, who has scored five NXS wins this season and leads the point standings, has not finished worse than second-place in his last four NXS starts at Iowa Speedway.
Fellow Supra driver Shane Lee earned his first top-10 of the season with a seventh-place finish at Iowa.