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NASCAR

Aug 24 - 2019

Bell scores first road course victory

August 24, 2019, Christopher Bell led the last 10 laps to earn his first road course win of his careerBell scores first road course victory
Christopher Bell led the last 10 laps to earn his first road course win of his career. 
 
Bell was on an alternating pit strategy, and pitted before the end of both stages, but was there at the end. He pitted with 15 laps to go and immediately after the caution came out. After the cycle of pit stops, Bell was in the lead and despite some fierce road course competitors behind him, never looked back. 
 
August 24, 2019, Bell was on an alternating pit strategy, and pitted before the end of both stages, but was there at the end.

“Yeah, how about that! I’m honestly in shock. I really butchered qualifying and tore the crap out of that left front,” said Bell. “I felt like once we got in the race there we would be able to drive by those guys. Then they dropped the green flag and they were driving by me. That wasn’t very much fun. I told Jason (Ratcliff, crew chief) that I’m really, really tight. We got those tires off, and he said the left front was hurt pretty bad. Then we got pretty good there when we put our fresh tires on it. The strategy worked pretty good for us with us pitting and then the yellow coming out. This Ruud Supra was really, really fast. We’ve had a great road course season. I’m really honored to be a part of Joe Gibbs Racing. To get my first road course win is really special.”

It was Bell’s series-leading sixth win of the season, and 14th of his Xfinity Series career. Teammate Matt DiBenedetto led a race-high 18 laps before suffering a last corner accident that regualted him to a 27th place finish.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series returns to action next weekend at Darlington Raceway.