Christopher Bell led 238 of 250 laps and drove to his series-leading seventh win of the season this evening at Richmond Raceway. It was Bell’s third win in his last four races at the Virginia short track.
“Yeah, that one was pretty special,” said Bell. “Going 92 laps straight here is really difficult. We were sliding all around. I felt like if I could get to traffic I was going to be in good shape because my car could move around really good. I could run up or I could run down. The 00 (Cole Custer) was keeping pressure on us pretty good, but this Rheem Supra was too good.”
With the win, Bell clinched his spot in the second round of the Xfinity Series Playoffs. After the race, he called this win ‘crucial.’
“This is a very, very important race because if you win this one, not only do you get locked into the Round of 8, but you’ve got two back-to-back weeks and an off-week mixed in there,” said Bell. “We’re living stress free for a long time now and I’m very thankful for that. I told my whole team, this is a very important race and we were able to capitalize on it and win.”
“It was an alright day,” said Burton. “I had a lesson in tire conservation for sure in the first stage there. Ended up burning our tires off a little bit, which is crazy because in the last stage I felt like I went just as hard and didn’t. Just something I have to go back and look at and lost a lot of track position there. Here, it’s so hard to pass and get it back. We struggled a lot on entry with being too loose and just using the right-rear tire up a lot doing that. Just have to keep digging and keep rolling. I think I had a good night and I learned a lot and we can move on from here into the Roval and hopefully have some momentum going.”
Fellow Playoff competitor Jones just missed his fourth-straight top-10 by finishing 11th. The Xfinity Series takes on the Charlotte Motor Speedway ‘Roval’ next weekend in the second race of the first round of the Playoffs.