Christopher Bell proved the driver to beat once again as the Toyota Racing development driver became the second driver in history to capture three-consecutive Chili Bowl Nationals titles.
In a last-lap showdown out of Turn 2, Bell passed Keith Kunz Motorsports (KKM) teammate Kyle Larson and held the lead to secure Toyota’s fifth-consecutive Chili Bowl title on Saturday night in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
“I saw Kyle (Larson) dive down into Turn 1 and he was about half a car too high and that was all I needed there,” said Bell. “I knew the bottom was coming in, so I decided the last five laps just to start creeping and the first few I missed the bottom similar to what Kyle did. By that last lap, I had figured out how low I needed to be to stick it and that’s how I won the race.”
Ten Toyota-powered drivers advanced to this year’s A-Main, which featured drivers from four different teams with Frank Manafort Racing (two drivers), Daum Motorsports (one) and Tucker-Boat Motorsports (two) all represented in addition to KKM’s five entries.