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Race Results

Christopher Bell Wins Last-Lap Thriller at Chili Bowl Nationals

1_20_2019_Christopher_Bell_Wins_Chili_Bowl_Hero.jpgChristopher Bell Wins Last-Lap Thriller at Chili Bowl Nationals
Secures fifth-consecutive Chili Bowl title for Toyota and Keith Kunz Motorsports
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. 
“There’s just a ton of great race cars and race car drivers here,” said Bell. “I don’t feel like anyone really had a strong advantage going into the race. It’s just going to be who does the best job. Luckily, I had the best last lap.”
 
Brady Bacon (fourth) and Zach Daum (fifth) also finished in the top five as Toyota drivers earned four of the top five finishing positions. 
 
Other notable finishes for Toyota were development driver Holley Hollan and KKM driver Jesse Colwell. Hollan was the highest-finishing female of the week as she advanced to the D-Main while Colwell, winner of the KKM Giveback Classic presented by TRD (Toyota Racing Development, U.S.A.), also had a successful night, making it to the B-Main.