Christopher Bell Grabs First NXS Victory At Kansas

Christopher Bell

Saturday’s Kansas Lottery 300 may have been the opening race in the Round of 8 of the NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoff, but the real drama involved two Joe Gibbs Racing teammates outside the championship battle.

On Lap 197 of 200 at Kansas Speedway, Christopher Bell caught and passed Erik Jones for the lead, clearing Jones’ No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota with a slide job and drifting up to the outside wall right in front of his JGR teammate.

Under a full head of steam, Jones plowed into the back of Bell’s No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, wrecking the No. 20 Camry, which slowed markedly and finished 15th, a lap down.

Bell took the checkered flag with polesitter Tyler Reddick and some hard feelings on Jones’ part in his wake.

“It’s not dirt racing,” Jones complained, referencing Bell’s dirt-track background. “He’s not clear. I can’t just stop on the top. I didn’t expect him to drive in on the bottom so hard he wouldn’t be able to hold his lane.

“It’s unfortunate. I thought we were going to race for the win, and unfortunately, it wasn’t much of a race—it was more of a wreck. We’ll just have to move on.”

Jones had led four times for 186 laps before Bell ran him down from more than two seconds back in the closing laps. The series leader in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Bell got the victory in his fifth start, becoming the first driver to get his maiden XFINITY win at the 1.5-mile track.

Bell also is the 10th straight different winner in the series.

“I never want to wreck anyone, especially my teammate,” Bell said. “I don’t know. My spotter said ‘Clear.’ I drove it in really deep. I felt like I cleared him – I don’t know.

“It’s my first XFINITY win. I’m sorry that Erik didn’t finish the race, but, man, I’m just stoked. This thing was awesome. To be able to win in the XFINITY Series is something I dreamed of as a kid. We were both on old tires. We were sliding around…

“Bummed for the way it finished, but I’m glad it held on, man. I was getting tire smoke in the car there those last couple of laps, and I was worried we weren’t going to make it.”

Ryan Blaney ran third, followed by playoff drivers and JR Motorsports teammates William Byron and Justin Allgaier, the latter of whom collected 11 stage points and took over the top spot in the standings by two points over Byron, who had to start from the rear of the field because of unapproved pre-race adjustments to his No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet.

Elliott Sadler, another JRM entry, recovered from a spin in Turn 4 on Lap 76 to finish seventh and is third in the Playoff standings, 11 points behind Allgaier.

“A tire came apart—I don’t know whether I ran over something or not,” said Sadler, who turned sideways in the path of oncoming traffic. Eventual sixth-place finisher Austin Dillon did a masterful job of avoiding Sadler’s spinning car.

“I gave ‘em a big target, but nobody hit us,” a relieved Sadler said after the race.

Beyond the top three Playoff positions, little was decided. With two races left in the Round of 8, there’s an eight-point gap between fourth-place Brennan Poole, who ran 12th on Saturday, and eighth-place Cole Custer, who brought his No. 00 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford to pit road with two laps left because of a cut tire and finished 19th, two laps down.

Check out the unofficial results of the Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway.

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Christopher Bell Can Rest Easy At Talladega

Christopher Bell

Christopher Bell will be one of two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) playoff contenders that can sleep easy this week as the Round of 8 comes to a close and two drivers will be eliminated at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. Bell, who has been atop the NCWTS championship standings for the last seven races, punched his ticket to the Round of 6 two races ago in the opening race of the playoffs at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon and fellow Toyota competitor Ben Rhodes joined Bell in the “Sleep Easy Club” in the series’ last stop at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway.

Bell boasts an average finish of 9.5 across his two prior starts at Talladega, but both have been very eventful.  Two years ago at Talladega, he made his superspeedway debut tackling the 2.66-mile tri-oval in just the fifth start of his Truck Series career. Following the advice of clinging to the yellow line along the inside lane of the track he managed to register an average running position of 9.7 and with four laps remaining found himself in the fourth position. A strong restart allowed the youngster to push Brandon Jones to the lead, but NASCAR ruled that he “engaged” the bumper of Jones’ truck and issued a pass-through penalty. Just before he was going to serve his penalty a multi-truck wreck brought out the caution, which forced him to restart in the 15th position at the tail end of the field for the green-white-checkered finish. Before the race ended under caution, the rookie driver was able to pick up two positions and left his superspeedway debut with a respectable 13th-place finish.

Last year at Talladega, while racing to advance to the next round of the inaugural Truck Series Chase, Bell experienced a broken shifter in the middle stages of the race and had to surrender his position inside the top 10 to hit pit road. Across the next three caution periods, his over-the-wall crew successfully unfastened his shifter lever and mounted a new one in his Tundra. After that problem was fixed, the Oklahoma native suffered minor cosmetic damage in a 15-truck accident with just over 30 laps remaining. The crew once again went to work fixing his Tundra and returned him to the track in the 16th position with 25 laps remaining. Bell had advanced to the seventh position for the final restart of the race and ended up moving up to sixth over the final two laps.

After two years of stress-filled races at Talladega, Bell already has his ticket punched to the Round of 6 and enters Saturday’s 94-lap event with a peaceful easy feelin’. When it’s all said and done, he hopes to be standing on the ground in victory lane.

Christopher Bell, driver of the No. 4 NCWTS Toyota Tundra:

How does it feel to be going into Talladega already having your ticket punched to the next round of the playoffs?

“Going into Talladega with a win already in this round of the playoffs is going to be nice because we can be aggressive and do everything we can to win the race and have no regrets over the course of the weekend. Other drivers that don’t have a win will have to race carefully and try and avoid the big wreck, so that should be a huge advantage for us. Our only goal this weekend is to win both stages and win the race so that we can collect some more bonus points before the next round of the playoffs starts at Martinsville in few weeks.”

What has been the key to being able to run up front at superspeedway races?

“The key for me being good at superspeedway races is that everyone at Kyle Busch Motorsports always gives me a fast Tundra. I feel like we’ve been in a position to win races and it just hasn’t happened yet. Almost every superspeedway race that I’ve competed in so far, we’ve had a shot at the win and that’s all that you can ask for in these types of races. Now, I just need to capitalize on that shot. We need to make sure that we survive until the end of the race, so that we are in a position to win. I feel like I didn’t do that at Daytona earlier this year — I got myself in trouble and we didn’t have a shot to win at the end. It would be really cool to put our Toyota Tundra in victory lane Saturday and get my first superspeedway win.”

Ryan “Rudy” Fugle, crew chief of the No. 4 NCWTS Toyota Tundra:

 

How does calling a race at a superspeedway compare to other tracks on the schedule?

“I think calling a race at a superspeedway is almost the same as it is at the other races. You are always thinking about what strategy you are going to play with having a shortage of tires — it’s not like racing in the Cup Series where you can pit for tires almost every time there is a caution. You are always trying to play ahead and have a pit strategy where you have just enough fuel to get to the end of the race. With Talladega being such a long track, obviously the fuel runs are shorter, so you have to react quicker.”

Christopher Bell’s No. 4 Toyota Tundra:

 

KBM-13: The No. 4 Toyota Racing team will unload KBM-13 for Saturday’s Fred’s 250 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. It is the same Tundra that Bell led six laps with en route to an eighth-place finish in this year’s season-opening event at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. William Byron finished 10th with this Toyota in last year’s race at Talladega.

KBM-13 Performance Profile:

 

Date

Site

Driver

Start

Finish

Laps

Laps Led

Status

2/24/2017

Daytona

Bell

4

8

100/100

6

Running

10/22/2016

Talladega

Byron

8

10

94/94

0

Running

2/19/2016

Daytona

Byron

13

13

100/100

0

Running

10/24/2015

Talladega

Jones

3

4

98/98

6

Running

2/20/2015

Daytona

Jones

7

2

100/100

0

Running

10/18/2014

Talladega

Jones

6

6

95/95

1

Running

2/21/2014

Daytona

Busch

7

1

100/100

25

Running

10/19/2013

Talladega

Coulter

9

27

79/94

1

Accident

2/24/2013

Daytona

Coulter

10

22

100/100

0

Running

 

Notes of Interest:

 

Christopher Bell NCWTS Career Stats:

 

Year

Age

Races

Win

T5

T10

Pole

Laps

Led

AvSt

AvFn

RAF

LLF

2015

20

7 of 23

1

2

3

0

1018

111

9.3

11.9

6

4

2016

21

23 of 23

1

9

17

0

3237

197

9.2

9.5

20

19

2017

22

18 of 18

5

12

16

3

2521

730

4.4

6

16

16

48

7

23

36

3

6776

1038

7.4

8.5

42

39

 

Christopher Bell’s NCWTS Talladega Superspeedway Performance Profile:

 

Date

Start

Finish

Laps

Laps Led

Status

10/22/16

14

6

94/94

0

Running

10/24/15

10

13

98/98

0

Running

 

Christopher Bell 2017 Highlights

  • Has posted five wins (Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga., Texas Motor Speedway in Ft. Worth, Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. and New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon), three poles, 730 laps led, 12 top-five, 16 top-10 finishes resulting and an average finish of 6.0 across 18 races

  • Won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ first-ever regular season title and earned the No. 1 seed in the NCWTS Playoffs

  • With his win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the opening race of the playoffs advanced to the Round of 6 that begins Oct. 28 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway

  • Leads the NCWTS in wins (five), top-five finishes (12), top-10 finishes (16), driver rating (118.9), average starting position (4.4), average finish (6.0), average running position (6.1), laps led (730) and fastest laps run (350)

  • Became first driver under NASCAR’s new format to sweep all three stages of a race when he led 99 of 130 laps en route to victory from the pole at Atlanta Motor Speedway (3/14/17)

  • Has collected one pole, 152 laps led, one top-five and two top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 11.2 across four NASCAR Xfinity Series starts for Joe Gibbs Racing

  • After restarting eighth with three laps to go, won the ARCA Racing Series event at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., (9/14/17) in his lone series start this season

  • In Midgets has eight victories; opened the 2017 season by winning his preliminary night and the feature at the prestigious Chili Bowl Midget Nationals at Tulsa (Okla.) Expo Raceway (1/15/17), swept both features at the Fourth Annual POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Turnpike Challenge at I-44 Riverside Speedway in Oklahoma City, Okla. (3/26/17), won consecutive USAC National Midget events at Macon (Ill.) Speedway (7/1/17) and Lincoln (Ill.) Speedway (7/2/17), the USAC National Midget event at Solomon Valley in Beloit, Kansas (8/3/17) and the Mike Phillips Memorial POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget event at Southern Illinois Raceway in Marion, Ill. (9/16/17)

  • In Sprint Cars has four victories; won the NRA Sprint Invaders feature at Limaland Motorsports Park in Lima, Ohio (4/21/17), the Ninth Annual Lou Blaney Memorial All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car race at Sharon (Ohio) Speedway (7/8/17), the Knight Before the Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio (7/14/17) and the All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car race at Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, Ohio (10/7/17)

Christopher Bell 2016 NCWTS Highlights

  • Finished third in the inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase after collecting one win, nine top-five and 17 top-10 finishes across 23 NCWTS starts in his first full-time campaign 

Notes of Interest:

 

Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 4 Tundra

  • The No. 4 Tundra has collected nine wins, eight poles, 32 top-five and 53 top-10 finishes across 64 starts since originating in 2015

  • Ten members of this year’s No. 4 Tundra team were a part of last year’s No. 9 Tundra team which collected seven wins, three poles, 727 laps led, 11 top-five and 16 top-10 finishes across 23 starts last season and captured the 2016 NCWTS Owner’s Championship

  • Erik Jones delivered KBM its first-ever NASCAR Camping World (NCWTS) Driver’s Championship behind the wheel of the No. 4 Tundra in 2015 

KBM NCWTS Program

  • Holds the NCWTS records for most career wins (64), most wins in a single season (14 in 2014) and most Owner’s championships (five)

  • Erik Jones earned the organization its first-ever NCWTS Driver’s championship in 2015

  • Has collected 64 wins, 35 poles, 152 top-five and 245 top-10 finishes across 405 starts since originating in 2010

  • Nine different drivers have won a race for KBM, led by owner-driver Kyle Busch with 33. Christopher Bell, Erik Jones and William Byron have each collected seven victories, Darrell Wallace Jr., has five wins, Denny Hamlin has produced two victories while Daniel Suarez, Kasey Kahne and Brian Scott each collected one trophy

  • With Bell’s victory at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway KBM has at least one win at all 21 tracks on the 2017 NCWTS schedule

KBM NCWTS @ Talladega Superspeedway

  • KBM drivers have collected one win, 27 laps led, two top-five and 10 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 12.1 across 16 starts at the 2.66-mile tri-oval

  • Owner-driver Kyle Busch collected KBM’s lone victory in the 2010 event when he finished 0.002 seconds ahead of Aric Almirola in the closest finish in Truck Series history since electronic scoring was instituted

The Fugle File:

Ryan “Rudy” Fugle begins his fourth season as a crew chief at KBM and sixth overall with the organization.  The New York native has guided his team to an Owner’s championship in all three of his seasons (2013, 2015 & 2016) atop the pit box at KBM, including a combined Owner’s/Driver’s Championship with Erik Jones in 2015. His drivers have combined for 21 wins, 12 poles and 44 top-five finishes across his 86 races calling the shots for the organization. Under his tutelage last season, William Byron collected a Truck Series’ rookie record seven wins while leading the No. 9 Tundra team to KBM’s fourth consecutive and fifth overall Owner’s championship.

Fugle’s NCWTS drivers have posted one top-five and three top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 8.0 across three starts at Talladega. His best result was a fourth-place finish with Erik Jones in the 2015 event.

Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 4 Tundra 2017 NCWTS Box Score:

 

Date
Site
Driver
Start
Finish
Laps
Laps Led
Status
Driver Pts./Pos.
2/24/17
Daytona
Bell
4
8
100/100
6
Running
33/9th
3/4/17
Atlanta
Bell
1
1
130/130
99
Running
93/1st
4/1/17
Martinsville
Bell
6
3
250/250
96
Running
136/2nd
5/12/17
Kansas
Bell
1
4
167/167
37
Running
187/2nd
5/19/17
Charlotte
Bell
1
3
134/134
2
Running
227/2nd
6/2/17
Dover
Bell
3
25
35/200
0
Accident
239/2nd
6/9/17
Texas
Bell
21
1
167/167
92
Running
298/2nd
6/17/17
Gateway
Bell
3
6
160/160
7
Running
342/2nd
6/23/17
Iowa
Bell
2
5
200/200
99
Running
391/2nd
7/6/17
Kentucky
Bell
2
1
150/150
54
Running
436/2nd
7/19/17
Eldora
Bell
4
9
150/150
22
Running
471/2nd
7/29/17
Pocono
Bell
3
1
60/60
7
Running
528/1st
8/12/17
Michigan
Bell
13
2
100/100
0
Running
572/1st
8/16/17
Bristol
Bell
2
7
203/203
0
Running
615/1st
9/3/17
Canadian Tire
Bell
5
26
44/64
0
Engine
634/1st
9/15/17
Chicagoland
Bell
3
3
150/150
72
Running
2040/1st
9/23/17
New Hampshire
Bell
2
1
175/175
73
Running
2100/1st
9/30/17
Las Vegas
Bell
4
2
146/146
64
Running
2152/1st

 

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

Christopher Bell Is Now Playing With House Money

Christopher Bell

By winning the first race in the Round of 8 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoffs last weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, Christopher Bell and the No. 4 Toyota Racing team have already punched their ticket to the Round of 6 that begins Oct. 28 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. With nothing to lose in Saturday’s Las Vegas 350 at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway, the team will be able to concentrate solely on winning stages and the race and adding more chips to their stack of 47 playoff bonus chips that they’ll bring with them to the next round.

 Bell will be sporting primary sponsor DC Solar – a clean energy company that specializes in mobile solar products – once again this year on his No. 4 Tundra at Las Vegas. In last year’s event, Bell started 16th but was able to bring the DC Solar Tundra home to a sixth-place finish. The California-based company was also his primary sponsor for his win in the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals at Tulsa (Okla.) Expo Raceway in January.

 The 22-year-old became just the second Oklahoma native to bring home the Golden Driller in the 31 years that the prestigious event has been held in his home state. The win was so special to Bell that he bought the winning car from Keith Kunz Motorsports and has it on display in the dining room of his current residence in North Carolina. A video of Bell and his friends transporting the vehicle from his garage into his dining room was posted on his Facebook page in May and has over 440,000 views to date.

 The Chili Bowl victory in January was the start of what has been an extremely successful year for Bell. The talented wheelman has collected five wins and three poles across 17 starts in his second full-time season in the Truck Series and won the first-ever regular season points championship in the Truck Series. He also leads the series in nearly every other statistical category, including laps led (666), top-five finishes (11), top-10 finishes (15), average starting position (4.5), average finish (6.2) and fastest laps run (332).

 In addition to his Truck Series accomplishments, Bell has been successful in a variety of forms of racing in 2017. He made his NASCAR XFINITY Series debut in May and across four starts for Joe Gibbs Racing this season has earned one pole, 152 laps led, one top-five and two top-10 finishes. The Toyota Racing driver won his lone ARCA Racing Series start at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., earlier this month and on dirt has combined to win 10 races between Midgets (seven) and Sprint Cars (three).

 Bell is hoping to continue his 2017 winning spree Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. With his ticket to the Round of 6 already punched, via his win last week at New Hampshire, he’s playing with house money this week and can go all in to win.

 Christopher Bell, driver of the No. 4 NCWTS DC Solar Tundra:

 Are you excited to have DC Solar onboard your Tundra this week?

“It will be nice to have DC Solar onboard at Las Vegas again this year. We had a decent run for them in last year’s race and I had a huge win in the Chili Bowl earlier this year with them as my primary sponsor. Now it’s my job to go out on Saturday and put them in victory lane in a Truck Series race.”

 With already having earned a berth in the Round of 6, what will your strategy be the next two races?

“I sat down with Rudy (Fugle, crew chief) this week to talk about what our strategy will be these next two races and really the only thing that is available for us is 14 playoff points — that’s it. Second place in a stage or second place in the race means nothing to us, so we have nothing to lose. We just need to go out and try and collect those 14 points and put ourselves in a better spot for the next round of the playoffs.”

 Ryan “Rudy” Fugle, crew chief of the No. 4 NCWTS DC Solar Tundra:

 How big is winning the first race of the playoffs and getting an automatic berth into the Round of 6?

“It’s perfect — just what we needed. This will take a lot of pressure off us the next two races — especially at Talladega. Nobody wants to go into Talladega knowing that they have to point their way into the next round, so a win at New Hampshire was just what the doctor ordered. We’ve already advanced to the next round, but there are still 14 bonus points available these next two races. So, our goal is to add as many of those bonus points as we can and keep adding to our playoff points total that carries over to the Round of 6.”

 Christopher Bell’s No. 4 DC Solar Tundra:

 KBM-047: The No. 4 DC Solar Racing team will unload KBM-047 for Saturday’s Las Vegas 350 at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway. It is the same Tundra that Bell led a race-high 72 laps and finished third with earlier this month at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill.

KBM-047 Performance Profile:

 

Date
Track
Driver
Start
Finish
Laps
Laps Led
Status
9/15/2017
Chicagoland
Bell
3
3
150/150
72
Running
6/9/2017
Pocono
Busch
2
25
36/60
32
Accident

 

Notes of Interest:

 

Christopher Bell NCWTS Career Stats:

Year

Age

Races

Win

T5

T10

Pole

Laps

Led

AvSt

AvFn

RAF

LLF

2015

20

7 of 23

1

2

3

0

1018

111

9.3

11.9

6

4

2016

21

23 of 23

1

9

17

0

3237

197

9.2

9.5

20

19

2017

22

17 of 17

5

11

15

3

2375

666

4.5

6.2

15

15

3 years

47

7

22

35

3

6630

974

7.5

8.7

41

38

 

Christopher Bell’s NCWTS Las Vegas Motor Speedway Performance Profile:

 

Date

Start

Finish

Laps

Laps Led

Status

10/1/16

18

6

146/146

0

Running

 

Christopher Bell 2017 Highlights

  • Has posted five wins (Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga., Texas Motor Speedway in Ft. Worth, Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. and New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon), three poles, 666 laps led, 11 top-five, 15 top-10 finishes resulting and an average finish of 6.2 across 17 races

  • Won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ first-ever regular season title and earned the No. 1 seed in the NCWTS Playoffs

  • With his win last week at New Hampshire Motor Speedway advanced to the Round of 6 that begins Oct. 28 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway

  • Leads the NCWTS in wins (five), top-five finishes (11), top-10 finishes (15), driver rating (117.8), average starting position (4.5), average running position (6.6), laps led (666) and fastest laps run (332)

  • Became first driver under NASCAR’s new format to sweep all three stages of a race when he led 99 of 130 laps en route to victory from the pole at Atlanta Motor Speedway (3/14/17)

  • Has collected one pole, 152 laps led, one top-five and two top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 11.2 across four NASCAR Xfinity Series starts for Joe Gibbs Racing

  • After restarting eighth with three laps to go, won the ARCA Racing Series event at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., (9/14/17) in his lone series start this season

  • In Midgets has seven victories; opened the 2017 season by winning the prestigious Chili Bowl Midget Nationals at Tulsa (Okla.) Expo Raceway (1/15/17), swept both features at the Fourth Annual POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Turnpike Challenge at I-44 Riverside Speedway in Oklahoma City, Okla. (3/26/17), won consecutive USAC National Midget events at Macon (Ill.) Speedway (7/1/17) and Lincoln (Ill.) Speedway (7/2/17), the USAC National Midget event at Solomon Valley in Beloit, Kansas (8/3/17) and the Mike Phillips Memorial POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget event at Southern Illinois Raceway in Marion, Ill. (9/16/17)

  • In Sprint Cars has three victories; won the NRA Sprint Invaders feature at Limaland Motorsports Park in Lima, Ohio (4/21/17), the Ninth Annual Lou Blaney Memorial All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car race at Sharon (Ohio) Speedway (7/8/17) and the Knight Before the Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio (7/14/17)

Christopher Bell 2016 NCWTS Highlights

  • Finished third in the inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase after collecting one win, nine top-five and 17 top-10 finishes across 23 NCWTS starts in his first full-time campaign

Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 4 Tundra:

  • The No. 4 Tundra has collected nine wins, eight poles, 31 top-five and 52 top-10 finishes across 63 starts since originating in 2015

  • Ten members of this year’s No. 4 Tundra team were a part of last year’s No. 9 Tundra team which collected seven wins, three poles, 727 laps led, 11 top-five and 16 top-10 finishes across 23 starts last season and captured the 2016 NCWTS Owner’s Championship

  • Erik Jones delivered KBM its first-ever NASCAR Camping World (NCWTS) Driver’s Championship behind the wheel of the No. 4 Tundra in 2015 

KBM NCWTS Program:

  • Holds the NCWTS records for most career wins (64), most wins in a single season (14 in 2014) and most Owner’s championships (five)

  • Erik Jones earned the organization its first-ever NCWTS Driver’s championship in 2015

  • Has collected 64 wins, 35 poles, 151 top-five and 244 top-10 finishes across 402 starts since originating in 2010

  • Nine different drivers have won a race for KBM, led by owner-driver Kyle Busch with 33. Erik Jones, Williams Byron and Christopher Bell have each collected seven victories, Darrell Wallace Jr., has five wins, Denny Hamlin has produced two victories while Daniel Suarez, Kasey Kahne and Brian Scott each collected one triumph

  • Has collected victories at all 21 tracks on the 2017 schedule

KBM NCWTS @ Las Vegas Motor Speedway

  • KBM drivers have collected one win, 127 laps led, four top-five and eight top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 10.9 across 14 starts in the Silver State

  • Erik Jones collected KBM’s lone victory in owner Kyle Busch’s hometown in the 2014 event, while Darrell Wallace Jr., led a race-high 84 laps and finished in the runner-up position to make it a one-two finish for KBM

The Fugle File:

Ryan “Rudy” Fugle begins his fourth season as a crew chief at KBM and sixth overall with the organization.  The New York native has guided his team to an Owner’s championship in all three of his seasons (2013, 2015 & 2016) atop the pit box at KBM, including a combined Owner’s/Driver’s Championship with Erik Jones in 2015. His drivers have combined for 21 wins, 12 poles and 43 top-five finishes across his 86 races calling the shots for the organization. Under his tutelage last season, William Byron collected a Truck Series’ rookie record seven wins while leading the No. 9 Tundra team to KBM’s fourth consecutive and fifth overall Owner’s championship.

Fugle’s NCWTS drivers have posted one top-five and two top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 10.3 across three starts in “Sin City.” His best result was a fifth-place finish with William Byron in last year’s event.

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

Christopher Bell Starts Off The CWTS Playoffs With A Bang

Christopher Bell

In Christopher Bell’s dominating win in Saturday’s UNOH 175 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the rich got richer!

The top seed in the series Playoffs, Bell won the first two stages of the opening postseason event and took the checkered flag 1.248 seconds ahead of runner-up Ryan Truex to notch his fifth victory of the season.

The win earned Bell automatic advancement into the second round of the Playoffs, gave him an additional seven playoff points to bring his series-leading total to 47 and widened his advantage over the seven drivers chasing him for the title, given that no other Playoff driver finished in the top five at the 1.058-mile track.

With all that said, the victory wasn’t a foregone conclusion for the driver of the No. 4 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota. Truex powered into the lead past Ben Rhodes after a restart on Lap 132, following a caution called when Kaz Grala knocked the Ford of Austin Cindric sideways in Turn 4 on Lap 126.

Bell patiently stalked Truex for 28 laps, as Truex positioned his no. 16 Toyota to block the line of the series leader. Finally, on Lap 160 of 175, Bell got a strong run off the second corner and buried his Tundra into Turn 3, shooting past Truex into the lead.

“He was doing a really good job of watching his mirror,” Bell said of Truex’s effort. “I knew it was tough to pass all day, but our truck had been so good, we had been able to do it until we got to him.

“I kept trying to work down, and he kept blocking my air down and down and down. Finally, I got one run where I drove up in (Turns) 1 and 2 and then got a big run into 3.”

In fact, Truex was surprised he was able to keep Bell behind him for 28 laps.

“When you’ve got the best truck in the field behind you, it makes it tougher,” Truex said. “I did everything I could to hold him off. I was trying to take his lane and block and everything – I just didn’t have quite the grip he had.

“I didn’t know how this race would shake out. Every restart, I just gave it my all – a lot of three-wide stuff, probably (ticked) a few people off. But we’re trying to win races, and we’re getting closer.”

Bell, who won for the first time at New Hampshire and the seventh time in his career, leaves the Magic Mile with a whopping 40-point lead over second-place Johnny Sauter, the defending series champion. Sauter finished ninth on Saturday after polesitter Noah Gragson spun in Turn 4 on lap 64 and caved in the right side of Sauter’s No. 21 Chevrolet between the front and rear tires.

With the Playoff field to be trimmed from eight drivers to six at Talladega two races from now, John Hunter Nemechek and Chase Briscoe fell below the cut line. A rear gear failure sidelined Nemechek for 36 laps, and he finished 20th to drop to eighth in the standings.

Briscoe fought handling problems throughout the afternoon and finished 11th, dropping to seventh in points, three behind Grala, who came home 10th.

Non-Playoff drivers Todd Gilliland, Grant Enfinger and Stewart Friesen ran third fourth and fifth, while playoff contenders Matt Crafton, Rhodes and Cindric finished sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively.

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

Christopher Bell Has His Sights On The CWTS Championship

Christopher Bell
Christopher Bell has his sights set on greater accomplishments than the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regular season title he captured at Chicagoland.

“The regular season championship is nice,” said Bell, who leads the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with four wins, 10 top fives and 14 top 10s. “But now it’s time to get the playoffs started and win another championship for Kyle Busch Motorsports.”

He’ll begin his run at the series crown when the Camping World Truck Playoffs open with Saturday’s UNOH 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

In his one career start at New Hampshire last year, Bell finished third after leading 11 laps.

As a Sunoco Rookie last season, Bell placed runner-up in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings.

“New Hampshire is a great place for the Playoffs to get started because Kyle Busch Motorsports has been really successful there – including a one-two finish last year. I’m excited to go there with Rudy (Fugle, crew chief) and have a shot at winning another race. Our tactic as the playoffs start is to go out and win races. Ultimately, if you go out and win races you are going to make it all the way to Homestead and that’s our No. 1 goal.”

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

Christopher Bell Says He Feels No Championship Pressure

Christopher Bell
Christopher Bell rolled through the NASCAR Camping World Trucks Series regular season showing he’s capable of winning races and that he’s championship-worthy.

Now it’s time for Bell to do all of that again in the playoffs – and to prove that he can win the title.

Bell will be the top seed as the eight-driver Camping World Truck Playoffs begin Saturday with the UNOH 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He begins his push for the championship with 40 valuable playoff points, many of them accumulated from his four victories at Atlanta, Texas, Kentucky and Pocono.

“Looking ahead, nothing changes for us,” Bell said. “We are going to try and win each and every race in the playoffs. There’s nothing you can do that’s different (from the regular season) except you realize that the penalties are higher if you make a mistake, so you’ve got to try and minimize your mistakes.”

This isn’t Bell’s first postseason experience. He qualified for the playoffs in his rookie season of 2016 – getting in by virtue of a victory at Gateway Motorsports Park – and advanced on points to the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. But his whole outlook of what it takes to perform well in the playoffs – and grabbing a first championship – has changed from a year ago.

“Last year I felt like we were able to capitalize on consistency,” Bell said. “We won in the middle of the season at Gateway, but overall we weren’t consistently competing for wins. We knew if we could knock down top fives or to eights, it would get us to Homestead.

“But this year we’ve seen a different kind of progress. We’re competing for wins a lot more often and we’ve won a lot more races. Hopefully it continues that way and we win our way to Homestead.”

The regular season was nothing short of a success for Bell, who had 10 top fives, 14 top 10s, won three poles and five stages victories, in addition to leading 593-of-2,200 laps (more than a quarter of the laps he ran). He thinks that’s the kind of consistency that should help get him to Homestead again (along with the built-in advantage of those 40 bonus points).

“I think that will translate for us into the Playoffs,” Bell said. “It’s going to be nothing different. Saturday (at New Hampshire) will be just another race. There’s no more added pressure over the next nine races than if we were to go to the GoPro Motorplex (in nearby Mooresville, N.C.) and run go-karts. We’re all racers. The only downside is the mistakes are more costly.”

As confident as Bell is, two upcoming Playoff tracks have him somewhat concerned – Martinsville and Talladega.

“Martinsville is my struggle point,” said Bell, whose best finish in three starts at the Virginia short track is sixth (twice). He remembers leading late at Martinsville when he was taken out by a lapped car.

Then there’s Talladega, which will be the third and final race of the playoffs’ first round and where Bell finished sixth in 2016.

“Talladega’s such a wild card,” Bell said.

Bell said there will be no major changes for the playoffs made to his No. 4 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota truck. None are necessary.

“We haven’t done any experimenting,” he said. “Every time we go to the race track, we have fantastic trucks, so there’s no need. Kyle (Busch) has done some experimenting with our fourth truck, so luckily for me I haven’t been the guinea pig. This truck can compete for wins and has winning speed and has winning speed almost every time.

Bell laughed.

“Now that looks bad for me as the driver, because I didn’t win every race.”

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

The 2017 CWTS Playoffs Class

Christopher Bell
Following the TheHouse.com 225 at Chicagoland Speedway, the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs class is set.

Among the eight championship-contending drivers this year, Christopher Bell, Johnny Sauter, Matt Crafton and John Hunter Nemechek will be making their second consecutive Playoffs appearances as all four drivers were a part of the 2016 postseason class.

Sunoco Rookie of the Year contenders Chase Briscoe, Austin Cindric and Kaz Grala – as well as second-year driver Ben Rhodes – will be making their first career Playoff appearances.

Below is the updated 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs standings grid heading into the post-season action.

 

Rank Driver Playoff Points
1 Christopher Bell 40
2 Johnny Sauter 25
3 John Hunter Nemechek 14
4 Matt Crafton 14
5 Chase Briscoe 9
6 Austin Cindric 7
7 Ben Rhodes 7
8 Kaz Grala 5

 

Christopher Bell Clinches 2017 Regular Season Championship At Chicagoland

Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Christopher Bell topped off his 2017 regular season like he wants to end his 2017 post-season…as champion.

Bell was crowned the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regular season champion when he scored his 10th top-five finish of the season at Chicagoland Speedway. For the regular season, Bell has four wins and 14 top 10s, with 593 laps led.

He heads into the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs with 40 playoff points and as the top driver seed.

Bell was excited about capturing the regular season title, but knows there is more work to be done to win the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship.

“This is really cool. To win the regular season championship is a huge testament to Kyle Busch Motorsports and everyone on this No. 4 team. For us, it’s huge to have all of the bonus points going into the playoffs.”

You can listen to the rest of the post-race audio here.

Sauter Primed For Another Title Run

Reigning NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Johnny Sauter appears ready for another strong post-season run in 2017.

Sauter was already in Playoffs mode at Chicago as he won the TheHouse.com 225 and heads into the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs as the No. 2 overall seed with 25 playoff points.

In last season’s Playoffs, Sauter was as strong as they come during the playoff stretch.

Beginning with New Hampshire Motor Speedway and ending at Homestead-Miami Speedway last season, Sauter finished top-10 or better in every Playoffs race and won two races, including Martinsville and Texas.

The Rhodes To The 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs

ThorSport Racing driver Ben Rhodes finally saw his hard work pay off this season when he scored the final NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs berth at Chicagoland Speedway.

Rhodes has had a very strong 2017 campaign – collecting five top fives and nine top 10s, with 123 laps led in the regular season.

He moves forward in the Playoffs ranked seventh with seven total playoff points.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs By Round

The 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs begin this week at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with the UNOH 175 (Saturday at 1 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

The UNOH 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway kicks off the Round of 8.

Below is a look at the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs rounds and which tracks line up per round.

ROUND OF 8

UNOH 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

(Saturday, September 23 at 1 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Las Vegas 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

(Saturday, September 30 at 8 p.m. on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Fred’s Pharmacy 250 at Talladega Super Speedway

(Saturday, October 14 at 1 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

ROUND OF 6

Texas Roadhouse 200 at Martinsville Speedway

(Saturday, October 28 at 1 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

JAG Metals 350 at Texas Motor Speedway

(Friday, November 3 at 8 p.m. on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway

(Friday, November 10 at 8:30 p.m. on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

CHAMPIONSHIP 4

Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway

(Friday, November 17 at 8 p.m. on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

 Crafton Top of The Class At New Hampshire

As the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series begins its 2017 Playoffs at New Hampshire, back-to-back champion (2013 and 2014) Matt Crafton is seeking his third title in a five-year span.

Crafton has been strong at New Hampshire – especially over the last three seasons. He’s finished top-three or better in every race he’s competed in since 2014 and hasn’t finished outside the top-six at New Hampshire since 2008.

Crafton leads the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (14) as well as top 10s (nine), laps completed (2,607) and lead lap finishes (11).

Crafton will look to start his 2017 Playoffs campaign with another top-three at New Hampshire.

 TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

Christopher Bell Is Focused On Bringing Home The CWTS Championship

Christopher Bell

With the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regular season title already in hand, Christopher Bell and the No. 4 SiriusXM team are now focused on bringing home another combined championship to Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM). KBM has won the Truck Series Owner’s championship four straight seasons (2013-2016), including a combined Driver’s and Owner’s championship with Erik Jones driving the No. 4 Tundra in 2015, and a series-record five Owner’s championships overall since its inception in 2010.

Bell and the No. 4 team enter the playoffs as the No. 1 seed after collecting 40 playoff points during the 16-race regular season. The 22-year-old registered a series-leading four wins (Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga., Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Kentucky Speedway in Sparta and Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa.), added five stage wins to earn 25 of his playoff points and then was awarded 15 more for winning the regular season title.

In addition to leading the Truck Series in wins, the Oklahoma native leads NASCAR’s third division in nearly every major statistical category. Bell sits atop the charts in poles (three), top-five finishes (10), top-10 finishes (14), driver rating (116.2), average starting position (4.6), average running position (6.6), laps led (593), fastest laps run (285), green flag speed (3.000), fastest early in run (4.143 average rank) and fastest on restarts (5.625 average rank).

KBM has produced three wins at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the five years that it has raced at “The Magic Mile” since it began competing in the Truck Series in 2010. Owner-driver Kyle Busch led 156 of 175 laps from the pole en route to victory in 2010, 165 of 175 laps from the pole in 2011 and last year William Byron led 161 of 175 laps also from the pole. Bell finished second to Byron in last year’s event. The good news for him is that both the truck, KBM-024, and crew chief, Rudy Fugle that Byron had for last year’s win will be on his side this weekend.

Bell will be looking to continue KBM’s winning tradition at the 1.058-oval on Saturday to start the playoffs. A win would secure a spot in the second round and go a long way toward the ultimate goal of bringing home a championship banner to KBM for the fifth straight season. It would also be a nice way to celebrate the organization’s 400th overall start in the Truck Series.

Christopher Bell, driver of the No. 4 NCWTS SiriusXM Tundra:

What did it mean to win the regular season championship?

“It’s huge, I’ve got the best guys in the world and I’m really thankful to drive the No. 4 Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports and represent all of our partners — SiriusXM, JBL, TRD and Toyota. Everyone at Kyle Busch Motorsports, there is a whole group there that builds these Tundras and they do an excellent job and it really shows week in and week out — they are a pleasure to drive. Thankfully this year we were able to accumulate some points to have a little bit of a cushion going into the Playoffs. The regular season championship is nice, but now it’s time to get the playoffs started and win another championship for KBM.”

What is your team’s outlook heading into the first race of the playoffs?

“Loudon is a great place for the playoffs to get started at because Kyle Busch Motorsports has been really successful there — including a one-two finish last year. I’m excited to go there with Rudy (Fugle, crew chief) and have a shot at winning another race. Our tactic as the playoffs start is to go out and win races. Ultimately, if you go out and win races you are going to make it all the way to Homestead and that’s our No. 1 goal.”

Ryan “Rudy” Fugle, crew chief of the No. 4 NCWTS SiriusXM Tundra:

What is your team’s outlook heading into the first race of the playoffs?

“Loudon has been a really good track for us. If we can go there and execute, I know that we are capable of bringing home the win and advancing to the second round. It would be nice to do that and take a little pressure off for the next few races. It’ll be a little different at Loudon this time around with the grip strip, so we’ll need to figure out how that is going to affect things and then go out and win the race. It’ll be good to have a little bit of cushion with the playoff points we built up in the regular season if you have any small issues, but we are going to go into this race like we do every other race and that’s to win it.”

Christopher Bell’s No. 4 SiriusXM Tundra:

KBM-024: The No. 4 SiriusXM Racing team will unload KBM-24 for Saturday’s UNOH 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. The truck is the same Tundra that William Byron won the pole and led 161 of 175 laps with in last year’s race at “The Magic Mile.”

KBM-024 Peformance Profile:

 

Date
Track
Driver
Start
Finish
Laps
Laps Led
Status
6/17/2017
Gateway
Bell
3
6
160/160
7
Running
11/11/2016
Phoenix
Byron
1
27
141/150
112
Engine
9/24/2016
New Hampshire
Byron
1
1
175/175
161
Running
6/25/2016
Gateway
Byron
3
17
160/160
47
Running
10/31/2015
Martinsville
Jones
8
10
200/200
0
running
9/26/2015
New Hampshire
Jones
4
7
175/175
5
running
6/13/2015
Gateway
Jones
1
23
145/160
84
electrical
3/28/2015
Martinsville
Jones
4
3
258/258
2
running
11/7/2014
Phoenix
Jones
1
1
126/126
114
running
Totals
9 starts, 2 Wins
2.8
10.5
532

 

Notes of Interest:

 

Christopher Bell NCWTS Career Stats:

 

Year

Age

Races

Win

T5

T10

Pole

Laps

Led

AvSt

AvFn

RAF

LLF

2015

20

7 of 23

1

2

3

0

1018

111

9.3

11.9

6

4

2016

21

23 of 23

1

9

17

0

3237

197

9.2

9.5

20

19

2017

22

16 of 16

4

10

14

3

2200

593

4.6

6.6

14

14

3 years

46

6

21

34

3

6455

901

7.6

8.8

40

37

 

Christopher Bell’s NCWTS New Hampshire Motor Speedway Performance Profile:

 

Date

Start

Finish

Laps

Laps Led

Status

9/24/16

3

2

175/175

11

Running

 

Christopher Bell 2017 Highlights 

  • Won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ first-ever regular season title after posting four wins (Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga., Texas Motor Speedway in Ft. Worth, Kentucky Speedway in Sparta and Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa.), three poles, 593 laps led, 10 top-five, 14 top-10 finishes resulting and an average finish of 6.8 across the 16 regular season events

  • Enters the playoffs as the No. 1 seed after earning 40 playoff points (15 for the regular season title, 20 from race wins and five from stage wins) and is currently 33 points above the cutoff line for advancing to the second round

  • Leads the NCWTS in wins (four), poles (three), top-five finishes (10), top-10 finishes (14), driver rating (116.2), average starting position (4.6), average running position (6.6), laps led (593) and fastest laps run (285)

  • Became first driver under NASCAR’s new format to sweep all three stages of a race when he led 99 of 130 laps en route to victory from the pole at Atlanta Motor Speedway (3/14/17)

  • Has collected one pole, 152 laps led, one top-five and two top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 11.2 across four NASCAR Xfinity Series starts for Joe Gibbs Racing

  • After restarting eighth with three laps to go, won the ARCA Racing Series event at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., (9/14/17) in his lone series start this season

  • In Midgets has seven victories; opened the 2017 season by winning the prestigious Chili Bowl Midget Nationals at Tulsa (Okla.) Expo Raceway (1/15/17), swept both features at the Fourth Annual POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Turnpike Challenge at I-44 Riverside Speedway in Oklahoma City, Okla. (3/26/17), won consecutive USAC National Midget events at Macon (Ill.) Speedway (7/1/17) and Lincoln (Ill.) Speedway (7/2/17), the USAC National Midget event at Solomon Valley in Beloit, Kansas (8/3/17) and the Mike Phillips Memorial POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget event at Southern Illinois Raceway in Marion, Ill. (9/16/17)

  • In Sprint Cars has three victories; won the NRA Sprint Invaders feature at Limaland Motorsports Park in Lima, Ohio (4/21/17), the Ninth Annual Lou Blaney Memorial All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car race at Sharon (Ohio) Speedway (7/8/17) and the Knight Before the Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio (7/14/17)

Christopher Bell 2016 NCWTS Highlights

  • Finished third in the inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase after collecting one win, nine top-five and 17 top-10 finishes across 23 NCWTS starts in his first full-time campaign 

Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 4 Tundra 2017 NCWTS Box Score:

Date
Site
Driver
Start
Finish
Laps
Laps Led
Status
Driver Pts./Pos.
2/24/17
Daytona
Bell
4
8
100/100
6
Running
33/9th
3/4/17
Atlanta
Bell
1
1
130/130
99
Running
93/1st
4/1/17
Martinsville
Bell
6
3
250/250
96
Running
136/2nd
5/12/17
Kansas
Bell
1
4
167/167
37
Running
187/2nd
5/19/17
Charlotte
Bell
1
3
134/134
2
Running
227/2nd
6/2/17
Dover
Bell
3
25
35/200
0
Accident
239/2nd
6/9/17
Texas
Bell
21
1
167/167
92
Running
298/2nd
6/17/17
Gateway
Bell
3
6
160/160
7
Running
342/2nd
6/23/17
Iowa
Bell
2
5
200/200
99
Running
391/2nd
7/6/17
Kentucky
Bell
2
1
150/150
54
Running
436/2nd
7/19/17
Eldora
Bell
4
9
150/150
22
Running
471/2nd
7/29/17
Pocono
Bell
3
1
60/60
7
Running
528/1st
8/12/17
Michigan
Bell
13
2
100/100
0
Running
572/1st
8/16/17
Bristol
Bell
2
7
203/203
0
Running
615/1st
9/3/17
Canadian Tire
Bell
5
26
44/64
0
Engine
634/1st
9/15/17
Chicagoland
Bell
3
3
150/150
72
Running
2040/1st
9/23/17
New Hampshire
Bell
9/30/17
Las Vegas
Bell
10/14/17
Talladega
Bell
10/28/17
Martinsville
Bell
11/3/17
Texas
Bell
11/10/17
Phoenix
Bell
11/17/17
Homestead
Bell

 

-TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

Christopher Bell Wraps Up Regular Season Championship At Chicagoland

Christopher Bell
The top-seeded Christopher Bell clinched the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 2017 Regular Season Championship. Bell locked up the top spot in the 16-race regular season, besting 2016 Camping World Truck Series champion Johnny Sauter in the standings.

Bell has four wins on the season and earned 25 playoff points over the course of the regular season. He will add the 15 playoff point bonus for the regular-season title to his total when the postseason starts at New Hampshire Motor Speedway next weekend, giving him 40 playoff points to add to the reset total of 2,000.

Below is the eight-driver field for the seven-race playoff:

Christopher Bell, No. 4 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota: 2,040 points
Johnny Sauter, No. 21 GMS Racing Chevrolet: 2,025 points
John Hunter Nemechek, No. 8 NEMCO Motorsports Chevrolet: 2,014 points
Matt Crafton, No. 88 ThorSport Racing Toyota: 2,014 points
Chase Briscoe, No. 29 Brad Keselowski Racing Ford: 2,009 points
Austin Cindric, No. 19 Brad Keselowski Racing Ford: 2,007 points
Ben Rhodes, No. 27 ThorSport Racing Toyota: 2,007 points
Kaz Grala, No. 33 GMS Racing Chevrolet: 2,005 points

Now it is time to “let the big dog eat”!

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

Christopher Bell Wins The ARCA Scotts 150 At Chicagoland

Christopher Bell

They may not have had the best car, but they had the best strategy!

Christopher Bell bolted on four fresh General Tires during the final caution; then, with a bold, bonsai move on the high-side, charged from the eighth starting position to the front over a green-white-checker finish to win the thrilling ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards SCOTT 150 Thursday night at Chicagoland Speedway.

Bell, in the No. 25 Venturini Motorsports-Musselman’s Apple Sauce-JBL Toyota, had barely a top-five car but got a big break with 10 laps to go when leader Michael Self, who led 29 laps, cut a right-front tire and brought out the final caution. Bell, under the direction of his crew chief Dave Leiner, came down pit road for his last set of tires, which gave the Norman, Okla. driver the magic he needed to get the lead.

“I was getting nervous,” said Bell. “I knew we were running out of time…I’m just glad I was able to capitalize on those tires. Today was big for me. I was able to practice for the (NASCAR) Truck race and race this car. Don’t know if we had the fastest car but my crew kept four tires laying there for us to bring it home. Obviously an awesome advantage to have tires over everyone at the end.”

It also gave Venturini Motorsports, which grew its roots in the Chicago area, a hometown win and the team’s first victory of the season.

“Really special day,” Bell said. “The Venturinis have always been really fun to race with. To be able to win again for them and to see how happy they were in victory lane was really special.”

Bell, the current NASCAR Camping World Truck Series leader, used the ARCA race as practice for Friday night’s Truck race.

“Don’t know how it happened…I was just told I was going to run the ARCA race and I’m glad I did. I know that it helps me for tomorrow…just gives me the confidence I need going into tomorrow.”

Bell, with a big surge on the outside on the last restart, drove it high, deep and flat out, and was running second by the time the pack came off turn two. With a big head of steam, Bell dived to the bottom and drove underneath leader Austin Theriault for the lead. Theriault, in the Unicover Ford, finished second, two-lengths away after leading one lap.

“I was really tight and then Christopher Bell passed me,” said Theriault. “Can’t thank everyone enough at Ken Schrader Racing. We’ve been working so hard to get our intermediate program better. We knew some of it was aero and some was the car…we had to balance the two. We’ve turned the corner. We wanted a solid run this weekend and we got one. We ran over some debris in that last caution and smashed the front bumper in. With all the variables and all the damage, I’m pretty happy with second place.”

Brandon Jones, in the No. 8 Australian Gold Toyota for MDM Motorsports, finished third after leading the first eight laps from the General Tire Pole.

“I thought we were going to have a Michigan repeat,” said Jones, who’s won the last two ARCA races at Michigan. “Honestly, it was just too loose in the end…just couldn’t hold onto it. Everything was there…just needed a little more in the end. This was one of the more competitive races we’ve had here in ARCA and I was grateful to be in it tonight. I was cooling the tires under caution…just needed to get the rears cleaned off a little better. We had one of the more dominant cars here today.”

Ty Majeski showed his might early on, driving past Jones for the top-spot to lead the ninth lap. Majeski, in the No. 99 Treeo’s Ford for Cunningham Motorsports, dominated much of the race with 50 laps led before Self surfaced at the front and drove away from everyone. Self, in the No. 88 Sinclair Lubricants Chevrolet for Mason Mitchell Motorsports, built a three-seconds lead before his right-front tire went down causing extensive damage to his car. It also gave Bell the chance to get four fresh tires and ultimately compete for the win.

Travis Braden, in Don Fike’s No. 27 Ford, led 12 laps in the back half of the race after forgoing a pit stop for track position. Braden held tough until the final caution came out, which allowed several front-runners to pit for tires. Braden fell back to 11th in the final running order.

Noah Gragson finished fourth in the No. 15 Switch-Venturini Motorsports Toyota.

“It was definitely challenging,” said Gragson. “We were 10th on the final restart and got up to fourth. We needed a little bit better track position. Very thankful for the opportunity. We’ll take this and move on to the Truck race tomorrow…hopefully win it and get in the playoffs.”

Chad Finley finished fifth in the No. 51 Auto Value-Air Lift-XLT Manufacturing Chevrolet. Dalton Sargeant, Majeski, Shane Lee, Myatt Snider and Bret Holmes completed the top-10 respectively.

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