Christopher Bell Heads To Canada For His First Road Course

Christopher Bell

Christopher Bell heads to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario where he will make the first road course start of his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career on Sunday. If Bell is able to end the day with his No. 4 Tundra in victory lane, it would mark the third foreign country that the 21-year-old has been victorious in during his budding racing career.
The open-wheel dirt standout was crowned the first-ever POWRi Lucas Oil Midget World Champion in 2013-2014. The 12-event competition featured four races in New Zealand, four in Australia and four in the United States. Bell got his first victory on foreign land in December of 2013 racing POWRi midgets in front of 13,000 fans on Boxing Day at Western Springs Speedway in New Zealand. The Oklahoma native than went on to win the final night of racing in Australia at Lismore Speedway and captured wins at three of the four races on American soil to bring home the World Championship.
In preparation for this weekend’s event at the 10-turn road course north of the border, Bell completed two days of instruction at a road course school and competed in one road course in the ARCA Racing Series. He traveled to the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving in Chandler, Ariz., in April to receive instruction from road course specialist Chris Cook to prepare for his ARCA Racing Series start at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville in May.
The schooling paid off as the road course rookie finished both practice sessions inside the top 10 and qualified eighth for the 67-lap event at New Jersey. He was able to work his way to the front of the field for seven laps just before the halfway mark of the race before surrendering the lead to hit pit road. After his stop, Bell was able to work his way back through the field and was in the runner-up spot when a single-car accident slowed the field for the final time on lap 47. Unfortunately, after going back green he got spun from behind by another competitor and after getting his Camry collected had fallen back to the 10thposition and was unable to move forward in the closing laps.
Bell returned to work with Cook at Bondurant last month in preparation for Sunday’s 64-lap race. The talented youngster is hoping that the additional instruction will lead to the continued improvement of his road racing skills and that will allow him to bring home the checkered flag from Canada as he aims to conquer the racing world one country at a time.
Christopher Bell, driver of the No. 4 NCWTS Toyota Tundra:
 
Are you looking forward to your first road course race in the Truck Series?
“I’m really excited to get to Canada this weekend. I went out to Bondurant (School of Racing) twice with Chris Cook and I also raced the ARCA race at New Jersey (Motorsports Park) to get ready for this race. I feel like road course racing relates a lot to dirt track racing because a lot of it is in the driver’s hands and you can manipulate the vehicles a lot more than you can on an oval to get them to do what you need them to do. I’ve really enjoyed everything that I’ve done so far and from what I’ve seen of the track this weekend through watching videos online and the simulations I’ve done I think that I’ll really enjoy it. I’ve been able to win Midget races in the United States, Australia and New Zealand, so to be able to win in Canada and make it four different countries that I’ve been able to win a race in would be pretty cool.”
How much can you take from racing a new track from iRacing and simulations?
“I ran New Jersey (Motorsports Park) on iRacing before I went and raced there in ARCA and I was pleasantly surprised that my shift points and shift patterns matched up exactly when I got there. I expect that will be the case again this weekend at Mosport.”
What is it going to take to be successful this weekend?
“What I’ve learned in my short time road course racing is that if you don’t make mistakes you will be successful. The guy that wins the race is usually the guy that makes the least amount of mistakes. You have to stay in control and race the racetrack. If you are driving the truck and the trucks not driving you, then you should have a pretty good day and that’s my goal.”
Jerry Baxter, crew chief of the No. 4 NCWTS Toyota Tundra:
 
Do you enjoy road course racing?
“It’s always a lot of fun to crew chief at a road course because there is a million different ways that the race can play out. The challenge as a crew chief is to figure out which strategy is going to be the right one and then execute it. If you are one of the fastest trucks, then you don’t have to take a lot of gambles, but if you are just a top-five or top-10 truck it presents you with an opportunity to implement a strategy that is different than the leaders and if things play out right, you can end up ahead of them. Christopher has put in a lot of effort into preparing himself for this race with getting instruction a couple times out in Arizona and running the ARCA race at New Jersey (Motorsports Park), so I’m excited to get to Canada with him this weekend.”
 
Christopher Bell’s No. 4 Toyota Tundra:
 
KBM-49W: The No. 4 Toyota Racing team will unload KBM-49W for Saturday’s 64-lap Truck Series event at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario. Matt Tifft started 15th and finished 23rd with the same Tundra in last year’s race north of the border.
Notes of Interest:
 
Christopher Bell 2016:
  • Earned his first NCWTS win of 2016, his first on pavement and the second of his career when he led 38 of the final 42 laps in the Drivin’ for Linemen 200 at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill. (6/25/16)
  • Has posted one win, five top-five and nine top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 11.8 across 14 NCWTS starts
  • Is currently seventh in the NCWTS championship standings and with one win is locked into the eight-driver NCWTS Chase
  • Ranks first among NCWTS drivers in quality passes (482), third in driver rating (94.2), fastest laps run (139) and green flag speed (6.300) and fourth in average running position (10.481) and laps led (185)
  • Ranks second in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings, trailing KBM teammate William Byron by 37 points
  • Led a race-high 91 laps, including the final 44, of the 200-lap event at Salem (Ind.) Speedway en route to victory in his first-career start in the ARCA Racing Series (4/24/16)
  • Picked up his eighth career Late Model victory for KBM with a win in the CARS Super Late Model Tour Orange Blossom 300 at Orange County Speedway in Rougemont, N.C. (4/16/16)
  • On dirt has picked up five feature wins; the inaugural Ohio Sprint Car Series event at Atomic Speedway in Waverly, Ohio (3/26/16), the NRA Sprint Invaders race at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio (5/29/16) the USAC National Midget race as part of Indiana Midget Week at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway (6/3/16), the 410 sprint feature at Fremont (Ohio) Speedway and All Star Circuit of Champions Dirt Classic Indiana Sprint Car event at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway (7/22/16)
Christopher Bell Road Course Profile
 
Date
Site
Series
Start
Finish
Laps
Laps Led
Status
9/18/2015
New Jersey
ARCA
8
10
67/67
7
running
Christopher Bell NCWTS Career Stats:
Year
Races
Win
T5
T10
Pole
Laps
Led
AvSt
AvFn
RAF
Miles
LLF
2016
14
1
5
9
0
1974
186
8.6
11.8
11
2305.1
10
2015
7
1
2
3
0
1018
111
9.3
11.9
6
1361.7
4
Totals
21
2
7
12
0
2992
297
8.8
11.8
17
3666.8
14
Christopher Bell 2015:
  • Claimed his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) victory at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio in just his third series start
  • Recorded one win, 111 laps led, two top-five and three top-10 finishes across seven NCWTS starts
  • Collected six victories in 15 starts behind the wheel of KBM’s No. 51 Late Model, including his first marquee win when he led 203 of 250 laps of the prestigious Rattler 250 at South Alabama Speedway in Kinston
  • Made two NASCAR K&N Pro Series starts, including a fifth-place finish in the East-West combination race at Iowa Speedway
  • On dirt, collected six POWRi Midget wins, two USAC National Midget wins, one USAC Silver Crown win and also collected his second career World of Outlaws Sprint Car triumph 
Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 4 Tundra:
  • The No. 4 Tundra has collected four wins, five poles, 16 top-five and 29 top-10 finishes across 37 starts since originating in 2015
  • Five members of this year’s No. 4 Tundra team were a part of last year’s No. 51 team that collected two wins, 10 top-five and 14 top-10 finishes
  • Erik Jones delivered KBM its first-ever NASCAR Camping World (NCWTS) Driver’s Championship behind the wheel of the No. 4 Tundra in 2015 and also gave the organization its third consecutive and fourth career Owner’s Title 
KBM NCWTS Program
  • Holds the NCWTS records for most career wins (52), most wins in a single season (14 in 2014) and mostOwner’s championships (four)
  • Erik Jones earned the organization its first-ever NCWTS Driver’s championship in 2015
  • Has collected 52 wins, 25 poles, 122 top-five and 190 top-10 finishes across 317 starts since originating in 2010
  • Eight different drivers have won a race for KBM, led by owner-driver Kyle Busch with 29. Erik Jones has collected seven victories, Darrell Wallace Jr., and William Byron each have five wins, Christopher Bell and Denny Hamlin have produced two victories while Kasey Kahne and Brian Scott each collected one triumph
  • Has collected victories at 20 of the 21 tracks on the 2016 schedule, excluding Atlanta Motor Speedway 
KBM NCWTS @ Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
  • KBM drivers have collected one win, 19 laps led, four top-five and four top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 10.2 across eight starts north of the border
  • Erik Jones led 19 laps and brought home the victory in last year’s event at the 10-turn road course 
The Book on Baxter:
Veteran crew chief Jerry Baxter is in his fourth season atop the pit box for KBM. Since joining KBM, Baxter’s drivers have posted eight wins, three poles, 1319 laps led, 30 top-five and 48 top-10 finishes across 81 starts. The California native spent the 2015 season calling the shots for KBM’s No. 51 team, which collected two wins, 10 top-five and 14 top-10 finishes with drivers Daniel Suarez (12 starts), Matt Tifft (six starts), Kyle Busch (three starts), and Christopher Bell (one start) behind the wheel. In addition to his eight wins at KBM, he boasts one other Truck Series win (Cale Gale, 2012) and one NASCAR XFINITY Series win (David Reutimann, 2007).
Darrell Wallace Jr.’s fourth-place finish in the inaugural event north of the border was Baxter’s best result in three events. His drivers have combined to produce an average finish of 13.0.
 
Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 4 Tundra 2016 NCWTS Box Score:
 
Date
Site
Driver
Start
Finish
Laps
Laps Led
Status
Driver Pts./Pos.
19-Feb
Daytona
Bell
8
16
99/100
0
Running
17/14th
27-Feb
Atlanta
Bell
3
26
122/130
42
Accident
25/21st
2-Apr
Martinsville
Bell
14
19
255/255
0
Running
39/22nd
6-May
Kansas
Bell
5
4
170/170
5
Running
69/14th
13-May
Dover
Bell
9
3
200/200
0
Running
99/9th
20-May
Charlotte
Bell
15
8
134/134
0
Running
124/9th
10-Jun
Texas
Bell
9
32
0/167
0
Engine
125/13th
18-Jun
Iowa
Bell
13
9
200/200
0
Running
149/12th
25-Jun
Gateway
Bell
9
1
160/160
0
Running
185/9th
7-Jul
Kentucky
Bell
10
4
150/150
0
Running
214/8th
20-Jul
Eldora
Bell
10
2
150/150
0
Running
245/6th
30-Jul
Pocono
Bell
5
10
60/60
0
Running
268/6th
17-Aug
Bristol
Bell
5
7
200/200
101
Running
296/5th
27-Aug
Michigan
Bell
5
24
74/100
0
Accident
305/7th
 
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