Bell Is Looking To Add Canada To His Resume

Christopher Bell

Christopher Bell and the No. 4 Toyota Racing team head to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ont. for Sunday’s 64-lap event at the 10-turn road course. With just two races remaining before the start of the playoffs, Bell will be looking to have a solid day and stay on course to winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regular season championship and earning the much-coveted 15 playoff points.

The Oklahoma native will also be looking to make Canada the third different foreign country where he has visited victory lane. 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. He then 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.

Sunday’s event will mark the 22-year old’s third overall start at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and his second in the Truck Series. In last year’s Truck Series race, he had to start from the back of the field after having to make repairs due to an accident in qualifying. Bell ended up spending 54 of the race’s 66 laps inside the top 15, made his way as high as the runner-up position and brought home a fifth-place finish.

 In order to prepare for this year’s Truck Series race, Bell made the pilgrimage north of the border in May to race in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series race. He started from the 10th position and under wet track conditions made his way up to the seventh position in the early stages before pitting during the first caution. He restarted 16th on lap eight and once again drove back inside the top 10, at one time posting the second-fastest lap of the race, before coming to rest on the track just before the halfway mark of the 51-lap race with a transmission issue. He was able to get back on the track late in the race while it was raining and gained more experience at the 10-turn track.

With four Truck Series wins already under his belt in 2017 and a 42-point lead over Johnny Sauter in the regular season standings, Bell is focused on winning this weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The talented wheelman is ready to conquer Canada and make it the third foreign country where he’s visited victory lane.

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

 

What would winning at a road course this weekend mean to you?

“It would be really cool to win on a road course because they are really tough to win at, but for me personally I think the biggest thing would be being able to win a race in Canada. I’ve won a race in every country that I’ve raced in now except Canada, so if I could win in Canada that would be pretty special to me.”

Will racing in the XFINITY Series at Road America last weekend be beneficial to you this weekend at Canada?

“Road America in the XFINITY Series car was a longer track with a lot of stop-and-go corners, where Canada is shorter and more flowy. With it being more flowy and now having two races of experience at Canada, I think it’ll be easier to get into a rhythm this year than it was last year — especially just coming out of another really tough road course.”

Will having a lead in the regular season point standings affect your strategy this weekend?

“We are in a bit of a tricky situation with the point standings because Canada is a place where you can very easily give up stage points to try and put yourself in a better position to win the race. So, we are going to have to evaluate ourselves after practice and qualifying to see if our speed is capable of winning the race and if it is, we will sacrifice the stage points because our ultimate goal is to win the race. If we don’t quite have the speed to win the race, then we are going to have to do our best to maximize the stage points and have a solid points day.”

Christopher Bell’s No. 4 Toyota Tundra:

 KBM-X134: The No. 4 Toyota Racing team will unload KBM-X134 for Sunday’s event at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ont. It is the same Tundra that Erik Jones led 19 laps with en route to victory in the 2015 event north of the border.

 

KBM-X134 Performance Profile:

 

Date

Site

Driver

Start

Finish

Laps

Laps Led

Status

9/4/2016

Canadian Tire

Byron

5

10

66/66

0

Running

8/30/2015

Canadian Tire

Jones

2

1

64/64

19

Running

8/31/2014

Canadian Tire

Jones

3

3

64/64

0

Running

10/26/2013

Martinsville

Hamlin

1

6

200/200

65

Running

4/6/2013

Martinsville

Jones

19

9

250/250

0

Running

10/27/2012

Martinsville

Hamlin

5

1

200/200

6

Running

10/29/2011

Martinsville

Richards

25

28

197/200

0

Running

10/23/2010

Martinsville

Busch

1

2

206/206

28

Running

7/23/2010

Lucas Oil

Ky. Busch

2

2

200/200

0

Running

3/27/2010

Martinsville

Ickler

32

3

250/250

0

Running

Totals

10 Starts, 2 Wins

9.2

6.5

118

 

Notes of Interest:

 

Christopher Bell NCWTS Career Stats:

 

Year

Races

Win

T5

T10

Pole

Laps

Led

AvSt

AvFn

RAF

LLF

2015

7 of 23

1

2

3

0

1018

111

9.3

11.9

6

4

2016

23 of 23

1

9

17

0

3237

197

9.2

9.5

20

19

2017

14 of 14

4

9

13

3

2006

521

4.7

5.4

13

13

3 years

44

6

20

33

3

6261

829

7.8

8.6

39

36

 

Christopher Bell’s NCWTS Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Performance Profile:

 

Date

Start

Finish

Laps

Laps Led

Status

9/4/2016

16

5

66/66

0

Running

 

Christopher Bell 2017 Highlights

  • Has posted 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, 521 laps led, nine top-five and 13 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 5.4 across 14 NCWTS events

  • After 14 races, leads Johnny Sauter by 42 points in the NCWTS regular season driver’s point standings

  • Leads the NCWTS in wins (four), poles (three), driver rating (117.3), playoff points (24), average starting position (4.7), average finish (5.4), laps led (521) and fastest laps run (236)

  • 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 one top-10 finish across three NASCAR Xfinity Series starts for Joe Gibbs Racing

  • In Midgets has six 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) and the USAC National Midget event at Solomon Valley in Beloit, Kansas (8/3/17)

  • 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

  • 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 at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill.

Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 4 Tundra:

  • The No. 4 Tundra has collected eight wins, eight poles, 29 top-five and 50 top-10 finishes across 60 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 (63), 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 63 wins, 34 poles, 147 top-five and 238 top-10 finishes across 393 starts since originating in 2010

  • Nine different drivers have won a race for KBM, led by owner-driver Kyle Busch with 33. Erik Jones and William Byron each collected seven victories, Christopher Bell has earned six triumphs, 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 @ Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

  • KBM drivers have collected one win, 19 laps led, five top-five and six top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 9.8 across 11 starts north of the border

  • Erik Jones led 19 laps and brought home the victory in the 2015 event at the 10-turn road course

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 20 wins, 12 poles and 41 top-five finishes across his 82 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 win, 19 laps led, two top-five and three top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 4.3 across three starts north of the border. Erik Jones led 19 laps en route to the victory 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

 

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