Christopher Bell
Joe Gibbs Racing
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The seven-win, 18 Top-5 finish campaign was quite impressive last season. While it fell short of the championship, thanks to a power outage at the season finale in Homestead, it was a remarkable accomplishment for the 24-year-old driver given that he was racing in his first, full Xfinity Series season. Bell returns for the 2019 campaign and will look to win the championship that eluded him last season. He was the most dominant regular driver in the series, so there's no reason to believe Bell can't win the crown. He will once again be paired with crew chief, Jason Ratcliff, and the very powerful No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing team. All systems are go for another dominant season, and possible championship. Read Past Outlooks
Third at Auto Club Speedway
XFINITY Series
March 16, 2019
Bell finished third in the Production Alliance Group 300 Xfinity Series race at Auto Club Speedway Saturday afternoon.
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The driver of the No. 20 Toyota has had some tough luck recently, but Bell was poised to rally at Fontana Saturday afternoon. He started fourth on the grid, and led just 5 laps for the event. Bell spent much of his time following teammate, Kyle Busch, as he dominated the race. The young Joe Gibbs Racing driver was a Top-5 fixture all day, and would be rewarded with his second Top 5 of the season at lap 150 and the checkered flag.
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The reigning Camping World Truck Series champion will make his full-time shift into the Xfinity Series this season. Bell is fresh off a five-win, 21 Top 10 campaign in the trucks that was nearly flawless from start to finish in 2017. The 23-year-old Oklahoman squeezed in eight starts in this racing series last year, and opened some eyes in that part-time slate. Bell won his first-career Xfinity Series race at Kansas, and he nabbed five Top-10 finishes in that short schedule. The young driver will be paired with ace crew chief Jason Ratcliff in an effort to win both Rookie of the Year and the championship in the upcoming season. Bell's talent is undeniable. He's just another in a long line of very talented development drivers that JGR has cranked out the last several years.
With the departure of William Byron, Bell now becomes the focus of KBM's efforts in the truck series. Bell had a pretty good campaign last season with one victory and 17 Top-10 finishes. Not bad at all for his first full season of racing in the Camping World Truck Series. Bell will look to improve even more in the upcoming season. He'll be paired with Rudy Fugle at crew chief. He's the brilliant strategist that led Byron to a seven-win campaign at KBM last season. The combination of Fugle and Bell should pay immediate dividends. We expect to see Bell pick up the pace in victories, laps led and Top 10's. That could propel the young driver to his first championship in the coming season.
Young talent Bell takes over the No. 51 Toyota truck full-time that featured a multi-driver lineup last season. Bell was a part of that rotation logging six starts in the No. 51 truck. He posted a very noteworthy win in the popular dirt-track race at Eldora, and that put this rising star on the NASCAR map. He also added three Top-10 finishes in his seven start slate last season. Bell will team with crew chief Jerry Baxter in his first full season in the series. It will be interesting to see what this young, raw talent can do in a full 23-race slate. With the backing of Kyle Busch Motorsports and their fast trucks, the skies the limit for Bell in 2016.
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Wins Xfinity Pole at Phoenix
XFINITY Series
March 9, 2019
Bell won the pole for the iK9 Service Dog 200 Xfinity Series race at ISM Raceway Saturday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 133.973 mph.
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Wins Rinnai 250
XFINITY Series
February 23, 2019
Bell won the Rinnai 250 Xfinity Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway Saturday afternoon.
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Wins Chili Bowl Nationals
XFINITY Series
January 20, 2019
A finish for the ages, Kyle Larson looked to have his first Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire in hand, but with a furious run as the leaders worked into traffic, Bell found the hole on the low line entering turn one on the white flag lap to win his third Golden Driller in a row aboard the iRacing/Keith Kunz Motorsports No. 71w, chilibowl.com reports.
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Fast Opening Xfinity Practice
XFINITY Series
November 16, 2018
Bell was fastest in opening practice for the Ford EcoBoost 300 Xfinity Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway Friday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 167.193 mph.
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Wins Whelen Trusted to Perform 200
XFINITY Series
November 10, 2018
Bell won the Whelen Trusted to Perform 200 Xfinity Series race at ISM Raceway Saturday afternoon.
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