Christopher Bell
25-Year-Old Driver  
Leavine Family Racing
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Perhaps the most gifted of this season's stellar rookie class is Bell. He steps into the No. 95 Toyota at Leavine Family Racing. Bell is a Joe Gibbs Racing development driver and is coming to the Cup Series via JGR's partnership agreement with LFR. This team is a "satellite" Gibbs team and enjoys the same equipment and technical support as the other JGR teams. Bell has spent the last two season's dominating the Xfinity Series. Although he has no championships, the 25-year-old prodigy has piled up a staggering 15 victories and 38 Top-5 finishes over his last two seasons competing in the Xfinity Series. Unfortunately, Bell's lack of performance in key playoff races has prevented him from winning those titles. Crew chief Jason Ratcliff makes the jump with Bell and they look to continue building this small race team at LFR. Read Past Outlooks
Team Sold
NASCAR Cup
August 4, 2020
Sports Business Journal's Adam Stern reports that Bob Leavine is in advanced negotiations to sell the No. 95 LFR team and a leading candidate for the purchase is The Spire Agency, owners of the No. 77 Spire Motorsports team.
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It appears that Leavine Family Racing will soon be out of the NASCAR racing business. The team owner is in final negotiations to sell the team and NASCAR charter to Spire Motorsports. Driver Bell will finish the 2020 season with LFR behind the wheel of the No. 95 Toyota, but after the conclusion of the season the team will be absorbed by Spire.
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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.
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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Top-5 Finish at Pocono
NASCAR Cup
June 27, 2020
Bell finished fourth in the Pocono Organics 325 at Pocono Raceway on Saturday afternoon.
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Ninth-Place at Bristol
NASCAR Cup
June 1, 2020
Bell finished ninth in the Food City presents the Supermarket Heroes 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway Sunday afternoon.
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Starting at rear at iRacing North Wilkesboro
NASCAR Cup
May 8, 2020
By virtue of finishing in the top three last week, Bell is scheduled to begin Saturday's iRacing event at North Wilkesboro at the rear of the field, Bob Pockrass of Fox Sports reports.
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Wins World of Outlaws iRacing Shootout
NASCAR Cup
May 6, 2020
NASCAR Cup Series star and three-time Chili Bowl winner Bell put a hurting on the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars for his second victory at virtual Volusia and third win overall in the series, World of Outlaws reports.
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Wins World of Outlaws iRacing Invitational
NASCAR Cup
April 2, 2020
Bell captured the win in Wednesday night's World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car iRacing Invitational at the virtual Dirt Track at Charlotte live on FS1, Motor Racing Network reports.
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