Christopher Bell
26-Year-Old Driver  
Joe Gibbs Racing
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Bell makes the move from Leavine Family Racing to Joe Gibbs Racing in 2021. The talented youngster had a slow start to his rookie campaign last season, but he made big moves late in the year to tally seven Top-10 finishes and wind up 20th in the overall championship points. Bell will join a more capable team this season as he takes over Erik Jones' old ride at JGR. The No. 20 Toyota should help propel Bell to greater heights. Crew chief Adam Stevens moves from LFR to JGR with Bell to continue guiding the young driver. This continuity and chemistry remaining intact is a huge bonus for Bell and the No. 20 Toyota team. There is a sizable amount of potential and growth possible with this driver and team, and Bell is one to target in the mid-to-late rounds of fantasy drafts. There's just loads of potential that should be realized this season. Read Past Outlooks
Top-5 Richmond Finish
NASCAR Cup
April 19, 2021
Bell finished fourth in the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway Sunday afternoon.
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Bell had his best performance in a few races with his strong effort at the Richmond short track Sunday afternoon. He started eighth on the grid and nabbed Top-10 finishes in the first two stages. Bell would carry that good track position late into stage 3 and battle among the leaders after the final caution and restart. He would hold teammate, Martin Truex Jr., at bay over the closing laps and secure a strong fourth-place finish. It was Bell's second Top 5 of the season and first since his victory on the Daytona Road Course in February.
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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.
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-10 Finish at Phoenix
NASCAR Cup
March 15, 2021
Bell finished ninth in Sunday's Instacart 500 at Phoenix Raceway.
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Wins the O'Reilly Auto Parts 253
NASCAR Cup
February 21, 2021
Bell won the O'Reilly Auto Parts 253 at Daytona International Speedway Road Course Sunday afternoon.
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Runner-up Finish in Duel 1
NASCAR Cup
February 11, 2021
Bell finished second in the Bluegreen Vacations Duel 1 for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway Thursday night.
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Wins Thursday at Chili Bowl
NASCAR Cup
January 15, 2021
Winning for the seventh time since 2014, Bell threw the iRacing/CB Industries No. 14 into high gear and ran away from the field through the closing laps of Thursday's John Christner Trucking Qualifying Night at the Chili Bowl Nationals.
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Third-Place at Fort Worth
NASCAR Cup
October 28, 2020
Bell finished third in the AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 500 at Texas Motor Speedway Wednesday night.
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