Christopher Bell

Christopher Bell

27-Year-Old Driver  
Joe Gibbs Racing
Joe Gibbs Racing
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Bell made some great strides in season two. The young driver claimed his first-career Cup Series win (Daytona road course) and he posted 16 Top-10 finishes. His first appearance in the Chase for the Cup playoffs led to a respectable 12th-place finish in the final points. We'll get to soon see if Bell can step it up a notch in the upcoming season. We believe he can. The driver of the No. 20 Toyota is a prime candidate to breakout in 2022. Bell is capable of a multi-win season and breaking the 20 Top-10 plateau in his third full season of Cup Series competition. He'll remain paired with ace-crew chief Adam Stevens, and that is much of the reason for our optimism. Bell will come cheaper in fantasy drafts than the upper tier drivers, but he could produce upper tier driver returns in the upcoming season. Read Past Outlooks
Top-5 Finish at Bristol
NASCAR Cup
September 18, 2022
Bell finished fourth in the Bass Pro Shops Night Race NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway Saturday night.
ANALYSIS
Bell dominated a large portion of this 500-lap battle at Bristol. The Joe Gibbs Racing youngster led four times for 143 laps and collected second- and first-place finishes in the first two stages. Bell was a dominant force inside the Top 5 most of the night. He would be out-dueled by Chris Buescher in the final 60 laps and would eventually fade to fourth-place. Bell advances in the Chase for the Cup as a result of his 10th Top 5 of the season.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Third at Kansas Speedway
NASCAR Cup
September 11, 2022
Bell finished third in the Hollywood Casino 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway Sunday afternoon.
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Fifth-Place at Darlington Raceway
NASCAR Cup
September 4, 2022
Bell finished fifth in the Cook Out Southern 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway Sunday night.
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Blows engine in practice
NASCAR Cup
August 21, 2022
Bell will drop to the rear for the start of Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series race at Watkins Glen due to an engine change, Bob Pockrass of Fox Sports reports.
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Runner-up Finish at Richmond
NASCAR Cup
August 14, 2022
Bell finished second in the Federated Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway Sunday afternoon.
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Wins Ambetter 301
NASCAR Cup
July 17, 2022
Bell won the Ambetter 301 NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Sunday afternoon.
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