Christopher Bell finds a way to embrace NASCAR Xfinity package for Pocono

LONG POND, PA - JUNE 01: Christopher Bell, driver of the #20 Ruud-Meier Supply Toyota, practices for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Pocono Green 250 Recycled by J.P. Mascaro & Sons at Pocono Raceway on June 1, 2018 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Christopher Bell was trying to keep an open mind.

The driver of the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota wasn’t sure he liked the high-downforce, restrictor plate competition package in place for Saturday’s Pocono Green 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Pocono Raceway (1 p.m. ET Saturday on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

Then found a perspective that gave him cause for optimism.

“I’ll be honest,” Bell said. “I wasn’t super excited about the package change whenever I first heard about it, but after watching the All-Star Race and doing some studying at the Indianapolis Xfinity Series race last year, and all of Toyota’s simulations, I expect to be similar to how the (NASCAR Camping World) Trucks race here.

“The trucks have a bunch of drag and downforce. They can draft really good down the straightaways, but yet you still have separation. I’m expecting the Xfinity race to be something similar to what the Trucks normally do around here, and if so, hopefully that plays into my hands.”

It’s not surprising Bell would feel that way—he took the checkered flag in his last Truck Series start at Pocono.

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