Christopher Bell is quickly gaining a reputation as the “comeback kid.” A week after a strong rally in the NASCAR Camping World Truck series race, the 23 year old repeated the in feat his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut Saturday at the same track, Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Starting seventh, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver nearly saw his first Xfinity race end in disaster on lap 3. Bell was exiting turn 4 when he got together with Ryan Reed . Bell’s Toyota spun and charged nosefirst across the infield frontstretch grass. Despite the wild ride however, Bell was able to continue and the car suffered minimal damage. He was forced to pit however and restarted deep in the field.
“Whenever I got buried back there I couldn’t drive back up through quite as easily as I thought I could,” Bell said. “Eric Phillips (crew chief) did a great job on top of the pit box giving me what I needed.”
The week prior in the Truck series race, Bell, who started that race from the pole, cut down a tire early, spun, and was forced to restart deep in the field. That night he rallied back to finish third. Saturday, Bell patiently worked his way through the field. In the final laps Bell charged his way forward holding off veteran racers Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski to finish fourth. MORE>>>