Christopher Bell says he’s still unsure of 2020 plans

AVONDALE, AZ - MARCH 08: Christopher Bell, driver of the #20 Rheem Toyota, gets into his car during practice for the NASCAR XFINITY Series iK9 Service Dog 200 at ISM Raceway on March 8, 2019 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Though common knowledge has him  in the No. 95 Leavine Family Racing Toyota next season, officially, Christopher Bell said on Thursday at Bristol Motor Speedway that his plans for next year are not set.

Bell is under contract to Joe Gibbs Racing and knows he’ll be racing next year, just not where.

“Everybody’s wondering about 2020, but nothing is official until it comes from me or whatever team or whatever happens,” Bell said. “So I have no news to tell you guys right now. We’ll just have to wait for another day.”

Though Bell represents himself in contract negotiations, he says the decision-making power about his future lies with his car owners.

“There’s a number of different cars that I could drive next year,” Bell said. “Obviously I could still run the Xfinity Series. I could go to the Cup Series. It’s not in my hands right now, so I just have to go out there and continue to try to win races.”

About the open seat in the No. 95 LFR Toyota, which is affiliated with JGR, Bell said, “That’s tough for me to answer, because right now, I drive for Joe Gibbs Racing, and the 95 is not a Joe Gibbs Racing car.

“We’ll just have to see how it works out in the next coming weeks.”

Greg Engle