Christopher Bell Ready to Double Down
While the big picture for Christopher Bell and the No. 4 SiriusXM team is to walk away from Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champions, winning the regular season title and earning 15 playoff points would go a long way towards their ultimate goal. Bell heads to Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., for the final race of the regular season with a 30-point advantage over reigning Truck Series champion Johnny Sauter.
The intermediate tracks have been the strong suit of the No. 4 team in 2017. Bell's series leading four wins have all come on intermediate tracks. He started his winning ways sweeping the pole and all three stages at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga., in February, led a race-high 92 laps en route to victory at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth in June, lead a race-high 54 laps en route to victory at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta in early July and picked up his fourth victory of the season in late July at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa.
All together in eight starts this season on intermediate tracks between 1.5-miles and 2.5-miles in length, the 22-year-old driver has collected four wins, three poles, seven top-five finishes and 313 laps led. Of the series-leading 24 playoff points that Bell has earned this season, all but one point which he earned through a stage win at Iowa Speedway in Newton, have been collected at the intermediate tracks.
To help him prepare for Friday night's Truck Series race in the Windy City, Bell will pilot the No. 25 Camry from Venturini Motorsports in Thursday night's ARCA Series race. Bell also pulled double-duty last season at Chicagoland, when he finished third in the ARCA race and fourth in the Truck Series race. The Oklahoma native will be making his first ARCA Racing Series start of 2017 after finding victory lane twice in five starts for Venturini last year.
Bell is ready to double down this weekend at Chicagoland and bring home victories both Thursday and Friday night. A win Friday night would help crown Bell the regular season Truck Series champion and the 15 points that go with the title would go a long way toward helping the No. 4 Tundra team double down and win both the regular season and the playoffs.
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