After a tough day at the office there's nothing like a little home cooking to make things better. Last week at Dover (Del.) International Speedway, Christopher Bell made an early exit from the race after cutting a tire and spinning into the wall. This week, Bell and the No. 4 JBL Tundra team head to Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) in Ft. Worth, the closest track on the circuit to his hometown of Norman, Okla., for Friday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series winstaronlinegaming.com 400.
Bell and the No. 4 team have been impressive on the mile-and-a-half tracks in 2017. He has captured the pole at all three events held at 1.5-mile venues this season, including Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga., where he won all three stages and led 99 of 130 laps en route to the victory. He followed it up by leading 37 laps and finishing fourth at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City and finishing third at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. He also finished fourth at Charlotte in his NASCAR XFINITY Series debut for Joe Gibbs Racing.
The 22-year-old driver has always considered Texas one of his favorite tracks, not only because of the proximity to his hometown, but for the ability to move around the track to find speed, similar what he had to do growing up racing on dirt tracks in nearby Oklahoma. Bell has made three Truck Series starts in the Lone Star State to date, with a track-best finish of eighth coming in his first visit in November of 2015.
Friday night will be the first start for Bell on the fresh pavement at TMS. He did, however attend the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at the track back in April, shadowing the No. 18 team he went on to make his debut with at Charlotte. Fresh ingredients are a necessity for a good home-cooked meal and the talented wheelman is ready for some home cooking in Texas Friday night. Bell is hoping that his sneak peek at the track will help allow the No. 4 JBL Tundra team a leg up on the competition Friday night and bring home his second Truck Series victory of 2017 in front of his friends and family.