Christopher Bell Dominates at New Hampshire

Saturday, Jul 20 898

Christopher Bell drove himself to his fifth win of the season at New Hampshire on Saturday afternoon. 

Bell led 186 of the 200 laps in the Roxor 200, holding off Cole Custer to take the checkered flag. He and Custer are tied with five wins a piece this season in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. 

Finishing second in Stage 1 after a three-wide finish, Christopher Bell elected to pit for fuel and fresh tires before the next stage. Bell dominated the stage with over a six second lead over Justin Allgaier. 

With the laps winding down, the action on the track began to heat up. On lap 140, Noah Gragson tagged the wall to bring out a caution, allowing for the final round of pit stops under yellow. 

The No. 20 Joe Gibbs Toyota led the way followed by Allgaier, Reddick, Custer and Cindric. Custer made his way up to second and set his sights on Bell. 

Menard got into Burton with less than 50 laps to go, bringing out another caution. Bell and Custer were side by side on the restart, but Bell had the advantage. 

Custer closed the gap to a 1.5 second lead, but ran out of time and laps. 

Bell drove the No.20 Joe Gibbs Toyota to victory lane for the 13th time in his Xfinity Series career. 

“I’m very thankful to be driving these Supras for Joe Gibbs Racing. All of our partners, man, they just provide really fast race cars and I’m the lucky guy who gets to drive them.” 

Cole Custer, Justin Allgaier, Tyler Reddick and Paul Menard rounded out the top five.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to Iowa Speedway for the U.S. Cellular 250 on July 27 at 5:00 PM on NBCSN. 

Danielle Lockemy

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