RACE: ROXOR 200
TRACK: New Hampshire Motor Speedwa
Bell started second and dominated all day leading 186 of the 200 laps before taking the checkered.
Back-to-Back Victories for Bell at Loudon
Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-45)
- Christopher Bell claimed the second starting position in single car qualifying Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
- Bell battled hard with the leader through turns one and two before taking over the lead as the field came back around to complete lap one.
- Bell paced the field for over thirty laps before coming in for a pit stop under caution on lap 34 for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment.
- Not everyone opted to pit, leaving Bell sixth for the restart. With a fast No. 20
- Rheem-Watts Supra, Bell raced his way up to second to close out Stage one while his teammate Brandon Jones won the Stage.
- Having just completed a pit stop under the previous caution, the No. 20 remained on the track during the Stage break and resumed the top position to start Stage 2.
Stage 2 Recap (Laps 52-90)
- Bell started first, finished first.
- Bell led the entire caution-free second Stage at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The No. 20 was a little tight on exit, but not enough for anyone to be able to catch Bell.
- After taking the checkered to close out the Stage first, Bell came down pit road for four tires, fuel and another small air pressure adjustment.
- With a fast pit stop by his team he remained in the lead following the routine stop.
Stage 3 Recap (Laps 98-200)
Bell started first, finished first.
- Bell continued his domination throughout the final Stage, leading every lap.
- Under caution on lap 143 Bell came down pit road for his final pit stop of the day for just another round of four tires, fuel and small air pressure adjustment.
- The No. 20 Rheem-Watts Supra continued to pull away from the field and lead for a total of 186 laps before taking home the checkered flag.
- Bell led a total of 186 laps Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
- The win marked back-to-back victories at Loudon for Bell who also took home the checkered flag in 2018.
- Bell remains second in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship Standings.
How were you able to take control of this race so easily?
“I just had a really good race car. I’m very thankful to be able to drive these Supras for Joe Gibbs Racing and all of our partners at Rheem, Watts, Ruud, Toyota, Toyota Racing Development, man, they just provide really fast race cars and I’m the lucky guy who gets to drive them.”
How much redemption does this checkered flag bring after having a couple of the last races get away from you?
“It’s pretty good. This race track has been really good to us and our team. Like I said, I’m just really grateful to be here with Joe Gibbs Racing. A race car driver is only as good as their race cars. I’m very lucky to be driving such a fast car.”
What do you want to say to all these fans who stuck it out in the heat?
“Thank you guys for coming out. I know it was hot. It was hot inside the car. Thank you guys. You guys are the reason why we race.”
Was this the best car you’ve had all year?
“It was one of them. Iowa was pretty good at the beginning of the year. Wow. I just can’t say enough about this team. It’s so, so fun to be able to drive for this groups of guys. Like I said earlier, all of our partners at Rheem, Ruud, Toyota, Toyota Racing Development, they’re the ones that make this happen. I’m really thankful to be able to drive for them. They give me race cars that are as fast as this one here.”
Did you get sick of all the talk that Cole Custer is the championship favorite and feel like you had to make a statement a here?
“Well, we knew we would be really good here. Whoever the favorite is, is the best guy at Homestead. We’ve got to work on that a little bit, but I’ll be ready come Homestead time.”
How tough was the heat today?
“It wasn’t too bad. After doing Chicago the last two years, this was nothing.”
Up Next: The Xfinity Series returns to Iowa Speedway for the U.S. Cellular 250 on Saturday, July 27, 2019. Coverage will begin at 5:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN, SIRIUS XM Channel 90 and MRN radio.