RACE: Pocono Green 250
TRACK: Pocono Raceway
Narrowly missed pole-position and finished fifth.
Bell Earns Top-Five Finish at Pocono
Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-25)
- Bell narrowly missed the pole position, claiming the second starting spot in single car qualifying Saturday morning.
- From the drop of the green flag Bell reported that his No. 20 Rheem Supra was loose everywhere.
- On lap nine Bell spun due to the loose handing, bringing out the caution.
- Bell brought his Supra down pit road twice following the spin. The first trip the team gave him fresh tires and on the second pit stop they made chassis adjustments.
- With not many laps remaining in Stage 1, Bell saved his tires riding around in the back to close out the Stage 28th.
Stage 2 Recap (Laps 32-50)
- Bell started fourth, finished third.
- Bell raced his way to the front on the first lap of Stage two and led for seven laps before reporting back to his team that the handling was “loose in and tight off.”
- At the conclusion of Stage two, Bell came down pit road for four tires, fuel and a right-rear wedge adjustment.
Stage 3 Recap (Laps 57-103)
- Bell started fifth, finished fifth.
- The No. 20 fired off tight for the final Stage and Bell said he needed some help on exit.
- Bell pitted on lap 69 while running third for two tires and enough fuel to make it to the end, cycling up to second with 15 laps remaining as the field made their final stops.
- Two late-race cautions set the field up for a green-white-checkered overtime finish. Bell took the final restart fourth and, in the shuffling, and side drafting lost one position to cross the finish line fifth at Pocono.
- Bell was the top finishing Toyota driver Saturday at Pocono.
- Bell remains second in the NASCAR Xfinity Series point standings, 77 points behind the leader.
Talk about your top-five finish today.
“We were just kind of slow all day. We didn’t get the finish we wanted. I thought we were going to run second there if the yellow didn’t come out and unfortunately the yellow came out. I started on the bottom and just could never – just wasn’t fast enough to get up there. Bummer, but it was a much needed momentum for after how Charlotte went.”
Up Next: The Xfinity Series heads to Michigan International Speedway for the LTi Printing 250 on Saturday, June 8, 2019. Coverage will begin at 1:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1, SIRIUS XM Channel 90 and MRN radio.