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Christopher Bell / No. 20 Rheem Toyota Camry Preview Iowa 250 at Iowa Speedway

Christopher Bell / No. 20 Rheem Toyota Camry Preview Iowa 250 at Iowa Speedway

Christopher Bell / No. 20 Rheem Toyota Camry Preview Iowa 250 at Iowa Speedway

Racing in the Heartland: With the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series taking a weekend off, The NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) takes center stage this weekend at Iowa Speedway when they make their first of two stops of the 2018 season at the .875-mile track. Christopher Bell will be making his second-career series start at the Newton, IA facility on Sunday after earning his first-career NXS Pole and going on to finish 16th last June.

Michigan Recap: Christopher Bell and his Rheem team paid a visit to Michigan International Speedway for the LTI Printing 250 and their only visit of 2018 season at the 2.0-mile oval last weekend. After qualifying was cancelled due to rain on Saturday Morning, the field was set by the rule book with Bell and his Rheem team earning the seventh position for the scheduled 125-lap event. After a more than three-hour weather delay to begin the race, Bell crossed the finish line in the 11th position after the race was deemed official on lap 91 due to rain.

Joe Gibbs Racing at Iowa: JGR has 46 NXS starts at Iowa Speedway and has earned five wins, 16 top-five and 28 top-10 finishes. The championship-winning organization has won six pole awards with an average start of 5.8 and an average finish of 10.5.

RACE INFO: The Iowa 250 at Iowa Speedway begins at 5:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 17, 2018. The race will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 1, Sirius XM 90, and MRN Radio.

Bell’s Career NASCAR Xfinity Series Stats at Iowa Speedway:

  • Starts - 1
  • Wins - 0
  • Top 5 - 0
  • Top 10 - 0
  • Poles - 1
  • Laps Led - 152
  • Avg. Start - 1
  • Avg. Finish - 16

Bell’s 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series Season Stats:

  • Starts - 13
  • Wins - 1
  • Top 5 - 7
  • Top 10 - 7
  • Poles - 3
  • Laps Led - 193
  • Avg. Start - 8.4
  • Avg. Finish - 12.8

Bell’s Career NASCAR Xfinity Series Stats:

  • Starts - 21
  • Wins - 2
  • Top 5 - 10
  • Top 10 - 12
  • Poles - 4
  • Laps Led - 349
  • Avg. Start - 7.5
  • Avg. Finish - 12.3

From the Cockpit - Christopher Bell:
“I’m looking forward to racing at Iowa Speedway on Sunday and putting on a great show for the fans that come out to see us race. The racing at Iowa is top notch and I really enjoy getting behind the wheel and having some fun there. (Crew Chief) Jason (Ratcliff) and the guys continue to build me fast Camry’s every week, and Iowa is the perfect place for us to get back on track and hopefully getting our second win of the season on Sunday.”

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Founded in 1925, Rheem is the only manufacturer in the world that produces heating, cooling, water heating, pool/spa heating and commercial refrigeration products. Rheem is headquartered in Atlanta, and it has an international presence in 14 countries. The company’s premium brands include Rheem, Raypak, Ruud, Eemax, Richmond, Aquamax, Solahart and Splendid, as well as commercial refrigeration brands Russell, Witt, ColdZone and Kramer, which are part of the company’s Heat Transfer Products Group (HTPG) division. To learn more, visit