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Preview – B&L Transport 170 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

Preview – B&L Transport 170 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

Preview – B&L Transport 170 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

RACE INFO: The B&L Transport 170 at Mid-Ohio begins at 3:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, August 10, 2019. The race will be broadcast live on NBCSN, Sirius XM 90, and MRN Radio.


On The Road Again: Coming off a second-place finish last weekend at Watkins Glen, Christopher Bell and the No. 20 Rheem team head to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (Mid-Ohio) this weekend for their second of three road course races in the month of August. Bell will be making his second-career start at the 2.258-mile road course this weekend. In 2018, Bell qualified 10th and raced his way up to second but was spun by another competitor with 10 laps remaining. Bell picked up as many spots as he could following the contact to finish 11th.

Watkins Glen was good to us last weekend so I’m excited to get to Mid-Ohio and see what we’ve got.

Watkins Glen Recap: Christopher Bell and his Rheem team paid a visit to Watkins Glen International last weekend for their first of three road course races in the month of August. Bell qualified fourth for the 82-lap event on Saturday Morning, and led two different times for a total of three laps to go on to finish second at the 2.45-mile road course. His best road course finish to date in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS).

Honoring a Friend: Christopher will honor his friend, and former teammate, Grady Chandler this weekend at Mid-Ohio by replacing his name over the door in signature Chandler fashion with duct tape and hand lettering. Chandler was in an accident at Creek County Speedway in Sapulpa, OK and underwent surgery to repair multiple breaks in his neck. Grady is facing a path of extensive rehab.

Points Update: Following Watkins Glen, Bell and his Rheem team remain second in the series standings, 32 points behind the leader, but continue to hold the No. 1 playoff spot.
Joe Gibbs Racing at Mid-Ohio: JGR has 19 NXS starts at Mid-Ohio with four top-five and seven top-10 finishes. The championship-winning organization is looking for its first win at the historic road course on Saturday afternoon.

Christopher Bell: “Mid-Ohio is unique, and it seemed to be my most successful road course last year. Preparing for these road course races is about studying film, studying previous races, knowing what groves work when and how restarts pan out. Also, spending a lot of time in the simulator is important to learning the race track, what corner comes next and how you attack each corner. Watkins Glen was good to us last weekend so I’m excited to get to Mid-Ohio and see what we’ve got.”

 

Christopher Bell's Xfinity Series Stats
Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish
Mid-Ohio 1 0 0 0 0 1 10.0 11.0
2019 20 5 13 14 4 1255 3.9 8.8
Career 61 13 34 39 10 2170 6.7 10.4

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