RACE INFO: The Money Lion 300 at Talladega Superspeedway begins at 1:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 27, 2019. The race will be broadcast live on FS1, Sirius XM 90, and MRN Radio.
Christopher Bell – No. 20 Rheem Toyota Supra Preview Money Lion 300 at Talladega Superspeedway
Sweet Home Alabama: Christopher Bell made his first NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) start at Talladega Superspeedway (TSS) one year ago, qualifying 13th and finishing 12th. Bell has three prior NASCAR Truck Series starts at TSS earning one pole, one top-five and two top-10 finishes.
Our Supra was really fast in Daytona and that was one of my best restrictor plate races. Hopefully we can have some luck and be in the right spot at the end.
Talladega 2018: Bell qualified his No. 20 Rheem Supra 13th and settled into eighth as the field formed a single drafting line. On lap 24 Bell suffered a flat tire but was able to minimalize the damage and get to pit road for service. Bell remained on the lead lap the entire race and came back to cross the finish line 12th.
Richmond Recap: Bell had a dominating car at Richmond Raceway, but contact mid-race created damage and a tire rub. Additional pit stops for repairs and tires put the No. 20 off sequence with the rest of the field. Bell was looking at a strong rebound, running third and chasing down the leaders, when a late-race caution gave the field an opportunity to pit for tires. The No. 20 was out of sticker Goodyears and on the final restart fresh tires prevailed. Bell was able to hang on to cross the finish line 16th.
Joe Gibbs Racing at Talladega: JGR has 46 NXS starts at Talladega Superspeedway and has earned five wins, 14 top-five and 21 top-10 finishes. The championship-winning organization has won five pole awards with an average start of 10.7 an average finish of 15.7.
Christopher Bell: “There is a lot of luck involved in restrictor-plate racing, but also a lot of strategy which I really enjoy. Our Supra was really fast in Daytona and that was one of my best restrictor plate races. Hopefully we can have some luck and be in the right spot at the end.”
Christopher Bell's Xfinity Series Stats