Preview – Road America
| Thursday August 22, 2019
The CTECH Manufacturing 180 begins at 3:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, August 24, 2019. The race will be broadcast live on NBCSN, Sirius XM 90, and MRN Radio.
On the Road Again:
Christopher Bell and the No. 20 Ruud team head to Road America this weekend for their third of four road-course races this season. Bell made his first visit to the 4.408-mile facility in 2017 where he started fourth and finished 19th. In 2018, Bell qualified fifth and ran consistently inside the top 10 until contact late in the race caused his right-rear tire to down. Following an extra trip to pit road Bell was left with a 23rd-place finish.
Ruud is Back:
We were good at Road America last year, I qualified top five and we were going to finish top five until we got wrecked there at the end.
This weekend the Ruud brand will make its sixth appearance on the No. 20 Toyota Supra this season. Ruud, part of the Rheem family of quality brands, provides heating, cooling and water heating products for residential and light commercial use.
Christopher Bell and his No. 20 team made their final visit of the 2019 season at Bristol Motor Speedway last week looking to defend their win from the spring. Contact from an early incident resulted in multiple trips down pit road and found Bell three laps down to the field. Through perseverance, Bell was able to finish the race and gain a few positions to finish 14th.
Joe Gibbs Racing at Road America:
JGR has 25 NXS starts at Road America and has earned four top-five and 12 top-10 finishes. The championship-winning organization has won one pole award with an average start of 8.0 and an average finish of 13.8. JGR will be looking for their first win at Elkhart Lake Facility this weekend
Following Bristol, Bell and his No. 20 team remain second in the series standings, 54 points behind the leader, but continue to hold the No. 1 Playoff spot.
“We were good at Road America last year, I qualified top five and we were going to finish top five until we got wrecked there at the end. The road courses have been good to us over the last few weeks, we’ve stayed out of trouble and have been fairly competitive. We just need to keep that up going into this weekend at Road America.”
Christopher Bell’s Xfinity Series Stats