Christopher Bell Dominates Iowa To Win Fourth Race Of The 2019 Seasonby Hunter Thomas June 16, 2019 0 comments
NEWTON, Iowa – Christopher Bell swept all three stages on Sunday to win the CircuitCity.com 250 presented by Tamron at Iowa Speedway.
Bell led all but 64 laps en route to his fourth victory of the season after starting the race in second. Cole Custer dominated Stage 1 by leading 53 laps, but it was Bell who passed by in the closing laps to win the stage. Bell led every lap in Stage 2. The driver of the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Ruud Toyota led the final 26 laps of the race before taking the checkered flag.
In Victory Lane, Bell said, “Man, I got to win at Dover on Mother’s Day weekend, or I guess the weekend before with my mom there, and now I just won a Father’s Day weekend with my dad here, so it’s pretty special.”
Although he started on the pole and was stout throughout the race, Custer finished in the second position. The runner-up effort marked his eighth top-five of the season. Custer led on three occasions for 59 laps.
“I think every driver will agree that this place puts on the best racing that we go to, so it was fun,” Custer said. “Christopher and them had the best car all day, so I feel like we’ve caught up to them a good amount. We just needed more time to work on it. We only had 45 minutes worth of practice. I think we’ll come back better the next time.”
Justin Allgaier, Harrison Burton and Zane Smith finished out the top-five. Completing the top-10 was Noah Gragson, Chase Briscoe, John Hunter Nemechek, Michael Annett and Austin Cindric.
The CircuitCity.com 250 presented by Tamron saw seven cautions for 48 laps.
Tyler Reddick leads Bell in the standings by 51 points.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series will visit Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday, June 29 for the Camping World 300. Lice coverage of the race will broadcast on the NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) and the Motor Racing Network (MRN) at 3:30 p.m.
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