Christopher Bell To Make Seven XFINITY Starts In 2017

by May 1, 2017 0 comments

Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) has announced that NASCAR Camping World Truck Series standout Christopher Bell will compete in a partial schedule in the NASCAR XFINITY Series this season.

Bell, currently competing full-time for Kyle Busch Motorsports at the Truck Series level, will compete in seven XFINITY Series events this year with his debut slated to come at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 27.

Additional starts will come at Richmond International Raceway, Kansas Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway, Homestead-Miami Speedway and both XFINITY Series races at Iowa Speedway.

Bell will split time between JGR’s two ‘star cars’ – the Nos. 18 and 20 entries.

“Christopher has quickly made his mark in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and should be able to use that experience toward his debut in the NASCAR XFINITY Series,” said Steve DeSouza, Executive Vice President of XFINITY and Development for Joe Gibbs Racing.  “He has confidence and is eager to showcase his talents at Charlotte Motor Speedway and we are excited to see what he can do in the JGR Toyota’s for his seven races. “

At 22 years of age, Bell already boasts three wins to his name in 33 starts in the Truck Series with wins coming at Eldora Speedway and Gateway Motorsports Park respectively in 2015 and 2016 and a victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway from this past February.

Through three races this season, Bell presently sits second in the Truck Series standings and is already locked into this year’s Playoffs by virtue of his Atlanta win.

“As a kid growing up in Oklahoma it’s always been a dream come true to be able to race in one of the NASCAR’s top series,” Bell said. “Over the past three years, Toyota has given me the opportunity to compete at the truck level with Kyle Busch Motorsports. Going to JGR is something I didn’t dream of as a kid because it wasn’t something I dreamed was a possibility. Now with this tremendous opportunity in front of me, it is obviously a dream come true.

“I couldn’t be happier than to be with the team I’m at. To be able to race seven races at JGR is something that every kid would love the opportunity to do. I’m very thankful for it and we’re going to go out here and try to make the most of it.”

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