Christopher Bell Wins Active Pest Control 200 Truck Series Race in Atlanta

Hampton, GA – It was a roller coaster of a day for Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Christopher Bell. The youngster earned his first career Trucks pole earlier this morning then led the first 83 laps of today’s Active Pest Control 200 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. He won the first two stages of the race at the 1.54-mile Georgia track and was in prime control all race long.

Unfortunately, his KBM teammate Kyle Busch took over the lead on Lap 84 when he beat Bell off of pit road. On the restart, Bell had to restart on the dreaded outside lane which saw him slip to sixth. He was frustrated feeling like the race was then lost.

But, cautions kept falling allowing Bell to steadily move his way back up. Then, came the final stops with 22 laps-to-go. Grant Enfinger stayed out to take over the lead while Austin Dillon only took two tires to come off pit road first. He’d restart second.

Bell, would come off pit road fourth but by virtue of Enfinger staying out, he’d restart on the inside lane in fifth. That helped him tremendously as he made a bold move to the front and took over the lead on Lap 114. Matt Crafton would battle by on Lap 128, but Bell got back by on Lap 129 and never looked back en route to his third career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory.

It also ended a 15 race winless drought for him as the last time he won was on June 25, 2016 at Gateway.

But, it was a fitting ending for Bell as he led a race-high 99 of the 130 laps today in his No. 4 Toyota. He also outdueled veterans Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter on a late race restart with three laps-to-go.

Crafton, would finish second in his No. 88 Toyota while the defending Truck Series champion Sauter brought his No. 21 Chevrolet home third.

Ben Rhodes and Chase Elliott would round out the top five finishing fourth and fifth respectively.

Kyle Busch nearly went 2-for-2 today and backed up his win earlier in the XFINITY Series race with a win in the Truck race as he took over the lead for the first time on Lap 84. He would stay there until a caution came out with 24 to go. In the race off pit road, Busch came out sixth and on the restart, his right front tire would go down. He’d finish 26th.

The Truck Series now has almost a month off as their next race is at Martinsville Speedway (2:30 p.m. ET/FOX/MRN) on April 1.

Active Pest Control 200 Results:

  1.  4 Bell
  2. 88 Crafton
  3. 21 Sauter
  4. 27 Rhodes
  5. 23 Elliott
  6. 24 Bowman
  7. 99 Dillon
  8. 98 Enfinger R
  9. 17 Peters
  10. 66 Chastain
  11.  7 Moffitt
  12. 92 Smith
  13. 16 Truex
  14. 18 Gragson R
  15. 33 Grala R
  16. 13 Coughlin R
  17. 45 Bell
  18. 02 Hill
  19. 55 Friesen R
  20. 49 Chavous
  21. 19 Cindric R -1
  22.  5 Forrister -2
  23. 44 Martins -2
  24. 87 Nemechek -2
  25. 29 Briscoe R -3
  26. 51 Busch -3
  27.  1 Harmon -6
  28. 12 Anderson OUT
  29.  8 Nemechek OUT
  30. 50 Ogata OUT
  31. 75 Kligerman OUT
  32. 83 Peck OUT

 

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