Homestead, Fla – Christopher Bell was crowned the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion on Friday night at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. The Oklahoma native sealed a near flawless season in the Ford EcoBoost 200. By virtue of his runner-up finish, Bell earned his first career NASCAR championship.
Bell, started 13th, last among the four Championship 4 contenders, but quickly drove through the field to win the first stage of the race. He’d remain the top playoff contender all night from there and take home his first series championship and giving Kyle Busch Motorsports their second overall.
He’s a fitting champion too. He was by far the best driver all year long and entered the playoffs as the No. 1 seed.
Bell, had 15 top five finishes this year including 21 top 10’s. That’s at top 10 in all but two races all year long. In fact, he closed out the season with eight straight top 10 finishes. The Oklahoma native would earn three runner-ups and a third place finish in the seven race playoff.
On 1.5-mile tracks this season, Bell finished first, fourth, third, first, first, third, second, third and second respectively.
Now, like the last driver to win in 2015 for KBM, Bell moves up to the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2018 to race for Joe Gibbs Racing. He closes his Truck Series career with 53 starts, seven wins, 26 top fives and 41 top 10’s.