Bell Charges From The Back To Win Friday Night’s Alsco 300 in Kentucky

SPARTA, KY – Christopher Bell was well on his way to contending for a win in Friday night’s Alsco 300 at the Kentucky Speedway. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver was seventh and second respectively in the two NASCAR XFINITY Series practice sessions on Thursday from the 1.5-mile track and was fastest in the second round of qualifying for tonight’s race. It appeared that he was on his way to a pole run too if not a front row starting spot at the very least. Unfortunately, Bell spun while exiting Turn 4 in his No. 20 Toyota on his only lap of the final round of qualifying and was 12th overall because of that. But, with that spin, his team had to change his Goodyear tires before the race started which is classified as an “unapproved adjustment.”

That did affect him as he’d come through the field to win his third career XFINITY Series race and second of the 2018 season. Bell, passed Justin Allgaier for the lead with 16 laps-to-go and never looked back en route to a thrilling victory. 

Bell, had forego his 12th starting spot and would roll off in the back instead. It didn’t take him long to move through the field though as by the first stage, he was running inside of the top 15. By the end of the second stage of action, he was seventh. On the ensuing pit stop, he’d exit sixth. By Lap 100, the halfway point, he was up another spot to fifth. Then, we’d see a couple of cautions which saw Bell pounce on restarts and move up to second behind his teammate Kyle Busch.

He’d remain there until pitting on Lap 134 where the team had a problem on that stop and he’d go from second to ninth. Luckily, he charged back through and earn his 10th top 10 finish of the season, three of which in the last four races.

Bell, remains in the hunt to win the regular season points championship which nets 15 additional playoff points for the winner. Races like tonight show that he’s capable of that.

Daniel Hemric also got by Justin Allgaier on Lap 184 and had his sights set on Bell for his first career victory. He could never catch him as he’d cross the finish line 0.848-seconds behind Bell for his eighth straight top eight finish on the season.

Kyle Busch would lead a race high 111 of 200 laps but brought his No. 18 Toyota home third. It was the eighth straight top five finish in XFINITY Series competition for Busch but a bad set of tires robbed him of the win.

Allgaier would bring his No. 7 Chevrolet home fourth while pole sitter Cole Custer rounded out the top five.

Alsco 300 Results

  1. 20 Bell R
  2. 21 Hemric
  3. 18 Busch
  4.  7 Allgaier
  5. 00 Custer
  6.  9 Reddick R
  7. 42 Nemechek
  8. 16 Reed
  9. 22 Menard
  10. 12 Cindric
  11.  2 Tifft
  12.  1 Sadler
  13. 11 Truex
  14.  3 Dillon
  15.  5 Annett
  16. 39 Sieg
  17.  4 Chastain
  18. 51 Clements
  19.  0 Smithley -2
  20. 23 Gallagher -2
  21. 15 McLeod -4
  22.  8 Black Jr. -4
  23. 52 Starr -5
  24. 76 Boyd -5
  25. 78 Jones -6
  26. 55 Hightower -6
  27. 60 Majeski -7
  28. 45 Bilicki R -7
  29. 01 Miller R -8
  30. 74 Harmon -10
  31. 40 Finchum -28
  32. 36 Labbe R -36
  33. 35 Gase OUT
  34. 38 Yeley OUT
  35. 90 Williams OUT
  36. 19 Jones OUT
  37. 66 Hill OUT
  38. 89 Shepherd OUT
  39. 79 Reaume OUT
  40. 93 Green OUT

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