RICHMOND, VA – Christopher Bell won the spring NASCAR XFINITY Series race at the Richmond Raceway. He will pick back up where he left off. Bell, earned the pole for tonight’s GoBowling 250 (7:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) as he qualified with a speed of 118.990 mph in the third and final round of qualifying.
The Busch Pole Award was Bell’s fifth of his XFINITY Series career, four of which coming this season. In fact, Bell won a pole in three of the first five races of the year but none over the next 21 starts.
It will be his seventh consecutive top 10 starting spot and fifth top five start in the last six weeks. He rolled off second in April. Bell, was quickest in the opening practice session of the day.
Joining Bell on the front row will be fan favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr. This will be his first race in the last 10 months. He’s showing that he’s not rusty as the four time Richmond winner was fourth fastest in the first practice session of the day and qualified his No. 88 Chevrolet on the front row with a speed of 118.896 mph.
Last weeks winner Ross Chastain (118.681 mph) will start third wile Cole Custer (118.655 mph) and Justin Allgaier (118.509 mph) rounded out the top five.
Overall, six of the top seven starting spots went to playoff drivers with Earnhardt as the lone exception.
GoBowling 250 Starting Lineup
Row 1: Christopher Bell, Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Row 2: Ross Chastain, Cole Custer
Row 3: Justin Allgaier, Daniel Hemric
Row 4: Ryan Truex, Shane Lee
Row 5: Brandon Jones, Matt Tifft
Row 6: Austin Cindric R, Ryan Preece
Row 7: Elliott Sadler, Tyler Reddick R
Row 8: Ty Majeski, Spencer Gallagher
Row 9: Michael Annett, Ryan Sieg
Row 10: Alex Labbe R, Jeremy Clements
Row 11: Ryan Reed, Mason Diaz
Row 12: Joey Gase, Quin Houff
Row 13: Matt Mills, Ray Black Jr.
Row 14: David Starr, JJ Yeley
Row 15: Garrett Smithley, Spencer Boyd R
Row 16: Bayley Currey, Katherine Legge
Row 17: Morgan Shepherd, Chad Finchum R
Row 18: Jeff Green, Timmy Hill
Row 19: Vinnie Miller R, Mike Harmon
Row 20: Josh Bilicki R, Carl Long