After a spell of bad races in the middle portion of the 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series playoffs, Christopher Bell has stormed back with a vengeance. Bell, heads into the Round of 8 with five straight top 10 finishes and three top five finishes in the first round of the playoffs in general. In fact, in two of the three first round races, Bell reached victory lane.
Now, can he keep it going?
In the Round of 8, two of the three races on 1.5-mile tracks. That’s great news for Bell. On 1.5-mile tracks in 2018, Bell has driven his No. 20 Toyota to six top four finishes in seven tries. He won this race at the Kansas Speedway last year and finished runner-up at Texas back in April. Add that to two wins in his last three starts on the season and you get the favorite over the next two races.
Plus, there’s this, his team Joe Gibbs Racing has won six straight years at Kansas.
Would you pick anyone else?
Well, John Hunter Nemechek may have something to say for it. He’s not playoff eligible but he does have four top 10 finishes in his last five starts in the series. The car he’s driving, the No. 42 Chevrolet, has three straight wins on 1.5-mile tracks and four in the last six races on them overall.
With the first two races of this round on 1.5-mile tracks, Nemechek will be a driver to watch.