LEAVINE FAMILY RACING TEAM

Christopher Bell
  • Born: December 16, 1994
  • Hometown: Norman, Oklahoma
  • Residence: Concord, NC
Christopher Bell Christopher Bell will make the move to the NASCAR Cup Series in 2020 behind the wheel of the No. 95 Camry for Leavine Family Racing. Bell has added confidence advancing to the Cup Series since veteran crew chief Jason Ratcliff will still be making the calls after two successful years together in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS).

NASCAR Xfinity Series

Bell made his NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) debut in 2017 behind the wheel of the No. 18 Toyota Supra for Joe Gibbs Racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway while competing full-time in the NASCAR Truck Series. Bell ran eight NXS races in 2017 and claimed his first-career win at Kansas Speedway in just his fifth start in the series, closing out the season with one win, three top-five and five top-10 finishes.

Bell found his way to victory lane seven times in 2018, setting the win record by a Rookie. In addition to the record seven wins, Bell started from the pole position five times and earned 10 top-five and 18 top-10 finishes. Bell qualified for the Xfinity Series playoffs advancing to the final four. After a furious fight to take the lead, a late-race flat tire derailed his run for the NXS Championship. Bell finished fourth in the final driver standings.

In 2019 Bell earned a series-high eight wins, led 2,005 laps, earned six pole awards, 20 top-five finishes and 21 top-10 finishes. Bell finished third in the series long point standings after making the final four for the second year in a row with a chance at the Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series

The Oklahoma native finished fifth in his Truck Series debut in June of 2015 at Iowa Speedway. In his third-career start, Bell took home his first Truck Series victory at Eldora Speedway where he qualified fourth and led 106 laps before taking home the win. All together in seven Truck Series starts in 2015, Bell earned one win, 111 laps led, two top-five and three top-10 finishes.

In 2016, his first full-time season, Bell finished third in the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series championship standings after collecting one win, nine top-five and 17 top-10 finishes.

The 2017 season was a banner year for Bell as he captured the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship by finishing second at Homestead-Miami Speedway. During his Championship season with Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM), Bell captured five wins, 15 top-five and 21 top-10 finishes while earning five pole awards. Bell also became the first driver under NASCAR's new format to sweep all three stages of a race when he led 99 of 130 laps from the pole to take home the victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway (3/14/17).

Bell's Racing Roots

Bell's racing career began on dirt in micro sprints in his home state of Oklahoma when he was six years old. He graduated to 360 and 410 Sprints and proved that he was serious about a career in racing by moving to Ohio in 2011 to run 410 Sprint Cars. The following season he returned to Oklahoma to run 360 Sprint Cars in Texas and Arkansas and put his name on the map with a runner-up finish in the Short Track Nationals at I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark.

In 2013 Bell joined Midget powerhouse Keith Kunz Motorsports (KKM). In his first season at KKM, Bell scored six Midget wins and an additional seven podium finishes, with his season culminating in the USAC Midget Championship. All together in 2013, Bell scored 18 wins between Non-Winged Sprint Cars, Midgets, 360 Sprint Cars and 410 Sprint Cars.

In 2014, Bell continued his winning ways as he found victory lane 23 times across a variety of disciplines while competing in a 108-race schedule. He posted 18 wins in Midgets, seven in Winged Sprint Cars, including his first-career World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series win, and also won a Non-Winged Sprint Car race. In October of that year, he began his transition to pavement running Late Models for KBM. In just his fourth-career Late Model start, the talented wheelman outdueled second-generation NASCAR driver John Hunter Nemechek to win the Orange County 150 Pro All Star Series South Super Late Model race at Orange County Speedway in Rougemont, N.C.

Bell continued to split time between dirt and pavement in 2015. On dirt, he collected his second-career World of Outlaws Sprint Car victory, won six times in the POWRi Midget Series, twice in USAC National Midgets and once in the USAC Silver Crown Series. On pavement, he picked up his first marquee Super Late Model victory winning the prestigious Rattler 250 at South Alabama Speedway in Kinston and collected five other Super Late Model triumphs. He then moved up the ladder with two starts in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, including a fifth-place overall finish in the combination race at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa.

In 2016, while competing full-time in the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series, Bell won twice in five Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) Series starts, including his series debut at Salem (Ind.) Speedway, once on the CARS Super Late Model Tour and five times while racing a limited dirt schedule in various series.

In January of 2019, Bell earned his third consecutive victory at the prestigious Chili Bowl Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma, previously having taken home the famed oil driller trophy in 2017 and 2018.