Bell Finishes 11th in NASCAR All-Star Open at Bristol
Jul 16, 2020
Date: July 15, 2020
Event: NASCAR All-Star Open
Series: NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Bristol Motor Speedway (0.533-concrete oval)
Format: 85 laps (Stages 35 laps / 35 laps / 15 laps)
Start / Finish: 3rd/11th (Running, Completed 85 of 85 laps) 
Stage 1 Winner: Aric Almirola
Stage 2 Winner: William Byron
Stage 3 Winner: Matt DiBenedetto
Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-35)
  • Christopher Bell started third at Bristol Motor Speedway based on a random draw for the NASCAR All-Star Open to attempt to race his way into the NASCAR All-Star race.
  • Bell lost spots on the opening run while battling a loose handling No. 95 Procore Toyota Camry.
  • Under caution on lap 25 Bell pitted for four tires and a shim adjustment.
  • Bell restarted 10th with 10 laps remaining in stage one and maintained that position to close out stage one.
Stage 2 Recap (Laps 35-70)
  • Bell started eighth and finished fifth in stage two.
  • The No. 95 fired off better to start stage two and Bell quickly jumped up to third, then worked his way to second. 
  • Bell slid back to fifth as stage two went on and said he couldn't get into the corners.
  • At the stage break Bell pitted for four tires, air pressure and wedge adjustments to try and help the car not be as tight on exits.
Stage 3 Recap (Laps 70-80)
  • Bell started stage three 10th and crossed the finish line 11th.
  • The adjustments weren't what the No. 95 needed, and the car migrated tight.
  • Bell ultimately crossed the finish line 11th and did not advance to the All-Star Open at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Up Next: The NASCAR Cup Series heads to Texas Motor Speedway for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 on Sunday, July 19th.  The race will be broadcast at 3:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN.