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Bell Finishes 24th at Vegas
Sep 27, 2020

Date: September 27, 2020
Event: South Point 400 (Round 30 of 36)
Series: NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Las Vegas Motor Speedway (1.5-mile oval)
Format: 267 laps (Stages 80 laps / 80 laps / 107 laps)
Start / Finish: 26th/24th (Running, Completed 268 of 268 laps) 
 
Race Winner:
Kurt Busch
Stage 1 Winner:  Denny Hamlin
Stage 2 Winner: Chase Elliott
 
Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-80)

  • Christopher Bell started 26th Sunday evening at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in this No. 95 Rheem-Watts Toyota Camry.
  • Bell worked his way up to 18th by the competition caution and reported that his Toyota was overall not bad, but a little tight.  Bell pitted for four tires, fuel, wedge and an air pressure adjustment under the competition caution.
  • After speeding on pit road Bell restarted 33rd for the restart on lap 31.  The handling continued to be too tight and Bell finished out stage one 19th.
  • At the stage break Bell pitted for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 87-160)

  • Bell started 19th and finished 15th in stage two.
  • Stage two went caution free and Bell cycled up to 15th before making a green flag pit stop on lap 123 for four tires and fuel. 
  • The No. 95 Rheem-Watts Toyota continued to be tight, but Bell was able to maintain his ground to finish 15th.
  • Bell pitted at the conclusion of stage two for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment.

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 167-268)

  • Bell started stage three 16th and crossed the finish line 24th.
  • The tight handling condition continued despite pit stops for tires, air pressure and wedge adjustments.
  • Bell cycled up to second when a caution came out during green flag pit stops for the field.  The No. 95 was able to pit under caution for adjustments and restart fifth with 25 laps remaining.
  • Bell raced his way up to third but brushed the wall with nine to go and lost track position. 
  • Another competitor got into the back of the No. 95 and the team had to make multiple pit stops to repair the right side of the car.
  • Bell restarted 25th for NASCAR overtime at Vegas and gained one position to cross the finish line 24th.

 
Up Next:
The NASCAR Cup Series returns to Talladega Superspeedway for the YellaWood 500 on Sunday, October 11th at 2:00 p.m. ET on NBC.