Bell Overcomes Damage to Finish 23rd at Kansas
Jul 24, 2020

Date: July 23, 2020
Event: Super Start Batteries 400 (Round 19 of 36)
Series: NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Kansas Speedway (1.5-mile tri-oval)
Format: 267 laps (Stages 80 laps / 80 laps / 107 laps)
Start / Finish: 22nd/23rd (Running, Completed 264 of 267 laps) 

Race Winner: Denny Hamlin
Stage 1 Winner: Kyle Busch
Stage 2 Winner: Brad Keselowski


Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-80)

  • Christopher Bell started 22nd at Kansas Speedway based on a random draw for the starting lineup.
  • Bell worked his way up to 17th by the competition caution on lap 25.  The No. 95 Rheem Toyota was a little tight, so under the competition caution Bell came down pit road for four tires, fuel and adjustments.
  • Racing resumed on lap 31 and went green all the way to the conclusion of stage one on lap 80.
  • The No. 95 was tight to fire and handled tighter the higher Bell ran on the track, but migrated a little better as the run went on.
  • Bell finished stage one 14th then came down pit road for four fresh tires, fuel and another adjustment to start stage two.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 87-160)

  • Bell started 20th and finished 16th in stage two.
  • The car continued to be on the tight side and Bell said "the higher I run the tighter I am."
  • A pit stop under caution for four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment helped the handling and Bell steadily worked his way around Kansas Speedway.
  • As stage two came to a close, the track continued to tighten up.  Bell finished out stage two 16th but said his No. 95 Toyota would only turn on the bottom.
  • Bell came down pit road for four tires, fuel and another chassis adjustment.

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 166-267)

  • Bell started stage three 14th and crossed the finish line 23rd.
  • Bell drove his way into the top 10 right from the start of the final stage and said his No. 95 Rheem Toyota was still tight but better. 
  • Bell was able to avoid a multi-car accident on lap 175 but didn't fair so well on lap 183.  The field took the green on lap 182 and Bell jumped into the high line and got a push from behind that turned him into the outside wall and across the track, bringing out the red flag.
  • The team was able to repair the No. 95 and get Bell back on track two laps down to the field.
  • Bell utilized pit strategy and saving fuel as the final stage continued to try and salvage the best finish possible.
  • Bell ultimately finished 23rd, three laps down to the leaders.

Up Next: The NASCAR Cup Series heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 on Sunday, August 2nd.  The race will be broadcast at 3:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN.