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Christopher Bell - No. 95 Rheem-RTP Toyota Camry Preview - Las Vegas
Feb 19, 2020

No. 95 Rheem-RTP Toyota Camry News and Notes:

Vegas Bound: Christopher Bell will make his first NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS) this weekend in the Pennzoil 400.  Bell might be new to the Cup Series, but he has had four successful NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) starts at the 1.5-mile oval with three top-five finishes and one pole starting position.  Bell also has three NASCAR Truck Series starts at Vegas, earning one top-five and two top-10 finishes. 

Featured on the Car: Through their relationship with Rheem, RTP Company will be featured on the quarter panels of the No. 95 Camry this weekend at LVMS.  The RTP Company is a global compounder of custom engineered thermoplastics.  For more information visit: https://www.rtpcompany.com/ 

Rheem Guests at LVMS: Rheem will host guests from RTP Company and Mega Western Sales at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  Rheem hosted over 2,000 guests at NASCAR races in 2019 and over 30,000 plumbing, contracting and building customers since becoming a NASCAR sponsor.  
 
Daytona 500 Recap: Christopher Bell qualified 19th for the 62nd-running of the Daytona 500 but officially started the race from the back following an unapproved change pre-race.  Bell and his Toyota teammates made a plan going into the race to ride around in the back of the pack, outside of trouble, for the opening stage.  Rains came just 20 laps into the race and postponed the race until Monday.  Once racing resumed the Toyota brigade made their way to the front following pit stops and were a dominating force.  Bell found himself sitting second as the laps dwindled down, but with no drafting help.  On the first over time restart Bell got shuffled back and while working his way forward sustained front-end damage from an accident that unfolded in front of him. Bell brought his No. 95 Camry to the garage four laps shy of the scheduled distance and was credited with a 21st-place finish.     

Points Update: Following the first race of the season at Daytona, Bell and his No. 95 Rheem team currently sit 23rd in the points standings.

RACE INFO: The Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway begins at 3:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 23, 2020. The race will be broadcast live on FOX, Sirius XM 90, and PRN Radio.

 

Bell’s Career NASCAR Xfinity Series Stats at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish

Starts

4

Wins

0

Top 5

3

Top 10

3

Poles

1

Laps Led

163

Avg. Start

2.5

Avg. Finish

5.2

 

Bell’s 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Season Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish

Starts

1

Wins

0

Top 5

0

Top 10

0

Poles

0

Laps Led

0

Avg. Start

17.0

Avg. Finish

21.0

 

Bell’s Career NASCAR Xfinity Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish

Starts

74

Wins

16

Top 5

41

Top 10

46

Poles

12

Laps Led

12,109

Avg. Start

6.4

Avg. Finish

10.2

 

From the Cockpit:
Christopher Bell: "Vegas was one of my favorite Xfinity tracks.  I'm excited to see how it races with the Cup rules packages.  I got my first taste of Cup racing in Daytona and it will be interesting to see how we fair this weekend in Vegas.  This will be our first test of the year and I'm ready to get to Vegas."   

 
About Rheem
Founded in 1925, Rheem® innovates all-new ways to deliver just the right temperature while saving energy, water and supporting a more sustainable future. Today, Rheem is America's #1 water heating brand, and its products are available in more than 50 countries. Paloma Co., Ltd. of Nagoya, Japan, acquired the iconic Rheem brand in 1988, and today the company's portfolio of premium brands include Rheem®, Raypak®, Ruud®, Eemax®, Richmond®, Splendid®, Solahart® and EverHot™ as well as commercial refrigeration brands Russell®, Witt®, ColdZone® and Kramer®, which are part of the Heat Transfer Products Group (HTPG®) division.

*All are Trademarks of Rheem Manufacturing Company.


About RTP Company
RTP Company provides solutions, customization and service for a variety of thermoplastic needs. RTP offers a wide range of technologies designed to meet even the most challenging plastics application requirements. RTP Company provides compounds in over 60 different engineered resin systems for applications requiring properties such as color, conductive, elastomeric, flame retardant, high temperatures, structural and wear resistance.  Private ownership allows RTP Company to provide unbiased solutions and is the foundation of its imagineering efforts to supply thermoplastic materials customized for end-use application requirements. RTP Company maintains global networks of sales representatives and manufacturing facilities to support the OEM and molding communities.
 

About Leavine Family Racing
Leavine Family Racing is an organization competing in the NASCAR Cup Series focused on growing competitively and providing results-driven partnerships for its sponsors. The single-car team was founded in 2011 by Bob and Sharon Leavine, two individuals who are passionate about NASCAR and started the team to make a positive impact on the sport and community. Christopher Bell will pilot the No. 95 Toyota Camry for the team starting with the 2020 season. In alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota Racing Development, the team operates out of their Concord, N.C.-based race shop with a veteran group of racing personnel driven by their desire for progress. For more information, please visit www.LFR95.com.