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Christopher Bell – No. 95 Rheem Toyota Camry - Fontana
Feb 26, 2020

No. 95 Rheem Toyota Camry News and Notes:

Bell at Auto Club Speedway: Christopher Bell will make his first NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) start at Auto Club Speedway this weekend in the No. 95 Rheem Toyota Camry for Leavine Family Racing.  Bell has made two prior starts at the 2.0-mile oval in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS).  In 2018 Bell qualified on the pole and in 2019 Bell started fourth and finished third. 

Rheem Guests at Auto Club Speedway: Rheem will host guests from Baker Distributing and a large group of Rheem Western Region plumbing contractors at Auto Club Speedway.  Rheem will host over 1500 guests at NASCAR races in 2020 and has shared NASCAR racing with over 30,000 plumbing, contracting and building customers since becoming a NASCAR sponsor.    

Las Vegas Recap: Christopher Bell was slated to line up 22nd in Vegas after rain washed out qualifying, but had to forfeit his starting position and drop to the tail end of the field to start the race after NASCAR did not approve of something on the No. 95 Camry in technical inspection.  During the first stage of the race, Bell reported he had a loose handling condition with his car, but despite the handling he steadily made progress picking up positions on track.  A spin right before the final stage resulted in contact with the wall and extended time on pit road for repairs.  Bell was able to continue on to finish 33rd at Vegas.

RACE INFO: The Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway begins at 3:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 1, 2020. The race will be broadcast live on FOX, Sirius XM 90, and MRN Radio.

Bell’s Career NASCAR Xfinity Series Stats at Auto Club Speedway:

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

Starts

2

Wins

0

Top 5

1

Top 10

1

Poles

1

Laps Led

9

Avg. Start

2.5

Avg. Finish

12.0

 

Bell’s 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Season Stats:

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

Starts

2

Wins

0

Top 5

0

Top 10

0

Poles

0

Laps Led

0

Avg. Start

19.5

Avg. Finish

27.0

 

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: "Fontana is definitely a place I don’t have very much experience at all.  My first time I went there I was actually really competitive and last year we struggled.  It’s one of the places that is kind of unknown for me and one of the racetracks I have the least experience at.  As a driver you want to be able to move around the racetrack and pass guys and at California if you are faster than someone then you can generally find a way around them."      

 
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 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.