Bell Ready for Another Title Hunt

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. —  Christopher Bell is starting his second full-time season for Joe Gibbs Racing and is looking to secure the title. He fell short last season at Homestead-Miami Speedway after finishing 11th, placing him third in the championship battle behind Tyler Reddick and Cole Custer.

“We really did well all season long, just didn’t execute a Homestead so we just need to be that much better at Homestead this year,” Bell told POPULAR SPEED.

Unfortunately, his car at Homestead was not as good as in other mile and a half’s where he won plenty of races. To see a driver from a dirt background transition to asphalt and be as dominant like Bell has become an impressive sight.

The Oklahoma native has proven that he can seriously contend for race wins and championships by being dominant in 2018, winning seven races.

The 2019 campaign can give him a fresh start especially after the disappointment last season, but the experience can be a key factor in his success. It should come as no surprise, as he’s been showing his skills early on when he was in the Truck series.

Bell is a rising star in the sport that will be up in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in the future. His first full-time season in the Xfinity Series was definitely a learning experience, and falling short of last year’s title was part of that. 

“We learned a lot, you never quit learning so hopefully I’m better with a little bit more experience but it’s going to be hard to top last year, that’s for sure,” Bell said.

A win on Saturday afternoon at Daytona International Speedway would be a massive boost for the driver. He would be reaching a career achievement that has yet to be accomplished, winning at a superspeedway track.

“I’ve never won a superspeedway race. It would be outstanding to get one today especially with the new Supra; you don’t get many opportunities to become a first time winner,” Bell said.

Toyota is debuting the new Supra for the Xfinity series and excitement is in the air. The cars look good and they are showing that historical speed. Becoming a first time winner would be a memorable moment for any Toyota driver in the field.

“It would be very cool if I could be the first one to win in a Supra.” said Bell after qualifying.


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By Bryan Rivero

Bryan Rivero is a senior at Florida International University school of Communications and Journalism with a focus in Broadcast Media. He currently resides in Miami, FL where he has lived his whole life. In addition to POPULAR SPEED, Rivero is a marketing intern for the Florida Panther’s Hockey Club.