Christopher Bell captured the win in Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series ROXOR 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway after leading the majority of the race.
LOUDON, N.H. – He’s raced on “The Magic Mile” with the NASCAR Xfinity Series twice, and he’s landed in victory lane both times. Christopher Bell, driver of the No. 20 Rheem-Watts Toyota, led all but 14 laps in the ROXOR 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, marking his fifth 2019 win with the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Bell credits his team with the success.
“A race car driver is only as fast as the race car he sits in, so I’m very fortunate to be able to drive for this group of guys,” said 24-year-old Bell about his Joe Gibbs Racing team. “I got to ride from Thunder Road here to Loudon with one of my crew guys, and we were just talking about how thankful I am to be racing for them. It’s a dream come true to be racing with this group of people because they make me look good.”
Brandon Jones, driver of the No. 19 First Foundation Toyota won stage one, but Bell took the lead in lap 48 and never looked back, winning both the second and third stages of the race.
Today’s trip to victory lane marks Bell’s third win out of four career starts at Loudon – once with the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series in 2017 and twice with the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2018 and 2019. All three wins came after he started the race in the second position.
Not only did Bell thank his team, but he addressed the fans who braved the steamy New England temperatures to cheer him on.
“Thank you, guys, for coming out,” said Bell to the fans in the grandstands. “I know it was hot, it was hot inside the car, but thank you, guys. You guys are the reason we race.”