Christopher Bell and Kyle Larson Open Up on Their Collision at Watkins Glen

Published 08/11/2021, 8:12 AM EDT
Feb 28, 2021; Homestead, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Joey Logano (22) and Christopher Bell (20) lead the field to start the Dixie Vodka 400 Homestead-Miami Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


During the NASCAR Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International, Kyle Larson triumphed. However, his win did not come without a few on-track incidents. Among them, he had a coming together with Joe Gibbs Racing driver Christopher Bell on lap 55, sending Bell into a spin.

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Of course, the new championship leader apologized for his actions. However, Christopher Bell was understandably frustrated after the contact denied him a possible win. Apparently, Bell and Larson were battling with Martin Truex Jr for the lead down the front stretch towards Turn 1.

Third-placed Larson tried to dive-bomb Bell at Turn 1, but locked his right front wheel. As a result, he careened into the #20 car and spun him around. Owing to this, Christopher Bell tumbled down the order all the way to 10th, eventually recovering to finish seventh.

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What did Christopher Bell say about the incident?

“It’s just so frustrating because I was a lot faster than (Truex), but I was waiting for the right time to make a run on him to pass him,” Bell fumed. “He’s my teammate. I attempted several times and never quite got the momentum that I needed, so I was waiting for the right opportunity to pass him.”

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Feb 21, 2021; Daytona Beach, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Christopher Bell (20) leads the field during the O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Bell lamented that if he had made a move on his teammate, Truex Jr, he could have driven away. Apparently, Larson did not get a good run on him on the buildup to Turn 1. So while Christopher Bell focused on attacking Truex, Larson dive-bombed him from three car lengths behind.

A sheepish Larson said, “I definitely made a mistake getting into him. He would pull me off of (Turn) 7 every time and that time I maintained. I was out-braking him the other laps, thought I could out-brake him and at least get all the way to his inside. I was only able to get to kind of his nose and his numbers, maybe not that far, but it was close.”

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The Hendrick Motorsports driver’s defence was that he committed to the move. Additionally, he was close to wheel-hopping and locking the front tyres. Larson also hoped that Bell would leave enough room, but he turned into the corner and contact was inevitable.

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