“It Stings” – Christopher Bell Unhappy on Missing Out on a Clean Sweep at New Hampshire

Published 08/03/2021, 8:50 PM EDT
Jun 13, 2021; Fort Worth, TX, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) and driver Kyle Busch (18) and driver Christopher Bell (20) and driver Cole Custer (41) and driver Chase Elliott (9) lead the field at the start of the NASCAR All-Star Race at Texas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports


Last month at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Christopher Bell seized victory in the Xfinity Series race. Unfortunately, he could not quite pull it off in the Cup Series, and the win went to Aric Almirola. However, it is worth mentioning that the race got called off with eight laps to go, due to inclement weather.

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In other words, second-placed Bell missed out on taking a clean sweep. Speaking about the loss he said, “I didn’t know how many laps I could have.  When I saw that we were eight laps short, it stings, man! I probably had little bit better pace than him, I was able to get to him. Though lapped cars were getting in the way at a bad time.”

Regardless of the disappointing loss, he was proud of his Joe Gibbs Racing team. Admittedly, they did not enjoy the best start, but they steadily improved during the race. However, he wished that he had those eight precious laps back.

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What else did Christopher Bell say?

He admitted that his car was a bit loose on occasion. However, he also felt that his car performed better than the Penske Ford cars. In spite of his disappointment, he was happy for Aric Almirola, especially since he came close to winning a few times. At least Bell can walk away happy with the fact that he had a successful day in the office.

Jun 20, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Aric Almirola (10) and NASCAR Cup Series driver Christopher Bell (20) race during the Ally 400 at Nashville Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

He was also glad that he was able to fend off a triple Penske assault led by the outgoing Brad Keselowski. Bell’s nearest teammates were Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr in 10th and 12th. Admittedly, the Joe Gibbs Racing drivers, including Kyle Busch were in fine form. That lasted until an unexpected rain shower caught them all by surprise and eliminated a fuming Busch from the race.

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