Christopher Bell Delighted With Third Place at the Richmond Raceway

Published 09/13/2021, 10:08 AM EDT
AVONDALE, ARIZONA – MARCH 07: Christopher Bell, driver of the #95 Procore Toyota, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series FanShield 500 at Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)


The Richmond Raceway was a happy hunting ground for the Joe Gibbs Racing team. Three of their drivers filled up the Top 3 places on the track, with Kyle Busch finishing in ninth. Meanwhile, Christopher Bell was fairly satisfied to clinch third place behind Martin Truex Jr and Denny Hamlin.

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He said, “I think obviously all of our Joe Gibbs Racing cars were extremely fast, so hats off to everyone back there at the job. Toyota and TRD gives us the resources that we need to come out here and do good. We knew going into Richmond that this is one of our better racetracks. So we needed to capitalize on that and get all the points we could.

“Bristol is a really good racetrack for our company and me and a driver, but it’s a little bit – it’s just you can get caught up in stuff so easily at Bristol. It’s nice to have a buffer and hopefully we can go to Bristol and have an uneventful event.”

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What to expect from Christopher Bell at Bristol?

Bell currently sits in eighth place in the championship with one race remaining in the opening Playoff round. For the moment, he is safe from elimination, but anything can happen in the coming weekend. The last time he was at Bristol, he did not enjoy a good race, ending up 34th on the track. Now, he will be keen to make up for that poor display and redeem himself.

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

Furthermore, he could try and rely on teammates Martin Truex Jr and Denny Hamlin. The two of them have already qualified after their respective wins at Richmond and Darlington. Now, the onus is on Christopher Bell and Kyle Busch to try and join them. Of course, there will be stiff competition from other drivers, like the Hendrick and Penske boys, but Bell and Busch will be motivated.

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