Christopher Bell Says He Is “a Lot Different” Than Kyle Busch as He Partners Busch’s Former Crew Chief

Published 12/18/2020, 9:51 AM EST
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 09: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Chocolate Bar Toyota, talks with crew chief Adam Stevens during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)


Christopher Bell recently spoke about initial interactions with his new crew chief, Adam Stevens. Bell is quite focused on building a strong relationship with Stevens, who also starts a new chapter with Joe Gibbs Racing, after a successful run with Kyle Busch.

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Bell also opened up on one of those initial pieces of conversation with Stevens. He assured the crew chief that he can expect a completely different experience than the one he had with Busch.

Busch is well known in NASCAR circles for his straightforward demeanor. Like some others, he is also heated up during chats over the team radio on many occasions and demanding a lot more from his crew. Bell asked Stevens to expect something totally different from him as he will be a lot more “soft-spoken”.

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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 on March 07, 2020 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

How Christopher Bell promises to be different from Kyle Busch

Our first meeting that we had together, I said, ‘Well, I can promise you that I’m going to be a change of pace from Kyle because my demeanor inside the car is a lot different than what Kyle’s is,’ ” Bell said during an interview.

I can promise you that Christopher Bell is going to be a lot different than what Kyle Busch was,” the youngster further said, as he builds a new relationship with Stevens.

Bell feels ‘pit stops’ are where he can considerably benefit with the new team at JGR. Back at Leavine Family Racing, Bell felt he seriously could run up-front more often than not. However, that did not happen.

New team, better resources for Bell

He looked back at the Richmond race this past season and gave an example of the same, through an incident that included Kyle Busch.

MARTINSVILLE, VA – OCTOBER 10: Kyle Busch(R), driver of the #18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, stands in the garage area with his crew chief, Adam Stevens, during testing for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Martinsville Speedway on October 10, 2017 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Kyle (Busch) had to start in the back with me and we started side-by-side. And by the competition yellow, I passed 10 cars and Kyle passed 10 cars. And then we come down pit road and he’s five cars up and I’m five cars back,” Bell said.

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A new start is probably what Bell needed to show what he can exactly do. And he has got that start. Not only that, Bell gets a new opportunity with a top NASCAR outfit that certainly has all the resources.

With teammates like Busch, Martin Truex Jr., and Denny Hamlin, Bell has a lot he can learn as well.

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Aayush Majumdar

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Aayush Majumdar is a NASCAR content strategist, a Tennis Writer, and a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. He is well-tenured as a tennis and NASCAR writer, with over 900 articles across both sports. After pursuing a Post Graduate program in Sports Management, Aayush explored various roles in Sports Media, including a Sports Reporting role at a leading English daily.

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