Forced by “PR Guy”, Christopher Bell Accused of “Backtracking” Over His Comments on Joe Gibbs

Published 02/06/2023, 5:00 AM EST

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In a recent revelatory interview, Christopher Bell opened up on the state of his dirt-racing aspirations at Joe Gibbs Racing. The young driver’s journey to NASCAR had dirt racing as one of the key elements and major stepping stones.

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But despite this, he had described his team’s stance on the very thing which was responsible for his rise, as a matter “pretty close to hatred.”

“Joe Gibbs has been extremely vocal about his–I don’t want to use the word hatred–but it’s pretty close to hatred towards dirt track racing. He does not love dirt track racing or open wheel racing at all,” Bell had said.

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Yet somehow, a few days after these comments, Bell felt the need to come out with another set of comments on the same subject, this time clarifying the misinterpretation of what he said before.

Bell clarifies what he meant

In a recent interview with Sports Naut, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver emphasized the “need to clear the air a little bit”. Bell claimed his comments “definitely didn’t reflect” his situation or his relationship with his boss and his team.

“Joe, himself, the entire Gibbs family has been nothing but helpful for me and inspiring for me. Joe has not mentioned any dislike for dirt track racing. The only thing was his wanting to keep me healthy whether that was racing or being out on the lake or anything,” Bell described.

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“He just had my best interest in mind. I did a bad job of portraying that. I don’t know what the future holds for me dirt track racing, but my comments were not well put.”

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Fans find the U-Turn of Christopher Bell quite hilarious

Naturally, after Bell re-contextualized and explained his previous comments and what he ‘actually meant’, NASCAR fans had a field day.

Many fans thought that his boss or his team weren’t exactly pleased with the “pretty close to hatred” part of his comments, so they directed him to ‘clarify’ what he actually meant.

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It’d be interesting to see how this situation develops.

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Shaharyar is a NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for a better part of the decade. While Kyle Busch is always his first pick, he also considers Kyle Larson a legend in the making.
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