“Pretty Disheartening” – Christopher Bell Rues Early Contact with Kyle Larson

Published 08/14/2021, 1:24 PM 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)


At the Watkins Glen International circuit, Christopher Bell and Kyle Larson had a coming together, which resulted in the #20 Joe Gibbs Racing driver getting spun out. In the end, Larson went on to win the race ahead of teammate Chase Elliott, while Bell could only muster 7th fastest.

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He said, “If I had to do it over again. I would have pulled down so that he doesn’t get down the inside of me. He completely dive-bombed the corner and had zero run on me down the straightaway. That’s the thing that is most frustrating for me.

“I’m faster that the #19 car [Truex Jr] and we still have 40+ laps in the race.”

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Bell is aware that out-braking an opponent is part and parcel of road course racing. However, he insisted that in order to out-brake someone, they need to have a run. From his end, his job was to try and pass Truex Jr as cleanly as possible. At the same time, he must defend from Larson as much as possible.

What else did Christopher Bell say?

According to him, Larson could not get a decent run on himself and Truex Jr. The only reason that the Hendrick car was able to out-brake Bell was because he was stuck behind his own teammate. Naturally, he was not going to compromise his teammate and spin out the #19 car.

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Daytona Beach, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Christopher Bell (20) leads NASCAR Cup Series driver Joey Logano (22) during the O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

He continued, “By me trying to be respectful to my teammate and not force the issue, I ended up getting dumped. I understand that it wasn’t his goal to turn me. If he would have had a run on me and had momentum on me to get inside, that would have been one thing.

“To dive-bomb me from a good ways back and completely lockup and turn me is pretty disheartening.”

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Now, poor old Christopher Bell can only rue what could have been. After that disappointing performance, he will be eager for redemption at the next race.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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