THROWBACK: When Christopher Bell and His Team Improvized for his Name Decal

Published 09/15/2020, 1:30 AM EDT


A few years ago, there was a rather amusing incident involving NASCAR driver Christopher Bell. When he kicked off his Camping World Truck Series career, he did not have a personalized name decal for himself.

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Obviously, he was just starting out in his career, and the name decal is used by more experienced drivers. As a result, the Truck driver had to improvise and find a name decal of his own.

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Then, the team remembered a helmet brand, coincidentally named ‘Bell Helmets’. So, they took a Bell Helmets sponsor sticker and improvised on it to display his name.

Christopher Bell has risen through the ranks since then

Of course, Bell has since worked his way up the ranks and is currently racing in the 2020 Cup Series. During his World Truck Series stint with Kyle Busch Motorsports, he won the 2017 championship. In the process, he bagged five wins and amassed 4035 points to clinch the title.

Since then, he has progressed to the Xfinity Series, where he raced for three years with the Joe Gibbs Racing team. Finally, in 2020, he joined the Leavine Family Racing Team. So far, he has blown hot and cold but does have the best finish of 4th at Pocono Raceway.

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Sadly, the Leavine Family Racing team are set to exit the sport in 2021, after owner and founder, Bob Leavine sold it. Unfortunately, this leaves Christopher Bell high and dry and in the hunt for a seat for next season.

One option could be the vacant #48 seat at Hendrick Motorsports, as Jimmie Johnson is slated to hang his helmet up. However, the question is, will the team gamble on a rookie? Or will Leavine’s new owners, Spire Motorsports, acquire his services.

Either way, Bell would be eager to secure his place next season. So, he will want any seat, just so that he can stay alive in the NASCAR Cup Series.

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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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