WATCH: NASCAR Driver and Chili Bowl Favorite Christopher Bell Goes for a Wild Spin in Title Race

Published 01/17/2021, 10:45 AM EST
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)


During the Chili Bowl Nationals, Christopher Bell managed to survive a scary moment. While chasing down Kyle Larson, his Midget car lost control and went up on its side. Things then took a turn for the worse when the car began to barrel-roll down the track before coming to a stop.

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The good news was that a shaken Bell was able to clamber out, unassisted. At the time of the incident, the two were battling for the race lead. To make matters even more desperate, there were just 2 laps to go, so Christopher Bell decided to go for the lunge.

Speaking about the move, he said, “I left it all on the table…Hopefully, it was a good race for the fans. I know it was exciting as always…

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“The track just took forever to widen out and we were just following each other… I knew it was getting toward the end there, so I just laid it all on the line.”

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How did the race pan out for Christopher Bell and other drivers?

It is worth mentioning that Bell is a 3-time Chili Bowl champion. Obviously, he would have been devastated to crash out so close to the finish; however, the good news is that he was uninjured in the accident. In the end, he was only able to muster a 13th place finish.

It was hugely fortunate that Christopher Bell did not injure himself. This is because it would have given the Joe Gibbs Racing team a massive headache.

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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 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Considering that the Daytona 500 is less than a month away, every driver who is racing in other series must be careful about the impending threat of injuries.

Also bear in mind that the COVID-19 pandemic could strike anyone down at any time. Owing to this, teams do not need a driver getting injured and being forced out for many races.

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