Christopher Bell posted his first NASCAR Cup Series win of the season with a late bounce in the front, rocking the playoff photo at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday.
Bell’s No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota overtook Chase Elliott’s No. 9 Hendricks Motorsports Chevrolet and set the pace for the last 42 of 301 laps in the Embator 301. Bell’s second win of his Cup Series career was his fifth win at the national level in New Hampshire. -Series Competition – Three in Xfinity, one in Camping World Trucks, plus Sunday’s victories in the Cup.
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“Man, that’s where it was needed so much,” Bell told NBC Sports. “I’ll tell you what the hell of a race it was from my point of view. It was so much fun to run with 45 (Kurt Busch), 22 (Joey Logano) and 9 (Elliott). We were all running different lines. That one There was a blast.”
Elliott led 13 laps and went from home to second at the checkered flag 5.767 seconds ago. Bubba Wallace finished third, with pole-starter Martin Truex Jr. fourth and Kevin Harvick claiming last in the top five.
Truex entered the first two stages, leading 160 of the first 185 laps, but his number 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota went back into traffic after the pit stop of the final stage. He led a total of 172 laps, but was hit by the playoff bubble by Bell, who became the 14th winner this season – crowding out the 16-driver postseason picture.
The next race in the NASCAR Cup Series is M&M’s Fan Appreciation 400, scheduled for next Sunday (3 p.m. ET, USA Network, NBC Sports app, MRN, SiriusXM) at Pocono Raceway.
notes: A multicar accident killed Alex Bowman, Ty Dillon, Josh Bilicki and B. … The green signal was delayed by about 20 minutes due to afternoon showers and lightning in the area.
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