Christopher Bell slides to NASCAR Xfinity Series win at KS

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Source:   —  October 21, 2017, at 7:43 PM

On Lap one hundred ninety-seven of two hundred at KS Speedway, Christopher Bell caught and passed Erik Jones for the lead, clearing Jones’ No. twenty Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota with a slide work and drifting up to the exterior wall right in front of his JGR teammate.

Christopher Bell slides to NASCAR Xfinity Series win at KS

Saturday’s KS Lottery three hundred may have been the opening race in the Circular of eight of the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoff, but the genuine drama involved two Joe Gibbs Racing teammates exterior the championship battle.

On Lap one hundred ninety-seven of two hundred at KS Speedway, Christopher Bell caught and passed Erik Jones for the lead, clearing Jones’ No. twenty Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota with a slide work and drifting up to the exterior wall right in front of his JGR teammate.

Below a full head of steam, Jones plowed into the back of Bell’s No. eighteen Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, wrecking the No. twenty Camry, which slowed markedly and finished fifteenth, a lap down.

Bell took the checkered flag with polesitter Tyler Reddick and some tough feelings on Jones’ portion in his wake.

“It’s not dirt racing,” Jones complained, referencing Bell’s dirt-track background. “He’s not clear. I can’t just stop on the top. I didn’t expect him to drive in on the bottom so tough he wouldn’t be able to keep his lane.

“It’s unfortunate. I thought we were going to race for the win, and unfortunately, it wasn’t much of a race—it was more of a wreck. We’ll just have to move on.”

Jones had led four times for one hundred eighty-six laps before Bell ran him down from more than two seconds back in the closing laps. The series boss in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Bell got the triumph in his fifth start, becoming the first driver to obtain his maiden XFINITY win at the one.five-mile track.

Bell also is the tenth straight different winner in the series.

“I never wish to wreck anyone, particularly my teammate,” Bell said. “I don’t know. My spotter said ‘Clear.’ I drove it in really deep. I felt love I cleared him – I don’t know.

“It’s my first Xfinity win. I’m sorry that Erik didn’t finish the race, but, man, I’m just stoked. This thing was awesome. To be able to win in the XFINITY Series is something I dreamed of as a kid. We were both on elderly tires. We were sliding around…

“Bummed for the way it finished, but I’m happy it held on, man. I was getting tire smoke in the car there those latest couple of laps, and I was worried we weren’t going to make it.”

Ryan Blaney ran third, followed by playoff drivers and Junior Motorsports teammates William Byron and Justin Allgaier, the latter of whom collected eleven stage points and took over the top spot in the standings by two points over Byron, who'd to start from the rear of the field because of unapproved pre-race adjustments to his No. nine Junior Motorsports Chevrolet.

Elliott Sadler, another JRM entry, recovered from a spin in Turn four on Lap seventy-six to finish seventh and is third in the Playoff standings, eleven points behind Allgaier.

“A tire came apart—I don’t know whether I ran over something or not,” said Sadler, who turned sideways in the path of oncoming traffic. Eventual sixth-place finisher Austin Dillon did a masterful work of avoiding Sadler’s spinning car.

“I gave ‘em a large target, but nobody hit us,” a relieved Sadler said after the race.

Beyond the top three Playoff positions, small was decided. With two races left in the Circular of eight, there’s an eight-point gap between fourth-place Brennan Poole, who ran twelfth on Saturday, and eighth-place Cole Custer, who brought his No. 00 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford to pit road with two laps left because of a slice tire and finished nineteenth, two laps down.

NASCAR Xfinity Series Race Results KS Lottery three hundred

KS Speedway

KS City, Kansas

Saturday, October twenty-one, two thousand seventeen


one. (four) Christopher Bell(i), Toyota, 200.

two. (one) Tyler Reddick, Chevrolet, 200.

three. (three) Ryan Blaney(i), Ford, 200.

four. (six) William Byron # (P), Chevrolet, 200.

five. (thirteen) Justin Allgaier (P), Chevrolet, 200.

six. (five) Austin Dillon(i), Chevrolet, 200.

seven. (eleven) Elliott Sadler (P), Chevrolet, 200.

eight. (eight) Matt Tifft # (P), Toyota, 200.

nine. (sixteen) Ty Dillon(i), Chevrolet, 200.

ten. (fifteen) Ryan Reed (P), Ford, 200.

eleven. (twelve) Brandon Jones, Chevrolet, 200.

twelve. (nine) Brennan Poole (P), Chevrolet, 200.

thirteen. (twenty-four) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet, 200.

fourteen. (twenty) Michael Annett, Chevrolet, 199.

fifteen. (two) Erik Jones(i), Toyota, 199.

sixteen. (nineteen) Dylan Lupton, Toyota, 199.

seventeen. (twenty-one) Ross Chastain, Chevrolet, 199.

eighteen. (ten) Daniel Hemric # (P), Chevrolet, 199.

nineteen. (seven) Cole Custer # (P), Ford, 198.

twenty. (twenty-three) JJ Yeley, Toyota, 198.

twenty-one. (fourteen) Spencer Gallagher #, Chevrolet, 197.

twenty-two. (thirty-one) Quin Houff, Chevrolet, 196.

twenty-three. (eighteen) Blake Koch, Chevrolet, 196.

twenty-four. (twenty-eight) Harrison Rhodes, Chevrolet, 195.

twenty-five. (twenty-two) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 195.

twenty-six. (seventeen) Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, 194.

twenty-seven. (thirty-two) David Starr, Chevrolet, 194.

twenty-eight. (thirty-four) Garrett Smithley, Chevrolet, 192.

twenty-nine. (thirty-six) Mario Gosselin, Chevrolet, 192.

thirty. (thirty-five) Joey Gase, Chevrolet, 192.

thirty-one. (forty) Bobby Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 188.

thirty-two. (twenty-six) BJ McLeod, Chevrolet, 188.

thirty-three. (thirty-eight) Spencer Boyd, Chevrolet, 188.

thirty-four. (thirty-three) Josh Berry, Toyota, Engine, 182.

thirty-five. (thirty-nine) Jennifer Jo Cobb(i), Chevrolet, 139.

thirty-six. (thirty) Timmy Hill, Dodge, Vibration, 36.

thirty-seven. (thirty-seven) Morgan Shepherd, Chevrolet, Suspension, 24.

thirty-eight. (twenty-seven) Reed Sorenson(i), Chevrolet, Handling, 7.

thirty-nine. (twenty-nine) Gray Gaulding(i), Chevrolet, Brakes, three.

forty. (twenty-five) Jeff Green, Chevrolet, Handling, two.

Average Speed of Race Winner: 141.158 mph.

Time of Race: two Hrs, seven Mins, thirty-one Secs. Edge of Victory: 2.670 Seconds.

Caution Flags: four for twenty laps.

Lead Changes: eight among 5 drivers.

Lap Leaders: T. Reddick 0; E. Jones(i) one-51; T. Reddick 52-54; E. Jones(i) 55-81; R. Blaney(i) 82-84; E. Jones(i) 85-93; T. Dillon(i) 94-97; E. Jones(i) 98-196; C. Bell(i) 197-200.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): E. Jones(i) four times for one hundred eighty-six laps; T. Dillon(i) one time for four laps; C. Bell(i) one time for four laps; T. Reddick one time for three laps; R. Blaney(i) 1 time for 3 laps.

Stage #1 Top Ten: 20.22.42.2,18.1,48.7,21.00

Stage #2 Top Ten: 20.22.7,18.42.9,00.48.21.2

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