Christopher Bell Set for Next Step of Career
Christopher Bell will continue progressing up the NASCAR ranks this year, as it was announced on Monday that he would run seven NASCAR XFINITY Series events in 2017 for Joe Gibbs Racing.
“Christopher has quickly made his mark in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and should be able to use that experience toward his debut in the NASCAR XFINITY Series,” said Steve deSouza, Executive Vice President of XFINITY and Development for Joe Gibbs Racing. “He has confidence and is eager to showcase his talents at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and we are excited to see what he can do in the JGR Toyota’s for his seven races.”
The 22-year-old is currently driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports, sitting second in points in his sophomore year following a victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway, and three top-10’s in three races. Last season, he finished third in points with a win at Gateway Motorsports Park and 17 top-10’s.
“As a kid growing up in Oklahoma it’s always been a dream come true to be able to race in one of the NASCAR’s top series,” stated Bell. “Over the past three years, Toyota has given me the opportunity to compete at the truck level with Kyle Busch Motorsports. Going to JGR is something I didn’t dream of as a kid because it wasn’t something I dreamed was a possibility. Now with this tremendous opportunity in front of me, it is obviously a dream come true. I couldn’t be happier than to be with the team I’m at. To be able to race seven races at JGR is something that every kid would love the opportunity to do. I’m very thankful for it, and we’re going to go out here and try to make the most of it.”
His XFINITY debut will happen behind the wheel of the No. 18 Camry at Charlotte Motor Speedway, followed by racing the No. 20 Camry at Iowa Speedway in June and Richmond International Raceway in September. He will then complete the XFINITY Series schedule, running the last four series events in the No. 18.
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