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Christopher Bell Taken to Local Hospital after Daytona Barrel Roll

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Christopher Bell climbed out of his truck after it flipped nine times before landing on all four wheels on Friday night after a last lap crash in the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway.

Bell is in his first season running full-time in the Truck Series. Prior to competing in NASCAR and Super Late Models, Bell raced open-wheel midget and sprint cars, where he was involved in numerous flips. He was running fourth on the final lap of the Truck race but got turned into the frontstretch wall, which sent him into a barrel roll.

Bell immediately took off his window net, a signal to safety crews that he was okay, and he climbed out without assistance. He was taken to a local hospital as a precautionary evaluation, and was released early on Saturday morning.

Upon his release, KBM released the following statement.

Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Christopher Bell  was involved in a late-race accident during the running of Friday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Daytona International Speedway. Bell was transported to a local hospital following the accident as a precaution and was evaluated and released early Saturday morning. 

Several other drivers were involved in the melee, and it ended the race due to the field already taking the white flag. It was the second such Big One in the final 10 laps and the preceding crash caused a red flag that lasted nearly 30 minutes.

Johnny Sauter was declared the winner, as he was narrowly leading over Ryan Truex at the time the caution waved.

KBM is expected to take the damaged truck to the NASCAR R&D facility for a post-crash investigation.

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Matt Weaver is the Executive Editor of POPULAR SPEED. He has covered NASCAR since 2011 and full-time since 2013. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He has been published all across the country and routinely makes radio appearances on Sirius XM Satellite radio and NBC Sports Radio Network.