Christopher Bell set for NASCAR XFINITY Series debut with Joe Gibbs Racing
Christopher Bell will make his NASCAR XFINITY Series debut later this season for Joe Gibbs Racing.
The 22-year-old is currently signed to Kyle Busch Motorsports, where he is completing his second full-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series campaign. In addition to his primary obligation, he will now make seven starts this summer for JGR in the second-tier NASCAR tour.
The reigning Chili Bowl Midget Nationals champion will make his debut in the No. 18 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 27.
Bell will then swap over to the No. 20 for two races on June 24 at Iowa Speedway and September 8 at Richmond International Raceway. He will finish out his introductory docket in the No. 19 at Kansas Speedway on Oct. 21, Texas Motor Speedway on November 4, Phoenix International Raceway on November 4 and at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 18.
Bell said his part-time ascension up the ladder is a dream come true.
“Over the past three years, Toyota has given me the opportunity to compete at the truck level with Kyle Busch Motorsports,” Bell said in a press release. “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.”
Steve deSouza, executive vice president of XFINITY and Development for Joe Gibbs Racing believes Toyota has a special talent in Bell.
“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,” deSouza said. “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 Toyotas for his seven races.”
Before making his NASCAR debut, Bell was crowned the USAC National Midget champion in 2013. He scored 26 feature wins on dirt in 2014 while transitioning to pavement Super Late Models. He’s won big asphalt races such as the New Smyrna World Series 100, Rattler 250 at South Alabama Speedway and a CARS Tour race at Southern National Motorsports Park.
Bell finished third in the Truck Series standings last season after making the Championship 4 in the debut Chase for the Championship. He’s already won a Truck Series race this season too – earning top honors at Atlanta Motor Speedway.