Christopher Bell

“I don’t assume I might ask for a greater place to take the subsequent step in my racing profession. I’m already snug with everybody at JGR and I feel the expertise I’ve with them this yr ought to assist me at the beginning of 2018.” (Photograph: Getty Pictures)&#thirteen;

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Joe Gibbs Racing introduced as we speak that Christopher Bell will compete in NASCAR XFINITY Collection full time in 2018.

The 22-yr-previous is presently operating full time within the NASCAR Tenting World Truck Collection for Kyle Busch Motorsports and stays in rivalry for this season’s championship. He at present leads the purpose standings getting into this weekend’s race at Talladega Superspeedway with 5 race wins and 7 stage wins offering him a Collection excessive forty seven factors.

“Christopher has confirmed himself at each degree of racing and we’re excited to have him run full time in our XFINITY Collection program beginning in 2018,” stated Joe Gibbs, proprietor of Joe Gibbs Racing. “He has proven nice maturity each on and off the monitor and we expect he’s prepared for this chance. We sit up for watching his continued progress within the sport.”

Bell began 2017 on hearth by profitable considered one of NASCAR’s marquee occasions, the Chili Bowl, and adopted it up by dominating and profitable within the Tenting World Truck Collection at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The Oklahoma native additionally picked up wins in his Toyota Tundra at Texas, Kentucky, Pocono, and New Hampshire.

“All of us at Toyota and TRD are proud to see Christopher proceed by way of the ranks as he now takes on the NASCAR XFINITY Collection fulltime with JGR for 2018,” stated David Wilson, president of TRD, U.S.A. (Toyota Racing Improvement). “Christopher has been part of the TRD driver improvement program for a few years courting again to his USAC championship in 2013 and he’s definitely been an integral a part of our continued success to convey younger drivers by means of the ranks of motorsports. Christopher has been profitable in each type of racing and we’re assured that he’ll add his identify to the record of drivers to place a Camry in victory lane.”

Earlier than racing on pavement, Bell was topped america Auto Membership (USAC) Nationwide Midget Champion in 2013 and accrued 26 function wins on filth in 2014, together with the Turkey Night time Grand Prix Midget race.  He additionally loved success in Tremendous Late Fashions, profitable prestigious races at New Smyrna Speedway, South Alabama Speedway and Southern Nationwide Motorsports Park. 

“I can’t categorical how excited I’m concerning the alternative to drive full time for Joe Gibbs Racing within the XFINITY Collection,” stated Bell. “This has been an incredible yr for me and clearly I stay targeted on ending the Truck Collection season robust and hopefully bringing a Championship to Kyle, Samantha and everybody at Kyle Busch Motorsports. I don’t assume I might ask for a greater place to take the subsequent step in my racing profession. I’m already snug with everybody at JGR and I feel the expertise I’ve with them this yr ought to assist me firstly of 2018.”

Joe Gibbs Racing will announce further particulars for its 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Collection program, together with sponsors, automotive quantity and crew chief assignments at a later date.