Bell explains controversial move at Kansas

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By Caleb Whisler, Staff Writer

After his slide job move to score his first career victory in the NASCAR XFINITY Series at Kansas Speedway, Christopher Bell discussed the week following his controversial move.

After the checkered flag fell, Erik Jones was unhappy with Bell. After the race, Bell was the first to reach out to Jones to discuss the move and their relationship going forward.

“As far as mine and Erik’s relationship, we weren’t really I guess friends before. We didn’t talk every day or anything like that, but we were acquaintances, so I think that that’s going to continue on,” said Bell. “I made sure I reached out to him after the race and tried to smooth things over as good as we can, but we’re all here to win. We’re not here to become buddies.”

After their discussions about the move, the two seem to have a mutual understanding, or so Bell thinks.

“Me and Erik (Jones), we’re fine. I reached out to him after the race and you he was, like we’re fine. Our relationship is kind of how it was before that. There’s no grudges held or at least that I know of.”

Bell believes that the “clashing of heads” was a result of their different backgrounds on dirt and asphalt. Bell also believes that he left Jones enough room when he made the pass.

“Going back to the move, he – I don’t know. He’s not a dirt race and I am a dirt racer, so maybe that was just two backgrounds clashing right there. I executed my move to exactly how I wanted to do it and I felt like I left him multiple options to get a different outcome and you know that’s kind of where I’m going to leave it at.”

Despite the controversy, the win at Kansas was a confidence builder for Bell going into next season as he embarks on a full-time XFINITY ride with Joe Gibbs Racing.

One Comment

  1. Al Torney

    October 28, 2017 at 5:45 am

    Bell is right Jones is wrong. Bell left plenty of room for Jones to take evasive action. If that move bothered Erik he’s in for a rude awakening in the future as most slide jobs in Cup are a lot closer then that one. Jones has a lot of talent, as does Bell, but both should be careful to not believe in what their PR people write about them.

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