Christopher Bell leaves Darlington with career-high Cup finish

Photo By: Nigel Kinrade Photography / NKP Photo

By Sarah Handy, Staff Writer 

Rookie Christopher Bell drove his No. 95 Procore Toyota for Leavine Family Racing to a NASCAR Cup Series career best 11th place at Darlington on Wednesday evening.

Bell rolled off the starting grid for the Toyota 500 in the 24th position and worked himself up to the 21st position as the competition caution flew. He would finish stage one in 25th. 

With 41 laps remaining in the second stage he voiced to Crew Chief Jason Ratcliff that he loved the balance of his Toyota.

Results showed as he rounded out stage two in the 15th position.

Ultimately, due to good moves on the last couple restarts Bell was able to work his way up to 11th as rain paused the race. NASCAR went on to make the race official with 208 laps complete. 

“We made the most of those last couple restarts. I was fortunate enough to restart on the top and that’s a big advantage at a place like Darlington,” stated Bell. “I was able to bounce up through there those last couple restarts and make the most out of it.”

Next up on the agenda is the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday. Bell will make his first start in the Memorial Day weekend event which is also the longest race on the Cup schedule.

“Pretty anxious about it, expressed Bell. “Obviously, it’s a really long race, so trying to make sure I’m as prepared as I can be. I just want to do a good job. I want to make sure I see the end of the race. After that one, the rest of them are going to feel short.”

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