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Kickin The Tires

Bell finishes third at Charlotte

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By Caleb Whisler, Staff Writer

It was close yet again, but no cigar for Christopher Bell in the Alsco 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

On the final restart in NASCAR Overtime, Bell was second at the time. However, the execution wasn’t there for the driver.

“I mean the rain didn’t really have anything to do with it. I just didn’t execute there. I don’t know. I was disappointed to see the yellow cause I felt like I was starting to make some runs on them down the straightaways. Just didn’t execute on the restart,” Bell said.

On the second to last restart of the race, Bell knew that he had something coming for Brad Keselowski. However, when he saw a crush panel fly off a lapped down car, his heart was broken.  Bell was getting the high groove going in Turns One and Two.

“Felt like we were really getting – starting to make some runs there. I think we were coming to two to go and I was getting the top going pretty good in (turn) one and two,” Bell said.

“Felt like I was going to have shot at him if the yellow didn’t come out and then obviously when the yellow came out, I did have a shot at him and just didn’t execute on that last restart.”

Despite poor execution of the final restart, Bell’s biggest challenge of the race was being in the dirty air. Because he was unable to break free of the dirty air, Bell thought he was capable of running in the top-three throughout the day.

“I felt like our Rheem Camry was capable of running in the top two or three all day long, but just seemed like every time I’d lose a couple spots on the restart and I’d just be buried and have to climb my way up through there. I felt like our car was good, we just never really had the opportunity to show how good it was until right there at the end,” Bell said.

Bell ultimately finished the race in the third position. He sits second in the points, just 38 points behind the leader, Elliott Sadler. 

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