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NXS: Christopher Bell To Race Seven XFINITY Races for JGR In 2017

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Christopher Bell will run seven races in NASCAR’s second-tier series for Joe Gibbs Racing in 2017 the team announced earlier today. One of the up-and-coming young guns of NASCAR, Bell currently runs full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for Kyle Busch Motorsports.

The 2017 season has been off to a hot start as Bell won the Chili Bowl, one of NASCAR’s marquee events, before winning the second NCWTS race of the season at Atlanta from the pole. Currently second in Championship standings following his third place finish at Martinsville Speedway, Bell has a lot to look forward to the rest of the season.

“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,” said Steve deSouza, Executive Vice President of XFINITY and Development for Joe Gibbs Racing. “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 Toyota’s for his seven races. “

Bell will make his XFINITY Series debut in the No. 18 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 27, followed by two races – Iowa Speedway (June 24) and Richmond international Raceway (Sept. 8) – in the No. 20. His last four races of his seven-race deal will be at Kansas Speedway (Oct. 21), Texas Motor Speedway (Nov. 4), Phoenix International Raceway (Nov. 14) and Homestead-Miami Speedway (Nov. 18).

In 2016, Bell finished third after qualifying for the inaugural Chase in the Truck Series and advancing to the final round at Homestead-Miami. In only 33 starts in the NCWTS, Bell has three wins. This season, he has posted one win, one pole, 201 laps led, two top-five and three top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 4.0 across the first three NCWTS events.

“As a kid growing up in Oklahoma it’s always been a dream come true to be able to race in one of the NASCAR’s top series,” stated Bell. “Over the past three years, Toyota has given me the opportunity to compete at the truck level with Kyle Busch Motorsports. 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.”

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About Jacob Mullins

Jacob Mullins serves as the managing editor and senior NASCAR writer covering all three national touring series's. You can find him on on Twitter at @JMulls15. An intercollegiate athletic administrator by trade, Mullins can be found at the big tracks as well as the local short tracks in the Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania area. Mullins enjoys social media, photography and graphic design. A native of West Chester, Pennsylvania, Mullins follows all forms of racing, Major League Baseball (Baltimore Orioles) and college football (Virginia Tech Hokies).

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