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Christopher Bell slides to NASCAR Xfinity Sequence win at Kansas

Christopher Bell slides to NASCAR Xfinity Sequence win at Kansas

Saturday’s Kansas Lottery 300 might have been the opening race within the Spherical of eight of the NASCAR Xfinity Sequence Playoff, however the true drama concerned two Joe Gibbs Racing teammates exterior the championship battle.

On Lap 197 of 200 at Kansas Speedway, Christopher Bell caught and handed Erik Jones for the lead, clearing Jones’ No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota with a slide job and drifting as much as the skin wall proper in entrance of his JGR teammate.

Below a full head of steam, Jones plowed into the again of Bell’s No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, wrecking the No. 20 Camry, which slowed markedly and completed 15th, a lap down.

Bell took the checkered flag with polesitter Tyler Reddick and a few laborious emotions on Jones’ half in his wake.

“It’s not dust racing,” Jones complained, referencing Bell’s dirt-track background. “He’s not clear. I can’t simply cease on the highest. I didn’t anticipate him to drive in on the underside so laborious he wouldn’t have the ability to maintain his lane.

“It’s unlucky. I assumed we had been going to race for the win, and sadly, it wasn’t a lot of a race—it was extra of a wreck. We’ll simply have to maneuver on.”

Jones had led 4 instances for 186 laps earlier than Bell ran him down from greater than two seconds again within the closing laps. The sequence chief within the NASCAR Tenting World Truck Sequence, Bell obtained the victory in his fifth begin, turning into the primary driver to get his maiden XFINITY win on the 1.5-mile monitor.

Bell is also the 10th straight totally different winner within the sequence.

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Gallery: NASCAR at Kansas Speedway, Saturday Oct. 21, 2017

“I by no means need to wreck anybody, particularly my teammate,” Bell mentioned. “I don’t know. My spotter mentioned ‘Clear.’ I drove it in actually deep. I felt like I cleared him – I don’t know.

“It’s my first Xfinity win. I’m sorry that Erik didn’t end the race, however, man, I’m simply stoked. This factor was superior. To have the ability to win within the XFINITY Sequence is one thing I dreamed of as a child. We had been each on previous tires. We had been sliding round…

“Bummed for the best way it completed, however I’m glad it held on, man. I used to be getting tire smoke within the automobile there these final couple of laps, and I used to be anxious we weren’t going to make it.”

Ryan Blaney ran third, adopted by playoff drivers and JR Motorsports teammates William Byron and Justin Allgaier, the latter of whom collected 11 stage factors and took excessive spot within the standings by two factors over Byron, who needed to begin from the rear of the sphere due to unapproved pre-race changes to his No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet.

Elliott Sadler, one other JRM entry, recovered from a spin in Flip four on Lap 76 to complete seventh and is third within the Playoff standings, 11 factors behind Allgaier.

“A tire got here aside—I don’t know whether or not I ran over one thing or not,” mentioned Sadler, who turned sideways within the path of oncoming visitors. Eventual sixth-place finisher Austin Dillon did a masterful job of avoiding Sadler’s spinning automobile.

“I gave ‘em an enormous goal, however no person hit us,” a relieved Sadler mentioned after the race.

Past the highest three Playoff positions, little was determined. With two races left within the Spherical of eight, there’s an eight-point hole between fourth-place Brennan Poole, who ran 12th on Saturday, and eighth-place Cole Custer, who introduced his No. 00 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford to pit highway with two laps left due to a reduce tire and completed 19th, two laps down.

Christopher Bell

His first Xfinity win got here in simply his fifth begin within the sequence. Photograph by LAT Photographic

NASCAR Xfinity Sequence Race Outcomes Kansas Lottery 300

Kansas Speedway

Kansas Metropolis, Kansas

Saturday, October 21, 2017

1. (four) Christopher Bell(i), Toyota, 200.

2. (1) Tyler Reddick, Chevrolet, 200.

three. (three) Ryan Blaney(i), Ford, 200.

four. (6) William Byron # (P), Chevrolet, 200.

5. (13) Justin Allgaier (P), Chevrolet, 200.

6. (5) Austin Dillon(i), Chevrolet, 200.

7. (11) Elliott Sadler (P), Chevrolet, 200.

eight. (eight) Matt Tifft # (P), Toyota, 200.

9. (16) Ty Dillon(i), Chevrolet, 200.

10. (15) Ryan Reed (P), Ford, 200.

11. (12) Brandon Jones, Chevrolet, 200.

12. (9) Brennan Poole (P), Chevrolet, 200.

13. (24) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet, 200.

14. (20) Michael Annett, Chevrolet, 199.

15. (2) Erik Jones(i), Toyota, 199.

16. (19) Dylan Lupton, Toyota, 199.

17. (21) Ross Chastain, Chevrolet, 199.

18. (10) Daniel Hemric # (P), Chevrolet, 199.

19. (7) Cole Custer # (P), Ford, 198.

20. (23) JJ Yeley, Toyota, 198.

21. (14) Spencer Gallagher #, Chevrolet, 197.

22. (31) Quin Houff, Chevrolet, 196.

23. (18) Blake Koch, Chevrolet, 196.

24. (28) Harrison Rhodes, Chevrolet, 195.

25. (22) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 195.

26. (17) Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, 194.

27. (32) David Starr, Chevrolet, 194.

28. (34) Garrett Smithley, Chevrolet, 192.

29. (36) Mario Gosselin, Chevrolet, 192.

30. (35) Joey Gase, Chevrolet, 192.

31. (40) Bobby Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 188.

32. (26) BJ McLeod, Chevrolet, 188.

33. (38) Spencer Boyd, Chevrolet, 188.

34. (33) Josh Berry, Toyota, Engine, 182.

35. (39) Jennifer Jo Cobb(i), Chevrolet, 139.

36. (30) Timmy Hill, Dodge, Vibration, 36.

37. (37) Morgan Shepherd, Chevrolet, Suspension, 24.

38. (27) Reed Sorenson(i), Chevrolet, Dealing with, 7.

39. (29) Grey Gaulding(i), Chevrolet, Brakes, three.

40. (25) Jeff Inexperienced, Chevrolet, Dealing with, 2.

Common Pace of Race Winner: 141.158 mph.

Time of Race: 02 Hrs, 07 Minutes, 31 Secs. Margin of Victory: 2.670 Seconds.

Warning Flags: four for 20 laps.

Lead Adjustments: eight amongst 5 drivers.

Lap Leaders: T. Reddick zero; E. Jones(i) 1-51; T. Reddick 52-54; E. Jones(i) 55-81; R. Blaney(i) 82-84; E. Jones(i) 85-93; T. Dillon(i) 94-97; E. Jones(i) 98-196; C. Bell(i) 197-200.

Leaders Abstract (Driver, Instances Lead, Laps Led): E. Jones(i) four instances for 186 laps; T. Dillon(i) 1 time for four laps; C. Bell(i) 1 time for four laps; T. Reddick 1 time for three laps; R. Blaney(i) 1 time for three laps.

Stage #1 Prime Ten: 20,22,42,2,18,1,48,7,21,00

Stage #2 Prime Ten: 20,22,7,18,42,9,00,48,21,2

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