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Christopher Bell Earns Third Xfinity Win Of The Season

Collects $100K Xfinity Dash 4 Cash Bonus
Saturday, May 4, 2019

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Christopher Bell wins Dover and earns a $100k payday
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Christopher Bell won the battle that counted by a few feet—and that small victory launched him to his third NASCAR Xfinity Series triumph of the season in the Allied Steel Buildings 200 at Dover International Speedway.

Bell's No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota was first off pit road after a Lap 155 stop under caution, narrowly beating Cole Custer, who had led the first 155 laps of Saturday's race. The work of Bell's pit crew proved decisive, as the 24-year-old from Norman, Okla., controlled the race through two more restarts and beat Justin Allgaier to the finish line by 1.745 seconds.

Bell had already crossed the stripe before Zane Smith and John Hunter Nemechek wrecked coming to the checkered flag.

In addition to a gold Miles the Monster trophy, Bell collected a check for $100,000 as the final Dash 4 Cash winner of the season.

"Over the last couple of races, we've had great cars, but we haven't been able to capitalize on it," said Bell, who won for the second straight time at Dover and the 11th time in his career. "This one is really thanks to my pit crew, man. They did a great job, getting me out front where I could control the restarts.

Christopher Bell takes the checkered flag over Justin Allgaier to win at Dover
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"I knew if I could get out front, we'd be tough to beat. This place, you can pass on long green-flag runs, and it's one of my favorite race tracks because you can move around and try to find different lines and get going. But over the short run, it's pretty difficult to make something happen because there is so much grip on the bottom."

After losing the lead on pit road, Custer was shuffled back on three successive restarts, drawing the bottom lane each time. He finished fourth behind Bell, Allgaier and series leader Tyler Reddick and expressed his disappointment after the race.

"It's really frustrating when you lead that many laps," Custer said. "You just can't give up your track position here. Everybody wants to win at Dover. It's about the hardest track to pass that we go to… It's just so frustrating. We were so good, and we couldn't take advantage of a great car today."

For Allgaier, who suffered late contact with the outside wall and with Reddick's Chevrolet, the runner-up finish was a welcome result in an inconsistent season that has produced an average finish of 14.7.

"The car took a beating and kept going," Allgaier said. "Our Camaro was good today, but it wasn't great. I wanted to be able to battle there with Christopher at the end, but we were just off a little bit all day."

Chase Briscoe ran fifth as the highest-finishing Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender, followed by Austin Cindric, Brandon Jones, Nemechek, Smith and Michael Annett.

RACE RESULTS

Finish Start # Driver Sponsor/Make Laps Led Points Status
1 4 20 Christopher Bell Rheem Toyota 200 44 58 Running
2 2 7 Justin Allgaier BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet 200 1 50 Running
3 5 2 Tyler Reddick Roland Chevrolet 200 0 49 Running
4 1 0 Cole Custer Haas Automation Ford 200 155 53 Running
5 7 98 Chase Briscoe # Nutri Chomps Ford 200 0 40 Running
6 3 22 Austin Cindric Menards/Richmond Ford 200 0 42 Running
7 8 19 Brandon Jones 1st Foundation Toyota 200 0 36 Running
8 16 23 John Hunter Nemechek # Fire Alarm Services INC Chevrolet 200 0 30 Running
9 6 8 Zane Smith PatientPop Chevrolet 200 0 39 Running
10 15 1 Michael Annett Pilot/Flying J Chevrolet 200 0 27 Running
11 14 39 Ryan Sieg Anglin Builders LLC Chevrolet 200 0 26 Running
12 10 4 Ross Chastain Protect Your Melon Chevrolet 200 0 27 Running
13 17 86 Brandon Brown # Vector Security Chevrolet 200 0 24 Running
14 18 21 Kaz Grala HotScream Chevrolet 199 0 23 Running
15 12 18 Riley Herbst Monster Energy Toyota 199 0 22 Running
16 19 66 Timmy Hill R.Anderson Mem/CrashClaimsR.USToyota 199 0 21 Running
17 11 11 Justin Haley # LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet 198 0 21 Running
18 13 51 Jeremy Clements RepairableVehicles.com Chevrolet 198 0 19 Running
19 9 9 Noah Gragson # Switch Chevrolet 197 0 20 Running
20 21 8 Gray Gaulding World Wide Safety Consulting Chevrolet 197 0 17 Running
21 24 99 Tommy Joe Martins Diamond Gusset Jeans Toyota 197 0 16 Running
22 32 36 Josh Williams DGM Racing Chevrolet 196 0 15 Running
23 26 0 Garrett Smithley teamjdmotorsports.com Chevrolet 196 0 14 Running
24 22 7 Ray Black II ISOKERN/Scuba Life Chevrolet 196 0 13 Running
25 25 90 Ronnie Bassett Jr Bassett Gutters & More Chevrolet 196 0 12 Running
26 23 1 Stephen Leicht teamjdmotorsports.com Chevrolet 196 0 11 Running
27 20 15 BJ McLeod teamjdmotorsports.com Chevrolet 196 0 10 Running
28 33 52 David Starr ATS Chevrolet 195 0 9 Running
29 36 35 Joey Gase Toyota 195 0 8 Running
30 27 42 Chad Finchum Garrison Homes Toyota 195 0 7 Running
31 35 5 Matt Mills J.F. Electric Chevrolet 195 0 6 Running
32 31 78 Vinnie Miller Koolbox Toyota 194 0 5 Running
33 37 74 Mike Harmon JourneyHomeProject/CharlieDanielsChevrolet 144 0 4 Running
34 28 17 Bayley Currey(i) East Carolina University Chevrolet 59 0 0 Engine
35 34 89 Morgan Shepherd Visone RV Chevrolet 50 0 2 Overheating
36 29 38 Jeff Green RSS Racing Chevrolet 15 0 1 Brakes
37 38 13 John Jackson R.Anderson Mem/CrashClaimsR.USToyota 13 0 1 Vibration
38 30 93 Josh Bilicki Chevrolet 10 0 1 Transmission



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