Bell Locked Into Championship 4 With Texas NXS Win
Christopher Bell made it a Lone Star sweep at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday night.
“We had a fast enough Discount Tire Ford Mustang to win the race, no doubt,” said Cindric. “Given the right track position we could have done it. We had great execution all day. Wish we hadn’t gotten unlucky on some of those restarts and maybe been on the front row for a couple of those final restarts. I knew my job was to be the best pusher and clear the 20 and I did that but I wasn’t able to clear the 10. We will move on and go try to win Phoenix. I haven’t seen the points yet but if you win, you are in.”
While it was a strong night for Bell, it was a rough night for other title hopefuls.
Tyler Reddick had contended for the win until he spun into the inside wall on the backstretch after trying to avoid the slowing car of Chase Briscoe ahead of him. He made heavy contact with the wall, taking out his radiator and ending his night. He was credited with a 29th place finish.
Reddick sits 36 points ahead of the cutoff, and should be safe going into next weekend’s race at Phoenix.
Noah Gragson spun on the front stretch off the front bumper of Harrison Burton on lap 150. The infield grass left the No. 9 Chevrolet with heavy front end damage. That led to a red flag condition to allow for track clean up.
CHRISTOPHER BELL, No. 20 Rheem Toyota Supra, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 1st
How confident do you feel now walking out of here with a win?
“I like where we are at, that’s for sure. There a couple of places earlier in the year that the car drove really, really nice and we were just weren’t able to compete with some of the other competitiors, but right now, I feel like we can be a little off on balance and still be competitive. So that’s means whenever we hit it we are going to be really good. I feel like the 2 (Tyler Reddick) was really good there with us and obviously he ran into some bad luck there and crashed, but winning is always outstanding.”
How strong was your car throughout the night?
“Well, I was struggling early. I was fast, but I didn’t really feel that great. We had some issues, and the brakes started going away, and whenever the brakes started going away, I really started struggling. So then, we had a couple long reds, or one long red and another really long yellow that really helped the brakes come back and the handle came back.”
How do you feel going into Phoenix?
“Well, this group here loves going to Phoenix, and now we can go to Phoenix with one thing on our mind and that’s trying to win. I’m very thankful about that.”
Is this excitement or relief after what you went through last year in Phoenix?
“Excitement. I can’t wait. I can’t wait to get to Phoenix. I love that race track and now I get to focus on one thing, and that is winning the race. I don’t know if Jason (Ratcliff, crew chief) was thinking points tonight, but we are definitely not going to have to think points next week.”
You are now locked in and you don’t have to worry about anything.
“It’s nice. The Homestead car has sitting there. It has been getting touched a little bit, but obviously we still have priorties in line, where now, I believe Homestead becomes the number one focus.”
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