It might sound ridiculous to ask if Christopher Bell will FINALLY win the Xfinity Championship when he’s only in his second season. However, when you’re as good as Christopher Bell it’s not a ridiculous question to ask.
In 2018, Bell won 7 races but finished a lowly 11th in the Championship race at Homestead. Saturday night in Texas he punched his ticket for the Championship Final 4 at Homestead once again after a dominating victory. The question now is can he perform in Miami?
If Bell pulls out a performance like he did Saturday night he’ll coast to victory in Miami and head to the Cup Series as an Xfinity and Truck Series champ. Bell won both stages while leading 101 of 200 laps Saturday night en route to his eighth win of the season.
Throughout the year Bell has consistently been the fastest driver but not necessarily the most consistent. Tyler Reddick surprisingly has been more consistent than Bell and Cole Custer. Reddick leads the series with 25 Top-10s and 22 Top-5s while Bell only has 20 Top-10s and 19 Top-5s. Last season Bell went into Miami as the favorite to win, maybe tied with Cole Custer who dominate Miami in 2017. Instead, it was Reddick who was consistently around all season but had only won the season-opening race at Daytona. While Bell won throughout the season it was Reddick who rode the high side at Miami to the win and championship.
The question now in 2019 is will Reddick replicate that same performance or will Christopher Bell finally take the championship he should have won in 2018. NASCAR’s championship format is gimmicky, it doesn’t reward a season of work but rather one race. Bell can put together a complete season, the biggest unanswered question is can he close in the final race?
Rest Of Texas Recap
Ross Chastain looked like he might have a chance to steal the win Saturday night but settled for a second-place finish instead. He’ll be driving the #10 car full-time in 2020 and last night was a warning shot for everyone else. Chastain has outperformed teammate Justin Haley again while showing the Kaulig cars can win.
Tyler Reddick crashed out late after Chase Briscoe bounced off the wall. Reddick hit the inside wall on the backstretch ending his night. In his interview after the wreck, Reddick showed his maturity acknowledging he put himself in a bad position and didn’t need to waste those points. He’s still comfortable headed to Phoenix assuming he doesn’t have troubles.
John Hunter Nemechek got a Top-5 for GMS Racing as rumors continue to swirl that the team will be shut down at the end of the season.
The last point to make here, shoutout to Ryan Sieg. His backup car was his Phoenix car, his team thrashed to get it converted to a Texas setup and he stole a Top-10 last night. Solid performance by all those boys and girls.
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