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Christopher Bell emerges as victor after massive wreck at Texas
Christopher Bell edges Chase Briscoe at the start-finish line after Timothy Peters' No. 99 Chevrolet flips on its roof with one lap to go at Texas.
Christopher Bell takes first laps in Monster Energy Series car
With Denny Hamlin on baby watch, 22-year-old Christopher Bell climbed into the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota to log a few practice laps at Michigan.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway: 25 Years, 25 Moments
Buy Tickets - SYLVANIA 300 New Hampshire Motor Speedway 's September event weekend will mark the facility's 25th Anniversary. Relive some of the top moments over the past 25 years. From Rusty Wallace capturing the inagural NASCAR Sprint Cup race win to Cole Custer becoming the youngest driver to visit Victory Lane in a National Series event - check out the top 25 moments below. 1. August 13, 1989: Groundbreaking for New Hampshire International Speedway (formerly Bryar Motorsports Park). 2. June 5, 1990: Track owner Bob Bahre and N.H. Governor Judd Gregg cut the ribbon to officially open “New Hampshire International Speedway.” 3. July 15, 1990: In NASCAR's debut at NHMS, Tommy Ellis wins the Grand National Series ( XFINITY ) race. 4. August 23, 1992: Joe Nemechek and Dale Earnhardt (Sr.) bump each other on the way to the finish line with Nemechek taking home the win. 5. July 11, 1993: Rusty Wallace wins the inaugural NASCAR Cup Series race at NHMS. 6. July 9, 1995: Jeff Gordon earns his first win at NHMS en route to his first Cup Series championship. 7. July 14, 1996: Ernie Irvan captures the win in one of the more emotional victories in NASCAR history. The win came less than two years after Irvan suffered a near-fatal crash at Michigan, where he was given less than a 10 percent chance of survival. 8. June 28, 1998: In his final season as an IndyCar driver, Tony Stewart wins the IRL New England 200, his final career win in the series. 9. Sept. 17, 2000: Jeff Burton leads all 300 laps of the Dura Lube 300 to earn his record-setting fourth Cup Series win at NHMS. The race is infamously remembered for its use of restrictor plates. 10. Nov. 23, 2001: The New Hampshire 300 runs as the last race of the season on Friday after Thanksgiving. Robby Gordon wins the race and Jeff Gordon holds the Sprint Cup Series trophy for the fourth time. 11. Sept. 19, 2004: The Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship debuts with its opening race, the SYLVANIA 300. Kurt Busch wins the race and goes on to become crowned Champion. 12. Sept. 18, 2005: Robby Gordon chucks his helmet at Michael Waltrip after a wreck on the backstretch. 13. June 28, 2008: Chuck Hossfeld edges Ted Christopher by 0.001 seconds in the Whelen Modified Tour’s New England 100, the closest margin of victory in speedway history. 14. June 28, 2009: Joey Logano becomes the youngest winner in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history at 19 years, 35 days. 15. Sept. 20, 2009: Fifty-year-old Mark Martin takes the lead in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship with the 40th and final win of his illustrious career. It was his first and only win at NHMS. 16. June 26, 2010: Kyle Busch ends a streak of 23 straight different winners at NHMS in the XFINITY Series by becoming the first two-time series winner in the track's history. He also won the '09 race and followed up with wins in '11 and '13. 17. July 16, 2011: Kyle Busch earns his 100th NASCAR National Series win and ties Mark Martin ’s record for most XFINITY Series wins with 49. 18. Sept. 25, 2011: Tony Stewart assumes his only lead in the SYLVANIA 300 with two to go when Clint Bowyer runs out of gas. The win was Stewart’s second in as many Chase races and propelled him to the championship. 19. July 14, 2012: NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee Mike Stefanik beats Ron Silk in the Whelen Modified Tour Town Fair Tire 100 by 0.003 seconds. 20. Sept. 23, 2012: Denny Hamlin follows through on his guarantee to win, and celebrates with military personnel in victory lane. 21. July 11, 2013: Toomas Topi Heikkinen wins the SYVLANIA SilverStar zXe Global RallyCross race when leader Tanner Foust crashes on the final hairpin turn. 22. July 14, 2013: Part-time driver Brian Vickers wins the Camping World RV Sales 301, his first win since battling back from blood clots in his legs and lungs that threatened his life. 23. July 11, 2014: Ryan Newman wins the inaugural Modified All-Star Shootout event, a combination race between the best of the Whelen Modified Tour and Whelen Southern Modified Tour. 24. July 13, 2014: Brad Keselowski ties a NASCAR record by becoming the 13th different non-repeat winner at the same track in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. 25. Sept. 20, 2014: At 16 years, seven months and 28 days, Cole Custer wins the NASCAR Camping World Truck s Series UNOH 175 to become the youngest winner of a NASCAR National Series race.
David McGrath looks to make mark at New Hampshire
RELATED: Buy tickets for New Hampshire If you happen to be a track promoter or a race fan, there is a pretty good chance you believe there is no such thing as too much racing. At least that's the case for New Hampshire Motor Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager David McGrath and the fan base that fills the grandstands two weekends a year at the 1-mile track located in Loudon, New Hampshire. "The crowds tell you no," McGrath told NASCAR.com. "Those stands don't empty. "They get it twice a year (at our facility) and they live for it. Like any other part of the country, the Northeast race fan is a rabid fan of our sport. They love it; they can't wait to get up to New Hampshire. They plan their summers and early fall around those races." McGrath, a native New Englander, understands the region's race fans, the bulk of whom arrive from in-state, with nearby Massachusetts and those making the trek from across the Canadian border making up a sizable chunk as well. Named to oversee the Speedway Motorsports Inc. track in October of '15, McGrath has quickly become acquainted with the intricacies and aspects of running such a facility. "Yeah, jack of all trades, master of none," he said. "You have to work at state level, local level, know your governor, senators, representatives and local selectmen. ... We care a great deal about our municipalities and our towns we work with, because we are all in the same boat together. We are the largest driver of economic revenue (in the state), but we don't do that with a swagger. "You are always trying to be understanding, tolerable and work together to figure out solutions. But make no mistake, the vision of the speedway is to be able to utilize that 1,100 acres with the team we've got and find new, cool events, create things for fans to come and experience." The typical race weekend at New Hampshire will see anywhere from three to four series competing during the course of three days. A Sprint Cup/XFINITY Series doubleheader in the summer and a Sprint Cup/Camping World Truck Series doubleheader in the fall headline programs that also include events from the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, Whelen Modified Tour and American Canadian Tour. It's rare to wander into the facility during a race weekend and not hear cars of one sort or another on the track, either practicing, qualifying or racing. Competing at New Hampshire is a big, big deal, especially for the grassroots circuits. "Certainly in the case of the Modifieds it is, no question," McGrath said. "They are a touring series that travels all over the Northeast and they look at New Hampshire as their big, big event. Their Daytona, if you will." The track has played host to the Whelen Modified Series since 1990, three years before Sprint Cup came calling, and the list of previous winners includes such standouts as Mike McLaughlin, Steve Park, Reggie Ruggiero, Mike Stefanik, Tony Hirschman and Ted Christopher . "Saturday on either race weekend at our track, whether it's July or September, I think is one of the best deals in all of motorsports as far as for the race fans," McGrath said. "Absolutely. You get three great races. In July you've got the K&N race to end the day, you've got XFINITY and then you've got Modifieds. And then in September, you've got Modifieds, Trucks, and the ACT. That's just a great day." In addition to hosting two Sprint Cup Series races, including one that falls in the Round of 16 of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, the fall Truck Series race will serve as that series' opener for its inaugural seven-race Chase. Off the track, McGrath said his vision is to continue to develop those things that track ownership -- the facility is one of eight operated by Speedway Motorsports Inc. -- has already undertaken. "We work for the fans," he said. "One of my visions is to continually improve the facility to make it more fan friendly than it already is. Our company has invested a lot of money since we purchased the track back in 2007 going into 2008. We're going to continue to do those things as it makes sense. "We will continue to evaluate areas where we can improve the fan experience. We've built bath/shower houses, increased and improved site drainage ... and have new paving areas all over the campgrounds and the facility. "But the vision would really be to evolve and improve the track and think about new ways to increase the fan experience."
Christopher Bell gets loose in Stage 1 at Eldora
The No. 4 Christopher Bell spins out at Turn 2 and wrecks with the No. 33 Kaz Grala, causing the third caution of Stage 1.
Watch Christopher Bell's Pocono burnout
Christopher Bell celebrates in style after winning his sixth career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race and fourth of 2017 at Pocono.
Christopher Bell scores dominating win in Atlanta
RELATED: Race results " Standings " Detailed breakdown HAMPTON, Ga. – Christopher Bell unquestionably had the dominant truck in Saturday's Active Pest Control 200, but, in the end, the driver of the No. 4 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota Tundra had to work hard for the third NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory of his career. In the nightcap of a NASCAR doubleheader at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bell held off fellow Tundra driver Matt Crafton in a two-lap shootout to the finish for his first win of the 2017 season. Austin Cindric's spin on Lap 124 of 130 brought out the eighth and final caution of the race and set up the final two-lap dash. Bell restarted on the inside on Lap 129, with Crafton in the outside lane. Crafton held his own through the first two corners, but Bell pulled ahead on the backstretch and finally cleared Crafton's No. 88 Toyota off Turn 4. One lap later, Bell crossed the finish line .447 seconds ahead of Crafton, with defending series champion Johnny Sauter trailing the lead pair in third place. Ben Rhodes ran fourth, followed by Chase Elliott. "I was just trying to do everything I could to get the best restart I could," Bell said. "I didn't want to get my momentum broken. These Truck races are really tough to get restarts going, because it's so aero-dependent. "You can get all sorts of momentum or you can get all sorts of momentum taken away from you. That happened to me there in the middle section of the race." But the truck was there when it counted. "It was just a dream machine. It was really, really good." Clearly, that was an understatement. Bell edged his team owner for the pole position in Saturday morning's qualifying session and proceeded to lead the first 83 laps, claiming both the first and second 40-lap stage wins in the process. In fact, Bell was so dominant in the second stage that crossed the stripe 8.030 seconds ahead of Busch, who nevertheless took the lead with an excellent pit stop, putting Bell in the outside lane for the start of Stage 3 on Lap 88. Bell subsequently fell back to fifth in the running order, but after two cautions, he restarted from the inside lane on the third row on Lap 113 and one lap later passed Crafton for the lead. Busch, who won the NASCAR XFINITY Series race earlier in the day, fell back with a cut tire on the Lap 113 restart and finished 26th, but he could take solace from the quality of Bell's effort – not to mention the progress the 22-year-old has made since Busch signed the open-wheel star to a full-time ride last year. “We’re still trying to get the Sprint Car out of him,” Busch quipped after the race. “This kid grows up running 30-lap features, and after 30 laps his tires are worn out.” On Saturday, however, Bell decisively overcame the "Days of Thunder" mentality Busch described, and with the race win and two stage victories, came away with all seven available playoff points in the process. </p>
JGR adds Christopher Bell for XFINITY Series races
Officials with Joe Gibbs Racing have announced that Christopher Bell will compete in seven NASCAR XFINITY Series races for the organization in 2017. Bell, who currently competes for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, is scheduled to make his XFINITY Series debut May 27 in the Hisense 4K TV 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He will pilot the organization's No. 18 Toyota. Additional starts in the No. 18 entry are fall races at Kansas, Texas, Phoenix and Homestead-Miami. Following his Charlotte debut, Bell will take the wheel of the No. 20 Toyota for XFINITY Series races at Iowa and the September stop at Richmond. A native of Norman, Oklahoma, Bell, 22, has three career wins in the Truck Series, the most recent coming earlier this season at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He earned his first win in 2015 at Eldora Speedway and won again in '16 at Gateway Motorsports Park. Bell made it all the way to the Championship Round of the Truck Series in 2016, eventually finishing third. He is a former United States Auto Club (USAC) National Midget champ and won this year's prestigious Chili Bowl. Fast-tracked into NASCAR by Toyota officials who have helped groom the young driver, Bell said stepping up to compete for 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. … "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." Steve deSouza, JGR's executive vice president of XFINITY and Development, noted Bell's quick adaptation to the Truck Series. "He has confidence and is eager to showcase his talents at Charlotte … and we are excited to see what he can do in the JGR Toytotas for his seven races," deSouza said. JGR fields three XFINITY Series teams. Four drivers -- Daniel Suarez, Erik Jones, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Benjamin -- have been in the group's No. 20 Toyota this year; Kyle Busch and Suarez have split time in the No. 18 while Matt Tifft has handled the No. 19. Jones has a pair of XFINITY wins this season while Busch has one victory in his three starts. Overall JGR has 134 wins in the series since 1997. The organization also fields four full-time teams in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, with drivers Busch, Hamlin, Suarez and Matt Kenseth.
Christopher Bell talks about importance of stage points
Christopher Bell talks about just missing a Stage 1 win that teammate Kyle Busch snagged at Kansas Speedway. Bell explains how important stage points are this season.
Christopher Bell to race seven NXS races for Joe Gibbs Racing
Joe Gibbs Racing announces that Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Christopher Bell will run seven NASCAR XFINITY Series races starting at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 27.