NASCAR New Hampshire Xfinity race results: Christopher Bell thumps the field

After each restart, Bell would pull away steadily as the drivers behind him contested second, third and fourth place.

Christopher Bell got just what he needed on an uncharacteristically hot day at New Hampshire Motor Speedway—a breeze.

That’s an apt description of Bell’s victory in the ROXOR 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Saturday. In winning for the fifth time this season and the second time in as many starts at the Magic Mile, Bell led 186 of 200 laps and crossed the finish line 4.068 seconds ahead of runner-up Cole Custer.

The race followed a familiar pattern. After each restart, Bell would pull away steadily as the drivers behind him contested second, third and fourth place. The only time the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota fell out of the lead was a pit stop on Lap 33, when seven other cars stayed on the track.

Bell restarted eighth on Lap 38 and drove up to second place before the first stage ended on Lap 45. Aside from that, the 24-year-old from Norman, Oklahoma, was in full control. When Stage 2 ended, Bell had an advantage of more than six seconds over eventual third-place finisher Justin Allgaier.

“I just had a really good race car,” said Bell, who has a propensity for understatement. “I’m very thankful to be driving these Supras for Joe Gibbs Racing. All of our partners, man, they just provide really fast race cars, and I’m the lucky guy who gets to drive them.”

 

Sights from the NASCAR action at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Saturday July 20, 2019.

Sights from the NASCAR action at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Saturday July 20, 2019.

Sights from the NASCAR action at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Saturday July 20, 2019.

Sights from the NASCAR action at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Saturday July 20, 2019.

Sights from the NASCAR action at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Saturday July 20, 2019.

Sights from the NASCAR action at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Saturday July 20, 2019.

Sights from the NASCAR action at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Saturday July 20, 2019.

Sights from the NASCAR action at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Saturday July 20, 2019.

Sights from the NASCAR action at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Saturday July 20, 2019.

Sights from the NASCAR action at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Saturday July 20, 2019.

Sights from the NASCAR action at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Saturday July 20, 2019.

Sights from the NASCAR action at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Saturday July 20, 2019.

Sights from the NASCAR action at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Saturday July 20, 2019.

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Loudon, New Hampshire

Saturday, July 20, 2019

                1. (2)  Christopher Bell, Toyota, 200.

                2. (1)  Cole Custer, Ford, 200.

                3. (8)  Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 200.

                4. (11)  Tyler Reddick, Chevrolet, 200.

                5. (4)  Paul Menard(i), Ford, 200.

                6. (5)  Chase Briscoe #, Ford, 200.

                7. (9)  Ryan Truex, Chevrolet, 200.

                8. (15)  Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, 200.

                9. (6)  Brandon Jones, Toyota, 200.

                10. (10)  Noah Gragson #, Chevrolet, 200.

                11. (16)  Michael Annett, Chevrolet, 200.

                12. (3)  Austin Cindric, Ford, 200.

                13. (13)  Justin Haley #, Chevrolet, 200.

                14. (12)  Kaz Grala, Chevrolet, 200.

                15. (14)  Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 200.

                16. (21)  Brandon Brown #, Chevrolet, 200.

                17. (20)  Gray Gaulding, Chevrolet, 199.

                18. (25)  Ray Black II, Chevrolet, 199.

                19. (27)  Josh Williams, Chevrolet, 199.

                20. (31)  Matt Mills, Chevrolet, 198.

                21. (36)  BJ McLeod, Chevrolet, 198.

                22. (19)  Alex Labbe, Chevrolet, 197.

                23. (18)  Stephen Leicht, Chevrolet, 197.

                24. (30)  Garrett Smithley, Chevrolet, 197.

                25. (26)  Tommy Joe Martins, Toyota, 197.

                26. (32)  David Starr, Chevrolet, 196.

                27. (28)  Vinnie Miller, Chevrolet, 195.

                28. (37)  CJ McLaughlin(i), Chevrolet, 192.

                29. (7)  Harrison Burton(i), Toyota, Suspension, 169.

                30. (22)  Chad Finchum, Toyota, 167.

                31. (34)  Joey Gase, Toyota, 159.

                32. (38)  Tyler Matthews, Chevrolet, 154.

                33. (29)  Shane Lee, Toyota, Engine, 112.

                34. (35)  Timmy Hill, Toyota, Brakes, 92.

                35. (33)  Bayley Currey(i), Chevrolet, Vibration, 51.

                36. (17)  John Hunter Nemechek #, Chevrolet, Accident, 31.

                37. (24)  Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, Carburetor, 22.

                38. (23)  Carl Long, Toyota, Rear Gear, 16.

Average Speed of Race Winner:  104.365 mph.

Time of Race:  2 Hrs, 1 Mins, 39 Secs. Margin of Victory:  4.068 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  5 for 28 laps.

Lead Changes:  5 among 3 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   C. Custer 0;C. Bell 1-33;B. Jones 34-36;R. Sieg 37;B. Jones 38-47;C. Bell 48-200.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  Christopher Bell 2 times for 186 laps; Brandon Jones 2 times for 13 laps; Ryan Sieg 1 time for 1 lap.

Stage #1 Top Ten: 19,20,2,93,7,8,00,11,12,2,98

Stage #2 Top Ten: 20,7,00,2,12,98,8,22,18,4,1

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