Christopher Bell starts last in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race in Atlanta
Saturday’s qualifying effort ahead of this Sunday’s Unbetter Health 400 didn’t seem to go as planned for Joe Gibbs Racing driver Christopher Bell. His 28-year-old driver in the #20 Toyota Camry TRD spun in his second of yesterday’s qualifying sessions, narrowly avoiding contact with the track wall.
However, a hard spin forced the team to make some repairs and adjustments to the car from Norman, Oklahoma during the session. This means Christopher his bell will start last in his 260-lap race at Atlanta Motors’ speedway on Sunday.
According to NASCAR’s rulebook, the 2023 season will require drivers to follow a series of qualifying procedures, one of which restricts teams from making adjustments or repairs to their cars. , only the Series Managing Director may authorize the team to make adjustments without incurring further penalties or setbacks.
Despite the #20 crew’s initial setbacks in Joe Gibbs RacingChristopher Bell remains a solid contender for Sunday, having ranked in the top five average speeds by segment at both Atlanta races last season and ranked 12th in average running position at Daytona earlier this year. is.
Christopher Bell will return to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series at North Wilkesboro Speedway this season.
North Wilkesboro Speedway is back on the NASCAR calendar this season. This historic track has played host to this year’s All-Star races in all three of his national series in the sport. Joe Gibbs Racing’s All-Star Weekend, which will be streamed live in May. Christopher Bell undertake cup series Participate in all-star races as well as truck series.
Hattori Racing Enterprises will have Bell at the wheel of the #61 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro on Saturday. The 28-year-old is trying to maximize his weekend track time. Bell has won his NASCAR Truck Series Championship in 2017 and should feel at home at the wheel of his one of the junior category cars.
Hendrick Motorsports’ William Byron will also be competing in the All-Star race on Saturday in May. Bell and Byron returned as teammates at Kyle Busch Motorsports in 2017.