Latest Christopher Bell News

DiBenedetto falls short of win but earns immense respect

Aug. 18, 2019 4:16 PM EDT

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — When his sponsorship dried up early last season, Matt DiBenedetto took the unique step of making a social media video asking for funding ideas. Denny Hamlin was among those who saw the clip and then donated $5,000 to his fellow competitor. The gesture brought more attention to...

Hamlin wins at Bristol to spoil DiBenedetto's upset bid

Aug. 17, 2019 11:44 PM EDT

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — The winner climbed from his car and immediately apologized for denying an underdog his first career victory. The runner-up, in tears over his near miss, was raucously embraced by the crowd for his oh-so-close effort. Bristol Motor Speedway was a bizarre mix of emotions Saturday night...

Hamlin wins 1st pole of season for Toyota and Gibbs

Aug. 16, 2019 7:20 PM EDT

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Denny Hamlin has won the pole for Saturday night's race at Bristol Motor Speedway, a critical short-track showdown for drivers trying to qualify for the playoffs. The Daytona 500 winner turned a lap at 129.230 mph in his Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing in Friday's qualifying session. His...

Drivers eyeing playoff spots and job security at Bristol

Aug. 16, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — There is very little wiggle room in the race to make NASCAR's playoffs, and as free agency hits full steam drivers are trying to secure their futures as fast as possible. Among those on the bubble is Clint Bowyer, in the 16th and final qualifying spot and in a freefall the past two...

Matt DiBenedetto out at Leavine after this NASCAR season

Aug. 15, 2019 1:35 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Matt DiBenedetto has been told by Leavine Family Racing he will not be brought back for a second season with the NASCAR team in 2020. DiBenedetto called it "devastating news" in Thursday social media posts. He's enjoying the best season of his career while driving the No. 95 Toyota...

Cindric wins at Mid-Ohio for second straight Xfinity victory

Aug. 10, 2019 7:04 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ohio (AP) — Austin Cindric raced to his second straight NASCAR Xfinity Series victory Saturday, holding off Christopher Bell at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The 20-year-old Cindric won for the first time in the series last week on the road course at Watkins Glen. "To get my first two wins within...

Austin Cindric wins NASCAR Xfinity race at The Glen

Aug. 3, 2019 7:58 PM EDT

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — Austin Cindric's dad never wanted him to be a racer. Dad might want to change his mind now. Cindric won on the road course at Watkins Glen in NASCAR's Xfinity Series on Saturday, holding off veteran AJ Allmendinger in the final two laps. It was the first series win in 54 races for...

Chase Briscoe on the rise in Xfinity Series

Aug. 2, 2019 9:48 PM EDT

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — Six days after his first Xfinity Series victory of the season and not-so-fresh from a disheartening loss in the Truck Series race at Eldora only hours earlier, Chase Briscoe was ready for the challenge of Watkins Glen International. "I definitely want to be higher up on the speed...

Jones inching closer to win, new contract with Gibbs

Jul. 29, 2019 2:48 PM EDT

LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Erik Jones started the season on the hot seat for Joe Gibbs Racing. Now, 21 races into the season, he is on a hot streak for the best team in NASCAR and making an easy case for a new contract. With five races left before NASCAR sets the playoff field, Jones is close to clinching a...

Briscoe overtakes Bell late for NASCAR Xfinity win in Iowa

Jul. 27, 2019 8:39 PM EDT

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — Chase Briscoe passed Christopher Bell with seven laps to go and won the NASCAR Xfinity race at Iowa Speedway on Saturday night for his first victory of the year. Briscoe's only other Xfinity victory came last season on Charlotte's roval. Briscoe's No. 98 Ford had been close all season,...