Bell Wins at Kentucky

Christopher Bell

“We had such a fast Toyota Tundra that I knew if the right circumstances came up, we could do it." (Photo: Getty Images)

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Christopher Bell scored his third NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win of the year in Thursday night’s Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 at Kentucky Speedway.

Bell held off Brandon Jones in the closing laps to take his fifth career series win. All three of the Kyle Busch Motorsports driver’s victories in 2017 have come on 1.5-mile tracks.

"This is pretty special,” Bell said. “Practice didn't go smooth. We had such a good Toyota Tundra. Just really glad to be here."

Bell led 54 laps on his way to Victory Lane.

“We had such a fast Toyota Tundra that I knew if the right circumstances came up, we could do it,” Bell said.  “Rudy (Fugle, crew chief) did a great job on top of the pit box and got me track position after I made a mistake and spun out.

“Thanks to everyone at Kyle Busch Motorsports. They build such fast Tundras – it’s a pleasure to drive them.”

Justin Haley, Austin Cindric and Noah Gragson rounded out the top five.

Kyle Busch, Parker Kligerman, Matt Crafton, Johnny Sauter and Austin Hill completed the first 10 finishers.

It was a rough night for Ben Rhodes, who won the night’s first stage but was involved in an accident just at the start of stage two. Unfortunately it also included his ThorSport Racing teammate Grant Enfinger.

“We just ran out of room,” Rhodes explained.  “Miscalculation on my part. I should’ve known that everybody was going to get together like that. Just unfortunate that it was us in that position. I’m sure other people would’ve done the same thing.

“Just needed to be more patient at the beginning of the race like this and survive. That seems to be the story right now. It’s unfortunate cause that was one of our better trucks that we’ve had good success with this year.”

Enfinger was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

“I just couldn’t get whoaed down enough,” he said. “I hate it for our Thorsport Racing guys, we had a really fast Ride TV Tundra. Ben was fast too. It’s a 100 percent Thorsport truck. They did a great job with it and hopefully we could build it back better than what it was.”

Rhodes and Gragson won the opening two stages.

The start of the race was delayed more than three hours because of rain.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series now heads to Eldora Speedway on Wednesday night, July 19th.

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