Bell Takes Truck Playoff Opener

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Bell scored his fifth win of the season. (Photo: Getty Images)

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Christopher Bell swept all the stages to take the win in Saturday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoff opening UNOH 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Bell scored his fifth win of the season and seventh career wheeling the Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota to Victory Lane.

“It’s a dream come true to drive for Kyle Busch Motorsports,” he said. “These guys do such a good job preparing this SiriusXM Tundra. Just can’t thank all of our partners at JBL, TRD, Toyota, everyone at Kyle Busch Motorsports - thank you guys for building such fast trucks. It’s an honor to drive them.”

Bell got around Ryan Truex for the lead with 16 laps to go and never looked back on his way to the victory. He led four times for 73 laps.

“Well he was doing a really good job of watching his mirror,” Bell said of Truex. “I knew it was tough to pass all day, but our truck had been so good we hadn’t been able to do it until we got to him. I kept trying to work down and he kept blocking my air down and down and down. Finally, I got one run where I drove up in one and two and then got a big run into three.”

Truex, Todd Gilliland, Grant Enfinger and Stuart Friesen rounded out the top five.

“I did everything I could to hold him off,” Truex said. “I just didn’t have the grip he had.”

Matt Crafton, Ben Rhodes, Austin Cindric, Johnny Sauter and Kaz Grala completed the first 10 finishers.

Other playoff drivers in the field were Chase Briscoe (11th) and John Hunter Nemechek (20th), who had to go to the garage on lap 45 for repairs for a gear issue.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series now heads to Las Vegas Motor Speedway next Saturday night.

 

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