First XFINITY Win for Bell

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"I felt like I cleared him. I don’t know man, I was clear. It’s my first XFINITY win." (Photo: Getty Images)

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Christopher Bell made a move on his teammate Erik Jones that resulted in contact and went on to score his first career NASCAR XFINITY Series win in Saturday's Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway.

Bell got by Jones with four laps to go and despite the contact from behind from Jones as the two battled for the top spot was able to stay ahead to take the checkered flag.

“I haven’t seen it so I can’t really talk much about it,” Bell said of the contact and finish. “But I never want to wreck anyone, especially my teammate. I don’t know. My spotter said clear, I drove it in really deep. I felt like I cleared him. I don’t know man, I was clear. It’s my first XFINITY win. I’m sorry that Erik couldn’t finish the race. But I’m just stoked. This thing was awesome.”

It was Bell’s fifth career start. He’ll move full-time to the XFINITY Series next year with Joe Gibbs Racing.

Jones was the class of the field and dominated the race leading 186 laps. But in the end he finished 15th because of the damage incurred from the contact when Bell slid up in front of him.

“It’s not dirt racing, he (wasn’t) clear,” said Jones, who won the first two stages of the day. “I can’t just stop on the top. I didn’t expect him to drive in on the bottom so far he wouldn’t be able to hold his lane. It’s unfortunate, I thought we were going to race for the win. Unfortunately there wasn’t much of a race. More of a wreck.”

Tyler Reddick, Ryan Blaney, William Byron and Justin Allgaier rounded out the top five.

Austin Dillon, Elliott Sadler, Matt Tifft, Ty Dillon and Ryan Reed completed the first 10 finishers.

“I think we made up some points,” Reed said. “We’re going to have to be better. We need to find some more speed. We’re up to the challenge. We’re only five or six points out. Five or six points out, we can make that up. We’re hanging around and everyone knows that we’re there. We’re ready to go get them.”

Allgaier, Byron, Sadler, Poole and Tifft are the first five in the playoff standings after one race of the second round.

The NASCAR XFINITY Series now heads to Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday, Nov. 4.

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