Christopher Bell scored his first NASCAR Xfinity Series win of the season in Friday night’s ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond Raceway.
Bell led the final 79 laps and held off his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Noah Gragson, who was making his series debut, to become the eighth different winner in as many races this season – first time that has happened since 2006.
“I had to work for it,” Bell said. “My teammate was really good, and I knew throughout both practices that both of our cars would be really good…Thank you to all the fans that came out.”
Overall, Bell led three times for 120 laps.
Gragson, Elliott Sadler, Matt Tifft and Austin Cindric rounded out the top five.
“It’s tough…Making my first start here in the Xfinity Series I didn’t know what to expect,” Gragson said. “About 18 to go, I told them I can’t wait anymore, I don’t have any patience.”
Sadler’s third-place finish earned him the $100,000 Dash 4 Cash Bonus.
“I really wanted to win at this track,” Sadler said. “It would mean a lot for me, but we did win the Dash 4 Cash. To win a $100,000 is great. This Camaro was fast all night. It was fun leading at my home track, just came up a little short.”
Bell, Sadler, Tifft and Cindric will be eligible for next week’s Dash 4 Cash $100,000 bonus at Talladega Superspeedway.
Cole Custer, Ryan Truex, Jeremy Clements, Ryan Reed and Brandon Jones completed the first 10 finishers.
Daniel Hemric and Sadler won the first two stages. Hemric was one of the Dash 4 Cash eligible drivers but made contact with the wall after cutting a tire to put him out of contention.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series now heads to Talladega Superspeedway next Saturday, April 28th.