Christopher Bell came from the back of the field to win Friday night’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Alsco 300 at Kentucky Speedway.
Bell, who had to start at the rear after a spin in qualifying, took the checkered flag over Daniel Hemric for his second win of the season and the third of his career.
Bell was slated to start 12th, but the spin required a change of tires. He was able to climb all the way back and led the final 17 laps to take the checkered flag.
“That was pretty special, man,” Bell said. “I keep making mistakes and I’ve been feeling really bad for my team. Joe Gibbs Racing has been working really hard to build really fast race cars and I made another mistake there in qualifying, I didn’t know if I was going to be able to get back on this repave.
“It was just really working really good on the bottom of (Turns) 3 and 4 there. Hats off to Daniel, I know he’s been trying really hard to get a NASCAR win here for a long time.”
Bell did have to navigate his way through slower traffic before securing the win.
“I knew my car would handle a little bit different than it would at the front, but we kept getting good pit stops, gaining spots here and gaining spots there and got a good restart and next thing you know, we’re up front and the cars driving completely different,” he said about his drive to the front of the field.
Hemric, Kyle Busch, Cole Custer and Justin Allgaier rounded out the top five.
“I just did not execute on my end…just didn’t do a good job on restarts,” Hemric said. “Can’t make excuses, just couldn’t get it done.”
Tyler Reddick, John Hunter Nemechek, Ryan Reed, Paul Menard and Austin Cindric completed the first 10 finishers.
Busch and Nemechek won the first two stages. Nemechek experience battery issues and lose power to his car taking him from contention for the win.
Busch led three times for a race-high 111 laps, but lost track position when he pitted on under caution on Lap 148. He restarted 14th.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series now heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway next on Saturday, July 21.