Bell scores first Bristol win plus big payday

The NASCAR Xfinity Series Alsco 300 was held Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway with not only bragging rights on the line. For four drivers there was also a whole lot of cash dangling like a carrot in front of them.

The race was the first in the Xfinity Dash 4 Cash program which offers an extra $100,000 bonus for the top four finishers. Along with Bell, Tyler Reddick, Chase Briscoe and Michael Annett qualified for the Dash 4 Cash last week at Texas Motor Speedway, the opening round of the program.

Christopher Bell driving his No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota earned his first victory at Bristol along with the giant check that came with the win. This was his 10th Xfinity Series career win. Four of Bell’s wins have come on short tracks.

“It’s pretty cool to get my first win here with the Dash 4 Cash bonus,” Bell commented. “Thank you, Xfinity for doing that.” He added, “ I’m just thankful to be here at Joe Gibbs Racing and driving for such a wonderful team, my guys on pit road have just been outstanding.”

Tyler Reddick in his No.2 Richard Childress Racing Chevy had a special paint scheme honoring Dolly Parton. Reddick wore a big blonde wig before the race in her honor. He pushed his car about as hard as he could but Bell was too fast for him.

“I just needed a little more to get past Christopher,” Reddick stated, “ When I’m behind him it’s hard to make a pass. It was great to have Dolly Parton on our car today. It was a good day but it’s a shame we thought Stage 1 ended a lap too soon, we should have gotten that stage point,” Reddick chuckled.

Stage 1 started with Cole Custer and Tyler Reddick on the front row. The first caution came out when the car of Jeff Green got loose and took Ross Chastain with him,  and with both cars receiving heavy damage, they were both done for the day. Reddick had a miscue with his spotter, thinking the stage was over, and backed off, giving Justin Allgaier the Stage 1 win.

Stage 2 started with Allgaier and Reddick on the front row. Allgaier kept the lead at the restart and led every lap in the stage. The only caution was for the spinning car of Jeremy Clements. The stage would end under caution giving the Stage 2 win to Allgaier.

The final stage of the race started with Allgaier once again in the lead. Out of the blue, the No. 7 of Allgaier had problems and he took his car to the garage. Bell took the lead when Allgaier slowed on the track. The only caution of the stage was for Harrison Burton who slid sideways and slowed after cutting a tire down.

Brandon Jones took a risk and stayed out when everyone else came to pit road, inheriting the lead. Several cars were fighting loose conditions and bounced off the wall including the No. 00 of Cole Custer in his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Bell grabbed the lead when Jones fell back on older tires and never looked back winning the race along with the Dash 4 Cash money.

Custer, in spite of fighting loose conditions, kept his car in the top five all day and came home in third place. Although he had a good finish Custer wasn’t very happy with his performance.

“I wasn’t happy. It’s so frustrating,” Bell said, “ I think we were the best car at the end it’s just we didn’t have the fire off speed on the restarts to get the track position. We’ll all get better, I’m just so frustrated. I wish we’d had a shot to really go for the win there.”

Chase Briscoe and John Hunter Nemechek would round out the top five. Austin Cindric, Justin Haley, Michael Annett, Noah Gragson, and Harrison Burton finished sixth through 10th, respectively.

The lap leaders for today’s race were Allgaier who led 138 laps, Reddick who led 61 laps, Custer leading 26 laps, Jones led 19 laps, and Bell led 57 laps.

Reddick leads the Xfinity Series Standings with 321 points, Bell is second with 308 points, Custer is third with 275 points, Cindric is fourth with 251 points and Annett rounds out the top five with 238 points.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to Richmond International Raceway on Friday, April 12 where the top four finishers at Bristol – Bell, Reddick, Custer and Briscoe – will be eligible for the Dash 4 Cash.

Xfinity Series Race Number 7
Race Results for the 37th Annual Alsco 300 – Saturday, April 6, 2019
Bristol Motor Speedway – Bristol, TN – 0.533 – Mile Concrete
Total Race Length – 300 Laps – 159.9 Miles

Fin Str No Driver Team Laps S1Pos S2Pos Pts Status
1 8 20 Christopher Bell Rheem Toyota 300 7 3 52 Running
2 2 2 Tyler Reddick Dolly Parton Chevrolet 300 2 2 53 Running
3 1 0 Cole Custer Haas Automation Ford 300 3 4 49 Running
4 3 98 Chase Briscoe # Nutri Chomps Ford 300 6 7 42 Running
5 10 23 John Hunter Nemechek # Allegiant Chevrolet 300 9 5 40 Running
6 4 22 Austin Cindric MoneyLion Ford 300 5 6 42 Running
7 11 11 Justin Haley # LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet 300 8 10 34 Running
8 9 1 Michael Annett Pilot Flying J Chevrolet 300 0 0 29 Running
9 7 9 Noah Gragson # Switch Chevrolet 300 0 0 28 Running
10 5 18 Harrison Burton(i) Dex Imaging Toyota 300 4 8 0 Running
11 16 8 Zane Smith The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Chevrolet 300 0 0 26 Running
12 14 39 Ryan Sieg Shop Boss Chevrolet 299 0 0 25 Running
13 15 51 Jeremy Clements All South Electric Chevrolet 299 0 0 24 Running
14 13 19 Brandon Jones Menards/Jeld-Wen Toyota 298 10 9 26 Running
15 19 8 Gray Gaulding PANINI Chevrolet 297 0 0 22 Running
16 21 7 Ray Black II ISOKERNFrplcs&Chmnys/ScubaLife Chev 296 0 0 21 Running
17 20 66 Timmy Hill CrashClaimsR.US Toyota 294 0 0 20 Running
18 23 15 BJ McLeod teamjdmotorsports.com Chevrolet 294 0 0 19 Running
19 25 36 Josh Williams Peg Leg Porker/Venture Wipes Chevrolet 293 0 0 18 Running
20 18 42 Chad Finchum Amana Toyota 292 0 0 17 Running
21 31 5 Matt Mills J.F. Electric Chevrolet 292 0 0 16 Running
22 26 0 Garrett Smithley teamjdmotorsports.com Chevrolet 292 0 0 15 Running
23 22 86 Brandon Brown # Brandonbilt Motorsports Chevrolet 291 0 0 14 Running
24 30 78 Vinnie Miller Koolbox Chevrolet 291 0 0 13 Running
25 32 52 David Starr CHASCO/Shoun Trucking Chevrolet 289 0 0 12 Running
26 28 99 Tommy Joe Martins Diamond Gusset Jeans/AAN Adjusters Toyota 288 0 0 11 Running
27 27 35 Joey Gase Toyota 286 0 0 10 Running
28 24 17 Kyle Weatherman(i) East Carolina University Chevrolet 284 0 0 0 Running
29 34 74 Mike Harmon Woobies Shoes Chevrolet 272 0 0 8 Running
30 6 7 Justin Allgaier ARMOUR Vienna Sausage Chevrolet 227 1 1 27 Accident
31 17 90 Alex Labbe Auto Credit Nation/Auto-National.com Chevrolet 193 0 0 6 Rear Gear
32 36 1 Stephen Leicht teamjdmotorsports.com Chevrolet 190 0 0 5 Radiator
33 12 4 Ross Chastain teamjdmotorsports.com Chevrolet 41 0 0 4 Accident
34 37 38 Jeff Green RSS Racing Chevrolet 40 0 0 3 Accident
35 33 89 Morgan Shepherd Visone RV Chevrolet 13 0 0 2 Water Pump
36 29 93 Josh Bilicki RSS Racing Chevrolet 12 0 0 1 Ignition
37 35 13 John Jackson Street Toys/CrashClaimsR.US Toyota 9 0 0 1 Suspension

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