Supra Drivers Survive Road-Course Chaos
Christopher Bell Leads Toyota with Top-12 Finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course
CONCORD, N.C. (September 28, 2019) – In a race of chaos for the NASCAR Xfinity Series, Christopher Bell survived a Stage 3 penalty, coming from the back of the field with seven laps to go to finish 12th at Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course.
Toyota Racing Post-Race Recap
NASCAR Xfinity Series
Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course
Race 28 of 33 – 155.3 miles, 67 laps
TOYOTA FINISHING POSITIONS
1st, AJ Allmendinger*
2nd, Tyler Reddick*
3rd, Austin Cindric*
4th, Justin Allgaier*
5th, Noah Gragson*
12th, CHRISTOPHER BELL
13th, HARRISON BURTON
16th, BRANDON JONES
18th, TIMMY HILL
21st, JOEY GASE
35th, TOMMY JOE MARTINS
36th, CHAD FINCHUM
38th, JJ YELEY
Christopher Bell was the top-Toyota driver in Saturday afternoon’s race at Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course.
Bell led 19 laps (of 67) on the way to a 12th-place finish in the final road-course event of the season.
Supra teammate Harrison Burton (13th) also finished in the top-15 while Playoff driver Brandon Jones was 16th.
CHRISTOPHER BELL, No. 20 Rheem – Gemaire Toyota Supra, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 12th
What happened there with Chase Briscoe?
“I thought our Rheem Supra was really, really fast all day long. We were really good in the first and second stage and then the third stage, I just, for whatever reason, got a little bit tight and couldn’t keep up with those guys. The 98 (Chase Brisco) was really fast and I was going to let him go as soon as he got beside me and then whenever we got into the chicane, he didn’t leave me any option besides running me off the race track. At that point, I was just going to race him back as hard as I could.”
Did you think you’d get the penalty by NASCAR for missing the chicane?
“I knew it was a penalty to miss the chicane, but there was a clause in there in the driver’s meeting where if you missed the chicane due to an incident, NASCAR would review it. I figured that me getting run off the race track and having no other option was a justifiable reason, but I guess not.”
Analyze your day for us.
“Well, we were really good. We had a really fast Rheem Supra and then it kind of just got away from us a little bit on that last stage. We were just really tight for some reason. Not the finish we wanted, but I’m thankful that we got the win last week in Richmond.”
How will you handle your relationship with Chase Briscoe moving forward?
“We haven’t ever had any issues before. He’s a hard racer, I’m a hard racer. If he has a problem with it, he can come ask me my opinion. That’s that.”
BRANDON JONES, No. 19 Juniper Toyota Supra, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 16th
Talk about your day today.
“I knew this race would be a wild card for us. I had some good stages and got some pretty decent points and was running really good at the end, we just had another race taken away from us there from some other driver. I hate it. This was going to be great for us and then Dover we were going to have a lot of momentum built up. I still think this team does (have momentum). We’ve got a lot of speed. We ran great at Dover last time, so I’m ready to get this one behind us and go on to Dover.”
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