Despite having to start from the tail of the field, Christopher Bell rebounded for a solid top-five finish on Sunday at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.
The driver of the No. 4 Toyota Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports was forced to start from the back due to having to make repairs following qualifying, after getting into the wall with the tailgate. Between the speed in the truck and strategy from crew chief Jerry Baxter, Bell made his way into the top-10 quickly and spent most of the Chevrolet Silverado 250 near the front of the field.
He then survived the series of restarts at the end, cracking the top-five during overtime to finish fifth.
“Jerry did a great job calling the race on the pit box,” he told POPULAR SPEED. “We were able to stay out of trouble and manage a top-five out of it. To come in here, after we were really struggling in practice; I think we were 14th and 17th in practice. Then we started at the tail because I crashed in qualifying. This was a good day, just wish we had a little bit more speed, but overall a really good day.”
The rookie has had a tough season despite showing speed on a weekly basis; Sunday only marks sixth top-five and 10th top-10 in 15 races this season, to go along with 3 DNFs. Currently, as one of the drivers qualified for the Chase, he can contend – though critics have stated a calmer approach is needed if he is to be successful.
With only one race remaining before the Chase, Bell said it was nice to get a good run under his belt.
“This race doesn’t really relate to any others and is in a stand-alone category like Eldora. It’s good to come out of here with a top-five, and it was a good points day for us, but as far as taking anything from this, it’s going to be tough,” he said. “I’m looking forward to the next race, Chicago and have been looking forward to it for a long time.”
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