Bell to race for an­other Xfinity sea­son ti­tle

The Sun News (Sunday) - - Sports - — WIRE SER­VICES

Christo­pher Bell saved his sea­son by win­ning Satur­day at ISM Race­way in Ari­zona to snag a spot in the Xfinity Se­ries cham­pi­onship.

The vic­tory was the se­ries-high sev­enth of the sea­son for Bell, last year’s Truck Se­ries cham­pion. De­spite his dom­i­nance through­out the year, Bell crashed in the pre­vi­ous two races and started Satur­day’s race out­side Phoenix ranked sev­enth in the stand­ings. His only shot to make it to the fi­nale at Homestead-Mi­ami Speed­way was via a vic­tory, and Bell came through to earn a shot at a sec­ond NACAR na­tional ti­tle.

Bell will race next Satur­day for the crown against Cole Custer, Daniel Hem­ric and Tyler Red­dick.

No­table

Trucks: Brett Mof­fitt won the NASCAR Camp­ing World Truck Se­ries race late Fri­day at ISM Race­way in Ari­zona to earn a spot in the four-man ti­tle chase at Homestead. Mof­fitt raced to his fifth vic­tory of the sea­son, beat­ing Noah Grag­son by 0.456. Grag­son earned the fourth and fi­nal cham­pi­onship spot on points. GMS Rac­ing team­mates Johnny Sauter and Justin Hale al­ready earned spots in the fi­nal four.

Xfinity: Jef­frey Earn­hardt landed a nine-race Xfinity Se­ries deal with Joe Gibbs Rac­ing for next sea­son be­gin­ning at Day­tona. Earn­hardt will drive the No. 18 Toy­ota, un­doubt­edly the best car he’ll have raced to date in his NASCAR ca­reer. JGR has more than 150 vic­to­ries in the Xfinty Se­ries.

For­mula One: Lewis Hamil­ton said this week his hunger for more For­mula One glory will not stop at his fifth world cham­pi­onship. He’s prov­ing it at the Brazil­ian Grand Prix. The Mercedes driver clocked the lap record at In­ter­la­gos in qual­i­fy­ing to earn pole po­si­tion for the 10th time in 20 races this year.

Two-time For­mula

One cham­pion Fer­nando Alonso and his McLaren team will re­turn to the In­di­anapo­lis 500 next year.

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