Bells wins $100,000 bonus with Bris­tol win

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Auto Racing -

Christo­pher Bell earned his first ca­reer Bris­tol Mo­tor Speed­way vic­tory and a $100,000 bonus with the Xfin­ity Se­ries win Satur­day in Bris­tol, Tenn.

Bell got his sec­ond vic­tory of the sea­son, his 10th in 48 starts, by pass­ing Bran­don Jones with 17 laps re­main­ing. Jones had a tire is­sue that sent him to the wall and then to pit road, and Bell didn’t have another chal­lenger in his Joe Gibbs Rac­ing Toy­ota.

The race was the first of four in spon­sor Xfin­ity’s bonus pro­gram that qual­i­fies four driv­ers for the $100,000 bonus in des­ig­nated events. Cup driv­ers were not el­i­gi­ble to race at all Satur­day so Kyle Busch, win­ner of three Xfin­ity Se­ries races this sea­son, was side­lined – giv­ing fans their wish to limit Busch’s com­pe­ti­tion in lower se­ries. He wasn’t happy about it, ei­ther.

“Hope­fully all the fans that have packed this place to­day and ev­ery­body who is go­ing to turn on a TV and watch be­cause Kyle Busch ain’t in the race will en­joy a great race,” Busch said.

Tyler Red­dick fin­ished sec­ond in a Chevro­let sponsored by Dolly Par­ton and the coun­try mu­sic icon’s many busi­nesses. Cole Custer was third in a Ford.

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