Bell Wins Xfinity Showcase

Christopher Bell took the checkered flag in Friday night’s ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond Raceway. The win was Bell’s second career Xfinity series victory and first as a series regular.

Bell emerged on top when the checkers fell but the real winner was the Xfinity series as a whole.

For many years fans have been very vocal about their feelings towards Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers dropping down to the second division and competing on a weekly basis. The consensus of the fans is that it hurts the series as the Cup drivers tend to dominate the races they run. As a result established Cup drivers like Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, and Joey Logano regularly find themselves in victory lane of the series where “names are made.”

Over the years NASCAR has implemented measures to discourage Cup drivers from double dipping by doing things like making it mandatory to only be able to claim points in one of NASCAR’s top three series, and limiting the number of starts per driver in the lower series. These changes saw little improvement as Cup drivers were still winning a majority of Xfinity series races.

2018 saw quite an uptick in competition rules from the series as Cup drivers are not allowed to compete in any of the playoff races as well as the Dash 4 Cash races which started last week at Bristol and continue through Dover in May.

Last week’s Xfinity series race was met with much praise by fans and many looked forward to Richmond for another great race. They weren’t disappointed.

Throughout the night many stars of the series enjoyed the spotlight as the lead continuously changed hands between the likes of Daniel Hemric, Cole Custer, Elliott Sadler, and Christopher Bell.

As the laps winded down Bell and his teammate Noah Gragson, making his first Xfinity series start, engaged in a long and hard fought battle that showcased the two young drivers’ skills behind the wheel.

Bell was the one who pulled his car into victory lane at night’s end but everybody had a reason to celebrate as for the second week in a row the Xfinity series showed what it has the potential to be.

It’s impossible to predict if NASCAR would ever place an outright ban on premier series talent competing in its lower divisions. But if the Xfinity talent continues to put on great shows like they have over the past two weeks it’s going to be hard for NASCAR to keep ignoring what the fans are yearning for.

Final Results for the ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond Raceway:

1. Christopher Bell
2. Noah Gragson
3. Elliott Sadler
4. Matt Tifft
5. Austin Cindric
6. Cole Custer
7. Ryan Truex
8. Jeremy Clements
9. Ryen Reed
10. Brandon Jones
11. Tyler Reddick
12. Jeb Burton
13. John Hunter Nemechek
14. Justin Allgaier
15. JJ Yaley
16. Alex Labbe
17. Spencer Gallagher
18. Ross Chastain
19. Brandon Jones
20. Michael Annett
21. Ryan Sieg
22. Joey Gase
23. Tommy Joe Martins
24. Tony Mrakovich
25. Joe Nemechek
26. Chase Briscoe
27. Garrett Smithley
28. Spencer Boyd
29. Daniel Hemric
30. Kaz Grala
31. Vinnie Miller
32. BJ McLeod
33. Josh Bilicki
34. Chad Finchum
35. David Starr
36. Mike Harmon
37. Stephen Leicht
38. Timmy Hill
39. Morgan Shepherd
40. Jeff Green

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