Bell Dominates Texas Xfinity Race and Punches His Ticket for Homestead

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FORT WORTH, TX – RIS -Christopher Bell led 101 of the 200 laps in the Xfinity race at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday night.  He has secured his team will be part of the “final four” to race for the 2019 Xfinity driver’s title at Homestead later in the month.

Bell led four times, going ahead to stay with 30 laps remaining at the 1 12-mile track. He went on to win by more than 5 1/2 seconds ahead of runner-up Ross Chastain, who is not in playoff contention.

Three championship-contending spots for Nov. 16 finale at Homestead will be up grabs and determined next weekend at Phoenix. Bell entered Texas as the points leader, followed by Cole Custer, Tyler Reddick and Justin Allgaier —and that order was unchanged.

It was the eighth win this season for Bell, and his 16th in 72 career starts in the series.

With his two stage wins at Texas, Bell has 21 this season. That is 13 more than Custer’s total that is the second-most in the series.

Austin Cindric finished third, three spots ahead of Allgaier. Custer was eighth, Michael Annett 11th and Chase Briscoe 22nd. Playoff contenders Reddick or Noah Gragson didn’t finish the race because of accidents.

Final-stage crashes jolted postseason contenders Tyler Reddick, Noah Gragson and Chase Briscoe, shaking up the playoff picture.

Gragson absorbed the worst finish among the playoff drivers after contact with Harrison Burton’s No. 18 sent his JR Motorsports No. 9 Chevrolet spinning through the infield grass on the frontstretch. He exited with just 150 laps complete, finishing 30th.

Briscoe suffered a flat tire on Lap 125, and his Stewart-Haas Racing No. 98 Ford scrubbed the Turn 2 wall to force the sixth caution period of the day. With minimal damage, he continued, but clouted the wall again on the Turn 2 exit on Lap 160, forcing Reddick to take evasive action.

Reddick, the series’ regular-season champ, swerved and his Richard Childress Racing No. 2 Chevrolet scraped the outside wall before making heavy contact with the inside wall. Reddick started from the pole and led 32 laps, but finished 29th. Damage from his earlier trouble slowed Briscoe to a 22nd-place result.

The Xfinity Series’ next race is scheduled next Saturday at ISM Raceway near Phoenix. It’s the final event in the postseason’s Round of 8, and the Championship 4 field will be set after the 200-miler.

Unofficial Results: 15th Annual O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 - November 2, 2019
Texas Motor Speedway - 1.5 - Mile Paved

Fin, St, Driver, Car, Laps, St1, St2, Tms, Laps, Playoff Pts, Pts, Status
1) 3, Christopher Bell (P), 20, Rheem Toyota, 200, 1, 4, 101, 7, 1, 60, Running
2) 7, Ross Chastain(i), 10, Nutrien Ag Soulutions Chevrolet, 200, 5, 1, 29, , , 0, Running
3) 14, Austin Cindric (P), 22, Discount Tire Ford, 200, 8, 1, 38, , 7, 41, Running
4) 9, Brandon Jones, 19, iK9/Musket Powder Toyota, 200, , , , , 9, 35, Running
5) 11, John Hunter Nemechek #, 23, Romco Equipment Co. Chevrolet, 200, 4, , , , 4, 46, Running
6) 6, Justin Allgaier (P), 7, Suave Men Chevrolet, 200, 9, , , , 2, 42, Running
7) 2, Harrison Burton(i), 18, DEX Imaging Toyota, 200, 7, , , , , 0, Running
8) 4, Cole Custer (P), 00, Thompson Pipe Group Ford, 200, 3, , , , 8, 40, Running
9) 8, Jeb Burton, 8, State Water Heaters Chevrolet, 200, 10, , , , 10, 30, Running
10) 21, Ryan Sieg, 39, ECO Chef Chevrolet, 200, , , , , , 27, Running
11) 19, Michael Annett (P), 1, Pilot/Flying J Chevrolet, 200, , , , , , 26, Running
12) 17, Ray Black II, 07, ISOKERN Fireplaces & Chimneys/ScbLf Chev, 200, , , , , , 25, Running
13) 22, Gray Gaulding, 08, OILFIRE/The Country Network Chevrolet, 200, , , , , , 24, Running
14) 24, Josh Williams, 36, iV Bars/RacingHeroCards.com Chevrolet, 200, , , , , , 23, Running
15) 28, Chad Finchum, 61, Amana/Smithbilt Homes Toyota, 199, , , , , , 22, Running
16) 15, BJ McLeod, 4, teamjdmotorsports.com Chevrolet, 199, , , , , , 21, Running
17) 27, Garrett Smithley, 0, Contect Inc. Chevrolet, 199, , , , , , 20, Running
18) 26, Matt Mills, 78, JF Electric Chevrolet, 199, , , , , , 19, Running
19) 29, Stephen Leicht, 01, teamjdmotorsports.com Chevrolet, 199, , , , , , 18, Running
20) 18, Bayley Currey(i), 74, Chevrolet, 199, , , , , , 0, Running
21) 36, Josh Bilicki, 99, The BOSS - Builders Outlet Super Store Toyota, 197, , , , , , 16, Running
22) 5, Chase Briscoe # (P), 98, Ford Performance Ford, 197, 6, , , , 5, 26, Running
23) 16, Stefan Parsons, 15, teamjdmotorsports.com Chevrolet, 197, , , , , , 14, Running
24) 34, Vinnie Miller, 5, Pit Viper Sunglasses Chevrolet, 196, , , , , , 13, Running
25) 13, Brandon Brown #, 86, Vector Security Chevrolet, 194, , , , , , 12, Running
26) 37, Joey Gase, 35, TheGiftedLife.org Toyota, 193, , , , , , 11, Running
27) 32, CJ McLaughlin, 93, SciAps Chevrolet, 175, , , , , , 10, Running
28) 12, Jeremy Clements, 51, RepairableVehicles.com Chevrolet, 162, , , , , , 9, Running
29) 1, Tyler Reddick (P), 2, Alsco Chevrolet, 160, 2, 4, 32, , 3, 25, Accident
30) 10, Noah Gragson # (P), 9, Cessna/Southern Tire Mart Chevrolet, 150, , , , , 6, 12, Accident
31) 20, Ronnie Bassett Jr, 90, DwnSyndrmAwrnss/BssttGttrsandMr Chev, 139, , , , , , 6, Accident
32) 38, Justin Haley #, 11, LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet, 88, , , , , , 5, Engine
33) 31, David Starr, 52, Whatabutger Chevrolet, 77, , , , , , 4, Accident
34) 30, Kyle Weatherman, 17, SBC CONSTRUCTION Chevrolet, 48, , , , , , 3, Transmission
35) 35, Timmy Hill, 13, CrashClaimsR.US Toyota, 35, , , , , , 2, Carburetor
36) 23, Landon Cassill, 89, Visone RV Chevrolet, 32, , , , , , 1, Brakes
37) 33, Bobby Earnhardt, 66, CIA/Hyatt Life Sciences Toyota, 17, , , , , , 1, Accident
38) 25, JJ Yeley, 38, RSS Racing Chevrolet, 3, , , , , , 1, Electrical
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series, (#) Rookie, (P) Playoffs qualified

Time of Race: 2 Hrs, 34 Mins, 27 Secs
Race Length: 200 Laps, 300. Miles
Average Speed: 116.543 MPH
Margin of Victory: 5.561 Seconds

Stage 1 Top 10: 20, 2, 00, 23, 10, 98, 18, 22, 7, 8
Stage 2 Top 10: 20, 7, 2, 23, 98, 9, 22, 00, 19, 8

Race Comments: Christopher Bell won the 15th annual O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway, his 16th career NASCAR Xfinity Series victory.
Prior to the start, the following cars dropped to the rear of the field under penalty for the reasons indicated: No. 7 (engine change), No. 11 (back-up car) and No.39 (back-up car).

Caution Flags: 9 for 51 laps;
Laps: 20-25 (No. 66 Incident in Turn 2 [17]);
47-52 (Stage 1 Conclusion [01]);
61-64 (No. 86 Incident in Turn 4 [61]);
80-84 (No. 15 and 52 Incident in Turn 4 [None]);
92-96 (Stage 2 Conclusion [86]);
129-134 (No. 98 Incident in Turn 2 [36]);
141-144 (No. 90 Incident in Turn 2 [0]);
151-156 (No. 9 and 18 Incident in Turn 4 [Red Flag: 5:38] [78]);
162-170 (No. 2 and 98 Incident in Turn 2 [74]).

Lead Changes: 9 among 4 drivers;
T. Reddick (P) 1-5;
C. Bell (P) 6-59;
T. Reddick (P) 60-74;
C. Bell (P) 75;
T. Reddick (P) 76;
C. Bell (P) 77-92;
A. Cindric (P) 93-130;
T. Reddick (P) 131-141;
R. Chastain(i) 142-170;
C. Bell (P) 171-200.

Mobil 1 Driver of the Race: Ross Chastain, No. 10

Ron Fleshman with John Davison

RIS NASCAR Editor.  Has been with RIS since the middle 90's. Writes on each of the three main series of NASCAR.

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