Christopher Bell reasserted his dominance over the rest of the field, including the ‘Big 3’ on Saturday afternoon, taking home a convincing victory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
After Cole Custer took over as the series wins leader last weekend at Kentucky Speedway, Bell answered right back after claiming the win in the ROXOR 200, tying it back up at five wins a piece.
“This race track has been really good to us and our team,” Bell said post-race in victory lane. “I’m very lucky to be driving such a fast car.”
The second member of the ‘Big 3’, Custer, brought home a second place finish on Saturday.
Meanwhile, the points leader and final member of the ‘Big 3’, Tyler Reddick, managed a fourth place effort.
Justin Allgaier broke up the ‘Big 3’ party after earning third place. Paul Menard rounded out the Top 5.
The event was 200 laps, and had five lead changes. Bell led 186 laps on the day, including 153 laps straight, which enveloped the entirety of the final stage.
Stage 1 had an eventful finish, as Brandon Jones utilized pit strategy to win in a three-wide battle with Bell and Reddick to the Green-Checkered flag. The strategy was Jones wound up with a ninth place overall on the day.
Fireworks flew on lap 153 when Harrison Burton spun into the wall after getting sent spinning by Paul Menard.
The two discussed the incident on pit road after the race, not seeming to come to an agreement. Burton wound up 29th after retiring from the race, while Menard came home sixth.
Bell closes in 11 more points on Reddick for the regular season points lead. The NASCAR Xfinity Series will return to action next weekend in a standalone effort at Iowa Speedway.
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