HAMPTON, Ga. — Christopher Bell dominated Saturday’s Rinnai 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Bell, who led 142 of the event’s 163 laps spoke about his strong run at the 1.5-mile speedway. It was the first time in Bell’s Xfinity career in which he won both stages.
“Very thankful and very fortunate to be able to drive this Rheem Camry – or sorry, this Rheem Supra,” Bell said in Victory Lane to FS1.
“It’s the first Supra win in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, so that means a lot to me to be able to become the first driver to win in this. I’m really happy for all of our partners at Rheem, Toyota, everyone at Toyota Racing Development. Thank you, the Supra is awesome. Looks great and it’s fast too. A lot of fun and man, I’m just honored to be here.”
Pole-sitter Cole Custer finished second, followed by Justin Allgaier and Brandon Jones in fourth. The Series-Champion Tyler Reddick finished fifth.
Michael Annett, the winer at Daytona, finished 12th.
A John Hunter Nemechek spin in Turn 2 brought out the lone yellow flag for an on-track incident.
Bell’s victory marked Toyota Racing’s 150th victory in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and the first win for the Supra.
The series heads West to the Las Vegas area next Saturday (March 2) for the Boyd Gaming 300. The event will be televised on FS1 and broadcasted on the Performance Racing Network at 4:00 p.m. EST.
Matt Courson is the Managing Editor for The Racing Experts. Courson has covered NASCAR events at 19 of the 23 active racetracks. When not at the track, the 20-year-old Journalism major enjoys spending time with family and playing Ingress.