DOVER, Del. — Christopher Bell drove into victory lane at Dover International Speedway and became $100,000 richer on Saturday afternoon.
Bell held off contenders such as Justin Allgaier, Tyler Reddick, and Cole Custer for his third win of the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series season, and 11th of his career.
“It was a little bit better, but I knew we had a really good Rheem Supra from really the drop of the green flag,” Bell said in victory lane. “I was able to keep pace with them, it was just tough to pass.
“There’s no doubt that he (Cole Custer) was really good. Over that long run there, I felt like I could make gains on him running the top. Last time we were here, the top was really good for me, but it seemed like it rubbered up more and the top was a little less of a disadvantage. Once we got the lead – thank you to my pit crew, they did an outstanding job – it’s really special to be here.”
Track position was key, as Bell was finally able to take the lead from Custer after the final round of pit stops at lap 155.
On the restarts and throughout the race, the higher line seemed to have the advantage, which initially helped Custer maintain his lead throughout the event.
When Bell took the point, and each ensuing restart after, the outcome was the same with the high line prevailing.
Custer was never able to get back to the top spot, and wound up finishing fourth.
Up until that final pit stop, Custer had led every single lap from the pole position, and took the green-checkered flag in both Stage 1 and Stage 2.
The Allied Steel Buildings 200 saw a total of five cautions during the event. Two cautions were scheduled for the Stage 1 and Stage 2 end. A wreck involving Zane Smith and John Hunter Nemechek occurred as the drivers were crossing the start / finish line.
Reddick maintained his lead in the points standings by 23 points over Bell.
The Xfinity Series takes a handful of weeks off, and will return on Memorial Day weekend for the Alsco 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
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