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Christopher Bell races to first NASCAR Xfinity Series win

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Christopher Bell raced to his first NASCAR Xfinity Series victory, beating dominant Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Erik Jones after they made contract with four laps left at Kansas Speedway. Bell led for just four laps, hanging in second place behind Jones for much of the race before sliding in front of him shortly before the collision. Jones was coming from the top of the track when he hit the back of Bell’s car.

By JORDAN WOLF

Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Christopher Bell raced to his first NASCAR Xfinity Series victory Saturday, beating dominant Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Erik Jones after they made contract with four laps left at Kansas Speedway.

Bell led for just those four laps, hanging in second place behind Jones for much of the race before sliding in front of him shortly before the collision. After watching his teammate control the race for so long, the finish came as a surprise for Bell.

“I didn’t think winning was a possibility,” Bell said.

Jones led 186 laps of 200 laps, and won both of the first two stages. He failed to finish the race.

Jones had drifted to the top of the track before Bell attempted to slide past him underneath. Bell said after the race that he felt he was clear. Jones disagreed.

“It’s not dirt racing, you know,” Jones said. “He’s not clear. I can’t just stop on the top.”

While Jones was initially excited for the race to come down to the wire against a teammate, he was very disappointed in how the race finished as he felt they didn’t truly get to compete for the win.

“I thought we were going to race for the win and unfortunately it wasn’t much of a race,” Jones said. “It was more of a wreck.”

Despite his frustrations, though, he knows…

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