Christopher Bell
25-Year-Old Driver  
Leavine Family Racing
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Perhaps the most gifted of this season's stellar rookie class is Bell. He steps into the No. 95 Toyota at Leavine Family Racing. Bell is a Joe Gibbs Racing development driver and is coming to the Cup Series via JGR's partnership agreement with LFR. This team is a "satellite" Gibbs team and enjoys the same equipment and technical support as the other JGR teams. Bell has spent the last two season's dominating the Xfinity Series. Although he has no championships, the 25-year-old prodigy has piled up a staggering 15 victories and 38 Top-5 finishes over his last two seasons competing in the Xfinity Series. Unfortunately, Bell's lack of performance in key playoff races has prevented him from winning those titles. Crew chief Jason Ratcliff makes the jump with Bell and they look to continue building this small race team at LFR. Read Past Outlooks
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NASCAR Cup
January 23, 2020
Bell will make his NASCAR Cup Series debut in the 62nd running of the Daytona 500 with Procore on the No. 95 Camry for Leavine Family Racing. Procore, a leading provider of construction management software, first appeared on the hood of the No. 95 in 2017 and has continued to build on their program as they enter their fourth season with the team, Leavine Family Racing PR reports.
ANALYSIS
Bell will kick off his rookie campaign in the Cup Series with Procore onboard the No. 95 Toyota Camry. The Daytona 500 will mark the first of six events that they will sponsor this driver and team. "I'm ready to get back to the track and for this opportunity with Leavine Family Racing to drive the No. 95 Camry," said Bell. "The Cup Series is the ultimate goal and having the Daytona 500 as my first start with Procore on the hood of my car is very exciting."
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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The seven-win, 18 Top-5 finish campaign was quite impressive last season. While it fell short of the championship, thanks to a power outage at the season finale in Homestead, it was a remarkable accomplishment for the 24-year-old driver given that he was racing in his first, full Xfinity Series season. Bell returns for the 2019 campaign and will look to win the championship that eluded him last season. He was the most dominant regular driver in the series, so there's no reason to believe Bell can't win the crown. He will once again be paired with crew chief, Jason Ratcliff, and the very powerful No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing team. All systems are go for another dominant season, and possible championship.
The reigning Camping World Truck Series champion will make his full-time shift into the Xfinity Series this season. Bell is fresh off a five-win, 21 Top 10 campaign in the trucks that was nearly flawless from start to finish in 2017. The 23-year-old Oklahoman squeezed in eight starts in this racing series last year, and opened some eyes in that part-time slate. Bell won his first-career Xfinity Series race at Kansas, and he nabbed five Top-10 finishes in that short schedule. The young driver will be paired with ace crew chief Jason Ratcliff in an effort to win both Rookie of the Year and the championship in the upcoming season. Bell's talent is undeniable. He's just another in a long line of very talented development drivers that JGR has cranked out the last several years.
With the departure of William Byron, Bell now becomes the focus of KBM's efforts in the truck series. Bell had a pretty good campaign last season with one victory and 17 Top-10 finishes. Not bad at all for his first full season of racing in the Camping World Truck Series. Bell will look to improve even more in the upcoming season. He'll be paired with Rudy Fugle at crew chief. He's the brilliant strategist that led Byron to a seven-win campaign at KBM last season. The combination of Fugle and Bell should pay immediate dividends. We expect to see Bell pick up the pace in victories, laps led and Top 10's. That could propel the young driver to his first championship in the coming season.
Young talent Bell takes over the No. 51 Toyota truck full-time that featured a multi-driver lineup last season. Bell was a part of that rotation logging six starts in the No. 51 truck. He posted a very noteworthy win in the popular dirt-track race at Eldora, and that put this rising star on the NASCAR map. He also added three Top-10 finishes in his seven start slate last season. Bell will team with crew chief Jerry Baxter in his first full season in the series. It will be interesting to see what this young, raw talent can do in a full 23-race slate. With the backing of Kyle Busch Motorsports and their fast trucks, the skies the limit for Bell in 2016.
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Captures Phoenix Pole
XFINITY Series
November 9, 2019
Bell won the pole for the Desert Diamond West Valley Casino 200 Xfinity Series race at ISM Raceway Saturday. He turned a fast lap of 132.450 mph.
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Fast Final Practice at ISM Raceway
XFINITY Series
November 8, 2019
Bell was fastest in Happy Hour practice for the Desert Diamond West Valley Casino 200 Xfinity Series race at ISM Raceway Friday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 130.147 mph.
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Fast Xfinity Practice at Phoenix
XFINITY Series
November 8, 2019
Bell was fastest in opening practice for the Desert Diamond West Valley Casino 200 Xfinity Series race at ISM Raceway Friday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 129.795 mph.
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Wins at Texas
XFINITY Series
November 3, 2019
Bell won the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 Xfinity Series race at Texas Motor Speedway Saturday night.
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Wins Xfinity Pole at Kansas
XFINITY Series
October 19, 2019
Bell won the pole for the Kansas Lottery 300 Xfinity Series race at Kansas Speedway Saturday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 181.165 mph.
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