Heading into last weekend’s NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) cutoff race at ISM Raceway, Toyota driver Bell needed a victory to advance to the championship round at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Bell dominated the race, leading 94 laps (of 200) to earn the race win and not only advance to Homestead, but extend his NXS rookie win record to seven total triumphs this season. The Camry driver will compete in the NXS Championship 4 race at Homestead and hopes to win back-to-back NASCAR national series titles.
Bell won the NASCAR Truck Series championship last season after placing second at Homestead. He has one Xfinity Series start at the 1.5-mile track (2017), but retired early due an engine issue. In the Truck Series, Bell has three starts at the track, including a career-best runner-up finish there last year. If Bell wins the championship, he will become the third Toyota driver to do so, joining Busch (2009) and Daniel Suárez (2016).