NCWTS: CHRISTOPHER BELL Wants to Lead the Truck Stampede at Texas

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Nov. 3, 2015) – Most drivers will say winning at their home track is one of the most memorable wins of their racing career. Christopher Bell is no exception. The Norman, Okla., native is hoping to add his name to the list of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series winners at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) in Fort Worth, located just 150 miles from his hometown. After attending his first NASCAR race at TMS in 2009, Bell knew he wanted to make a career in racing.
Bell has had a great week leading up to the WinStar World Casino 350k. Last week it was announced he will drive full time for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) in the Truck Series in 2016 with sponsorship from JBL. He followed that up with his sixth victory of the season in KBM’s Super Late Model Saturday night at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway. Now he is prepared to head to Texas for his third intermediate-track start of the year.
Although he has never raced at Texas, Bell certainly has a great network of drivers willing to offer advice on the best way to get around the 1.5-mile track. KBM teammate Erik Jones won the XFINITY race from the pole for Joe Gibbs Racing in the spring, and grabbed the pole in the Truck Series race in June. Bell’s team owner, Kyle Busch, also has a pretty outstanding record at TMS with one Sprint Cup win, seven XFINITY wins and three in the Truck Series, two of which were for KBM.
Bell will be racing the same JBL Tundra the team brought to Las Vegas Motor Speedway last month. KBM-30 ran well throughout the race and it looked as though Bell would get a top-five finish. Unfortunately the race came down to fuel mileage and he came up two laps short, leaving him with a 14th-place result.
This weekend Bell is looking to put all the pieces together for not only a good finish, but a win at his home track. With friends and family in attendance to cheer him on, a trip to Victory Lane at Texas would be a very special win for a young man who only six years ago was watching from the grandstands.
Christopher Bell, Driver of the No. 54 NCWTS JBL Tundra:
You ran well in Las Vegas with the same Tundra you are racing at Texas. Does that experience give you more confidence going into this race?
“Definitely, I feel like Texas and Vegas really relate to each other. I’m excited to get on another mile-and-a-half track and try to get a good result. We arguably had an opportunity to win Talladega, and should have easily finished in the top five at Vegas, could have run top five at Kentucky. Coulda, shoulda, woulda had a lot of good finishes, but now it’s time to put one together.”
How much can you learn from your KBM teammates Erik Jones and Daniel Suarez for this race since they both ran the XFINITY race at Texas in April and the Truck Series race in June?
“It’s certainly nice to have teammates with experience at these tracks and I can learn quite a bit from them. It helps to have people to lean on and get advice from throughout the weekend. Of course Kyle (Busch) will be there too and he’s always a very valuable resource when it comes to learning new tracks. I know I can call him anytime and he always makes himself available to help.”
Being from Oklahoma, does Texas feel like your home track?
“It’ cool because I remember as a kid I went to Texas to watch the NASCAR races with my first-ever car owner. That was in 2009 and we stayed the whole weekend to watch the Cup, XFINITY and Truck Series races. It’s pretty amazing to go back there and this time be racing. I’ll have a lot of my family there so it will definitely be a home race for me.”
Eddie Troconis, Crew Chief of the No. 54 NCWTS JBL Tundra:
Christopher had a strong run at Las Vegas. Although Texas is also a 1.5-mile track how do its characteristics differ from Vegas?
“They are similar since they are both 1.5-mile tracks, but the frontstretch is shaped differently at each track. We’re taking the same Tundra Christopher liked in Vegas. The truck setup is pretty similar between the two tracks, but with a few changes. We can’t really control when a race will be decided by fuel mileage, so we’ll make a better race strategy so we’re not short on fuel at the end.”
Christopher Bell’s No. 54 JBL Tundra:
KBM-030: The No. 54 JBL team will race KBM-030, for Friday’s WinStar World Casino 350k at Texas Motor Speedway. Bell raced this Tundra at Las Vegas last month where he finished 14th after running out of fuel with two laps remaining.
 
KBM-030 Performance Profile
Date
Site
Driver
Start
Finish
Laps
Laps Led
Status
10/3/2015
Las Vegas
Bell
5
14
145/146
0
Running
8/15/2015
Michigan
Coughlin
18
20
96/100
0
Running
6/5/2015
Texas
Boston
11
8
167/167
1
Running
5/15/2015
Charlotte
Boston
22
9
139/139
0
Running
5/8/2015
Kansas
Boston
9
7
166/167
0
Running
Totals
5 starts, 0 wins
13.0
11.6
1
 
Notes of Interest:
Christopher Bell 2015:
  • Claimed his first victory in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio (7/22/15)
  • Has collected six victories in 14 starts behind the wheel of KBM’s No. 51 Super Late Model this year, including last weekend’s win at Hickory Motor Speedway
  • Scored his first marquee Super Late Model win when he led 203 of 250 laps of the prestigious Rattler 250 at South Alabama Speedway in Kinston, dominating a field that included reigning NASCAR XFINITY Series champion Chase Elliott (3/15/15)
  • Has made two NASCAR K&N Pro Series starts, including a fifth-place finish in the East-West combination race at Iowa Speedway (5/16/15)
  • On dirt, has collected six POWRi Midget wins, two USAC National Midget wins, one USAC Silver Crown win and also collected his second-career World of Outlaws Sprint Car triumph in the Spring Classic Winged Sprint Car race at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo., in April.
Christopher Bell NCWTS Career Stats:
 
Year
Races
Win
Top 5
Top 10
Pole
Laps
Led
Earnings
AvSt
AvFn
RAF
Miles
LLF
2015
5
1
2
2
0
741
106
$105,469
9.0
10.0
5
946.2
3
NOTABLE OPEN-WHEEL DIRT STANDOUTS NASCAR NATIONAL SERIES DEBUTS
Driver
Date
Series
Track
Start
Finish
Jeff Gordon
10/20/1990
NASCAR XFINITY Series
Rockingham Speedway
2
39
Tony Stewart
02/17/1996
NASCAR XFINITY Series
Daytona International Speedway
34
21
Kasey Kahne
02/23/2002
NASCAR XFINITY Series
Rockingham Speedway
20
31
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
04/11/2009
NASCAR XFINITY Series
Nashville Superspeedway
5
23
Kyle Larson
06/28/2012
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Kentucky Speedway
25
10
Christopher Bell
06/19/2015
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Iowa Speedway
10
5
Christopher Bell 2014:
  • Collected an amazing 27 feature wins while competing in 108 events between midgets (18 wins), winged sprint cars (seven wins), non-winged sprint cars (one win) on dirt and Super Late Models (one win) on pavement
  • In just his fourth-career late model start, outdueled second-generation NASCAR driver John Hunter Nemechek to win the Orange County 150 Pro All Star Series (PASS) South Super Late Model race at Orange County Speedway in Rougemont, N.C.  (10/18/14)
  • With a win in the prestigious 98-lap Turkey Night Grand Prix USAC Midget race at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway, etched his name along open-wheel legends A.J. Foyt (1960-61), Parnelli Jones (1964 and 1966) and Tony Stewart (2000), who all picked up a Turkey Night win in their careers (11/28/14)
  • Scored his first World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series win at Jacksonville (Ill.) Speedway (5/7/14)
  • Named the MidgetMadness.com “Top Gun of the Year” for second consecutive season
Christopher Bell 2013:
  • Scored six national Midget Series wins and seven additional podiums on dirt while adding one win on pavement
  • 2013 United States Auto Club (USAC) National Midget Champion
  • Named USAC Midget Rookie of the Year
  • Named the MidgetMadness.com “Top Gun of the Year”
 
Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 54 Tundra:
  • Is currently 13th in the Owner’s Championship standings with one win, two top-five and nine top-10 finishes in 20 starts
  • Earned six wins, four poles, 1,083 laps led, 16 top-five and 35 top-10 finishes across 64 starts since 2013
KBM NCWTS Program:
  • Has collected three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Owner’s Championships, 44 Truck Series victories and 23 poles across 261 starts since originating in 2010
  • 44 career Truck Series victories as an organization ranks second all-time behind Roush Fenway (50)
  • 14 victories as an organization during the 2014 season broke the Truck Series record of 12 set by Ultra Motorsports in 2001
  • Seven different drivers have won a race for KBM, led by owner-driver Kyle Busch with 28. Erik Jones has collected six victories, Darrell Wallace Jr., has five wins, Denny Hamlin produced two victories and Christopher Bell, Kasey Kahne and Brian Scott all collected one triumph
  • Has collected victories at 20 of the 21 tracks on the 2015 schedule, excluding Atlanta Motor Speedway
KBM NCWTS @ Texas Motor Speedway:
  • KBM drivers have collected two wins, one pole, 288 laps led, five top-five and 11 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 13.2 across 20 starts in the Lone Star state
  • Owner-driver Kyle Busch has collected both of his team’s wins at the 1.5-mile track, including victories in 2010 and 2014
  • Erik Jones captured KBM’s first pole at Texas in the June race this season
The Troconis Transcript:
Eddie Troconis will take over atop the pit box of the No. 54 Tundra for the final five races of the 2015 season. Since joining KBM in 2013, the native of Mexico City, Mexico has contributed to seven wins in his role as a race engineer under crew chief Jerry Baxter. Troconis crew chiefed a combined seven NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races for Eddie Sharp Racing during the 2012 and 2013 seasons, where his drivers earned one top-five and three top-10 finishes.
Troconis has one prior start as a crew chief at Texas when he called the shots for Justin Lofton at Eddie Sharp Racing in 2012. Lofton recorded a 22nd-place finish in the 147-lap event.
 
Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 54 Toyota Tundra 2015 NCWTS Box Score:
Date
Site
Driver
Start
Finish
Laps
Laps Led
Status
Owner Pts./Pos.
Money Won
2/20
Daytona
Boston
25
29
18/100
0
Accident
15/28th
$14,550
2/28
Atlanta
Boston
6
16
129/130
0
Running
43/22nd
$15,168
3/28
Martinsville
Boston
21
10
258/258
0
Running
77/16th
$17,191
5/8
Kansas
Boston
9
7
166/167
0
Running
114/13th
$19,064
5/15
Charlotte
Boston
22
9
139/139
0
Running
149/13th
$16,342
5/29
Dover
Boston
8
25
65/200
0
Accident
168/16th
$16,273
6/5
Texas
Boston
11
8
167/167
1
Running
205/14th
$16,841
6/13
Gateway
Boston
19
27
51/160
0
Accident
222/16th
$11,786
6/19
Iowa
Boston
11
11
200/200
0
Running
255/16th
$15,591
7/9
Kentucky
Bell
16
17
144/145
0
Running
282/16th
$15,188
7/22
Eldora
Bell
4
1
154/154
106
Running
330/14th
$37,273
8/1
Pocono
Tifft
14
8
69/69
0
Running
366/13th
$15,475
8/15
Michigan
Coughlin
18
20
96/100
0
Running
390/14th
$15,988
8/19
Bristol
Busch
1
2
202/202
4
Running
433/13th
$31,811
8/30
Canadian Tire
Gaulding
8
11
64/64
0
Running
466/12th
$19,441
9/19
Chicago
Tifft
18
9
149/150
0
Running
501/12th
$18,640
9/26
New Hampshire
Gaulding
8
10
175/175
0
Running
535/12th
$16,831
10/3
Las Vegas
Bell
5
14
145/146
0
Running
565/12th
$16,044
10/24
Talladega
Bell
10
13
98/98
0
Running
596/12th
$18,318
10/31
Martinsville
Gaulding
7
21
200/200
9
Running
620/13th
$14,090
11/6
Texas
Bell
 
11/13
Phoenix
Tifft
 
 
11/20
Homestead
Bell