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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series had the weekend off while the NASCAR Xfinity Series went to Road America where Christopher Bell got his sixth win of the season on Saturday. Sunday afternoon, Brett Moffitt took over the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park and put on a show for fans north of the Border.
Bell Gets First Career Road Course Win at Road America
Christopher Bell turned a poor qualifying performance into a chance to show off his driving skills during Saturday afternoon NASCAR Xfinity Series C-TECH Manufacturing 180 at Road America. Bell started 12th and didn’t improve much until later in the race. After the race he said “Man, I’m honestly in shock. I really butchered qualifying and tore the crap out of the left front. I felt like once we got in the race there, we’d be able to drive by those guys. Instead, they dropped the green flag and they were driving by me. That wasn’t much fun. Then I told Jason (Ratcliff, his Joe Gibbs Racing crew chief) I was really, really tight. We got those tires off and he said the left-front was hurt pretty bad. We got pretty good there when we put our new set of tires on.”
A late race caution resulted in a two lap dash to the finish with the only battling for position happening well behind C. Bell after he checked out on the field on the restart. Austin Cindric played the strategy card and pitted on the previous caution for tires, setting him up to restart in 20th. He was battling for second with Matt DiBenedetto when Bell took the white flag. Matty D. spun his car into the sand in Turn 14 on the final lap, allowing Cindric to take second place. Defending Champion Tyler Reddick had another good points day with a third place finish. Ringer A.J. Allmendinger took the win in Stage 1 while regular Chase Briscoe took Stage 2.
Moffitt Extends Championship Lead with Strong Canadian Performance
Brett Moffitt turned NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series history on its ear in Sunday’s Chevrolet Silverado 250 at the beautiful Canadian Tire Motorsports Park by running off to cross the finish line 5.16 seconds ahead of his closest competitor Alex Tagliani. Previous races usually ended with lots of beating and banging and last-lap passes. Moffitt made taking the win in his GMS Racing Number 24 look like the proverbial walk in the Park. His just over five second margin of victory is the biggest in the seven years that the Truck Series has been racing at the track. Ben Rhodes also had a strong performance with a third place finish. Moffitt also won Stage 1 while Ross Chastain took Stage 2 points. The win is Moffitt’s second playoff win this season and his fourth in a row going back to last season.