With 41 circuits left, Christopher Bell passed Chase Elliott for the lead and went on to clinch the NASCAR Cup Series race in New Hampshire on Sunday. This marks Bell’s first victory of the 2022 season.
Although Martin Truex Jr. had the lead for the majority of the race, Elliott and Bell had the best cars after the last round of pit stops.
On lap 247 of lap 301, Elliott moved Kurt Busch out of the way to take the lead, but Bell passed Elliott on lap 260.
From that point on, Bell was untouchable and defeated Elliott by 5.767 seconds for his second victory of his profession and his first of the 2022 season.
After collecting the checkered flag, Bell exclaimed over his team radio, “I can’t believe it.”
Bell, who is 27 years old, is the Cup Series’ 14th different champion this year.
“Man, that one was much-needed right there,” said Bell, who was in danger of missing the 16-driver playoff without a victory.
“That was a hell of a race from my viewpoint. That was so much fun racing with (Kurt Busch), (Joey Logano) and (Elliott). We were all running different lines. That was a blast. I’m so happy – so happy to be here at Joe Gibbs Racing.
“Winning Cup races is hard. It’s seems like we’ve been so close and we fell off a little bit last week. But here we are today.”
Truex came in fourth, followed by Bubba Wallace in third, and Kevin Harvick in fifth.
Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, Ross Chastain, Daniel Suarez, and Kurt Busch made up the final ten.
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