Only Christopher Bell managed a top-five position for Joe Gibbs Racing, who sent four fast Toyotas to Dover.
Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., and Bell all seemed to have the pace expected to claim the NASCAR Cup Series event at Dover (Del.) Motor Speedway on Sunday and then again on Monday.
However, towards the final laps of the race, both had encountered situations that put a stumbling block in their individual paths to Victory Lane, with only Bell managing to rebound for a top-five finish (fourth).
Bell, too, had his share of problems, as he was required to pit under green for a loose wheel immediately after the beginning of Stage 2, putting him two laps down at one point.
Bell managed to reclaim the lead lap in the last stage owing to some timely warnings, and he recovered to place fourth, his highest result of the 2022 season.
“Just very, very frustrating to have those issues and get put behind because I feel like if we could have stayed up front, we could have possibly contended for the win,” Bell said. “We were able to get back up there in that third stage, and I’ll take it.
“We didn’t qualify very well, but we were able to pick our way through at the start of the race and stay out on old tires at the beginning of the day and have a good run at the end of Stage 1.
“Week-in, and week-out we are bringing cars capable of running in the top-five and top-10, so hopefully our day is coming soon.”
Bell had the highest JGR result, but he wasn’t the only one who had problems in the race.
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