Christopher Bell

NASCAR News: Bells wins rain-hit Cup race in Loudon

Christopher Bell drove to his third win of the NASCAR Cup Series season, emerging in overtime when Sunday’s event turned into a wet-weather showdown at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Bell led a race-best 148 of the 305 laps in the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota and was 1.104 seconds ahead at the checkered flag. His second win at the 1.058-mile track also marked the ninth of his Cup Series career and capped a weekend sweep after his Xfinity Series win on Saturday.

Chase Briscoe headed home as the runner-up in the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford. Briscoe’s teammate Josh Berry took third place, with Kyle Larson fourth and Chris Buescher completing the top five behind race winner Bell.

The race was halted by heavy afternoon rain and lightning at the 219-lap mark, prompting a red flag that lasted two hours and 14 minutes. When the race resumed in the evening hours with Tyler Reddick scored as the leader, it was with the aid of wet-weather Goodyear tires under damp conditions.

A handful of playoff hopefuls found trouble in the course of the event, with Alex Bowman becoming the first retiree with engine woes on his No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. He ended up last in the 36-car field.

Martin Truex Jr. spun and crashed on Lap 210, shortly after a lengthy pit stop at the Stage 2 break left his No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota mired back in the pack. Chase Elliott and Joey Logano crashed together on a Lap 194 restart, and Kyle Busch’s postseason hopes took another damaging hit after three incidents — a Turn 2 tangle with Noah Gragson in the second stage, a Lap 216 stack-up that sent his No. 8 Richard Childress Racing Chevy spinning again, and finally a single-car crash into the Turn 4 wall under caution on a damp track before the race went back green.

Race Results

Fin Str No. Driver Team Led Laps Status
1 4 20 Christopher Bell Rheem Toyota 149 305 Running
2 23 14 Chase Briscoe Zep Ford 0 305 Running
3 10 4 Josh Berry # Miner DOCKS DOORS AND MORE Ford 0 305 Running
4 19 5 Kyle Larson HendrickCars.com Chevrolet 0 305 Running
5 15 17 Chris Buescher Fastenal Ford 0 305 Running
6 12 45 Tyler Reddick SiriusXM Toyota 53 305 Running
7 13 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Kroger/Kleenex 100 Years Chevrolet 0 305 Running
8 28 42 John Hunter Nemechek Family Dollar Toyota 0 305 Running
9 7 19 Martin Truex Jr. Reser’s Fine Foods Toyota 0 305 Running
10 8 1 Ross Chastain Kubota Chevrolet 0 305 Running
11 31 41 Ryan Preece Mohawk Northeast Ford 0 305 Running
12 16 38 Todd Gilliland Grillo’s Pickles Ford 19 305 Running
13 32 43 Erik Jones Dollar Tree Toyota 0 305 Running
14 27 21 Harrison Burton Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford 0 305 Running
15 25 34 Michael McDowell Long John Silver’s Ford 0 305 Running
16 18 54 Ty Gibbs Monster Energy Toyota 0 305 Running
17 20 77 Carson Hocevar # Delaware Life Chevrolet 0 305 Running
18 1 9 Chase Elliott NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet 41 305 Running
19 29 2 Austin Cindric Autotrader Ford 0 305 Running
20 36 16 Ty Dillon(i) Car Bravo Chevrolet 0 305 Running
21 11 99 Daniel Suarez Choice Privileges Chevrolet 0 305 Running
22 35 15 Kaz Grala # MEAT N’ BONE Ford 0 305 Running
23 26 7 Corey LaJoie Schluter Systems Chevrolet 0 305 Running
24 14 11 Denny Hamlin Yahoo! Toyota 43 305 Running
25 2 12 Ryan Blaney Menards/Dutch Boy Ford 0 305 Running
26 3 24 William Byron Valvoline Chevrolet 0 305 Running
27 21 10 Noah Gragson Overstock.com Ford 0 305 Running
28 9 6 Brad Keselowski BuildSubmarines.com Ford 0 305 Running
29 24 51 Justin Haley Fraternal Order of Eagles Ford 0 305 Running
30 34 71 Zane Smith # Focused Health Chevrolet 0 304 Running
31 33 31 Daniel Hemric Poppy Bank Chevrolet 0 303 Running
32 6 22 Joey Logano Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford 0 302 Running
33 22 3 Austin Dillon Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet 0 268 Accident
34 17 23 Bubba Wallace DraftKings Toyota 0 265 Accident
35 30 8 Kyle Busch FICO Chevrolet 0 222 Accident
36 5 48 Alex Bowman Ally Chevrolet 0 142 Engine
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