KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Oct. 21, 2017) – Christopher Bell took the checkered flag of the Kansas Lottery 300 on Saturday afternoon at Kansas Speedway. The win was Bell’s first career NASCAR XFINITY Series win. He was able to take the lead in the last 10 laps, pulling ahead of Erik Jones, who had led nearly the entire race and won both stages. The Kansas Lottery 300 was only Bell’s fifth career XFINITY start and only his second race on an intermediate track.
“We finally got away from the 42 and the 22, and when I looked up, we were a half a second ahead and I realized we were going for our first win,” Bell said.
Bell was the second first-time winner of the race weekend; Michael Self won his first career ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards win on Friday night.
With ARCA and XFINITY series races in the books, focus will turn to Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400, the cutoff race for the Monster Energy NASCAR Series Round of 12. Dale Earnhardt Jr. held his Appreci88tion press conference Saturday morning, where Kansas Speedway President Pat Warren presented Earnhardt Jr. with a donation in his name to the University of Kansas Medical Center’s pediatrics department.
Earnhardt Jr. was also surprised with a video from Kansas City Royals Manager Ned Yost, a friend of Dale Earnhardt Sr. In the video, Yost expressed how much he had enjoyed watching Earnhardt Jr. grow up and become the man and driver he is today. Earnhardt Jr. was then presented with a custom Earnhardt Royals jersey, bearing his father’s iconic number three.
Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 will be Earnhardt Jr.’s last race at Kansas Speedway before he retires at the end of this season. The race will also decide the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs Round of 8, eliminating four drivers from the current playoff field. The Hollywood Casino 400 begins at 2 p.m. central time on NBCSN and MRN. Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the gate before the race.
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