NASCAR: Christopher Bell to return to Joe Gibbs Racing in 2020, series unclear

Christopher Bell is set to return to Joe Gibbs Racing for the 2020 NASCAR season, but it is not clear if he will return to the Xfinity Series or be promoted to the Cup Series.

As for which team he will be driving for in the 2020 NASCAR season, Christopher Bell is set to stay put for what is slated to be his third season driving full-time for Joe Gibbs Racing.

However, whether the 2020 season ends up being his third season driving full-time for the team in the Xfinity Series or his rookie Cup Series season remains unclear.

Here is what Bell said about the opportunity to continue driving for Joe Gibbs Racing, according to NASCAR.

“It’s really good that I have a job. Driving for Joe Gibbs Racing is where I want to be at, so I’m thankful that I get to go for another year.”

As for the series in which he will compete, he added the following remark.

“It’s a little too early to tell.”

Joe Gibbs Racing’s Cup Series team is currently at maximum capacity with four drivers, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Erik Jones and Martin Truex Jr.

There has been speculation for quite some time that Bell may be on his way to replacing one of these drivers, with many rumors centered around Jones, but there is also speculation that they could all end up returning to the team next year.

Bell has made a total of 55 starts in the Xfinity Series, all driving for Joe Gibbs Racing, and he has made 47 of these starts since he began driving full-time for the team at the start of the 2018 season following his 2017 Truck Series championship-winning season driving for Kyle  Busch Motorsports.

In these 55 starts, Bell has earned an impressive 12 victories and recorded 29 top five finishes and 34 top 10 finishes. He has taken nine pole positions and led 1,675 of the 8,939 laps that he has completed. His average starting position is 7.0 while his average finishing position is 10.6, and he finished in fourth place in the 2018 championship standings with a rookie record of seven victories.

Through the first 14 races of the 33-race 2019 season, he sits in second place in the championship standings with an average starting position of 3.9 and an average finishing position of 9.1. He has earned a series-high four victories and led a series-high total of 760 of the 2,404 laps that he has completed. He has also recorded eight top five finishes and nine top 10 finishes and taken three pole positions.

 

 

Will Christopher Bell be back with Joe Gibbs Racing for his third consecutive season as a full-time driver in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, or will he replace one of their four drivers in the Cup Series and complete his rookie season at NASCAR’s top level?