It didn’t take long for Christopher Bell to get his invitation to Round 2 of the Xfinity playoffs. Taking the lead from Matt Tifft with 14 laps remaining in last week’s race at Richmond, he held the advantage till the checkered flag waved and scored his fifth win of the season.
That victory was notable for another reason: Bell tied Justin Allgaier for the most wins on the season with five apiece.
“We all felt like going into this season that Christopher Bell was going to show the talent level that he had,” Parker Kligerman said on Monday’s edition of NASCAR America. “We’d seen it in Trucks, but in the Xfinity Series we were waiting to see him go up there and see him command for a championship. And now we’ve seen it.”
Allgaier could very well advance to Round 2 of the playoffs this week at the Charlotte Roval to keep this game of one-upmanship going. He’s won the last two road course races (Mid-Ohio and Road America).
“What’s been most so impressive for Justin Allgaier this year is that it’s been a career year,” Kligerman said. “And for so many years, we’ve seen him be a part of the Xfinity Series and be good for one or two wins a year. But to go out there and get five wins, five runner-up finishes … 15 top-five finishes … laps led 612 and a 1.7 average finish on road courses as we head to the Roval; it’s been an incredible year for him.”
Allgaier’s numbers have been impressive – but Bell has been just as remarkable with an almost identical record.
Allgaier and Bell are tied for wins and top-five finishes (15). Allgaier holds a slight advantage in second-place finishes with five to Bell’s four. Allgaier has led more laps: 612 to Bell’s 506 so far this season.
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