Joe Gibbs Racing picks up option on Christopher Bell’s contract

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JOLIET, Ill. — Joe Gibbs Racing has picked up the option on Christopher Bell‘s contract for the 2020 season, but Bell admits that he doesn’t know where he’ll be racing next year.

“I’m good for another year,” Bell said Friday at Chicagoland Speedway. “I don’t know what I’m going to be racing, but I will be somewhere.”

Bell has won a series-high four Xfinity races this season and is second in the points to Tyler Reddick going into Saturday’s race (3:30 p.m., NBCSN).

Bell won the most recent Xfinity race, two weeks ago at Iowa Speedway. His other victories this season have been at Atlanta, Bristol and Dover.

His success has led to questions about where he’ll race next season. This is his second full season in the Xfinity Series. He’s won 12 of 55 career series starts (21.8%).

With a limit of four cars per team, Joe Gibbs Racing could face a quandary on where Bell will race next year.

This is Martin Truex Jr.‘s first year with the team. Joe Gibbs Racing announced a contract extension with Kyle Busch in February. Denny Hamlin signed a contract extension in 2017. Erik Jones said last month that he was “pretty close” to a contract extension with JGR.

Leavine Family Racing has an alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing and has Matt DiBenedetto in the No. 95 car. Team owner Bob Leavine has expressed an interest in having a two-car team but needs sponsorship to make that happen.