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Christopher Bell Eliminated Early at Phoenix

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The Joe Gibbs Racing Driver falls victim to overheating brakes at Phoenix, ending his title hopes.

What’s Happening?

Christopher Bell is the first driver to be eliminated from NASCAR Cup Series title contention. It was an incident that saw his brakes overheat and his No. 20 Dewalt Toyota plow into the outside wall which ended his chances. You can watch the full incident in the video below, provided by NASCAR on NBC.

You Need To Know:

  • Christopher Bell was the last of the JGR cars eligible to compete for a championship this year. Last year, he made his first championship 4 berth but fell short, finishing 3rd in the overall standings.
  • This incident makes Bell the first of the championship hopefuls to be eliminated from contention, joining his JGR teammates. Bell, who had never won a Cup title before, ends his season with 2 wins, 10 top-5s, and 19 top-10s. He will likely finish 4th of the Championship 4.
  • Largely, the incident sparked more criticism of the playoff format from fans. Whether or not the format will ever be changed to prevent this remains to be seen.

All that Christopher Bell and hope for now is a calm offseason and a good start in 2024.

The Main Character

Christopher Bell had a good year, a big step forward for sure, and he is certainly disappointed. NBC caught up with him after being released from the infield care center.

Around The Garage

Bell was JGR’s one and only shot to win a championship today. I’m sure it stings for that whole organization. Time to look forward to 2024.

In The Stands

Matthew Champagne wants the playoff system fixed so that these types of incidents won’t eliminate drivers from contention.

Matthew Kendrick comments on “the most expensive brake failure ever”.

Naomi realizes that while it sucks, the team still put in a great effort.

Some encouraging words from Chad Rock.

One down, three to go, NASCAR fans. Did any of you pick Bell? If so, who are you pivoting to now? Still a lot of races to run. Who’s your all’s favorite to take it all? Let us know!

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Cody Williams is the author of BUNNY BOY and THE FIFTH LINE. He lives near Bristol, TN.
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