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Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway

No. 20 Rheem Toyota Camry XSE News and Notes:

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  • 600 Miles at Charlotte: Christopher Bell will make his sixth NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) start at Charlotte Motor Speedway (CMS) Sunday in the Coca-Cola 600. In his previous five starts at the 1.5-mile speedway, Bell has earned one top-five and two top-10 finishes.        
  • NASCAR Salutes: Bell will carry the name of Thomas “TK” Kennedy on the windshield of his No. 20 Rheem Toyota Camary XSE this Sunday for the Coca-Cola 600 in honor of Memorial Day weekend as a part of NASCAR Salutes. On August 8, 2012, while in route to a Provincial Governor’s meeting in Eastern Afghanistan, MAJ Thomas Kennedy and three others were killed by a Taliban suicide bomber.
  • THOMAS “TK” KENNEDY: A true American hero, Thomas had an illustrious and decorated military career that wholeheartedly reflects his bravery and dedication to his country. His accolades included two Bronze Star Medals, a Purple Heart and Bronze Star posthumously, two Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, three Army Achievement Medals, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with a Bronze Service Star, the Iraq Campaign Medal with four Bronze Service Stars, a Combat Action Badge, an Air Assault Badge, a Parachutist Badge and a Ranger Tab.
  • RHEEM GUESTS AT CHARLOTTE: Rheem is hosting over 100 guests this weekend at the Coke 600. On-site is the family of our fallen hero, Major Thomas “TK” Kennedy, Kami, Maggie and Brody Kennedy and Kami’s sister, Kitchi. Rheem Executives Chris Peel (CEO) and Greg Henry (CFO). Guests from Smurfit Kappa, the Water Heater Division (WHD)-Southeast, WHD-Tankless, Distributor Hajoca, and Raypak, a Rheem owned company.
  • Bell NXS at Charlotte: Bell has three NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) starts at CMS earning two top-five and two top-10 finishes. In 2019 at CMS Bell dominated early in the race, earning the pole position and leading 33 of 45 laps in the opening stage before a flat tire ended his day early in stage two. 
  • All-Star Recap: The No. 20 pit crew went back-to-back winning the Pit Crew Challenge at North Wilkesboro. Bell started the All-Star race third and challenged for the lead over the 200-lap event but the handling went away and ultimately finished 17th.
  • JGR AT CHARLOTTE: Joe Gibbs Racing owns eight NCS victories at CMS, including five in the Coca-Cola 600. In 150 combined starts on the track’s 1.5-mile quad-oval layout, the organization has tallied 58 top-five finishes, 88 top-10s, 11 pole awards, and 3,886 laps led.
  • RACE INFO: The Coca-Cola 600 at CMS begins at 6:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 26, 2024. The race will be broadcast live on FOX, Sirius XM 90, and PRN Radio.

From the Cockpit:

Christopher Bell: “Racing on Memorial Day is special and I’m very honored to represent MAJ Kennedy and excited to have his family in attendance. The Coca-Cola 600 is a crown jewel event for our sport, and It’s a great opportunity to score a lot of points with the added stage. Our 20 group is needing a good race and there’s no better place than Charlotte to go get it.” 

Bell NASCAR Cup Series Stats at Charlotte Motor Speedway:

StartsWinsTop 5Top 10PolesLaps LedAvg. StartAvg. Finish
501205111.216.6

Bell 2024 NASCAR Cup Series Season Stats:

StartsWinsTop 5Top 10PolesLaps LedAvg. StartAvg. Finish
13136112513.317.8

Bell NASCAR Cup Series Career Stats:

StartsWinsTop 5Top 10PolesLaps LedAvg. StartAvg. Finish
1577346811141513.815.9

About Rheem

Founded in 1925, Rheem Manufacturing is a global leader committed to delivering innovative products that save energy and support a more sustainable future. Rheem is the only manufacturer in the world that produces heating, cooling, water heating, pool & spa heating and commercial refrigeration products, and is America’s #1 water-heating brand with products available in more than 80 countries. Paloma Co., Ltd. of Nagoya, Japan, acquired the iconic Rheem brand in 1988, and today the company’s portfolio of premium brands include Rheem®, Ruud®, Friedrich®, Raypak®, Sure Comfort®, WeatherKing®, Eemax®, Richmond®, IBC™, Intergas®, Splendid®, Solahart®, EverHot®, and MHG™, as well as commercial refrigeration brands Russell®, Witt®, ColdZone® and Kramer®, which are part of the Heat Transfer Products Group (HTPG®) division.

About Joe Gibbs Racing:

Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) is one of the premier organizations in NASCAR with four NASCAR Cup Series teams, four NASCAR Xfinity Series teams, an ARCA Series team, and a driver development program. JGR is based in Huntersville, N.C., and owned by 2020 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Joe Gibbs, who also earned his place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and was named as one of the NFL’s top 10 coaches of all-time with a winning career that included three Super Bowl Championships as head coach of the Washington franchise. JGR has competed in NASCAR since 1992, capturing more than 400 wins over that span. No team has more combined wins across the sport’s three national series in the history of NASCAR. In addition, JGR has won five Cup Series championships along with four Xfinity Series driver championships and six Xfinity Series owner’s championships. The organization also has captured four Daytona 500 titles, considered to be NASCAR’s premier event each season.

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