2017-11-17 Christopher Bell, completed an outstanding sophomore year by winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship in the Ford Eco Boost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Bell, finished second in the Ford Eco Boost 200, however it was enough. He beat fellow Championship 4 contenders Johnny Sauter 3rd, Austin Cindric 5th and Matt Crafton 6th.
With five series wins and winning the regular season championship, Bell owned the 2017 season earning a spot in his second-consecutive Championship 4 race. Bell jumped out as a playoffs contender early in the season, winning the second race at Atlanta and continued to win with regular season victories at Texas, Kentucky and Pocono. Bell’s momentum continued in the playoffs, where he won the playoff opener at New Hampshire. Bell finished this season with five wins, and series highs in both top fives (15) and top 10s (21).
“You never know when your last win is, when your last championship is, so to be able to be standing here as a NASCAR champion is something I would say I dreamed of, but I didn’t ever think it was a possibility, so I didn’t ever really dream of it,” Bell said. “But it – I’m just really speechless.”
Bell also won a sprint car victory in the prestigious Chili Bowl Nationals.
“As a calendar year overall, I don’t think it gets much better than that,” Bell said. “You can’t compare the two — one of them’s a race and one of them is a championship over the course of a year. It’s really tough to compare them, but to be able to win both in definitely a dream come true.”