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Christopher Bell Wins Kansas Lottery 300
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2017-10-21 Christopher Bell pushed his teammate Erik Jones out of the way and went on to score his first NASCAR XFINITY Series win in Saturday's Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway.

On Lap 197 of 200, Christopher Bell caught and passed Erik Jones for the lead, by pushing his Gibbs Racing teammate Erik Jones into the wall. Under a full head of steam, Jones plowed into the back of Bell’s No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, wrecking his No. 20 Camry, which slowed markedly and finished 15th.

“It’s not dirt racing,” Jones complained, referencing Bell’s dirt-track background. “He’s not clear. I can’t just stop on the top. I didn’t expect him to drive in on the bottom so hard he wouldn’t be able to hold his lane.“It’s unfortunate. I thought we were going to race for the win, and unfortunately, it wasn’t much of a race—it was more of a wreck. We’ll just have to move on.”

“I never want to wreck anyone, especially my teammate,” Bell said. “I don’t know. My spotter said ‘Clear.’ I drove it in really deep. I felt like I cleared him – I don’t know.“It’s my first Xfinity win. I’m sorry that Erik didn’t finish the race, but, man, I’m just stoked. This thing was awesome. To be able to win in the XFINITY Series is something I dreamed of as a kid. We were both on old tires. We were sliding around…“Bummed for the way it finished, but I’m glad it held on, man. I was getting tire smoke in the car there those last couple of laps, and I was worried we weren’t going to make it.”

Polesitter Tyler Reddick was second, Ryan Blaney ran third, followed by William Byron and Justin Allgaier.

Austin Dillon was 6th, Elliott Sadler 7th, Matt Tifft 8th, Ty Dillon 9th and Ryan Reed rounded out the top ten.

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