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Christopher Bell to compete in No. 95 with Leavine Family Racing in 2020 – NASCAR

Christopher Bell to compete in No. 95 with Leavine Family Racing in 2020 – NASCAR
24 Sep

Christopher Bell will move up to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2020 and drive the No. 95 Leavine Family Racing Toyota Camry with sponsorship from Rheem and Procore.

After piloting the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing entry in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for two full-time seasons, Bell will leap into NASCAR’s premier level with the JGR-affiliated organization.

Bell has recorded 15 career wins in the Xfinity Series in 68 races, including a seven-win 2018 season that had a Championship 4 bid, 18 top fives, 20 top 10s and five poles.

The team also announced that Jason Ratcliff will serve as Bell’s crew chief. Ratcliff, currently Bell’s crew chief in the Xfinity Series, has six full seasons in the Monster Energy Series as crew chief, most recently with Matt Kenseth. Mike Wheeler, the current crew chief for the No. 95 and Matt DiBendetto, will remain with the company.

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“Since I was young, I wanted to make a career out of racing,” Bell said in a team release. “To take this next step and race in the NASCAR Cup Series with the support of LFR, JGR and Toyota is just a dream come true. It also means a lot to me to have Rheem make the move to Cup racing with me. I wouldn’t be in the position I am today without their support and I’m also excited to have the opportunity to represent Procore now.

“Having been under the JGR banner these past seasons in the Xfinity Series and with TRD for as long as I can remember, having their continued support as I transition to LFR is extremely comforting and will be a tremendous benefit to me.”

This year, Bell has earned another seven victories to date, the most recent coming in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs opener at Richmond Raceway to lock himself into the Round of 8 in his quest for the series championship.

The 24-year-old from Norman, Oklahoma, began his NASCAR national series career in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series, earning the 2017 championship with Kyle Busch Motorsports. In 54 races spanning over four years, including a pair of full-time seasons, Bell raced to seven victories under the KBM umbrella.

The 2020 Daytona 500 will serve as Bell’s first career Monster Energy Series start.

“I’ve said from the start, I want this team to be competitive,” team owner Bob Leavine said in a statement. “Christopher is one of the most talented drivers we’ve seen come up through NASCAR’s ranks and together, with JGR and Toyota’s support, I’m confident our team will continue to grow, just as it has this past year.”

This story will be updated.

Source: https://www.nascar.com/news-media/2019/09/24/christopher-bell-2020-leavine-family-racing-nascar-silly-season/


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