It was a wild Sunday night with thrills and spills at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Having completed the longest distance in the history of NASCAR as recorded in the 2020 Cup calendar as of now, we’ll unveil three fantastic racers who have survived to the end.
When some racers in the top teams have a tough day, the guys who don’t have the big-spending money as the big guns take the opportunity ahead of them.
He may have almost ended his race early when Ryan Blaney pushed his rear bumper sideways.
But boy, Bell made a massive save and handled his race car very well.
Yes, it may have caused him to drop a few spots from the Top 15 towards the end of Stage 1.
From there, Bell recovered ever since having remained patient throughout the night.
Thanks to the number of other racers alerting the yellow through their faults, it allowed Bell to refresh his game before he came home in 9th for Leavine Family Racing.
Bell’s patience, his ability to run through the high line & that one save from Ryan Blaney, the work he produces inside the race car, is fantastic with the focus mainly on talent in a single-car team.
If he can repeat the same thing on Wednesday, then watch out Tyler Reddick & Cole Custer, Bell is in the running to win the Rookie of the Year award.
Front Row Motorsports
What a day it has been from Front Row Motorsports.
They’re able to have both John Hunter Nemechek home in 16th & Michael McDowell, 18th.
Stage 1 may not have been a priority over the Clint Bowyer engine expiration, and nothing has changed much for a while in Stage 2.
But a series of cautions for the 2nd half of the night saw a change of favorable fortune.
With no wrecks made and still out on the race track to the very end, a mix of youth and experience helped FRM squeeze in this midfield pack.
Even though David Ragan retired from full-time Racing last year, this outfit is still a significant player at these intermediate and big tracks like Charlotte.
So keep these hopes high for them if you admire FRM as a race fan during Wednesday night’s 500 mile Cup race on the same track.
Now, this No.77 Spire Motorsports Chevy Camaro may not be the fastest race car out of this limited budget Cup groups on the race track.
And yes, for this significant occasion, Chip Ganassi Racing did help out Spire with some technical alliance for him.
But when Chastain does the work inside the cockpit, that’s where he’s able to make a difference.
At the start, there wasn’t much progress, including when he struggled to block one of the lead lap runners from Martin Truex Jr. en route towards the half-distance mark.
Despite going a lap or two down, it’s a series of yellow flag cautions in the last two stages that credited Chastain in maintaining his consistency as he came home in 21st.
Chastain is progressing one step at a time to sure he can actually make a fantastic impact at this level with the right organization in the long run.
That means putting him on a Ganassi satellite race car with Spire for some races this season echoes the owner’ Chip Ganassi’s comments regarding his plans for this talented racer.
He will eventually ride for CGR in Cup, but in the interim, it’s best for Chastain to chase some silverware, which is the Xfinity Series with Kaulig Racing.
We’ll see how this will pan out on Wednesday night for the 500-mile race at the same track in Concord, NC.
We may not go too far ahead of how Christopher Bell wanted to set his targets realistically.
But Bell will be just beautiful as long as he bags another good run and not get hurt mechanically or by someone else on the way.
Front Row Motorsports has another opportunity to make miracles and be the leading midfield player in this series.
All it is left is a superior race car, and watching other drivers ahead of them bow out early to continue this fantastic performance.
And on other teams that didn’t make a list. With Chastain returning to full-time Xfinity duties at Kaulig Racing, the race is on them to redeem themselves.
After a 22nd place finishes, Ryan Preece may be okay with the result himself with his team-mate Ricky Stenhouse Jr. sitting two places behind him.
But as a whole JTG Daugherty Racing team, they’d like to split Front Row’s performance and take over the midfield mantle of this Cup field which didn’t happen last night.
Ty Dillon fitted in the same category at Germain Racing when he came home 25th after two back to back 19th place runs at Darlington.
He, too, will provide a threat to both Leavine and Front Row to split them up and force his way in the Top 20 spot.