Christopher Bell
Christopher Bell won the pole for the NASCAR Cup Series playoff race at Kansas Speedway on Sunday. That puts him in good position to get off the bubble and make next week’s cutoff race at Bristol a little less stressful.
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Pala Casino 400

Site: Fontana, California.

Schedule: Saturday, practice, 2:05 p.m., and qualifying, 2:50 p.m.; Sunday, race, 3:30 p.m.
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — As Christopher Bell was about to leave for driver introductions, he still wasn’t sure if he would even race in the NASCAR Cup Series finale.
The long and unpredictable NASCAR season comes to an end Sunday with a championship race fitting for a year that saw unprecedented parity and never a clear title favorite.
Ross Chastain’s video game-inspired ride along the wall at Martinsville carried him across the finish line, into the NASCAR championship finale and around the world.
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NASCAR Cup Series Championship

Site: Avondale, Arizona.

Schedule: Friday, practice, 1:05 p.m. Saturday, qualifying, 3:30 p.m.
Christopher Bell worked his way into NASCAR’s championship round the only way he could, winning at Martinsville Speedway to claim a spot in the finale.
Bubba Wallace and Christopher Bell shared a flight home from Las Vegas, and Wallace apologized during the trip to his fellow Toyota teammate for the incident that crippled Bell’s championship chances.
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Dixie Vodka 400

Site: Homestead, Florida.

Schedule: Saturday, practice, 10:05 a.m., and qualifying, 10:50 a.m.; Sunday, race, 2:30 p.m.
Bubba Wallace tried to fight reigning NASCAR champion Kyle Larson after a crash at Las Vegas Motor Speedway that also collected title contender Christopher Bell.
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South Point 400

Site: Las Vegas, Nevada.

Schedule: Saturday, practice, 12:05 p.m, and qualifying, 12:50 p.m.; Sunday, race, 2:30 p.m.
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — It was a race of desperation.

For Christopher Bell, who had to win Sunday to stave off elimination from NASCAR’s playoffs.
The 334 laps at Texas Motor Speedway provided quite a tumultuous start to the NASCAR playoff round of 12.
Tyler Reddick opened the round of 12 in NASCAR’s playoff with a victory at Texas. His win comes a week after being one of the first four Cup drivers knocked out of title contention.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Christopher Bell has been one of the most consistent drivers in NASCAR’s playoffs this season, and now gets to start the next round close to home.
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Aric Almirola continued the trend of non-playoff drivers stealing the show with a pole-winning run Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway.
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Bass Pro Shops Night Race

Site: Bristol, Tennessee.

Schedule: Friday, practice, 4:35 p.m., and qualifying, 5:20 p.m.; Saturday, race, 7:30 p.m.
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Denny Hamlin is still sore from last week’s late wreck at Daytona and won’t race, as planned, in the Xfinity Series event at Darlington Raceway on Saturday.
Kevin Harvick took the lead from Joey Logano with 66 laps to go and held off Christopher Bell at Richmond Raceway on Sunday for his second consecutive NASCAR Cup Series victory.
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M&Ms Fan Appreciation 400

Site: Long Pond, Pennsylvania.

Schedule: Saturday, practice, 2:35 p.m., and qualifying, 3:20 p.m.; Sunday, race, 3 p.m.
LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — Joe Gibbs had a New Hampshire race victory to celebrate — and a future dinner to fill his belly courtesy of the 21-pound lobster awarded to winner Christopher Bell — but some things still didn’t feel right to the Hall of Fame team owner.
Christopher Bell crashed the NASCAR playoffs, winning Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway to become the 14th Cup Series winner this season.
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Quaker State 400 presented by Walmart

Site: Hampton, Georgia.

Schedule: Saturday, qualifying, 11:35 a.m.; Sunday, race, 3 p.m. (USA).
MADISON, Ill. (AP) — Chase Briscoe finally has a pole to go with his first NASCAR Cup Series victory earlier this season.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Christopher Bell qualified on the pole for Sunday’s race at Kansas Speedway, topping the time set by Tyler Reddick earlier in the session and grabbing his third pole of the NASCAR Cup Series season for Joe Gibbs Racing.
Former NASCAR Cup Series champions Chase Elliott and Kevin Harvick will start at the rear of the field Sunday at Darlington Raceway.
Chase Elliott snapped a 26-race winless streak when the 2020 NASCAR champion pulled away down the stretch to win the rain-delayed Cup Series race at Dover Motor Speedway.
Christopher Bell won the pole at Talladega Superspeedway by turning the fastest lap as the final driver to qualify.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Ryan Blaney is on a roll running for poles.

The Team Penske driver turned a lap of 119.782 mph at Richmond Raceway on Saturday to earn his third consecutive top starting spot in NASCAR’s top series.

EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix

Site: Austin, Texas.

Schedule: Saturday, practice, 10 a.m., and qualifying, 11 a.m.; Sunday, race, 3:30 p.m. (FOX)