LOUDON — Christopher Bell of Norman, Okla., dominated the NASCAR Xfinity Series Roxor 200 to the tune of 186 laps led and a four-second margin of victory in the Joe Gibbs Racing Rheem-Watts Toyota No. 20 Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Cole Custer, who has five wins this season as Bell now does, finished second. Justin Allgaier had his best ever result at Loudon to complete the podium finish. Series point leader Tyler Reddick of Corning, Calif., placed fourth ahead of NASCAR Cup veteran Paul Menard.
“We had a solid day and had a good long run car, but we struggled on the restarts,” Allgaier said.
Bell’s win was his second straight on the Magic Mile. He won a squeaker last year in his first NHMS appearance.
“I had a great race car,” Bell said. “I’m lucky to be driving such a fast car. This track has been good for me.”
“Since we started last year, we hit on a package that’s suited for Christopher,” crew chief Jason Ratcliff. “On tracks like this you get into traffic quicker and he works it better than anyone else. He’s doing good things and learning and executing every week. He’s got a good future ahead of him.”
Despite Bell’s dominance, there was plenty of action and passing at numerous positions in the field.
The final caution came on lap 150 when Menard took out 18-year-old Harrison Burton with a vigilante move in turn two.
For many of the final 50 laps, Custer, Reddick and Allgaier had at it before Custer drew away. Further back, Chase Briscoe, Menard, Ryan Truex and Ryan Seig turned in many laps of close-quarters racing.
Brandon Jones of Atlanta stayed out on the track for position during the first round of pit stops and held off Bell by a half car-length to win the 45-lap Stage One portion of the event. Bell crossed the line inches ahead of third-place finisher Reddick.
The Xfinity Series travels to Iowa Speedway July 27 for the U.S. Cellular 250.