Bell, Busch, Parsons, Waltrip and Welch Break Down Friday’s Race and Championship Battle
CHARLOTTE, NC – Christopher Bell won his first NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES championship Friday in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, broadcast live on FS1.
Bell, who finished second in the race to beat fellow Championship 4 contenders Johnny Sauter, Matt Crafton and Austin Cindric, earned his first series championship for Kyle Busch Motorsports in just his second full season. In 2018, Bell moves to the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES to compete fulltime for Joe Gibbs Racing.
Below are quotes from Bell, Kyle Busch Motorsports co-owner Kyle Busch, FOX NASCAR analysts Michael Waltrip and Phil Parsons and play-by-play announcer Vince Welch from FS1’s post-race show.
On Sunday, FS1 also offers live, expanded pre-race coverage of the MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES finale with NASCAR RACEDAY (11:30 AM ET).
“To be able to do this for all the guys at Kyle Busch Motorsports and to win the championship for a team that deserves the championship, is something that words cannot describe. My feelings right now — to run as good as we have week-in and week-out, not just this year, but this whole organization. This whole team has been good for so many years, you just don’t want to be that guy that lets them down. Really glad I didn’t let them down tonight.”
“He’s (Kyle Busch) the best boss you could have. How cool is it that Kyle Busch is your boss? I’m just really thankful for the opportunity to be here. I remember when I first went to Kyle Busch Motorsports, I was so star-struck by him when I was driving his late models and I’d be around him. To win a championship for him, I’m just speechless.”
“It’s a dream come true to be a Truck Series owner and to have as much success as we’ve had as a young company. It’s all a true testament to these guys — Rudy Fugle and everybody on the No. 4 truck, but more importantly, everybody at home, everybody at Kyle Busch Motorsports who do such a great job working on these Toyotas and making them as fast as they are every year. To be able to see Christopher mature and grow and get into the role he’s in this year from where he was last year, it just goes to show you that these guys develop and we do a good job of developing these guys. Our first driver’s championship, we’ll never forget, was Erik Jones. Now with Christopher Bell bringing home our second obviously continues to solidify our legacy in the Truck Series and what we’re all about, what we’ve been able to do and I couldn’t be more proud of Christopher and his family.”
“Bell led the series in just about every statistical category this season, and it has been a championship-caliber season for him. This was a career year for him in so many ways, and as he gets ready to leave the Truck Series and move on to the NASCAR XFINITY Series, the future is so bright for this young man. He’s one of the real rising stars in the sport.”
“We knew Bell had the talent. He made the Championship 4 last year, they paired him with (crew chief) Rudy Fugle, and they made some magic.”
“What a great performance by Christopher Bell. I’m more impressed with his patience tonight. He had a fast truck early. We know he had the truck that could have pushed the issue, gone up there and led a lot of the race, but he was calm and reserved and took what the race vehicle gave him. And in the end, it gave him the championship trophy. What stuck out most to me about this season was the race in Atlanta when he was so dominant and won every stage. He came out firing when the season started.”
“I love the fact we started the season with a rookie winning at Daytona with Kaz Grala and we finished the season with another rookie winning in Chase Briscoe. What a great crop of young drivers we had this year.”