Christopher Bell is one driver who should deserve a Cup ride at JGR.
Bell demonstrated a lot of impressive displays in the No.20 Toyota so far in this year’s XFINITY Series Season:
- Six Wins
- 17 Top 5
- 19 Top 10
He may be fourth in the Drivers’ Standings right now with three races left this month.
If Bell can sneak up a win over the next two Round of Eight Semi-Finals & then the Championship at Homestead, then there are many reasons why Bell’s ready to race at the top level.
Even Kyle Larson would be happy challenging him there having been dirt track buddies for a long time.
But Owner Joe Gibbs said that he’d spend another year in the No.20 Toyota XFINITY Series Seat.
It won’t harm him too much as he can snatch up another Championship chance just in case if he doesn’t win one in 2018.
In the long-term, people predict that Bell will replace Denny Hamlin in the No.11 Seat from 2020 onwards.
That way it’ll be perfect for Bell to launch his Cup career and rack up many rewards as possible.
For Hamlin, he still has plenty to offer at Cup level despite missing the Second Round of Playoffs & not winning a Championship.
Though, He performed very well at Martinsville a few days ago in 2nd behind Joey Logano.
It’s fair to say that his time in NASCAR isn’t up yet as Hamlin can still make an impact and finally achieve what he deserves next year.
Even a win would be nice to wrap this year.
Once he can do that, then Hamiln can feel that it’s time to hand the baton to Bell.
Some people say that Bell should’ve been a great candidate to replace Daniel Suarez in the No.19 Seat.
But JGR wouldn’t want to rush another first-timer into the No.19 Team & see a minimal impact like Suarez did.
You see, Suarez was going to spend a second season at JGR’s XFINITY Series squad.
But when Carl Edwards shockingly left the sport, they had to rush Suarez to Cup as that plan didn’t work in the organization’s favor.
Chase Elliott & Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is these great examples who spent two full seasons at XFINITY Series level.
Few years down the track, these two became ready to race at Cup level and went on to win races.
It’s something Owner Joe Gibbs chose not to scale Bell’s level to a standard that is naive to him.
So that’s why JGR said that Bell would stay in the NASCAR XFINITY Series next year.
A proven championship-race winner like Martin Truex Jr. will fill that spot.
Truex fits the Carl Edwards-like capabilities that will hopefully send the No.19 Team back in Playoffs contention since 2016.
Instead, Bell driving the No.11 Toyota would be a perfect scenario as he can come to Cup ready-made and not rushed in the same way Erik Jones did in the No.20 car throughout this year.