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Inspection Complete: Christopher Bell Officially Collects First Career Cup Series Win

DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 21: Christopher Bell, driver of the #20 Rheem Toyota, celebrates in after winning the NASCAR Cup Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 at Daytona International Speedway on February 21, 2021 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Post-race technical inspection following Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 at the Daytona International Speedway Road Course has been completed.

Christopher Bell’s race-winning No. 20 Rheem Toyota Camry has passed. As a result, NASCAR has declared the 26-year old as the official winner of the race. This officially mark’s Bell’s first-career NASCAR Cup Series victory, marking the second consecutive week that the winner of the NCS event was a first time winner.

Michael McDowell won his first-career race last weekend in the Daytona 500.

The only issues discovered in post-race inspection were an unsecured lug nut on Bell’s No. 20 car and Brad Keselowski’s No. 2 car. Those infractions will result only in monetary fines for their crew chiefs.

No other issues were discovered in post-race inspection, which means that all results and standings following Sunday’s race are now considered official.

For a Complete Breakdown of the 2021 O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 at the Daytona RC, check out our Race Information Page:

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Toby Christie
Toby Christie
Toby is the Founder, and Editor-in-Chief of Toby is also the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly Podcast. Additionally, he is a NMPA (National Motorsports Press Association) award-winning writer, and has followed the sport as a fan since 1993.

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