Friday, June 9, 2023

Christopher Bell Notches Pole For 2022 Chili Bowl Nationals A-Main Through Pole Shuffle Win

Christopher Bell Pole Shuffle Win
Christopher Bell took the win in Saturday’s Chili Bowl Nationals Pole Shuffle, he’ll start from the pole in the 2022 Chili Bowl.

Christopher Bell’s bid for a fourth-career Chili Bowl Nationals A-Main victory will come from starting on the pole as Bell topped Tanner Thorson in Saturday evening’s Pole Shuffle.

Here is video of Bell topping Thorson in a dramatic chase to the Pole Shuffle win:

Bell looked to have the Pole Shuffle won until Justin Grant went spinning to bring out the yellow. This resulted in a green-white-checkered finish, where Thorson threw a big time slide job on Bell for the lead.

But then Bell reached back into his bag of tricks and crossed Thorson over to retake the lead and the Pole Shuffle win.

This is the second epic duel between Bell and Thorson this week as both drivers battled each other tooth and nail for the qualifier A-Main win on Thursday. Bell emerged victorious in that battle, as well.

With Thursday’s win, Bell tied Sammy Swindell’s all-time record of eight Chili Bowl National Prelim wins.

Christopher Bell Prevails In Incredible Battle With Thorson, Leary For Record-Tying Chili Bowl Prelim Win

With Saturday’s win, Bell very well could be in the driver’s seat for his fourth-career Chili Bowl Nationals overall victory.

Thorson, who started seventh in the overall Pole Shuffle, was able to move his way into the second-overall starting spot as he advanced to the final four-car Pole Shuffle heat race.

Rico Abreu came home third in the pole shuffle and Justin Grant, who came into the Pole Shuffle with the pole, ended up fourth.

While the top-10 starting spots have been decided in the Pole Shuffle, the remainder of the 24-car starting field for the 2022 Chili Bowl Nationals will be decided at the conclusion of the C and B features.

Here are the official top-10 starters for the 2022 Chili Bowl Nationals:

  1. Christopher Bell
  2. Tanner Thorson
  3. Rico Abreu
  4. Justin Grant
  5. Buddy Kofoid
  6. Tanner Carrick
  7. Kyle Larson
  8. Kevin Thomas Jr.
  9. Tyler Courtney
  10. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
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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