It may be too early to predict the two teammates at Joe Gibbs Racing wil have an incident at Daytona in February like Danica Patrick and Denny Hamlin once did. Bell, whose new crew chief spent many years working for Busch, just fired a direct shot at the older driver and his attitude on the racetrack.
Christopher Bell is entering his second season in the Cup Series
Christopher Bell recently turned 26, and he definitely has a bright future ahead of him at the NASCAR Cup Series level.
After three years at the Xfinity Series, Bell made his Cup Series debut at the 2020 Daytona 500. Bell, who opened his Cup Series debut at Leavine Family Racing, totaled seven top-10 finishes in 36 races last year.
Bell’s best finish was a third-place finish at the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 in Fort Worth, Texas, on October 25. The young racer finished 20th in the Cup Series standings with 678 points.
Bell switched up his racing crew for the 2021 season
Christopher Bell will begin his second season at the Cup Series level with a much different supporting cast.
Bell will drive the No. 20 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing this season. His predecessor, Erik Jones, is now at Richard Petty Motorsports.
Christopher Bell fired a direct shot at Kyle Busch
Racing for Joe Gibbs isn’t the only change coming for Christopher Bell in 2021.
In a recent Zoom call with reporters, Bell discussed his crew alterations for the coming season. Bell’s new crew chief is Adam Stevens, who spent his entire Cup Series car working with Kyle Busch.
Bell and Busch are now teammates, but that doesn’t mean Bell has to be overly nice. In recent comments transcribed by NASCAR’s official website, Bell fired a shot at Busch in comparing their behavior and attitude.
“I said I can promise you I’m going to be a change of pace from Kyle because my demeanor inside the car is a lot different than what Kyle’s is and you’re not going to hear me yelling and screaming or voicing my opinion the way Kyle does.”
Bell praised Busch as a “very proven race car driver” who “knows what he wants.” With that said, Bell is planning on adopting a far different communication model.
“[Busch] can kind of lead the team like that, where me on the other hand, I need the crew chief to lead the team and I’ll be a different way about it,” Bell said.