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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla – Christopher Bell chased Joey Logano down the winding Daytona Road Course on Sunday for his maiden Career Cup win and a coveted spot in the NASCAR playoffs

Bell won his second race for Joe Gibbs Racing to give the team two surprising victories at Daytona International Speedway. Ty Gibbs, the 18-year-old grandson of team owner Joe Gibbs, won the Xfinity Series race on Saturday night in his first national series start

Bell’s win wasn’t quite as impressive, but it still delivered much earlier than expected on his return to JGR.He was loaned to Leavine Family Racing for his rookie season last year, but Gibbs pulled him back to JGR this year / p>

“This is one of the highlights of my life,” said Bell. “I have prepared my whole life for this moment to drive in the Cup series Last year was such a learning curve for me. I’m very grateful to have the opportunity to run in the Cup and it definitely prepared me to go to Joe Gibbs Racing ”

Bell had an overwhelming rookie season for Leavine with only seven top 10 finishes in Toyotas that weren’t quite as strong as Gibbs’ four-car fleet Bell now drove some of the best cars in NASCAR and entered the Daytona 500 -Winner Michael McDowell as a surprising first-time winner at the start of the season at

It is only the third time in NASCAR history that the first two races of the season have been won by first-time winners. It was previously done in 1949 and 1950 – NASCAR’s first two seasons

Bell and McDowell now have two of the coveted 16 playoff spots, a worrying trend for mid-pack teams who need all 26 regular season races to find their way into the championship picture, and the race winners are automatically berthed and the remaining places are determined by the points table

“Having Christopher in the playoffs is a big deal,” said Joe Gibbs. “We don’t take that for granted”

McDowell backed his Daytona 500 victory with a career-best in eighth place

Bell had to chase Logano, who had built a decent lead on the field but couldn’t fend off Bell once he got him Logano finished second; Last week he and his teammate Brad Keselowski pounded each other for the Daytona 500 victory

Denny Hamlin was third, giving Gibbs two cars in the top three. Kurt Busch was fourth and Keselowski was fifth for a decent Team Penske rebound

Keselowski and Logano had their first pre-race interaction since crashing against each other on the final lap for the Daytona 500 victory a week ago

Kevin Harvick finished sixth and AJ Allmendinger finished seventh in his first cup race since the 2018 season finale.It was the highest result in three cup races for Kaulig Racing, an Xfinity Series team founded in 2016 that will be full-time for the next season -Cup would like to be

Ryan Preece finished ninth for two top 10 finishes at Daytona JTG-Daugherty Racing no longer has a charter that guarantees Preece a spot on the field every week, and without that the team can’t promise it this season Will race every week With this start, Preece is currently in seventh place in the points table

Chase Elliott once again had the most dominant car, but his streak of four straight wins in scoring road races was broken. He led a 45-lap race and was at the forefront when Beware of the rain gave Hendrick Motorsports 15 laps from the finish forced a strategic call

Elliott swapped track position for new tires, came off the lead and fell on 15th Back seat He worked his way up to fifth, but spun as he ran into Kurt Busch in the back Elliott turned 21

“Precautions like this make for a mixed bag of who stays and who goes, it’s a bit of a gamble,” Elliott said. “I thought tires were the right move, but you get back on the road and it just goes that way chaotic and just depends on who gets through (traffic) and who doesn’t and it determines how it shakes “

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