Joe Gibbs has made it quite clear to his drivers that he doesn’t like his drivers racing in dirt-racing events.
Christopher Bell is having a very good season so far. The Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 20 driver has one win, five top-five finishes and seven top-10 finishes, which is the best in the series, in the season so far.
As a three-time winner of the prestigious Chili Bowl, Bell has already professed his love for racing in dirt events in the past. He has also revealed that Joe Gibbs has a certain hatred towards dirt racing, because of which the driver doesn’t feel comfortable racing outside NASCAR right now.
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Tony Stewart, working as a guest analyst in the Fox booth made sure to bring up the topic when speaking to Bell at Talladega. Speaking about the t the Talladega Short Track event in which Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won a pair of races, the Stewart-Haas Racing co-owner asked Bell:
“Hey, I just want to know why were you not across the street? You let Stenhouse just steal all the money and walk out of there with two trophies and a wad of money in his hands.”
This put Bell in an uncomfortable position and he just replied to Stewart’s question by saying: “Yeah, that’s a great question, Tony,” without actually answering the question.
This drew a laugh from both Stewart and Clint Bowyer.
Bell would not want to go into details this time around after his honest admission about Gibbs back in January. In fact, after admitting that Gibbs doesn’t like his drivers racing in dirt-racing events, Gibbs had to come out explaining his comments. He certainly didn’t want to land himself in hot water again.