Christopher Bell followed Joey Logano to Dayton Road Road on Sunday for his first career Cup victory and a coveted place in the NASCAR playoffs.

Bell drove in his second race for the Jeeto Gibbs Racing, giving the team a surprise win at Daytona International Speedway. Team owner Joe Gibbs’ 18-year-old grandson Ty Gibbs won the Xfinity Series race Saturday night at the start of his first career national series.

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Bell’s victory was not quite as stunning, but she still arrived much earlier than she had hoped for her return to the JGR. He Last year, Robbie was loaned out to Levin Family Racing for the season, but Gibbs pulled him back to JGR this year.

This gave Bell a competitive Toyota but a win, it was soon, a big question.

“It’s the highlight of my life,” Bell said. “I have prepared for this moment my entire life to run in the Cup Series, last year was such a learning phase for me. I am so grateful that I got a chance to run in the Cup and it definitely made me go. Prepared. Joe Gibbs Racing. “

Bell had driving for Levien in the underwater rookie season with just seven top-10 finishes in Toyota, not as strong as Gibbs’ four-car fleet. Now driving some of the best cars in NASCAR, Bell surprisingly included Daytona 500 winner Michael McDowell, with a spot in the 16-driver playoff field.

He To chase Logano, who had built a decent lead on the field, but once he caught Bell they could not catch him. Logano finished second; Last week, he and teammate Brad Keselowski pitted each other for the Daytona 500 victory.

“I hate him,” Logano said.

Denny Hamlin was third to give Gibbs two cars in the top three. Kurt Busch took fourth and Keselowski finished fifth.

Chase Elliott again had the most prominent car but his streak of four consecutive wins in the point-paying road race was cut. He A race-high led to 45 laps and was out in the front when Hendrick Motorsports was forced to make a tactical call due to rain being cautioned 15 laps.

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Elliott traded track positions for the new tires, dropping from the lead to 15th. He Worked until fifth, but when he ran into Kurt Busch’s back. Elliott finished 21st.

Elliot said, “This kind of texture is used for a mixed bag, which is paused and which goes, it’s a little bit.” “I thought the tire was the right move. But you get back into traffic and it just gets so chaotic and just depends on who (the traffic) goes through and who doesn’t and determines what. Is how it moves. “