Bell Returns to the ‘Big E’ for his Broadcast Debut

Christopher Bell, the driver of the #4 Toyota, drives during practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 5th Annual Eldora Dirt Derby 150 at Eldora Speedway on July 18, 2017, in Rossburg, Ohio. Photo – Sean Gardner/Getty Images

Christopher Bell didn’t have to win the Xfinity Series race at Kentucky Speedway to prove he’s a bona fide racer.

He keeps a list of his race starts and wins on his phone.  And since Bell, 23, became “a professional race car driver in 2013” that number has reached the 450-mark.

“I tally every race I’ve ever ran and what position I’ve finished,” Bell said.

Bell’s next challenge will come at his favorite race track – Eldora Speedway – where he’ll trade in his helmet for a microphone as part of the FOX Sports broadcast team for the Eldora Dirt Derby.

“Whenever we race online on iRacing or streamed races over the internet and you have ten of your buddies watching, you pretend to broadcast, but this will be the first time I’m actually, legitimately, doing it,” Bell said.

“I was super excited months ago when they asked me to do it. But now the date is creeping up on me and my stomach is getting closer and closer to my throat. So I’m getting pretty nervous about it.”

By Lee Spencer

NASCAR Wire Service