T. J. Bell

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T. J. Bell
TJ Bell 50 2012 Road America Sargento 200.jpg
Bell at Road America in 2012
Born (1980-08-25) August 25, 1980 (age 34)
Sparks, Nevada, U.S.
Achievements 1989-1995 Nevada State Go-Kart Champion
Awards 2004 ARCA Re/MAX Series Rookie of the Year
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
10 races run over 2 years
Best finish 45th (2011)
First race 2011 Southern 500 (Darlington)
Last race 2012 AAA 400 (Dover)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
50 races run over 5 years
2013 position 45th
Best finish 25th (2012)
First race 2005 Ameriquest 300 (Fontana)
Last race 2014 Ford EcoBoost 300 (Homestead)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
98 races run over 10 years
Truck no., team No. 50 (MAKE Motorsports)
No. 56 (RHT Motorsports)
2014 position 22nd
Best finish 15th (2009)
First race 2003 Lucas Oil 250 (Mesa Marin)
Last race 2014 WinStar World Casino & Resort 350 (Texas)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 14 0
Statistics current as of November 15, 2014.

Timothy Peter "T.J." Bell Jr. (born August 25, 1980 in Sparks, Nevada) is an American stock car racing driver. He has primarily competed in NASCAR competition, driving in all three national touring series.

Career[edit]

Bell began racing at the age of eight in go-karts and went on to win six consecutive championships in the state of Nevada. In 1997, he began racing in the SCCA F2000 Championship Series and won one out of the nine races he competed in. He soon moved up to the U.S. F2000 National Championship and was named the national spokesman for the Special Wish Foundation. In 2000, he joined the CART Toyota Atlantic Series, driving for Michael Shank Racing and posting five top-five finishes. After another tun in Toyota Atlantic, Bell joined the ASCARI factory team, participating in several endurance races for the team, including the 24 Hours of Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring, and 24 Hours of LeMans.

In 2003, Bell switched to stock car racing and began racing in the Truck Series. He drove a total of nine races in the #86 Defiant Clothing Chevrolet Silverado for Team Racing, his best finish a twelfth at Dover International Speedway. He also drove three races in the #53 truck owned by Mary Ward, but did not finish higher than 23rd. The following season, he moved to the ARCA RE/MAX Series to drive for Powertech Motorsports. He finished third in points and was named Rookie of the Year. He made eighteen starts in ARCA in 2005 and returned to the Truck Series, finishing sixteenth at Kentucky Speedway in a one-race deal with Glynn Motorsports. In the summer of 2005, he was hired by DCT Motorsports to drive their #36 Pontiac, earning a best finish of 22nd in eight races.

He drove a limited schedule for Bobby Jones Racing in 2006 in the ARCA Series, as well as driving the #07 Green Light Racing truck in the Truck Seres. In 2007, Bell signed to drive sixteen races for Roush Fenway Racing's #50 Ford F-150 in the Trucks in 2007. He had one top-ten finish and ended the year 22nd in points. He finished out 2008 with TRG Motorsports when he replaced Andy Lally in the #7. Bell impressed many, scoring five top tens for TRG before leaving to drive Red Horse Racing's #11 Toyota vacated by David Starr. In 2010, he drove the #50 for new team MAKE Motorsports, and will drive with them in 2011.

Bell made his Cup Series debut at the May Darlington race, driving the #50 Chevrolet for Joe Falk, a Virginia car dealer who owned LJ Racing from 1997-2000. The car finished 38th after the transmission gave out after 67 laps. Bell ran several more races later in the year, attempting a run for Rookie of the Year honors.

In 2012, Bell ran full-time in the Nationwide Series for MAKE Motorsports,[1] in addition to making selected Sprint Cup Series starts for FAS Lane Racing.[2] Bell also ran selected races in the Camping World Truck Series for JJC Racing. In early August MAKE Motorsports began skipping races due to a lack of funding.

Images[edit]

Bell's 2011 Sprint Cup Series car at Pocono 
Bell at Road America in the Nationwide Series in 2012 

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings. * – Most laps led.)

Sprint Cup Series[edit]

Nationwide Series[edit]

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

Year Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Avg. Start Avg. Finish Winnings Position Team(s)
2003 12 0 0 0 0 26.6 24.9 $114,940 26th Team Racing
Pro Motion Motorsports
2005 1 0 0 0 0 31.0 16.0 $12,190 75th Glynn Motorsports
2006 1 0 0 0 0 24.0 21.0 $10,065 77th SS-Green Light Racing
2007 16 0 0 1 0 16.9 21.7 $172,625 22nd Roush Fenway Racing
2008 17 0 0 7 0 19.5 17.4 $195,470 22nd TRG Motorsports
2009 25 0 1 5 0 16.8 17.7 $352,069 15th Red Horse Racing
2010 3 0 0 0 0 23.0 24.0 $22,575 68th MAKE Motorsports
2011 4 0 0 0 0 28.0 29.0 $31,300 74th1 MAKE Motorsports
Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing
2012 2 0 0 0 0 34.0 34.5 $18,725 67th1 Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing

* Season in progress
1 Ineligible for series points.

Rolex Sports Car Series[edit]

(key)

24 Hours of Daytona[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Adamczyk, Jay (January 31, 2012). "Nationwide Series Silly Season Page". Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN. Retrieved 2012-01-31. 
  2. ^ "Green Smoke and TJ Bell Join FAS Lane Racing for Coke 600". FAS Lane Racing. May 22, 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-11. 

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