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 36)
Sparks, Nevada
Achievements 1989–1995 Nevada State Go-Kart Champion
Awards 2004 ARCA Re/MAX Series Rookie of the Year
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
11 races run over 3 years
2015 position 49th
Best finish 45th (2011)
First race 2011 Showtime Southern 500 (Darlington)
Last race 2015 Bojangles' Southern 500 (Darlington)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
69 races run over 6 years
2016 position 39th
Best finish 25th (2012)
First race 2005 Ameriquest 300 (Fontana)
Last race 2016 Food City 300 (Bristol)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
100 races run over 12 years
Truck no., team No. 45 (Niece Motorsports)
2015 position 98th
Best finish 15th (2009)
First race 2003 Lucas Oil 250 (Mesa Marin)
Last race 2017 Active Pest Control 200 (Atlanta)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 14 0
Statistics current as of March 4, 2017.

Timothy Peter "T. J." Bell Jr. (born August 25, 1980) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He has primarily competed in NASCAR competition, driving in all three national touring series. He currently competes part-time in the Camping World Truck Series, driving the No. 45 Chevrolet Silverado for Niece Motorsports.

Racing 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 No. 86 Defiant Clothing Chevrolet Silverado for Team Racing, his best finish a twelfth at Dover International Speedway. He also drove three races in the No. 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 No. 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 No. 07 Green Light Racing truck in the Truck Series. In 2007, Bell signed to drive sixteen races for Roush Fenway Racing's No. 50 Ford F-150 in the Trucks in 2007. Despite driving in elite equipment he had only 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 No. 7. Bell impressed many, scoring five top tens for TRG before leaving to drive Red Horse Racing's No. 11 Toyota vacated by David Starr. In 2010, he drove the No. 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 No. 50 Chevrolet for Joe Falk, a Virginia car dealer who owned LJ Racing from 1997 to 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 
Bell at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the Xfinity Series in 2016 

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

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

Sprint Cup Series[edit]

Xfinity Series[edit]

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

ARCA Re/Max Series[edit]

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

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. 
  3. ^ "T.J. Bell – 2003 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved October 21, 2015. 
  4. ^ "T.J. Bell – 2005 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved October 21, 2015. 
  5. ^ "T.J. Bell – 2006 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved October 21, 2015. 
  6. ^ "T.J. Bell – 2007 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved October 21, 2015. 
  7. ^ "T.J. Bell – 2008 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved October 21, 2015. 
  8. ^ "T.J. Bell – 2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved October 21, 2015. 
  9. ^ "T.J. Bell – 2010 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved October 21, 2015. 
  10. ^ "T.J. Bell – 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved October 21, 2015. 
  11. ^ "T.J. Bell – 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved October 21, 2015. 
  12. ^ "T.J. Bell – 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved October 21, 2015. 
  13. ^ "T.J. Bell – 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved October 21, 2015. 
  14. ^ "T.J. Bell – 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved October 21, 2015. 
  15. ^ "T.J. Bell – 2004 ARCA Re/Max Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved October 21, 2015. 
  16. ^ "T.J. Bell – 2005 ARCA Re/Max Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved October 21, 2015. 
  17. ^ "T.J. Bell – 2006 ARCA Re/Max Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved October 21, 2015. 

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