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Auto racing: Christopher Bell lands spot in Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 car

Christopher Bell's uncertain future in the NASCAR Cup Series was firmed up on Monday.

Joe Gibbs Racing announced that Bell, a native of Norman, would be returning to the team -- this time at the Cup level -- to drive the No. 20 car beginning next season.

Bell had raced parts of three seasons with JGR in the Xfinity Series, reaching the championship round of the playoffs in 2018 and 2019, his only full-time seasons in the series.

This year, Bell has been racing in the No. 95 car of Leavine Family Racing as a Cup rookie. That team was sold earlier this month, leaving Bell's future uncertain.

However, negotiations were terminated between JGR and the current driver of the No. 20 car, Erik Jones, who was informed last Thursday that he would not be brought back.

JGR made the announcement of Bell's return to the team official on Monday.

"We are excited to bring Christopher into our Cup Series program starting in 2021," team owner Joe Gibbs said. "He obviously had tremendous success in the Xfinity Series with us and we look forward to his return to JGR."

Bell currently has eight finishes of 13th or better through 22 races this season.

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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and... Read more ›