Sweet Home Alabama: Coming off their first win of the 2018 season last week in Richmond, Christopher Bell and the No. 20 Rheem team will make their only stop of the 2018 season at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday afternoon for the Sparks Energy 300. Bell will be making his first-career series start at the Alabama superspeedway this weekend.
Dash 4 Cash: By virtue of their win on Friday night, Bell and his Rheem team have once again qualified for the $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus on Saturday. Joining Bell to compete for the payout will be Elliott Sadler, Matt Tift and Austin Cindric. The highest finisher at Talladega between the four will win the $100,000 prize.
Richmond Recap: The NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) took to the track last weekend at the newly redesigned Richmond Raceway for their first of two stops during the 2018 season at the .075-mile speedway located in Richmond, VA. Bell and his Rheem team continued their hot streak, earning the second starting position on Friday afternoon, running a time of 26.336 seconds around the D-shaped oval. With his Rheem Camry dialed in for the majority of the night, Bell would go on to lead a race high 120 laps and secure his second-career NXS victory on Friday night. The win marked the first time in its eleven years as a NASCAR primary sponsor that Rheem visited Victory Lane two weeks in a row.
Joe Gibbs Racing at Talladega: JGR has 43 NXS starts at Talladega Superspeedway and has earned five wins, 12 top-five and 19 top-10 finishes. The championship-winning organization has won five pole awards with an average start of 10.3 an average finish of 16.4.
RACE INFO: The Sparks Energy 300 at Talladega Superspeedway begins at 3:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 28, 2018. The race will be broadcast live on Fox, Sirius XM 90, and MRN Radio.
“I’m looking forward to heading to Talladega this weekend with some momentum after last week’s win in Richmond. There is a lot of luck involved in restrictor-plate racing, but also a lot of strategy which I really enjoy. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to run many laps at Daytona in February, but I’m excited to see what where our restrictor-plate package is, competing for $100,000 and hopefully having another good finish for Rheem, Toyota and all of our partners on this No. 20 team.” - Christopher Bell
Founded in 1925, Rheem is the only manufacturer in the world that produces heating, cooling, water heating, pool/spa heating and commercial refrigeration products. Rheem is headquartered in Atlanta, and it has an international presence in 14 countries. The company’s premium brands include Rheem, Raypak, Ruud, Eemax, Richmond, Aquamax, Solahart and Splendid, as well as commercial refrigeration brands Russell, Witt, ColdZone and Kramer, which are part of the company’s Heat Transfer Products Group (HTPG) division. To learn more, visit www.Rheem.com.