Ross Chastain uses video game move to secure championship four spot, Christopher Bell wins at Martinsville
Christopher Bell needed an outright win at Martinsville Speedway to secure a spot in the Championship four and moved into the clutch – just like Ross Chastain.
Bell secured a spot in next week’s championship final with a first-place finish at the Xfinity 500, holding onto Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney, Brad Keselowski and Chastain on Sunday. Bell has already snuck into Round of 8 with a win at the Bank of America Roval 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway earlier this month.
It was Bell’s third win of the season and put him in a prime position to win his first NASCAR Cup Series championship.
Chastain also catapulted himself into contention for a NASCAR title.
On the final lap of the race, Chastain used a video game move and got into the wall and put his foot on the accelerator pedal to accelerate and pass Denny Hamlin to secure fifth place and a place in the championship. Four fields as well.
Hamlin won Stages 1 and 2, leading 140 of the race’s first 260 laps.
The decision surprised social networks.
Chastain later said he quit the 2005 NASCAR game.
“I played NASCAR 2005 a lot on GameCube. I never knew if it actually worked. I did it when I was 8. I grabbed fifth gear in the back and got myself fully engaged,” he told PRN.
Bell joined Joey Logan with automatic bids for the final race of the season at Phoenix Raceway next week. Logano had won in Las Vegas and punched his ticket to the pivotal race.
Chase Elliott joined the two competitors by finishing in 11th place.
The championship race begins at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday.