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Bell holds off Gragson to win Xfinity race at Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Christopher Bell grabbed the lead from Noah Gragson shortly after a restart to begin the final stage and held off his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate after a late challenge to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Richmond Raceway on Friday night.

Bell led by nearly 0.6 seconds at one point during the final stage, then had Gragson close onto his rear bumper with about 10 laps to go. But just as quickly as Gragson mounted a challenge in his first career start, Bell again pulled away for his second career victory in the series.

"That was pretty special there," Bell said. "I had to work for it."

Standings: 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

As of: Apr. 21
RankDriverPointsPV Rank
1Kyle Busch3651
2Joey Logano3062
3Kevin Harvick2903
4Clint Bowyer2864
5Brad Keselowski2715
6Ryan Blaney2676
7Martin Truex Jr.2577
8Denny Hamlin2528
9Kyle Larson2499
10Kurt Busch24110
11Aric Almirola21111
12Erik Jones20912