(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
LOUDON, N.H. (AP) Christopher Bell was the class of the field in the Truck Series during the regular season. With playoff races underway, Bell proved again he'll be the driver to beat for the championship.
Bell, the top-seeded driver in the playoff field, passed Ryan Truex with 15 laps left and pulled away to win the NASCAR Trucks race on Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Bell earned an automatic spot in the next playoff round. The Kyle Busch Motorsports driver led 73 laps, won his fifth race of the season and was the only playoff driver to finish in the top five.