The 26-year-old scored his maiden Cup win on the Daytona street course earlier this 12 months, however had endured a disappointing run of type with simply 5 additional top-10 finishes within the following 17 points-paying races previous to Street America.
Bell had a gradual stand up the order in Sunday’s race, incomes a penalty for driving by means of too many pit bins whereas pitting below warning between Levels 1 and a couple of.
However by lap 59 of 62, he had labored his approach as much as second and within the closing laps was operating lap instances on par with race winner Chase Elliott, though was too far behind to make an impression on the Hendrick Motorsports driver and completed 5.7s adrift.
Bell’s second-place end was his first top-five since he took fourth at Richmond again in April.
“It’s been a making an attempt final two months, however we really feel like we’re getting again on observe,” he mentioned.
“There’s no purpose why we will’t be operating up entrance each week.
“Final week at Pocono we had a automobile able to ending within the top-five [but] it didn’t occur.
“Nashville we have been okay [but] except for that, I don’t know, we simply haven’t been very quick.
“The final couple weeks, I’ve been actually happy with the progress we’ve made and I am excited for the longer term. I do know there’s extra to come back.”
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JGR team-mate Denny Hamlin continues to steer the factors standings after his fifth place end at Street America, however is but to win a race this season. Fellow JGR drivers Kyle Busch, who completed third, and Martin Truex Jr (ninth) are additionally in playoff rivalry with two and three wins respectively.
All 4 street course races thus far this season have been received by both Joe Gibbs Racing (one) or Hendrick (three) drivers, which supplies Bell confidence for the rest of the season.
“I wouldn’t have anticipated my first win to come back at a street course, that’s for certain,” Bell mentioned.
“Final 12 months within the Cup Sequence, the street course races have been most likely my finest races speed-wise.
“I really feel like we’ve got been bringing actually good Camrys to the street programs and it’s positively an excellent package deal for JGR proper now.”