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 way of too many pit packing containers whereas pitting underneath warning between Levels 1 and a pair of.
However by lap 59 of 62, he had labored his means as much as second and within the closing laps was working 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 monitor,” he mentioned.
“There’s no motive why we will’t be working 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] apart from that, I don’t know, we simply haven’t been very quick.
“The final couple weeks, I’ve been actually pleased with the progress we’ve made and I am excited for the long run. I do know there’s extra to return.”
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JGR team-mate Denny Hamlin continues to guide 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 to date this season have been gained by both Joe Gibbs Racing (one) or Hendrick (three) drivers, which provides Bell confidence for the rest of the season.
“I wouldn’t have anticipated my first win to return at a street course, that’s for certain,” Bell mentioned.
“Final 12 months within the Cup Collection, the street course races have been most likely my greatest races speed-wise.
“I really feel like we now have been bringing actually good Camrys to the street programs and it’s undoubtedly an excellent bundle for JGR proper now.”