Ty Gibbs stuns grandfather Joe Gibbs, wins in first career NASCAR race

Ty Gibbs stuns grandpa Joe Gibbs, wins in very first NASCAR race initially appeared on NBC Sports Washington

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Joe Gibbs commemorated his very first NASCAR success as a grandpa, viewing from the pits as 18-year-old Ty Gibbs won his Xfinity Series launching Saturday on the roadway course at Daytona International Speedway.

It was the extremely first NASCAR nationwide series race for Ty Gibbs, who leapt 2 actions from ARCA to Xfinity for his launching. He raked through the field on a set of restarts to beat ruling Xfinity Series champion Austin Cindric in double overtime.

Gibbs ended up being the youngest chauffeur to win an Xfinity roadway course race at 18 years, 4 months, 16 days. Cindric held the record at 20 on the roadway course at Mid-Ohio in 2019. Joey Logano holds the total record; he won 21 days after his 18th birthday in his 3rd race — likewise driving for Gibbs.

Gibbs ended up being the second-youngest winner in Xfinity Series history.

Gibbs drove through the lawn, utilized the leading lane on the oval and dove within in the turns in his stunning very first win. He’d never ever raced an Xfinity vehicle in the past, never ever done a live rest stop prior to and COVID-19 limitations cut practice and receiving Saturday’s race.

Joe Gibbs, a member of the NASCAR and Pro Football Hall of Fames, viewed stoically from behind the pit stand. Protected by a mask, he offered no indicator of feeling. However as his grand son crossed the goal, his glasses misted and he hugged a Joe Gibbs Racing employee.

“This is the only thing Ty has wanted to do since he was 2-years-old,” Gibbs said. “This is such an experience. Any parent or grandparent would tell you, it’s like a dream come true for our family.”

Ty Gibbs dropped to his knees beside his Toyota and bowed his head into his hands.

Then he admitted he didn’t know how to do burnouts, either.

“I don’t even know what’s going on,” he said. Gibbs choked on tears, wiped away his eyes and apologized for giving a poor interview.

“I’m sorry I’m a wreck, I really didn’t think this was going to happen at all,” he said.

Ty Gibbs won eight ARCA races the last two seasons, and finally old enough to run at the national level, his grandfather gave him a shot at NASCAR’s second-tier series. Although JGR is one of the top teams in NASCAR with outstanding equipment, Gibbs stream-rolled through the field and held his own as Cindric tried to muscle him back into his place.

Cindric and AJ Allmendinger crashed racing to the surface of the first stage, and Cindric was left with a gaping hole in his front fender. He dropped to 34th in the field but still drove his way back to the lead.

Cindric, who led a race-high 29 laps, had a Daytona sweep in sight until a caution with three laps remaining offered Gibbs a chance. They both pitted for fresh tires and Gibbs restarted 10th, Cindric in 11th.

Gibbs on the very first overtime restart blew past a pack of cars on the outside of Daytona’s oval and weaved his method in and out of traffic all the method to 3rd. Another care sent out into double OT and Gibbs this time dove inside to pick up speed.

He drove deep into the lawn — kicking up dirt all over his vehicle — and in some way still rose into the lead. Gibbs then retreated to win of 1.726 seconds over Cindric.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.