Ty Gibbs wins in Xfinity Series Debut

Ty Gibbs wins in Xfinity Series Debut
Ty Gibbs, driver of the No. 18 Monster-Terrible Herbst-ORCA Toyota, in action during the General Tire 100 for the ARCA Menards Series at the Daytona International Speedway Road Course in Daytona Beach, Florida, on Aug. 14, 2020. (James Gilbert/ARCA Racing)

He had to beat the defending champion and the favorite to win Saturday afternoon’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the Daytona Road Course, but Ty Gibbs got it done.

The 18-year-old, grandson of Joe Gibbs debuted in the top minor league series Saturday and drove his No. 54 Toyota Supra to victory.

The win overwhelmed Gibbs, who knelt to the ground with tears dripping from his eyes after an attempt at a burnout left him stuck in the infield grass.

“I can’t do burnouts,” Gibbs said, adamant about his skills during his postrace interview. “That’s the one thing I can’t do.”

If this race is any sign of future things to come, though, Gibbs will have plenty of practice ahead of him.

The race came down to a pair of overtime shootouts, one halted by an early caution in the third turn.

Ahead of the first attempt to finish the race, leaders including Gibbs, the aforementioned Austin Cindric, and the like came down pit road to opt for fresh tires on such a long road course.

Cindric and Gibbs made their way back from the middle of the field around P13. Gibbs, though, got established position during the first attempt.

On the second, he made a ballsy pass through the grass, and from there it was all his race. Cindric wasn’t catching him.

There is no word as to when Gibbs will be back in the race car for another go at it, but the team will run Ty Dillon during next week’s event at Homestead when the series is back on the track. The event at Homestead is currently slated for a 3:30 p.m. CT green flag on Fox Sports 1.

NASCAR Xfinity Series Daytona Road Course Results
1. Ty Gibbs
2. Austin Cindric
3. Daniel Hemric
4. Brandon Jones
5. Jeb Burton
6. Harrison Burton
7. Miguel Paludo
8. Brandon Brown
9. Justin Haley
10. Jeremy Clements
11. Brett Moffitt
12. Landon Cassill
13. Myatt Snider
14. Jesse Little
15. Michael Annett
16. Kyle Weatherman
17. Josh Williams
18. Kris Wright
19. Matt Mills
20. Joe Graf Jr.
21. Gray Gaulding
22. Alex Labbe
23. Colby Howard
24. Tommy Joe Martins
25. Cody Ware
26. Justin Allgaier
27. Ryan Sieg
28. Noah Gragson
29. Stephen Leicht
30. Jeffrey Earnhardt
31. Andy Lally
32. Bayley Curry
33. Preston Pardus
34. Timmy Hill
35. AJ Allmendinger
36. Jade Buford
37. Ryan Vargas
38. David Starr
39. Riley Herbst
40. Natalie Decker

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