Many fans may not want to admit it, by Ty Gibbs emerges as one of NASCAR’s top prospects outside of the Cup Series.
Before starting once at the top level of NASCAR, Ty Gibbs was already one of the most hated drivers in the sport.
Of course, as Joe Gibbs Racing’s grandson, Joe Gibbs and driver of the fastest car in the Xfinity Series garage, there have been regular criticisms of 19-year-old Charlotte, a North Carolina native about the idea of him being a “silver spoon” kid here just because ” Grandfather’s money.”
Gibbs didn’t help things either. In fact, it made things worse. The way he has acted in certain situations, especially over the past few months, has reinforced that criticism.
He made a very aggressive move on Ryan Sieg much slower at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March, ruining the Sieg race. Sieg’s attempt at revenge failed miserably, and Gibbs went on to win.
At Richmond Raceway last month, Gibbs made a crash-and-run move on teammate John Hunter Nemeczyk in the final turn on the final lap.
While he said afterwards that he definitely owed him, many wondered how he would actually act if he were to race in the same way.
Less than a week later, that question was answered when Gibbs, still wearing his helmet, punched Sam Mayer after Mayer knocked him off the road at Martinsville Speedway on the last lap in an effort to win the $100,000 Dash 4 cash prize. . The punches left Meyer with a bloody lip and a bloody wound above his left eye.
All this, and especially the fighting, intensified the criticism of Gibbs.
But there is one thing that cannot be ignored. The “inconvenient truth” is that no matter what you think of his situation and how he got to where he is, his talent is undeniable, and he’s one of NASCAR’s most promising prospects yet to be in the Cup Series.
He won his Xfinity Series debut last February at Daytona International Speedway, and finished the season with four wins in 18 starts as a part-time driver.
He did not qualify for the playoffs, but still finished 13th in the championship standings, the highest among non-racing drivers, despite missing 15 races, including 11 of the 23 regular season events. Had he qualified for the final, he would have been a clear contender for the title.
And it wasn’t the Xfinity Series until his main series in 2021. He competed in the ARCA Menards Series as well, winning 10 races and earning six additional runner-up places in 20 starts to claim the championship.
With 11 races in his first season of the Xfinity Series as a full-time driver this year, he leads the series with three wins and sits atop the provisional preliminary picture.
Gibbs has won—and won many—in every category he has participated in. Yes, it is easy to point out the fast car and the fact that he is the grandson of the team owner. This is, without a doubt, a play at least Some Part of Gibbs’ arrival at his whereabouts.
But how many drivers are put into top-tier equipment and don’t perform? Gibbs has already performed, and he has done it right away.
Will the same happen in the Trophy Series? It’s hard to think of why that didn’t happen. The question is really when, not whether, he will receive a promotion to the Cup Series with Joe Gibbs Racing — and, of course, who the current driver will replace him. And while his stance could certainly use some improvement, the talent is there to justify the move whenever it occurs.