On Saturday, Ty Gibbs scored his first career NASCAR Xfinity Series victory in his series debut, winning on the road course at Daytona International Speedway. The win was a breakthrough victory for the grandson of Joe Gibbs, garnering national attention.
However, Gibbs has been winning races for years at the short track level. Like many racers, Gibbs cut his teeth on short tracks throughout the Southeast and has climbed the ranks in rapid succession.
After starting his career in Outlaw Karts at North Carolina’s Millbridge Speedway, Gibbs began the transition to full-bodied race cars in 2016. In February 2017, Gibbs scored his first Late Model win at Greenville-Pickens Speedway with the Southeast Limited Late Model Series. He also scored two wins during the 2017 season at Hickory Motor Speedway.
Gibbs would also make his CARS Tour debut that year, competing in eight of the series’ 13 Late Model Stock Car events with a best finish of second at Anderson Motor Speedway. Gibbs also finished 10th in the 2017 Myrtle Beach 400 at Myrtle Beach Speedway, one of the crown jewel events for Late Model Stock Cars at the time.
Gibbs would add a big Late Model Stock Car win in 2018, taking the checkered flag in the Rusty Harpe Memorial at Caraway Speedway. The following February, Gibbs scored an even bigger win at the Myrtle Beach Icebreaker 125. Not only was that win the biggest of his career at the time, it was also an emotional victory as the first for the Gibbs family since the passing of Ty’s uncle, J.D. Gibbs, on January 11, 2019.
That Myrtle Beach victory proved to be a precursor for a breakout 2019 season for Gibbs. He would score his first career ARCA Menards Series win at World Wide Technology Raceway that June with a last-lap pass of Sam Mayer. Gibbs would later add a dominating victory at Salem Speedway as well as an ARCA Menards Series East victory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
2020 saw Gibbs make seven trips to victory lane in stock cars, from some of the smallest tracks on the ARCA schedule to some of the biggest. Over the course of the 2020 season, Gibbs picked up wins at Toledo Speedway, Pocono Raceway, Kentucky Speedway, Iowa Speedway, World Wide Technology Raceway, Winchester Speedway and Memphis International Raceway.
In 2021, Gibbs is slated to run the full ARCA Menards Series schedule and compete for a series championship while running a handful of races in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. After a promising start to his NASCAR Xfinity Series career, only time will tell how long it will be before he is competing for more wins at that level.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
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