Ty Gibbs already had an exciting 2019 lined up, driving for Joe Gibbs Racing in the ARCA Racing Series, sharing the seat with Riley Herbst. Now, Gibbs adds a top-notch Late Model Stock seat to the mix, as he announced he will be joining Nelson Motorsports for a handful of races this season.
Gibbs, the 16-year-old grandson of Joe Gibbs, joins the Late Model Stock team which won last year’s Championship Auto Racing Series (CARS) Response Energy Late Model Stock Tour Championship with Bobby McCarty, who will remain with the team with 2019.
Gibbs will also be partnering with Timothy Peters, an 11-time winner in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series and two-time winner of the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville Speedway (VA), the crown jewel of Late Model Stock racing.
Gibbs was excited to share the news and is eager to get in the driver’s seat for 2019.
“I’m pretty excited for this year,” Gibbs told Speed51.com. “I’ve got some good stuff lined up for this year. I’m really excited to get the season started off.”
This weekend, Gibbs will be testing the ARCA car at Daytona International Speedway (FL). He will make his first start with Nelson Motorsports in the Icebreaker at Myrtle Beach Speedway (SC) on February 2.
“We’re testing Daytona this weekend,” Gibbs said. “We’re racing Myrtle Beach for the Icebreaker in a couple of weeks in the Nelson car, so I’m really excited to start this deal off.”
Currently, Gibbs plans to run roughly seven races for the Nelson Motorsports outfit. Beyond Myrtle Beach, however, those dates are not set in stone and could grow.
“Seven races is what we’re shooting for,” Gibbs said. “I’m not sure if we’re going to do any more or any less. That’s what the goal is. The schedule should come out in a little bit.”
Gibbs has already tested with the Nelson Motorsports team and is pleased with the opportunity ahead of him.
“I already tested, and it was amazing,” Gibbs said. “Everything did what it was supposed to do. The car turned really good. It was amazing how it drove, compared to what we were in last year, it was a totally different deal. I really like the guys, Timothy [Peters], Marcus [Richmond], it’s a bunch of great guys and it’s like a big family.”
Gibbs is already learning lessons from Peters and Marcus Richmond, who brings his expanse of knowledge with both Late Models and the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series with Kyle Busch Motorsports.
“They’ve taught me a lot. Just the way they do their setups and stuff, it’s totally different. Just learning, everyday when you get to a track, what’s the track doing, how’s the track changing. They’ve taught me a lot about saving tires and all of that stuff. They’ve been a great help over these past couple of weeks.”
Gibbs won a pair of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series races at Hickory Motor Speedway (NC) in 2017, as well as last year's Rusty Harpe Memorial at Caraway Speedway (NC). On the CARS Tour, Gibbs won poles at Myrtle Beach and Hickory, but posted a best finish of fourth at Bristol Motor Speedway (TN).
Gibbs hopes that another year of development and this new partnership will complete the puzzle and produce even more victories.
“I think this is going to seal the deal off,” Gibbs said. “I’ve just got to do my job, the team will do theirs, and we’ll be good at the end of these races. You’ve got to be there at the end, and that’s what the goal is here, get some wins.”
Story by: Zach Evans, Southeast Editor, Speed51 - Twitter: @ztevans
Photo Credit: Ty Gibbs' Twitter (@TyGibbs_)