DAYTONA BEACH, FL (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Joe Gibbs Racing’s Ty Gibbs passed Jeb Burton following a late restart to win in Saturday NASCAR Xfinity Series Super Start Batteries 188 in double overtime on the road course at Daytona International Speedway.
The victory was the first career Xfinity Series victory for the 18-year-old Gibbs, who’s grandfather owns the team.
“I can’t thank everybody enough, this is like a dream come true to me,” said Gibbs. “Family is everything to me and they do so much for me. I didn’t think I had it there but I fought back and won.”
Grandpa said after the race the storybook win was one of the biggest of his entire career, which includes the NFL and NASCAR.
“When it’s your grandson like that, it’s like a dream come true,” said Joe Gibbs.
Team Penske’s Austin Cindric had built up a 3-second lead when the caution flag came out with two laps to go due to debris on the racing surface from a tire that came apart.
Cindric and Gibbs came to pit road for fresh tires but several drivers stayed out on old tires in order to get track position.
The green flag waved in overtime but was quickly followed by another caution flag when several cars spun and a few went off the racing surface into the grass in the infield prompting another restart.
On the final restart Gibbs and Cindric were lined up 5th and 7th on the inside row and once Gibbs passed the start finish line he cut low underneath and passed Andy Lally for third. Gibbs then went through the grass approaching the first turn and was in second place by the time the cars raced into the infield portion of the track.
Gibbs stalked Burton on the infield part of the course and passed him for the lead with Cindric close behind.
Cindric couldn’t catch the youngster and was happy to salvage the finish considering the circumstance.
“Congratulations to Ty and his family,” said Cindric, who rallied from early damage that dropped him to 33rd place at one point in the race. “We salvaged a great day out of it. P2 we’ll take it.”
The NASCAR Xfinity Series next race is the Contender Boats 250 next Saturday at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Ben Rhodes Wins Camping World NASCAR Truck Series Race
Ben Rhodes made it two-for-two in 2021 after winning Friday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Brakebest Brake Pads 159 in triple-overtime on the road course at Daytona International Speedway.
Rhodes, 23, crossed the finish line .320-seconds ahead of 2020 Series Champion Sheldon Creed.
“Unbelievable, I don’t even have words for it,” said Rhodes. “I don’t even know what to say, this is so cool. I just have to thank my team. The Bombardier Tundra was fast all day. ThorSport Racing gave me a truck that handled this year and we were fast.”
John Hunter Nemechek finished third. Todd Gilliland, who started 31st, fought his way to a fourth-place finish and Riley Herbst rounded out the top five.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series next race is March 5 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Kevin Harvick and William Byron On NASCAR Cup Series Front Row At Vegas
LAS VEGAS, NV (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Stewart Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick will start first and Hendrick Motorsports will start along side in second for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
The starting lineup was set by NASCAR’s ‘performance matrix’.
Kyle Larson has another Hendrick Chevy up front as he’ll start in the third position with the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota of Martin Truex Jr in fourth.
A pair of Daytona 500 winners will make up the third row with Michael McDowell and Denny Hamlin fifth and sixth respectively.
Chip Ganassi Racing’s Kurt Busch will start seventh with defending Cup Series Champion Chase Elliott alongside in the eighth starting spot.
Busch’s CGR teammate Ross Chastain will start 21st in the No. 42 Clover Chevrolet and Latrobe PA favorite-son Garrett Smithley will start 31st.
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AJ Allmendinger Beats Daniel Hemric To Win NASCAR Xfinity Alsco Uniforms 300
LAS VEGAS, NV (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – AJ Allmendinger held off Joe Gibbs Racing’s Daniel Hemric to win Saturday’s Alsco Uniforms 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series Race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Hemric was the leader on the final restart with 13-laps remaining. Hemric chose the outside with Allmendinger on the inside. Brandon Jones lined up in third behind his JGR teammate. JR Motorsports Noah Gragson was on the inside on row two.
Allmendinger cleared Hemric coming off of turn two and led the field into turn three and four. Allmendinger ran low in turn one on the next lap coming off on the high side as he pulled out to a .37-second lead and slowly pulled away from the field.
“The victory is very important but I take more pride with how we’ve run as an organization,” said Allmendinger of his Kauling Racing team. “I’d rather run like this and get win than kind of run mediocre and maybe steal one somehow, that does us no good in the long run.”
The victory was the sixth career Xfinity Series victory for Allmendinger and locks him into the NASCAR Playoffs later in the year. Allmendinger led three times for 44-laps including the final 12-circuits to win the race. Allmendinger traded in a partial schedule to run full-time for Kaulig Racing and was fired up after the race to pick up with win.
“When I launched I actually got too far out,” lamented Hemric, who chose the top lane on the final restart. “The bottom lane got linked up and had so much momentum when I turned down to side-draft I was on the splitter.”
Brandon Jones finished third followed by Austin Cindric in fourth and Noah Gragson in fifth.
John Hunter Nemechek Wins NASCAR Truck Series Bucked Up 400 At Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS, NV (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – John Hunter Nemechek held off a hard-charging Kyle Busch to win Friday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Bucked Up 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
The victory was the first truck series win in four seasons for Nemechek, who returned to the series to compete full-time for Kyle Busch Motorsports.
“It’s great to be back in victory lane,” said Nemechek. “Everyone at KBM, they gave us one heck of truck tonight. Kyle’s truck was really fast as well. Luckily we were able to execute on that restart at the end and put ourselves in position to be leading and win this thing.”
“It’s perfect, it’s all you can ask for, it’s everything,” said Busch of his team after the race. “It’s cool to see the four-truck in Victory Lane and see John Hunter have a shot and get back in Victory Lane.”
Austin Hill finished third followed by Stewart Friesen in fourth and Matt Crafton in fifth.
Zane Smith, Grant Enfinger, Parker Kligerman, Christian Eckes and Ben Rhodes – a two-time winner already this season – rounded out the top 10.
The series next race is the Fr8Auctions 200 on March 20 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.