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NASCAR: Ty Gibbs Wins Xfinity Series Race and Ben Rhodes Wins Camping World Truck Series Race At Daytona

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Martin Truex Jr. leads Joe Gibbs Racing 1-2-3 at Richmond

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RICHMOND, VA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Martin Truex Jr. overcame a first lap penalty for jumping the start of the race and came back to win Saturday night’s NASCAR Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 Salute to First Responders at Richmond Raceway.

Truex beat Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Denny Hamlin and Christopher Bell for the win, which automatically advances Truex to the Round of 12 in the NASCAR Playoffs that begins in two weeks at Las Vegas.

“I let the 11 (Hamlin) get a nose out in front of me to get the launch first,” explained Truex about the start of the race.  “I wasn’t going to jump him, and then he spun the tires and stopped. What am I supposed to do, stand on the brakes and crash the field behind me?”

Fortunately Truex didn’t crash the field behind him but he was sent to pit road to serve the penalty, which left him the last car in the field.

Hamlin, who led a race-high 197-laps, held on for second place and is also locked into the Round of 12 after his win last weekend at Darlington.

“The whole JGR team had fast cars for all of us today. I really wish we had gotten two in a row, but regardless still a great day for the team,” Hamlin said.

Chase Elliott rallied for a fourth place finish after having losing a lap after trouble in the pits.

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Joey Logano finished fifth with Kyle Larson in sixth.  Larson is also locked into the Round of 12 on points.

Four playoff drivers head into Bristol outside of the Top 12 and need to either win or score a ton of points in order to advance.

Hendrick Motorsports Alex Bowman sits in 12th spot after a 12th place finish at Richmond.  Bowman is tied in points with Chip Ganassi Racing’s Kurt Busch but Busch wins the tiebreaker by having the best finish in the round.  Tyler Reddick, William Byron and Michael McDowell are also on the outside looking in.

Busch was having a great run and even came off pit road in the lead following the competition caution on lap 32 but disaster struck on lap 42.

“Something happened in that left rear,” explained Busch. “It let go and it let go of our points and it let go of our whole season right now.”

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Ryan Blaney wins NASCAR Cup Series regular season finale at Daytona; Larson top playoff seed

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DAYTONA BEACH, FL (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Team Penske’s Ryan Blaney picked up his second straight NASCAR Cup Series victory winning Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.

Blaney was out front on the last lap when a multi-car crash occurred in the last turn during NASCAR overtime to seal the victory for the driver and No. 12 Ford Mustang crew.

“Cool to get our second win in a row,” said Blaney. “Got a great push by Corey LaJoie. That was the big push that got us ahead to the lead. I think he pushed me so good, I mean, me, Corey and the 4 all got single file. We were able to be ahead there when that last wreck on the backstretch happened.”

LaJoie was one of nine-cars involved in that Turn 3 crash on the final lap.  Four of the drivers,  Austin Dillon, Ross Chastain, Daniel Suarez and LaJoie, needed a victory to qualify for the Playoffs.

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Richard Childress Racing’s Tyler Reddick earned the 16th Playoff position, beating out teammate Austin Dillon for the final spot.

Kyle Larson claimed NASCAR’s regular season title based on the strength of his series-leading five victories in 2021.

The back-to-back victories moved Blaney into the second spot in the Playoffs followed by Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch in third and fourth.

2020 NASCAR Cup Series champion Chase Elliott is fifth followed by his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Alex Bowman in sixth.  Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin is seventh and William Byron is eighth.  Team Penske teammates Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski round out the Top 10.

The final six playoff seeds include Chip Ganassi Racing’s Kurt Busch, JGR’s Christopher Bell, this year’s Daytona 500 winner Michael McDowell, Stewart Haas Racing’s Aric Almirola, Reddick and former Cup Champ Kevin Harvick.

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Blaney Grabs Win At Michigan

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BROOKLYN, MI (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Team Penske’s Ryan Blaney led the final eight laps to win Sunday’s FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway.  Blaney took the lead on a restart to pick up his second win of the year and sixth of his career.

“Man, I’m proud of everybody on the 12 team,” said Blaney. “We weren’t great to start the day off. We kept working and working and got a lot better. It’s so cool to get in Victory Lane for Ford here. This is such a huge win for Ford, Penske, Menards, Cardell, Bodyarmor. I can’t thank them enough, what they do. That was cool, man. I’m fired up. I’m fired up.”

Hendrick Motorsports teammates William Byron and Kyle Larson finished second and third followed by Chip Ganassi Racing’s Kurt Busch in fourth.

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“I had points on my mind a little bit too much,” said Larson. I’m looking in my mirror. I saw the 11 (Denny Hamlin) falling back some. I just didn’t want to screw it up really.  I felt like I had to weigh the risk versus reward. I could risk going for the win, not having it work out, end up 30 something and lose the point lead going into Daytona or I could be a little bit more cautious, beat Denny by a couple spots, which is what we did.”

Hamlin finished fifth and trails Larson by 28-points going into NASCAR’s regular season finale, the Coke Zero 400, Saturday August 28th at 7:00 p.m. at Daytona International Speedway.

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