Only a small piece of debris really got in the way of Ty Gibbs’ NASCAR Xfinity Series-leading fifth victory of the year, and even that didn’t last long.
The race at Michigan International Speedway’s last stage on Saturday was won by Gibbs, 19, and there were no cautions issued. However, on Lap 88 of 125, Gibbs’ No. 54 Toyota actually picked up a sizable piece of debris on its grille.
The air soon cleared the debris from Gibbs’ engine and restored normal engine temperature as he drew up behind Blaine Perkins’ lapped vehicle.
After completing a series of pit stops under green flags, Gibbs was not significantly challenged for the lead and defeated Justin Allgaier by 1.160 seconds.
In just 39 starts, Gibbs has won five times this year and nine times overall.
“We had a very fast (car). It’s awesome,” Gibbs said. “This style of racing also shows the strategy and pit stops as we got pretty spread out. My guys did a great job. My pit works so hard – I work out with them during the week. I see how hard they work.
“I just race week-in and week-out. People can get all excited and think they’re making a huge statement then they go to the playoffs and suck.”
Kurt Busch, who is still recovering from an injury, will be replaced on Sunday by Gibbs, who will earn his third consecutive Cup Series race.
Gibbs expressed his gratitude for the chance and expressed his hope that Kurt would keep improving. “If you think these cars are hard to drive, wait to you get to the Cup Series.”
Brandon Jones came in fourth, followed by Austin Hill and Noah Gragson, who had won the first two stages.
Josh Berry, A.J. Allmendinger, Daniel Hemric, Riley Herbst, and Landon Cassill made up the final ten.
|13||68||Brandon Brown||Chevrolet||124||1:45’55.230||1 Lap||1 Lap||24|
|14||23||Anthony Alfredo||Chevrolet||124||1:45’58.727||1 Lap||3.497||1||28|
|15||39||Ryan Sieg||Ford||124||1:46’02.922||1 Lap||4.195||2||28|
|16||34||Kyle Weatherman||Chevrolet||124||1:46’03.405||1 Lap||0.483||21|
|17||31||Myatt Snider||Chevrolet||124||1:46’04.086||1 Lap||0.681||23|
|18||48||Kaz Grala||Chevrolet||124||1:46’06.588||1 Lap||2.502|
|19||26||John Hunter Nemechek||Toyota||124||1:46’07.333||1 Lap||0.745|
|20||66||J.J. Yeley||Chevrolet||124||1:46’19.042||1 Lap||11.709||17|
|21||28||Kyle Sieg||Ford||124||1:46’24.909||1 Lap||5.867||16|
|22||27||Jeb Burton||Chevrolet||124||1:46’26.076||1 Lap||1.167||15|
|23||07||Joe Jr.||Ford||124||1:46’26.265||1 Lap||0.189||14|
|24||91||Mason Massey||Chevrolet||124||1:46’30.130||1 Lap||3.865||13|
|25||35||Patrick Emerling||Toyota||124||1:46’32.617||1 Lap||2.487||12|
|26||36||Alex Labbé||Chevrolet||124||1:46’34.024||1 Lap||1.407||11|
|27||44||Ryan Ellis||Chevrolet||124||1:46’34.305||1 Lap||0.281||10|
|28||45||Josh Bilicki||Chevrolet||124||1:46’37.171||1 Lap||2.866|
|29||6||Ryan Vargas||Chevrolet||123||1:46’05.887||2 Laps||1 Lap||8|
|30||4||Bayley Currey||Chevrolet||123||1:46’07.080||2 Laps||1.193||7|
|31||51||Jeremy Clements||Chevrolet||123||1:46’17.778||2 Laps||10.698||6|
|32||02||Blaine Perkins||Chevrolet||123||1:46’17.863||2 Laps||0.085|
|33||1||Sam Mayer||Chevrolet||123||1:46’20.928||2 Laps||3.065||4|
|34||77||Dillon Bassett||Chevrolet||122||1:46’18.380||3 Laps||1 Lap||3|
|35||08||David Starr||Ford||100||1:32’29.271||25 Laps||22 Laps||Hub||2|
|36||5||Josh Williams||Chevrolet||87||1:27’30.234||38 Laps||13 Laps||Electrical||1|
|37||38||CJ Mclaughlin||Ford||40||32’43.261||85 Laps||47 Laps||Accident||1|
|38||78||Matt Mills||Chevrolet||39||32’45.778||86 Laps||1 Lap|
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