Saturday August 6, 2022 by Julie Bouchard
Ty Gibbs dominated Saturday’s NACAR Xfinity Series race, earning his fifth win of the season at Michigan International Speedway. The Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota No.54 rookie finished ahead of JR Motorsports (Chevrolet) teammates Justin Allgaier and Noah Gragson. The latter won the first two steps. The Top 5 was completed by Brandon Jones (Toyota/Joe Gibbs Racing) and Austin Hill (Chevrolet/Richard Childress Racing).
Gragson and sixth-placed AJ Allmendinger opted to stay on the line during the neutral delay in Stage 2, to fight for a qualifying spot in the playoffs. Gragson tied the points at the end of the stage, just one point ahead of Allmendinger, but the pair found themselves at a disadvantage late in the race with this pit stop technique. Gragson led 39 laps on Saturday.
Gibbs made the choice of new tires shortly before the end of the second section and it worked perfectly once the green flag for the final stage was issued, joining the leading pack quickly. He led a total of 54 laps, en route to victory.
Gibbs also competes in the NASCAR Cup Series tomorrow Sunday, in the No.45 Toyota replacing Kurt Busch, who is recovering from concussion symptoms. He will start 11th in the Cup race alongside Gragson, who will drive the No. 16 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet. Austin Hill will make his NASCAR series debut in the No.33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet.
Josh Berry, Allmendinger, Daniel Hemric, Riley Herbst and Landon Cassill completed the Top 10 in the Xfinity race this Saturday. Qualifying 30th out of 36, Quebecer Alex Labbé (Chevrolet/DGM Racing) had to settle for 26th overall. For full rank, Click here.
Competed at a good pace and marked with only two neutral points for events on the track, the race did not arouse much interest. The first yellow flag was raised on lap 41 when CJ McLaughlin hit the outside wall and Matt Mills lost control behind him, the second on lap 53 for a collision involving David Starr and Dillon Bassett in Turn 2. The final crash resulted in the end of the leg. 2 under changing and changing the pit stop strategy for several competitors.
The next race will take place in two weeks, at the Watkins Glen road circuit. To see a recap of Saturday’s race at Michigan International Speedway, click the video below…
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