Denny Hamlin Tells Bubba Wallace’s Spotter Freddie Kraft That They Were Unjust to Ty Gibbs: “Y’all Used Him Up”

Published 08/07/2022, 10:55 AM EDT
Feb 16, 2022; Daytona, FL, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin (11) during qualifying for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

Ty Gibbs has made his mark in the Cup Series by consistently performing with his two-race starts as a replacement for Kurt Busch. However, recently Denny Hamlin revealed Gibbs’s displeasure with two other Toyota drivers during the race at Indianapolis last week.

While conversing on the podcast, 23XI Racing driver Bubba Wallace’s spotter Freddie Kraft mentioned that he thought Gibbs was “really running well”.


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He went on to state that he thought Ty was a pretty nice guy, as he seemingly gave up spots to certain people on track. Kraft believes that if he fought a “little harder”, he could have gained a few more positions.

Denny Hamlin then interrupted Kraft and said, “I think y’all used him up.”

To which Kraft responded by saying “did we?” Then Denny mentioned that after the race, Gibbs told him, “I lost three spots here and four spots here. The 23 and 18 used me up pretty bad.”

After hearing what Gibbs told Hamlin, Kraft said, “Really? That must have been out of my zone.”


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Ty apparently called out Bubba Wallace and Kyle Busch for using him up really bad. Keeping this instance aside, Gibbs raced pretty well, considering he has just been filling in as a replacement. Moreover, after Saturday’s Xfinity race, Gibbs picked up yet another win.

Ty Gibbs wins his 5th race this season at Michigan


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Ty Gibbs picked up his 5th Xfinity Series win this season, which adds up to a total of 9 victories throughout his career in Xfinity.

Feb 20, 2021; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Ty Gibbs (54) leads Harrison Burton (20) during the Super Start Batteries 188 at the Daytona International Speedway Road Course. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

During an interview, Gibbs mentioned that he has had a good time in the series. He added, “I work as hard as I can to be the best I can. I don’t really have any other hobbies.” Out of the 125 laps, Gibbs managed to lead a total of 54 laps.


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Srijan Mandal

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Srijan Mandal is a NASCAR author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Master’s in Journalism and has been writing for his own blog, 'Noobs Onboard', for a while now, covering NASCAR, F1, W Series, MotoGP, WRC and the WEC. Following motorsports for more than a decade now, he has become a devout supporter of McLaren Racing, Sir Lewis Hamilton, and Ayrton Senna.