“I Don’t Care if You’re 9, or 19, or 49” – Ty Gibbs Apologists Told to “Go Back and Run Xfinity” by Veteran Crew Chief in a Merciless Rant

Published 09/30/2022, 6:23 AM EDT
DOVER, DELAWARE – APRIL 30: Ty Gibbs, driver of the #54 Monster Energy Toyota, walks onstage during driver intros prior to the NASCAR Xfinity Series A-GAME 200 at Dover Motor Speedway on April 30, 2022 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Following 23XI backup driver Ty Gibbs’ inconsiderate and borderline volatile action on pit road at Texas, Fox analyst and crew chief Larry McReynolds went on a rant against the driver and his poorly timed actions.

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McReynolds blasted Gibbs and stated, “Uh, the Ty Gibbs deal is like I said yesterday, I think that’s a whole lot more serious in my book than what I saw out there on the race track with William Byron and Denny Hamlin because I know we don’t live in a what-if world, but when he made that move on Ty Dillon, there were Roush Fenway Keselowski team members on the right side of that car. There were two NASCAR officials standing there.”

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He added, “If I hear one more person, one more announcer, one more human being say, he’s just 19. Okay then don’t race Cup, go back and run Xfinity or go back and run late models, till you learn how to carry yourself. I’m not buying that one, you’re in the Cup Series. I don’t care if you’re 9 or 19 or 49. You need to know when to and when not to, and pit road with a 3500-pound race car with people potentially out there, it’s not the place to do it.”

What did Ty Gibbs do to attract such harsh criticism in the first place?

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Ty Gibbs’s irrational decision to intentionally shove Ty Dillon while still on the pit road was something that should not have been done under any circumstance. Considering the pit crew for another team was out on the pit road and had something gone awry, someone’s life could have been put at risk.

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – JULY 30: Ty Gibbs, driver of the #54 Monster Energy Toyota, waits on the grid prior to the NASCAR Xfinity Series Pennzoil 150 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 30, 2022, in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)

Gibbs was later handed a 25-point penalty and a massive $75,000 fine for his actions by the officials.

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Do you agree that Gibbs was in the wrong here? Let us know your opinion on the matter in the comments section.

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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 as well, covering NASCAR, F1, F2, W Series, MotoGP, DTM, IndyCar, WRC, and WEC. Following motorsports for more than a decade, he has become a devout supporter of McLaren Racing, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Bubba Wallace, Sir Lewis Hamilton, and Ayrton Senna.

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