“It’s Just Super Cool” – Ty Gibbs on Defeating Austin Cindric and AJ Allmendinger

Published 08/11/2021, 4:16 PM EDT
Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Ty Gibbs (54) celebrates after winning the Super Start Batteries 188 at the Daytona International Speedway Road Course. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


The NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Watkins Glen concluded with Ty Gibbs winning. Needless to say, he was over the moon when he bested the likes of Austin Cindric and AJ Allmendinger to cross the checkered flag in first place. For a driver who has been racing part-time in the series, Gibbs has been in the form of his life.

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Recently, the 18-year-old spoke about what it felt like to win. He said, “Austin and AJ, they are probably two of the baddest dudes to ever come through the NASCAR Series ranks. They are phenomenal on road courses, and to be able to beat them is super cool and it’s just awesome.”

The youngster also acknowledged the fans and thanked them for their dedication. He knew that the past year and a half has been difficult for the fans due to the pandemic. There were a lot of occasions where races were held in front of empty stands or canceled outright. So, seeing them return has been a great boost for the drivers.

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Ty Gibbs will be eager to make his full-time debut

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Of course, now that he has made an impression in the Xfinity Series, it won’t be long before the opportunity for a full-time drive comes knocking. Some have suggested that he could take the seat vacated by Harrison Burton, who is himself graduating to the Cup Series in the Wood Brothers Racing team.

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

Meanwhile, Austin Cindric will also graduate to the Cup Series, though he will take Brad Keselowski’s vacated Penske seat. Without a doubt, Ty Gibbs is a hugely talented driver and finished in the top 5 in every race bar two. Among them, he has amassed three wins from 10 races.

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Naturally, many fans will be eager to see how well he does in a full season. If he is able to keep up this form, he could very well be a favorite for the 2022 Xfinity Series title. Of course, he will still have to contend with the likes of Allmendinger, Justin Allgaier, Daniel Hemric and many more.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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