Joe Gibbs Expresses Emotions as Grandson Ty Gibbs Creates History on NASCAR Xfinity Series Debut

Published 02/21/2021, 7:00 AM EST
Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Ty Gibbs (54) races during the Super Start Batteries 188 at the Daytona International Speedway Road Course. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


On Saturday, Joe Gibbs had plenty to smile about when his grandson, Ty Gibbs won his first Xfinity race. To make matters even better for young Ty, this was his Xfinity debut. Following the race, Joe spoke about his grandson and whether he thought that he would win on his debut.

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The former NFL coach confessed that he did not see it coming.

He said, “This is such an experience for us. I’ve been blessed to have been in the space I’ve been enjoying. I was just worried about him making laps. We didn’t dream about him up front like that. I wish that Coy [Gibbs] was here, because Coy has kind of guided Ty through his whole racing career.”

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Joe Gibbs was truly proud of his grandson Ty Gibbs

The 80-year-old revealed that when his wife found out, she cried. Joe Gibbs wasn’t fairing any better himself, as he was ‘shaking like a leaf.’ He also commented on a small moment on the final restart when Ty got on the grass for a brief moment. In the end, he lived to tell the tale and made a move for the lead with two laps to go.

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DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 18: Team owner Joe Gibbs stands on pit road during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 60th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 18, 2018 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images)

Despite some pressure from second-placed Austin Cindric, Ty held firm for his maiden win on debut. His grandfather confessed that that move was a good one, especially in such an action-packed race. At the end of the day, the feeling of watching his grandson winning was hard to describe.

In the process, Ty Gibbs became the youngest Xfinity driver to win a road course race. He was 18 years, 4 months, 16 days old at the time of the triumph. He took over the reigns from Cindric, who won his first road course race at the age of 20 at Mid-Ohio in 2019. However, Joey Logano continues to hold the overall record, as he won his first Xfinity race at 18 years, 21 days.

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