WATCH: NASCAR Xfinity Driver Ty Gibbs Bumps into Corey Heim in ARCA Series Race

Published 08/03/2021, 6:49 AM EDT
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


Ty Gibbs is well-known in the NASCAR Xfinity Series as a rising talent. However, even he is not immune to making mistakes. While competing in a an ARCA Series race at the Winchester Speedway, he had a moment with title rival, Corey Heim. The two were running nose-to-tail for the race lead with Gibbs behind.

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Unfortunately, Gibbs bumped into Heim and sent him into a spin. Luckily, there was no lasting damage and Heim recovered to finish third. Obviously, the championship leader would have been furious, but thankful that he salvaged something from the race. On the bright side, he did not fall too far behind in the ARCA Series title race.

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It is worth mentioning that this is Ty Gibbs’ seventh win in the 2021 ARCA Series season and his 15th career win. In addition to that, this is his second straight win after dominating at the Iowa Speedway last time out. To make matters even better, this is also his second consecutive win at the Winchester Speedway, after winning last year.

Where did everyone else finish behind Ty Gibbs?

Behind him on the track was Greg Van Alst in a career-best second, ahead of a disappointed Heim. Meanwhile, David Gilliland Racing teammates Thad Moffitt and Taylor Gray completed the top five. Admittedly Ty Gibbs did not have the cleanest of races, as he got involved in a couple of incidents.

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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

First and foremost, he tagged Brandon Varney and spun him around. Naturally, this brought out a caution, and Gibbs was forced to pit a few times to fix the car’s damage. This hampered his speed a little, but it was not enough to completely handicap him as he charged through the field from eighth place.

Other incidents included Gray spinning Daniel Dye, and Nick Sanchez being an innocent victim. That incident brought out the red flag and the two drivers got quite heated, and even their parents got in on the action. On the restart, Corey Heim led most of the race while Gibbs hunted him down.

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Their incident took place when they encountered Thad Moffitt on the lead lap. Heim was forced to check-up and Gibbs ended up spinning Heim.

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