Gibbs, Sanchez notch historic wins in Kansas Speedway doubleheader

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – It’s good to be Ty Gibbs, and Ty Gibbs is good. The 19-year-old grandson of Pro Football and NASCAR Hall of Famer Joe Gibbs won the NASCAR Xfinity Series Kansas Lottery 300 and sealed the ARCA Menards Series championship with a second-place finish in the Reese’s 150.

But Miami’s Nick Sanchez got the best of Gibbs on final overtime restart of the Reese’s 150 and captured the first win of his promising ARCA Menards Series career.

“It’s surreal,” said Sanchez, who’s part of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Program. “We didn’t really have anything for (Gibbs) – I was running second or third for most of the night. But we found something there and got it done.”

As Sanchez conducted his post-race interview, Gibbs popped his head into the interview room and congratulated the Miami-born driver on what he said would be “the first of many wins.”

Gibbs’ ARCA Menard’s Series championship was a foregone conclusion. He just needed to start the race to capture the title – but his win in the Kansas Lottery 300 was far from assured before the green flag flew. That NASCAR Xfinity Series race was filled with eight playoff drivers seeking a win that would’ve assured their spot in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship race next month in Phoenix.

But Gibbs showed a veteran’s poise as he passed reigning NASCAR Xfinity Series champion Austin Cindric with 10 laps left. By the time the checkered flag waved, he’d left Cindric in his dust by nearly a second. AJ Allmendinger, Justin Haley and Ryan Sieg rounded out the top five.

“He got a little bit free and kind of slowed down in (Turns) 3 and 4, and I could get to his left rear and side-draft him and get away from him,” the 19-year-old Gibbs said of the winning pass. “I got loose a couple of times over there (pointing to Turns 3 and 4), but I was just trying to give it my all, trying to come back with a win. To have four wins this year in the Xfinity Series is just unbelievable.”

Saturday’s action was but a prelude to the excitement that awaits at Kansas Speedway on Sunday. Gates open at 11 a.m., with country music star Mitchell Tenpenny performing a pre-race concert at 12:15 p.m.

NOTE TO FANS: To preserve the condition of the infield grass, that concert will be held in the NASCAR Xfinity Garage. Fans can access that area using the crossover gates in Turns 4 & 1 or via the pedestrian tunnel in Turn 1.

At 2 p.m., Emmy-winning actor Eric Stonestreet will give the command to start engines for the Hollywood Casino 400 – the penultimate race in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs’ Round of 8. Fans can purchase their tickets for all of Sunday’s action by visiting www.kansasspeedway.com.

About Kansas Speedway

Kansas Speedway is a premier motorsports facility in the Midwest. The track, which opened in 2001, hosts two NASCAR Cup Series weekends each year, along with approximately 200 other event days each year. This includes the annual American Royal World Series of Barbecue, the largest barbecue competition in the world which attracts teams both nationally and internationally.  The Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway, which opened in 2012, overlooks Turn 2 of the track.  Kansas Speedway’s two NASCAR weekends in 2021 will take place May 1-2 and Oct. 23-24.  Both will consist of a NASCAR Cup Series race, including the Hollywood Casino 400 on Sunday, Oct. 24, the second race in the Round of 8 of the Playoffs.  Kansas Speedway is owned by NASCAR.

About NASCAR

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States and owner of 16 of the nation’s major motorsports entertainment facilities. NASCAR consists of three national series (NASCAR Cup Series™, NASCAR Xfinity Series™, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™), four regional series (ARCA Menards Series, ARCA Menards Series East & West and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour), one local grassroots series (NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series) and three international series (NASCAR Pinty’s Series, NASCAR Peak Mexico Series, NASCAR Whelen Euro Series). The International Motor Sports Association™ (IMSA®) governs the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports car series. NASCAR also owns Motor Racing Network, Racing Electronics, and ONE DAYTONA. Based in Daytona Beach, Florida, with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information visit www.NASCAR.com and www.IMSA.com, and follow NASCAR on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat (‘NASCAR’).

 

Kansas Speedway Contact:

Matt Humphrey

NASCAR Communications

386-453-8693

mhumphrey@nascar.com