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Ty Gibbs, driver of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, exits his car after practice ahead of the Menards 250 for the ARCA Menards Series at Elko Speedway in Elko New Market, Minnesota, on July 10, 2021. (David Berding/ARCA Racing)

PRACTICE: Ty Gibbs edges Corey Heim for best lap at Elko

ELKO NEW MARKET, Minn. — Ty Gibbs dominated the last time the ARCA Menards Series raced on a short track, when he won the Herr’s Potato Chips 200 a couple months ago at Toledo Speedway.

The speed the 18-year-old showed in Saturday’s practice session at Elko Speedway suggests the driver of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota will once again be the one to beat on a short track in the evening’s Menards 250 (9 p.m. CT / 10 p.m. ET on MAVTV and TrackPass).

Gibbs paced the field in the hour-long session with a best lap time of 15.561 seconds, just 0.030 seconds better than second-place Corey Heim’s time of 14.591 seconds.

Heim, the ARCA Menards Series championship points leader through eight races, leads Gibbs by three points heading into the Elko race.

Taylor Gray, Gracie Trotter and Jesse Love rounded out the top five in practice.

Below are the complete results from the practice session at Elko.

Practice results: Menards 250 at Elko Speedway

Pos. Car No. Driver Sponsor & OEM Best Time Best Speed In Lap Laps Diff.
1 18 Ty Gibbs * Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 14.561 92.713 11 37  –
2 20 Corey Heim * Craftsman Toyota 14.591 92.523 43 43 0.03
3 17 Taylor Gray * Ford Perfomance Ford 14.651 92.144 11 55 0.09
4 25 Gracie Trotter * Calico Coatings Toyota 14.685 91.931 70 70 0.124
5 15 Jesse Love * Mobil 1 Toyota 14.706 91.799 49 49 0.145
6 30 Adam Lemke * JRI Shocks Ford 14.709 91.781 4 52 0.148
7 46 Thad Moffitt CleanHarbors Ford 14.748 91.538 39 39 0.187
8 21 Daniel Dye * GMS Racing Chevrolet 14.782 91.327 8 50 0.221
9 2 Nick Sanchez * Max Siegel Inc/Special Smiles Chevrolet 14.824 91.069 6 51 0.263
10 10 Willie Mullins CW Metals Ford 14.947 90.319 8 43 0.386
11 11 Bryce Haugeberg * Magnum Construction Chevrolet 15.315 88.149 17 59 0.754
12 12 Dick Doheny PedalinPup.com Toyota 15.743 85.752 8 8 1.182
13 1 Owen Smith * Academy Mortgage Ford 15.83 85.281 6 6 1.269
14 66 Ron Vandermeir, Jr. * Mac Rak Inc. Toyota 15.834 85.26 2 37 1.273
15 27 Alex Clubb * Clubb Landscaping Ford 16.191 83.38 26 44 1.63
16 48 Brad Smith Henshaw Custom Automation Chevrolet 16.571 81.468 10 33 2.01
17 6 Wayne Peterson GreatRailing.com Ford 23.094 58.457 1 1 8.533