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Ty Gibbs, driver of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, looks on during the practice ahead of the Zinsser SmartCoat 200 for the ARCA Menards Series at Berlin Raceway in Marne, Michigan, on July 17, 2021. (Nic Antaya/ARCA Racing)

PRACTICE: Ty Gibbs paces session at Berlin Raceway

MARNE, Mich. — For the second time in two weeks in the ARCA Menards Series, Ty Gibbs recorded the fastest lap in a practice session ahead of a Saturday night race on a short track.

The 18-year-old driver of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota paced the field Saturday at Berlin Raceway with a lap time of 16.727 seconds on his 35th of 37 laps during the session ahead of the evening’s Zinsser SmartCoat 200 at the 7/16-mile paved oval.

Gibbs enters Saturday night’s race at Berlin seven points behind Corey Heim for the lead in the 2021 ARCA Menards Series championship standings. Gibbs was fastest in practice and qualified on the pole last week at Elko Speedway before Heim went on to win the race.

Daniel Dye, Heim, Jesse Love and Taylor Gray rounded out the top five in practice.

Single-car qualifying for Saturday night’s race at Berlin is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. ET.

The Zinsser SmartCoat 200 at Berlin is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET and broadcast live on MAVTV with a live stream available on NBC Sports Gold’s TrackPass.

Practice results: Zinsser SmartCoat 200 at Berlin Raceway

Pos. Car No. Driver Sponsor & OEM Best Time Best Speed In Lap Laps Diff.
1 18 Ty Gibbs* Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 16.727 94.159 35 37  –
2 21 Daniel Dye* GMS Racing Chevrolet 16.761 93.968 50 52 0.034
3 20 Corey Heim* Craftsman Toyota 16.79 93.806 39 41 0.063
4 15 Jesse Love* Mobil 1 Toyota 16.821 93.633 38 39 0.094
5 17 Taylor Gray* Ford Performance Ford 16.931 93.025 40 43 0.204
6 46 Thad Moffitt Clean Pacs Ford 17.078 92.224 35 38 0.351
7 2 Nick Sanchez* Max Siegel Inc./UTI-UTI Chevrolet 17.094 92.138 44 44 0.367
8 25 Gracie Trotter* Calico Coatings Toyota 17.223 91.447 49 49 0.496
9 11 Mason Mingus TC Construction/Diamond Equipment Ford 17.283 91.13 36 38 0.556
10 50 Morgan Alexander* Alexander Produce Chevrolet 17.293 91.077 6 38 0.566
11 10 Owen Smith* Szulczewski Financial Group Toyota 17.951 87.739 15 22 1.224
12 6 Zachary Tinkle* GreatRailing.com 18.239 86.353 7 14 1.512
13 1 Mike Basham PedalinPup.com Ford 18.29 86.113 15 19 1.563
14 27 Alex Clubb* A. Clubb Lawncare Ford 18.317 85.986 10 20 1.59
15 12 Tony Cosentino Pit Weld U Toyota 18.568 84.823 7 9 1.841
16 48 Brad Smith HIE Publishing Chevrolet 18.819 83.692 5 8 2.092