Second Runner-Up Finish of 2019 for Ty Gibbs at Nashville

Second Runner-Up Finish of 2019 for Ty Gibbs at Nashville

For the second time in his brief ARCA Menards Series career, Ty Gibbs (No. 18 Monster Energy/ORCA Coolers/Terrible Herbst/Advance Auto Parts Toyota) finished second, this time coming home in the runner-up position in the General Tire Music City 200 presented by Inspectra Thermal Solutions at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville. Gibbs finished 3.697 seconds behind winner Christian Eckes (No. 15 JBL Audio Toyota) in the battle on the historic Fairgrounds oval that was delayed one day due to rain.

Ty Gibbs Post Race Interview

Gibbs made his series debut earlier in the season at Five Flags and passed Eckes for the second position in the final corner of the final lap to finish second. At Nashville, he just didn’t have

“We just lacked a little drove off and it cost us the race,” Gibbs said. “The General Tires were great all day, we just have to work a little harder to get the drive off the corner we need.”

Gibbs was involved in the only on-track incident that drew a caution flag during the race. He made contact down the frontstretch with Tommy Vigh, Jr. (No. 10 Extreme Kleaner/Menards Ford), sending Vigh out of control into turn one. As Vigh fought to regain control, he then made contact with Michael Self (No. 25 Sinclair Lubricants Toyota), who impacted the turn two wall head on. Self was eliminated and finished 15th while Vigh soldiered on to an eleventh-place finish.

“The lapped cars are supposed to stay to the bottom and he was up in the fast lane and I came up on him about ten miles an hour faster,” Gibbs said. “He just pulled up in front of me and it’s so hard to get away from them when you’re that much faster. It sucks for him. It just sucks.”

Gibbs, the grandson of legendary NFL coach and NASCAR team owner Joe Gibbs, is ready to return to Toledo Speedway. The Glass City oval is where Gibbs made some of his first laps in an ARCA car last year before strapping in to race this season.

“No racing next weekend,” Gibbs said with a bummed out tone in his voice, “but we’re ready to get back after it at Toledo.”

Practice for the Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 at Toledo Speedway is scheduled for 12:30 pm ET on Saturday, May 18, followed by General Tire Pole Qualifying at 4 pm ET. A 35-lap late model sportsman feature event will close Saturday night’s activities at the track. The Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 will go green shortly after 2 m ET on Sunday, May 19. The race will be televised live on MAVTV. ARCA for Me members can access live timing & scoring, live track updates, and live user chat throughout all on-track sessions at ARCARacing.com. New users can register for free with a valid email address at ARCARacing.com/login.

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