ARCA, Bush Beans 200; Gibbs wins race, Smith wins series | Sports News

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Ty Gibbs burns out after winning the ARCA Menards Bush’s Beans 200 on Thursday night at Bristol Motor Speedway. Below: Gibbs’ grandfather and team owner Joe Gibbs watches from the pits before the race.


David Crigger / Bristol Herald Courier


BY ALLEN GREGORY COURIER FROM BRISTOL HERALD

BRISTOL, Tennessee – Ty Gibbs is a slim five-foot-seven teenager, but he’s a bully in a race car.

On Thursday night at Bristol Motor Speedway, the grandson of NASCAR energy broker Joe Gibbs claimed his 10th ARCA Menards victory of the season by leading all but three of the Bush’s Beans 200 laps.

“It’s just amazing,” Gibbs said.

Sammy Smith, a 17-year-old Gibbs teammate with Joe Gibbs Racing, finished second and won the ARCA East title in the process.

“Having all of my guys here with my teammate and close friend to wrap up your championship is a great night for our organization,” said Gibbs,

Gibbs, 18, is hoping to apply a few lessons for tonight’s Food City 300 Xfinity race.

“I learned a lot tonight,” Gibbs said. “I have confidence in my foreman and my team for Friday.”

Smith and Gibbs punctuated their exploits with dramatic nose-to-nose exhaustion moments after the race.

“One-two for Gibbs, I can’t thank all the guys on these two teams enough,” said Smith. “We just had to hang in there tonight.”

Did the Iowa native have a car strong enough to challenge Gibbs in the final laps?

“We were a little tight, and I felt like we had a second place car and that’s all I was going to be able to get out of it,” Smith said. “I tried there at the end, but it just wasn’t enough.”


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