Ty Gibbs Passes Kyle Larson On Final Lap To Win At Road Americaby racerx55 July 3, 2022 1 comment
Story/Photo by: Alex Nowak
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – It was all Kyle Larson at Road America during the Henry 180 on Saturday, except for the final lap, when he was passed by Ty Gibbs who captured his fourth victory of the season.
Larson started from the pole for Saturday’s race, which marked his first NASCAR Xfinity Series start since 2018. For most of the day, Larson, Gibbs, Sheldon Creed or Cole Custer were running in the top-two spots. Late problems for Creed and a horrific crash for Custer gave both of them DNF’s for the standings.
Larson led a race high of 31 laps, and he won Stages 1 and 2. There was a caution with 2 laps to go, and a wide turn gave Gibbs the opening he needed to take away the lead and eventual victory from Larson. For Ty Gibbs it was another win, something he’s been very familiar with the last few seasons. Saturday’s win was the eighth NASCAR Xfinity Series victory of his career.
“I felt like we were a little bit faster in the first half of the track,” Gibbs said. “The last two sectors, I felt like we were not as fast. I feel like right now I need to earn respect back and that’s what I’m doing. I feel like I’ve got my lessons – just got to learn and not make mistakes. I made plenty off them today, I could have lost the race on that one restart, so thankful to get this one back, but I still have to work on the restarts – the first initial and the next-to-last.”
Josh Berry finished third, followed by Austin Hill and Brandon Jones. Rounding out the top-10 was AJ Allmendinger, Riley Herbst, Noah Gragson, Jeremy Clements and Ryan Sieg.
Throughout the 48-lap race, there were five cautions for 12 laps. The largest accident of the day occurred on Lap 26, when 13 cars piled up in an accident in Turn 4. Contact between Gragson and Sage Karam is what triggered the large crash.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series will visit Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday, July 9 for the Also Uniforms 250. Live coverage of the race will broadcast on USA and PRN at 5 p.m. ET.