The NASCAR community reacts to the death of Coy Gibbs

After Joe Gibbs Racing announce On Sunday (November 6) before the NASCAR Cup Series Championship race at Phoenix Raceway that team co-owner, Vice President and COO Coy Gibbs passed away, an outpouring of condolences and support came from the NASCAR community.


Coy Gibbs was the son of team owner Joe Gibbs and a former NASCAR Tour National Series driver.

His nephew Jackson chose to remain the front tire changer for Christopher Bell’s #20 championship-contending team, albeit with a few pieces of tape on his back and a tribute written on it.



Gibbs had just seen his son Ty Gibbs win the NASCAR Xfinity Series the night before, and posed for traditional photos with the trophy afterward.

Before the race, NBC’s broadcast responded to Gibbs’ death with memorial drawings and a moment of silence during the pre-race festivities. Hosts Marty Snyder, Kyle Petty, Dale Garrett and Brad Dougherty discussed the tragedy on air while NASCAR President Jim France also made a statement.


JGR drivers were visibly emotional on a pit road before the race, and the duo’s longest-serving pair on the team, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch, both tweeted in response to the news.


Introduced the entire NBC broadcast booth – Dale Earnhardt Jr. And Rick Allen and Jeff Burton, as well as the absent Steve Letarte, offer their condolences, as did Brad and Brian Keselowski.


Other feedback came via Super Bowl champion Joe Theisman, who played under Joe Gibbs during his first tenure as coach of the then-Washington Redskins. Coy Gibbs worked as an assistant coach during his father’s second term in Washington’s presidency.


Other members of the media, including Bob Pokras of FOX Sports, also shared their greetings and stories.


After the race, Joey Logano praised Coy Gibbs in his championship-winning interview, and Busch explained who Gibbs was as a person.

“[Coy] Bush told members of the media afterwards. “He didn’t take any nonsense and told everyone the way it was right in their faces. I love Koi for that and for his perseverance. He’s played a big part in filling his brother’s shoes, perhaps a bit more on the competitive side of the business side in that regard […] [tried] To push us all to go ahead and win races and be strong and competitive, all of that. Honestly, that’s what I remember the most about him.

“The majority of my thoughts and prayers are with Joe, his family and everyone else – [Coy’s wife] heather [J.D. Gibbs’ wife] Melissa, all of them.”


Bale came away from the championship, but thought about what Gibbs meant to the team in his interview as well.

“Your world is falling apart,” he said on a pit road after the race. “Whenever I receive news like this, it certainly bears in mind that there is more to this outside of racing. The Gibbs family is all in our prayers. Thinking of them […] Very sad for today’s news.”



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