Ty Gibbs wins NASCAR Xfinity Championship: Complete results

Ty Gibbs celebrates after winning the NASCAR Xfinity Auto Race at Martinsville Speedway, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in Martinsville, Virginia (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Ty Gibbs celebrates after winning the NASCAR Xfinity Auto Race at Martinsville Speedway, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in Martinsville, Virginia (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

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Justin Allgaier was solid throughout Stage 3 and Noah Gregson provided a great boost in the late race – but it was Ty Gibbs who rose above the rest.

The #54 car dominated the first two stages and proved its power when under siege in Stage 3, and the performance provided Gibbs a two-car length win at Phoenix Raceway Saturday night and his first NASCAR Xfinity Championship.

“My car was just as fast as Xfinity,” Gibbs told NBC Sports with a big smile, a mixture of cheers and shouts pouring from the stands. Then he laughed, “I guess that’s what I’m supposed to say.”

He added, “Thanks to the fans, even though I don’t have many of them. I hope to earn some respect again, and we will move on.”

It’s fair to say that Gibbs wasn’t the most popular driver to come on Saturday. His move in Martinsville last week – one He seemed to smash his teammate to clear his way to victory – He was the talk of the Xfinity series flagship in the championship weekend.

The 20-year-old made the move and apologized for it in his post-race interview several times.

“What I did last week was unacceptable, and I apologize again, but it was unacceptable because we could have had two points to win this deal, and that was stupid from the organization’s point of view. It’s all my fault,” he said. “I can sit here and tell you I’m sorry as much as I can, but that won’t fix it. I have to fix my actions. Today I felt like I had a good race, and I felt like I made some good moves.

“Me and (Allgaier) seven were racing hard. I felt like I was hoping to put in a great show for you guys, the fans. Thank you for everything you guys are doing.”

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Ty Gibbs celebrates after winning the NASCAR Xfinity Auto Race at Martinsville Speedway, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in Martinsville, Virginia (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) Chuck Burton AP

There appear to be several turning points in Saturday’s race. But the last one came with 40 laps: During the warning period from race two to last, all four championship drivers – Gibbs, Gregson, Algayer and Josh Perry – gave their way.

Gibbs, who was second at the time, had a season-determining pause to earn the lead early in the second half. Allgaier came by a pit in second, and Gragson lost five spots, and had to restart seventh.

Gibbs then used this bullet to find his groove, and although he raced Allgaier hard along the stretch – performing the trade three times in one lap at one point – it was Gibbs who was able to clear it with about 20 laps to go, and the #54 car didn’t You look back.

Gibbs, of Joe Gibbs Racing, beat three other GR Motorsports drivers.

“Great job for JR Motorsports, but a 25% profit,” Gibbs said. “Thank you to all the guys. I had a great time racing in the Xfinity Series this year, I am looking for more and I am very excited.”

Gregson finished second. Leger came in third place. Perry finished thirteenth.

For Gregson, Saturday marked the end of four years with Team Number 9 at JR Motorsports. Hell Join Petty GMS in one of the two Team Cup cars full time in 2023.

“Execution at the pit stop, we just need to be better as a Bass Pro Shop team all around, but we are still proud of everyone’s efforts,” Gregson said a few moments after the race ended. “I thought we had a really good car there in the second half. … Very tight there at the end, but still very proud of everyone.”

Unofficial results for the Xfinity Tournament

Site Sentences driver time behind
1 54 Ty Gibbs (P)
2 9 Noah Gregson (P) 0.397
3 7 Justin Alger (P) 1.45
4 10 Landon Castle 4.978
5 16 AJ Almendir 6.171
6 2 Sheldon Creed # 7.37
7 98 Autumn Riley 8.477
8 11 Daniel Hemrick 9.08
9 21 Austin Hill # 9.346
10 18 Sammy Smith 11.187
11 19 Brandon Jones 11.63
12 48 Nicholas Sanchez 11,891
13 8 Josh Perry (P) 13.611
14 34 Kyle Weatherman 14,624
15th 36 Josh Williams 15.144
16 27 jeep burton 17,581
17 44 Raja Karuth (I) 18,063
18 92 Alex Labbe 19.01
19 4 Bailey Corey 19,221
20 39 Ryan Sage 20.294
21 2 Parker Ritzlaff 20,418
22 38 Kyle’s Victory # 21.152
23 26 Kaz Grala (I) 21.547
24 35 air gas 26,581
25 31 MIT Snyder 26,955
26 68 Chris Wright (I) 27.127
27 51 Jeremy Clements 28,562
28 45 Stephen Parsons (I) -1
29 6 Brennan Bol -2
30 66 JJ follows -3
31 13 Dawson Crum -4
32 78 PJ MacLeod -4
33 91 Mason Massey -4
34 1 Sam Meyer -5
35 23 Anthony Alfredo -6
36 7 Joe Graf Jr. -7
37 8 Brandon Brown -46
38 77 Dillon Bassett -48

Alex Zietlow writes about NASCAR, Charlotte FC, and the ways sports intersect with life in the Charlotte area for The Observer, where he has been a reporter since August 2022. Zietlow’s work has been honored by the NC and SC Press Association, also as an APSE, which gave him a Top 10 Ranks in the Beat Writing and Short Feature categories in the 2021 Writing Contest. Previously wrote for The Herald in Rock Hill from 2019 to 22.