NASCAR Driver Ty Gibbs Is Sorry He Wrecked His Teammate on Purpose, Maybe

Ty Gibbs is sorry for ruining teammate Sean Gardner - Getty Images
Last weekend, NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Brandon Jones needed a win in Martinsville to advance to the Category Two Championship Four Finals. Leading late with already qualified teammate Ty Gibbs behind, he looked poised to challenge for a title in Phoenix, but Gibbs intentionally destroyed him. Jones retired, opening up another spot for rival team JR Motorsports in a final that will now see that team face three contenders. It was a fundamental breach of the only real unwritten rule in motorsport: "Don't snip your teammate to pieces".
The situation was made even more awkward by the way Gibbs handled it. As the grandson of team owner Joe Gibbs, some see the younger Gibbs as someone whose career is made for him, whether he deserves it or not. While he has a strong track record of clean race wins, he has also earned a developing reputation as a driver ready to ruin anyone for a win. That reputation only deteriorated when he destroyed his teammate in a race that mattered greatly to Jones and made no difference at all to Gibbs. He went one step further after the race; When asked about the wreck, Gibbs compared himself to Jesus.
A contrite Ty Gibbs this morning in Phonenix pic.twitter.com/Abt8kIkCJy
— Matt Weaver (@MattWeaverRA) November 3, 2022
During the media sessions leading up to this weekend's season finale, Gibbs struck a softer tone. He was open about his regrets, going so far as to say that "it was completely ridiculous and unacceptable that I did it." It's a late move to excuse, too late to affect its competitors.
#NASCAR … Noah Gragson on Ty Gibbs: “Just speaking my mind. I don't like him." pic.twitter.com/AS9D1O5U2I
— Dustin Long (@dustinlong) November 3, 2022
Noah Gragson, one of three JR Motorsports drivers with a championship perspective on Saturday and most likely Gibbs' direct rival for the title, didn't mince his words: “I'm just giving my opinion. I do not like him. I'm just saying what not everyone wants to say, but they feel it." When asked what he doesn't like about Gibbs, he simply adds, "What is there to do?"
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Gibbs and Gragson are both expected to step up to the NASCAR Cup Series full-time in 2022. Gibbs has competed 15 races at this level and already has a penalty for violating driving standards.
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