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Daytona International Speedway

Super Start Batteries 188 At Daytona Presented by O'Reilly

February 20th, 2021

RESULTS

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FINAL STATUS

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POINTS

PLAYOFF POINTS

1

Ty Gibbs

54 |

15

Running

56

14

50

6

2

Austin Cindric

22 |

2

Running

56

29

50

1

3

Daniel Hemric

18 |

5

Running

56

2

42

0

4

Brandon Jones

19 |

39

Running

56

0

37

0

5

Jeb Burton

10 |

3

Running

56

2

32

0

6

Harrison Burton

20 |

4

Running

56

3

44

0

7

Miguel Paludo

8 |

35

Running

56

0

30

0

8

Brandon Brown

68 |

7

Running

56

0

34

0

9

Justin Haley

11 |

29

Running

56

0

35

0

10

Jeremy Clements

51 |

18

Running

56

0

35

0

11

Brett Moffitt

02 |

1

Running

56

0

0

0

12

Landon Cassill

4 |

14

Running

56

0

25

0

13

Myatt Snider

2 |

8

Running

56

0

36

0

14

Jesse Little

78 |

13

Running

56

0

23

0

15

Michael Annett

1 |

33

Running

56

0

22

0

16

Kyle Weatherman

47 |

11

Running

56

0

24

0

17

Josh Williams

92 |

22

Running

56

0

20

0

18

Kris Wright

26 |

19

Running

56

0

0

0

19

Matt Mills

5 |

10

Running

56

0

18

0

20

Joe Graf Jr

07 |

9

Running

56

0

17

0

21

Gray Gaulding

52 |

30

Running

56

1

16

0

22

Alex Labbe

36 |

36

Running

56

0

15

0

23

Colby Howard

15 |

32

Running

56

0

14

0

24

Tommy Joe Martins

44 |

20

Running

56

0

13

0

25

Cody Ware

17 |

38

Running

56

0

12

0

26

Justin Allgaier

7 |

25

Running

56

0

18

0

27

Ryan Sieg

39 |

27

Running

56

1

10

0

28

Noah Gragson

9 |

26

Running

56

0

9

0

29

Stephen Leicht

61 |

34

Running

56

0

8

0

30

Jeffrey Earnhardt

0 |

37

Running

56

0

7

0

31

Andy Lally

99 |

24

Running

55

0

12

0

32

Bayley Currey

74 |

31

Running

55

0

7

0

33

Preston Pardus

90 |

23

Transmission

49

0

6

0

34

Timmy Hill

66 |

17

Running

46

0

3

0

35

AJ Allmendinger

16 |

6

Running

43

4

2

0

36

Jade Buford

48 |

28

Suspension

38

0

1

0

37

Ryan Vargas

6 |

12

Running

33

0

1

0

38

David Starr

13 |

40

Transmission

20

0

1

0

39

Riley Herbst

98 |

16

Accident

15

0

9

0

40

Natalie Decker

23 |

21

Accident

3

0

1

0

  • #1 | LEADER

    Ty Gibbs

    #1

    LEADER

    Ty Gibbs

    54|

  • #2 | 1.726

    Austin Cindric

    #2

    1.726

    Austin Cindric

    22|

  • #3 | 4.861

    Daniel Hemric

    #3

    4.861

    Daniel Hemric

    18|

Ty Gibbs holds on in double OT, wins in Xfinity Series debut at Daytona Road Course

Ty Gibbs turned in a historic NASCAR Xfinity Series debut Saturday night as the 18-year-old won in his first series start, holding off reigning champion Austin Cindric on the Daytona International Speedway Road Course.

Gibbs took the lead on a restart in double overtime and held off the field by a comfortable 1.726 seconds at the finish line, dropping to his knees to reflect after climbing out of his No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota — a car owned by his grandfather, NASCAR Hall of Famer Joe Gibbs.

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With his win in the Super Start Batteries 188 at Daytona Presented by O’Reilly, Gibbs becomes only the sixth driver to win in his first series start — matching a feat achieved by NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt in 1982 and most recently, Kurt Busch, 15 years ago.

Gibbs becomes the youngest driver to win a NASCAR Xfinity Series road course event. At 18 years, 4 months, 16 days, he breaks the record most recently held by Cindric (20 years old).

By most measures, it was an emotional victory after an intense, exciting race on the 14-turn, 3.61-mile road course. Cindric led the most laps (29 of the 56) but could not catch Gibbs in the end.

“I just cannot thank everybody right now, really this is like a dream come true for me, it‘s just awesome,” said an emotional Gibbs, who turned his first-ever laps in the car and made his first career live pit stop Saturday evening.

“I really didn‘t think I had it there,” he said of the intense racing at the end. “I fought back and we won.”

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Gibbs teammates Daniel Hemric and Brandon Jones finished third and fourth, followed by Jeb Burton and another member of the JGR family, Harrison Burton. Miguel Paludo, Brandon Brown, Justin Haley, and Jeremy Clements rounded out the top 10.

A victory for Cindric would have been his second in as many races in 2021 and he turned in an inspired drive back to the front to contend for the win. He and AJ Allmendinger — another road course racing star — collided while running first and second heading to the Stage 1 checkered flag. Allmendinger‘s car was badly damaged and he ran laps down the remainder of the race.

Cindric‘s No. 22 Team Penske Ford was damaged as well, but the team made repairs and Cindric went to work. He returned to the race after multiple pit stops in 33rd place, but still on the lead lap. His road racing skills and the team‘s strategy calls ultimately put him in position to contend for the win.

“Obviously I don‘t want to be racing to a stage that aggressively, I‘d love to see a replay and hopefully we can avoid something like that because obviously AJ and I were going to be fighting for a win later,” Cindric said. “I hated having that much damage to our PPG Ford Mustang that early. Just seemed like he was trying to block there, don‘t know if he knew I was there or not. Sucks it‘s over with and we salvaged a good finish. Congratulations to Ty.”

MORE: Cindric, Allmendinger clash in Stage 1

Gibbs’ grandfather, who owns the team, climbed down from the pit box and stood behind it to watch the final moments of the race. During a late-race pit stop, the teenager Ty was asking his team for peanut butter crackers. An hour later, he was hoisting the biggest trophy of his young career.

“I don‘t even know how to feel,” the younger Gibbs said. “This is really hard for me to explain. After my uncle [JGR President J.D. Gibbs] passed away, it‘s been hard for me. It‘s just a dream come true. I‘m just rambling. I‘m excited. Mixed emotions for sure. This is just awesome.”

Of his tight-knit family, Gibbs again wiped tears.

“The family is everything to me, they do so much for me,” said Gibbs, who also won Stage 2. “I just can‘t thank them enough, this is just amazing; this is a dream come true. It‘s all the man above, I‘m sorry I‘m a wreck. I didn‘t think this was going to happen at all. This is awesome, I can‘t thank everybody enough watching and last week I had a terrible interview. I want to apologize for everybody, I just can‘t thank everybody enough. This is just amazing.”

Following the second race of the season, Cindric holds the points lead by 24 markers over Joe Gibbs Racing’s Harrison Burton in second.

The Xfinity Series’ next race is the Contender Boats 250, scheduled next Saturday (4:30 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM) at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Notes: There were no issues in post-race inspection in the Xfinity Series garage at Daytona. … Hemric was forced to drop to the rear of the field for the start after his No. 18 JGR Toyota failed pre-race inspection three times. He had been scheduled to start fifth in the 40-car field.

Contributing: Staff reports