Ty Gibbs wrecked his teammate Brandon Jones for the lead in the third overtime of Saturday’s evening Xfinity Series race in a suspicious win that had NASCAR fans booing Gibbs.
Gibbs victory also knocked out Brandon Jones from the 2022 NASCAR Xfinity Series playoffs.
Brandon Jones, who’s set to join Dale Earnhardt Jr. (JRM) at the end of this current season, found himself in a must-win situation. when he took the lead heading into the final restart with two laps remaining.
Gibbs, who had already ensured a Championship 4 entry, was running behind his teammate made a dirty move on Jones to wrecked him and take the lead.
The 20-Y-O grandson of team owner Joe Gibbs went to victory lane, fans shouted in unison “thank you, Grandpa,” to tarnish the celebration.
Ty Gibbs insisted in his post-race interview that his move were clean.
He said, “It was definitely not a clean move. I definitely didn’t want to wreck him, but I definitely wanted to move him out of the groove so I could win. I felt like we lost the spring race getting moved by him,”.
Gibbs added: “Jesus was hated first and among all the people. That’s a part of it, I feel, just silencing out the crowd,”.
Brandon Jones and other drivers were very critical of the young driver’ tactic, and Berry hinted after the race that Jones might be a JR Motorsports teammate of sorts in the Phoenix finale. Berry, Gragson and Allgaier drive for JR Motorsports, and Jones is going JRM next season.