The 19-year-old won his fourth Xfinity Series race of the season as a primer to winning the ARCA Menards Series championship shortly after.
“To have four wins in the Xfinity Series is just so unbelievable,” Gibbs said after the victory.
“It’s mind-blowing,” Gibbs added. “To win four races my rookie year, it’s just unbelievable. Rookie of the year, I really wasn’t going for it, but it’s cool to have it on the resume.”
Gibbs was penalized for speeding on pit road with about 90 laps to go and was sent to the rear of the lead lap. He took the penalty in stride and coolly moved up to the front when it mattered most.
“I had to be calm, like James Bond,” Gibbs said. “Call me 007, no time to die. I feel like I’m very competitive and I really want to win. I put my all into it, and when I miss and strike out like that, it makes me very frustrated. I’m learning how to handle myself in that way, just like a gentleman should. I’ve got to be like James Bond. Calm and cool.”
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