After winning the Kansas Lottery 300 earlier in the day for kicks, Ty Gibbs just needed to do the bare minimum to seal the deal for the 2021 ARCA Menards Series Championship.
Gibbs, the 19-year-old from Huntersville, North Carolina, entered the final race of the season with a 34-point edge in the standings over second-place Corey Heim. That lead grew to 35 points when Gibbs qualified on the General Tire Pole on Saturday ahead of the Reese’s 150, his 11th General Tire Pole Award of the season.
With the car count at 25, all he needed to do was start the race to take the championship. He did just that and now is the 2021 ARCA Menards Series Champion.
Gibbs had 10 wins in 2021 entering the season-finale including victories at Phoenix Raceway, Kansas, Toledo Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Iowa Speedway, Winchester Speedway, Michigan International Speedway, the Milwaukee Mile and Bristol Motor Speedway.
Before todays race, he also has 18 top-five finishes in 19 races, with his only finish outside the top five being his 27th-place run at Talladega Superspeedway after a crash.
Congrats to Ty Gibbs on the first of many coming his way!
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