A great battle in the closing laps had fans on their feet and glad racing has returned to Watkins Glen. Gibbs traded the lead with AJ Allmendinger before taking it for good with just over two laps from the finish.
“It builds a fire in me and burns week after week when I don’t win,” Gibbs said. “But that’s what keeps me working hard during the week. Trying to compose yourself in front of the whole world at 17, 18, it’s hard for other kids my age to do it, Hopefully, I’m an example and a role model to kids that are younger than me that are coming up through the ranks and learn from me.”
"It was just wonderful. To win on a track that Graham Hill, Kyle Busch, you name it have won on – Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart – it's awesome," Gibbs said. "It's just super cool. It feels like it hasn't set in yet."
“My guys worked so hard,” Gibbs said. “I’m just at a loss for words. I just feel like being in these situations helps you. Those guys look so relaxed in those situations. Kind of just learning from them. This is just wonderful. I can’t believe it. It’s just a dream come true.”
"I’m graduated from high school, so all I do is race and try to be the best at what I do," said Gibbs, who turns 19 in October. "I really enjoy racing. None of it’s work. I love going to the gym and I love running sim and watching data. Watching data kind of gets boring every once in a while, but that’s part of life being a race-car driver. I feel like the man above has blessed me with tools to make myself the best I can be."
Allmendinger held onto second place, Austin Cindric finished third, Justin Allgaier fourth and Harrison Burton fifth.
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