As for Ty Gibbs, Thursday’s victory at Bristol was a big step for the 18-year-old in his own title quest. With two ARCA Menards Series races remaining (Salem Speedway on Oct. 2 and Kansas Speedway on Oct. 23), Gibbs has a 26-point lead over second-place Corey Heim in the championship standings.
“This is just awesome,” Gibbs said. “This really means a lot to have all my guys there, and to have my teammate, my close friend, to wrap up his championship. It’s just awesome. Great night for our organization.”
Gibbs’ 200 laps led at Bristol increased his season-long total to 1,438 through 18 ARCA Menards Series races, easily the most in the series. He led all of those laps Thursday in spite of many restarts following cautions.
The Bush’s Beans 200 also served as Round 9 of the 10-race Sioux Chief Showdown, a series within the ARCA Menards platform that allows East and West Series drivers a chance to compete with ARCA Menards Series regulars for a title on short tracks and road courses.
Gibbs extended his lead over Heim in that series, too, with one race (Salem) remaining.
Taylor Gray, Nick Sanchez and Heim finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively at Bristol.
Rajah Caruth, Jesse Love, Drew Dollar, Parker Chase and Conner Jones rounded out the top 10.
The ARCA Menards Series will return to action Saturday, Oct. 3, for the Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 at Indiana’s Salem Speedway. The 19th race of the ARCA Menards Series season will also serve as the Sioux Chief Showdown finale.
The Salem race will broadcast live on MAVTV Motorsports Network starting at 8 p.m. ET with a live stream available on NBC Sports Gold’s TrackPass.
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