Gibbs throws trash at Kansas ARCA field
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Ty Gibbs entered Saturday’s Dutch Boy 150 at Kansas Speedway in the hopes of proving his 27th place finish at Talladega Superspeedway the previous week was an anomaly when it came to his speed.
He couldn’t have done more to prove it.
Driving the # 18 Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing, 18-year-old Gibbs started the fourth race of the ARCA Menards Series season at the General Tire pole and led every lap of the race en route to his second victory in the year.
Gibbs dedicated his victory over the 1.5-mile oval in Kansas City, Kansas on Saturday to a childhood hero, the late Ayrton Senna, who won the Formula 1 World Championships in 1988, 1990 and 1991. Senna died at age 34 on May 1, 1994, eight years before Gibbs was born.
“It’s been 27 years since we lost, I feel like, the best ever: Ayrton Senna,” Gibbs said after performing another epic victory burnout. “It was for him and all his fans. And I mean, man above, I really feel like I’ve changed my life in the last couple of weeks. I’m really focused on what’s right, not what’s wrong.
Gibbs won the General Tire Pole Award on Saturday morning in Kansas with a lap time that was almost half a second and three mph faster than second-place qualifier Bret Holmes.
The sign that Gibbs would be the class of the champ in Kansas turned into reality.
With the exception of a few restarts, when Drew Dollar was able to challenge Gibbs on the inside at the green flag drop and into the first corner, no one was able to run with the 18.
Dollar was second after running in that position most of the day. He now has four top 10 finishes in the first four races of the ARCA Menards series of the season, his second in Kansas matching his best of the season (Daytona).
“I think this Sunbelt Camry was the best I have ever had at a mile and a half (track),” Dollar said. “Unfortunately, not enough to get the 18th. It was tough enough. … He shot very well, managed to take the lead (in) a few laps and take a good gap.
“I feel like we were able to gain 7-10 laps after a race and then a long race, once we started to get into the traffic we would just go tight. And I think his car looked like it was still turning.
Heim Venturini Motorsports teammate Corey Heim finished third in Kansas on Saturday despite losing a lap in a competition warning at the halfway point. Heim, the ARCA Menards series points leader who won both the season opener at Daytona and last week’s race at Talladega, got the pass in a warning with some more 30 laps to go.
Heim then pushed his way through the field to save his third place finish.
“Just adversity,” Heim said. “We pulled too loosely. I tried a few things on the right front, but it didn’t work out very well. We had this penalty – I don’t know if that would have changed the outcome of the race too much.
Jack Wood and Derek Griffith were fourth and fifth in Kansas, respectively.
Bret Holmes, who joined Gibbs in the front row to start Saturday’s race and had high hopes for the afternoon after winning in Kansas last summer, went on a rampage and crashed at the first round. Scott Melton was also involved in the crash.
Jack Wood, Drew Dollar, Corey Heim, Jack Wood, Derek Griffith, Thad Moffitt, Greg Van Alst, Kyle Sieg, Nick Sanchez, Alex Clubb, DL Wilson, Toni Breidinger, Justin S. Carroll, Eric Caudell, Jason Miles, Brad Smith , Dick Doheny, Owen Smith, Bret Holmes, Scott Melton.