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MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Fans booed as Ty Gibbs stood atop his car and celebrated his Xfinity win at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday. They booed his team’s tout when it came out on the track after the race. Some even sang about how he gets his ride because he’s the grandson of car owner Joe Gibbs.

All that noise is just part of why NASCAR needs a driver like Ty Gibbs.

While you might not agree with the way he rode Brandon Jones at the end of Saturday’s race, or believe it, when Gibbs said he didn’t want to ruin his teammate, the 20-year-old creates moments on track that were seen got to.

The next could come on November 5th at Phoenix Raceway. So Gibbs could win the championship. Or how someone will repay him. Either way, it could be unforgettable.

Even if he wins the title, Gibbs won’t escape the silver spoon tag that fans levy on any driver who shares the same name as the team owner.

While Gibbs is arguably in some of the best gear in the Xfinity series, he’s still won 10 starts out of 50 (20%). All other drivers who have competed in a JGR Xfinity car since last year have won nine Xfinity races combined, including five by Kyle Busch.

That Gibbs wins more often in tackle will lead to more complaints about nepotism, but he doesn’t seem to care.

“There will always be people in life who will always hate,” he said. “You cannot listen to the gossip, and you cannot listen to the opinions or thoughts. I feel like I’m going out here and doing my job and racing to win. It’s part of life.”

Maybe fans wanted to see Gibbs apologize profusely for ruining Jones and ask for forgiveness on Saturday, but that’s not going to happen. Keep screaming if it makes you feel better.

Gibbs didn’t need to win Saturday’s race. Even if he had finished second, he would have entered the title race. But Jones had to win to progress. So why couldn’t Gibbs just let his teammate win this race?

It’s a question Jones had.

“I understand you want to win the race and try,” Jones said. “I want to compete against the best. I wanna try to beat the best out here but man you gotta give me an opportunity and a chance. That’s not even a chance to race for a win. At least we could have been side by side.

“Second place, last place, that didn’t matter to us today. We had to win the race. … I would have liked to have had a chance to go up against him and try to stop him. For me, it’s fun, door-to-door racing and doing that, not just ruining someone.”

Gibbs said afterwards, “I definitely didn’t want to knock him out, but I definitely wanted to move him. I just crossed that line a little too many times, overstepped the line of his car grip on the track and sent him into a skid.”

While it’s easy to say that Gibbs should have let his teammate win, Gibbs is focused on winning. Until someone teaches him a lesson – either on or off the track – Gibbs will race like this. Maybe next time he’ll be more careful how he hits a leading car cornering at Martinsville or some other track. Then again maybe not.

When asked what he might say to Jones if their paths cross this week, Gibbs said: “We’re racing for wins and I was moved. I didn’t want to ruin him to be honest, but I definitely wanted to get him out of the groove so I could get the win and get a watch. I feel like we got sidetracked by them in the spring and got lost and got a whole bunch of stuff in.

In the spring race, Jones knocked on the left rear of Gibbs’ car on the final restart and moved it up the track, allowing Jones to get in on the inside as they raced for the lead. On the final lap, Jones slipped under Gibbs without touching it and won the race. Gibbs collapsed after contact with Sam Mayer and fought Mayer in the pit lane after the race.

Any talk between Gibbs and Jones this week might not go down too well.

“I wasn’t expecting to fall in (turn) 1, that’s for sure,” Jones said. “Me and Ty have always been good friends. Lost all respect today. I know a lot of guys are into him in the pit lane.”

Gibbs has been causing a lot of excitement in the Xfinity series since winning and stealing some feathers on his series debut in February 2021 on the Daytona street circuit.

Don’t you like how he drives? This is professional sport. It’s about winning. When someone doesn’t win the right way, they are taught a lesson. If nobody is willing to give it to them, there is no reason to complain. As simple as that.

On Saturday, the driver who was set to replace Busch in the No. 18 Cup car at Joe Gibbs Racing next season clinched victory. The boos will fade. The chimes of this grandfather clock Gibbs won will drown out the boos in his house.

“We came here to take the win and the transfer (to the title race) and that’s what we did,” he said. “We have accomplished our mission.”

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