Sunday, June 23, 2024

Ty Gibbs, Ty Majeski tie up lower series in Indy

It has been a good weekend so far for drivers named Ty in Indianapolis. On Friday, Ty Majeski dominated the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series playoff opener at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park. The following day, Ty Gibbs did the same in the Xfinity Series at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Majeski started second at IRP but took the lead from pole sitter Christian Eckes on lap 4. After Corey Heim took the lead shortly after a restart on lap 22 for Greg Van Alst‘s wreck, Majeski claimed the spot on lap 40 and never looked back. Van Alst’s retirement in his Truck début continues a dubious national series entry for the ARCA Daytona winner, havin galso finished last due to a crash in his maiden Xfinity race at Atlanta in June; on the bright side, he is racing for Young’s Motorsports for the rest of the Truck season and thus has plenty of chances to rebound.

At the front, Majeski led 179 of 200 laps and won both stages. Besides a strong way to begin the playoffs, Majeski also redeemed himself after a late tyre failure doomed him in the 2022 race. Fittingly, the race is sponsored by TSport, owned by Majeski’s team ThorSport Racing.

“We’re peaking at the right time. This is exactly when we peaked last year, and it looks like we’re trending in the same direction,” said Majeski. “Hopefully, this is just the start of our playoff run. We want to go and win Milwaukee, that’s my home race, go win Kansas. We’ve had great trucks at all those places. Milwaukee, we’re going back to for the first time, but Kansas, it’s been a good track for us. Bristol and Homestead we’ve won, and Phoenix we’re in the mix to the end. That’s the end goal.”

About a twenty-minute drive away, Gibbs and fellow Cup regular A.J. Allmendinger dominated the IMS road course as they combined to lead all but thirteen laps. Allmendinger won Stages #1 and #2 but Gibbs took the lead on the final restart, set up by a caution for Andre Castro, with seventeen laps remaining. The win is the reigning Xfinity champion’s seventh in the series and fourth on a road course.

The race was briefly stopped for lightning after just eight laps.

“It’s really cool,” said Gibbs. “I raced go-karts right down the street with a bunch of kids, some of them are in IndyCar now, we’re all adjusting to this level, so really special.”

Gibbs, Tyler Reddick, and Ty Dillon will hope to complete the weekend sweep for their name on Sunday in the Cup Series race.

Xfinity race results

Finish Start Number Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Status
1 2 19 Ty Gibbs* Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 62 Running
2 15 1 Sam Mayer JR Motorsports Chevrolet 62 Running
3 1 10 A.J. Allmendinger* Kaulig Racing Chevrolet 62 Running
4 4 21 Austin Hill Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 62 Running
5 13 7 Justin Allgaier JR Motorsports Chevrolet 62 Running
6 6 00 Cole Custer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 62 Running
7 12 48 Parker Kligerman Big Machine Racing Team Chevrolet 62 Running
8 9 2 Sheldon Creed Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 62 Running
9 21 26 Kaz Grala Sam Hunt Racing Toyota 62 Running
10 23 25 Brett Moffitt AM Racing Ford 62 Running
11 26 35 Alex Labbé Emerling-Gase Motorsports Toyota 62 Running
12 10 98 Riley Herbst Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 62 Running
13 8 20 John Hunter Nemechek Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 62 Running
14 3 8 Josh Berry JR Motorsports Chevrolet 62 Running
15 27 45 Sage Karam Alpha Prime Racing Chevrolet 62 Running
16 14 27 Jeb Burton Jordan Anderson Racing Chevrolet 62 Running
17 24 31 Parker Retzlaff Jordan Anderson Racing Chevrolet 62 Running
18 19 36 Josh Bilicki DGM Racing Chevrolet 62 Running
19 20 51 Jeremy Clements Jeremy Clements Racing Chevrolet 62 Running
20 29 4 Kyle Weatherman JD Motorsports Chevrolet 62 Running
21 25 9 Brandon Jones JR Motorsports Chevrolet 62 Running
22 22 88 Miguel Paludo JR Motorsports Chevrolet 62 Running
23 32 78 Anthony Alfredo B.J. McLeod Motorsports Chevrolet 62 Running
24 11 50 Preston Pardus Pardus Racing Chevrolet 62 Running
25 35 6 Brennan Poole JD Motorsports Chevrolet 62 Running
26 16 24 Connor Mosack Sam Hunt Racing Toyota 62 Running
27 5 11 Daniel Hemric Kaulig Racing Chevrolet 61 Running
28 17 18 Sammy Smith Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 61 Running
29 33 43 Ryan Ellis Alpha Prime Racing Chevrolet 61 Running
30 36 28 Kyle Sieg RSS Racing Ford 61 Running
31 38 02 Blaine Perkins Our Motorsports Chevrolet 60 Running
32 30 39 Ryan Sieg RSS Racing Ford 57 Suspension
33 34 92 Josh Williams DGM Racing Chevrolet 57 Running
34 18 16 Chandler Smith Kaulig Racing Chevrolet 56 Suspension
35 37 38 Joe Graf Jr. RSS Racing Ford 46 Axle
36 28 34 Andre Castro Jesse Iwuji Motorsports Chevrolet 39 Suspension
37 7 91 Ross Chastain* DGM Racing Chevrolet 38 Suspension
38 31 53 Brad Pérez Emerling-Gase Motorsports Chevrolet 24 Brakes
DNQ 08 Camden Murphy SS-Green Light Racing Ford
DNQ 44 Conor Daly* Alpha Prime Racing Chevrolet
DNQ 66 Will Rodgers* MBM Motorsports Toyota
DNQ 07 Colin Garrett* SS-Green Light Racing Chevrolet
Italics – Competing for Rookie of the Year
* – Ineligible for points

Truck race results

Finish Start Number Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Status
1 2 98 Ty Majeski ThorSport Racing Ford 200 Running
2 1 19 Christian Eckes McAnally-Hilgemann Racing Chevrolet 200 Running
3 12 7 Layne Riggs Spire Motorsports Chevrolet 200 Running
4 5 42 Carson Hocevar Niece Motorsports Chevrolet 200 Running
5 8 38 Zane Smith Front Row Motorsports Ford 200 Running
6 10 1 William Sawalich TRICON Garage Toyota 200 Running
7 4 24 Rajah Caruth GMS Racing Chevrolet 200 Running
8 3 11 Corey Heim TRICON Garage Toyota 200 Running
9 13 88 Matt Crafton ThorSport Racing Ford 200 Running
10 24 25 Matt DiBenedetto Rackley WAR Chevrolet 200 Running
11 9 2 Nick Sanchez Rev Racing Chevrolet 200 Running
12 6 23 Grant Enfinger GMS Racing Chevrolet 200 Running
13 7 35 Jake Garcia McAnally-Hilgemann Racing Chevrolet 200 Running
14 22 4 Chase Purdy Kyle Busch Motorsports Chevrolet 200 Running
15 19 15 Tanner Gray TRICON Garage Toyota 200 Running
16 21 99 Ben Rhodes ThorSport Racing Ford 200 Running
17 20 61 Jake Drew Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota 200 Running
18 23 51 Jack Wood^ Kyle Busch Motorsports Chevrolet 200 Running
19 28 41 Shane Van Gisbergen Niece Motorsports Chevrolet 199 Running
20 34 17 Taylor Gray TRICON Garage Toyota 199 Running
21 26 22 Logan Bearden AM Racing Ford 199 Running
22 15 43 Daniel Dye GMS Racing Chevrolet 199 Running
23 17 02 Matt Mills Young’s Motorsports Chevrolet 198 Running
24 36 45 Lawless Alan Niece Motorsports Chevrolet 198 Running
25 32 32 Bret Holmes Bret Holmes Racing Chevrolet 197 Running
26 30 56 Tyler Hill Hill Motorsports Toyota 197 Running
27 18 66 Conner Jones ThorSport Racing Ford 196 Running
28 29 04 Landen Lewis Roper Racing Ford 196 Running
29 33 30 Chris Hacker On Point Motorsports Toyota 195 Running
30 14 52 Stewart Friesen Halmar Friesen Racing Toyota 183 Running
31 25 13 Hailie Deegan ThorSport Racing Ford 140 Accident
32 11 5 Dean Thompson TRICON Garage Toyota 130 Accident
33 31 12 Spencer Boyd Young’s Motorsports Chevrolet 128 Accident
34 35 16 Tyler Ankrum Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota 127 Electrical
35 16 9 Colby Howard CR7 Motorsports Chevrolet 79 Suspension
36 27 20 Greg Van Alst Young’s Motorsports Chevrolet 14 Accident
DNQ 33 Josh Reaume Reaume Brothers Racing Ford
DNQ 44 Chad Chastain Niece Motorsports Chevrolet
DNQ 46 Armani Williams G2G Racing Toyota
Bold – Currently in playoffs
^ – Currently in owner playoffs
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