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Ty Gibbs believes he is “undoubtedly shut” to first Cup win

Ty Gibbs has shown no signs of a “sophomore slump” in his NASCAR Cup career and in fact looks closer than ever to earning his first win, perhaps even this weekend at Charlotte. Gibbs, the 21-year-old grandson of Joe Gibbs Racing owner Joe Gibbs, burst onto the NASCAR scene with great fanfare – winning in

Ty Gibbs believes he is “undoubtedly shut” to first Cup win

Ty Gibbs has proven no indicators of a “sophomore hunch” in his NASCAR Cup profession and actually seems nearer than ever to incomes his first win, even perhaps this weekend at Charlotte.

Gibbs, the 21-year-old grandson of Joe Gibbs Racing proprietor Joe Gibbs, burst onto the NASCAR scene with nice fanfare – profitable in his Xfinity Collection debut race in 2021 and following that up with seven wins and a championship in 2022.

His first full-time Cup season final yr wasn’t fairly as flashy, however nonetheless stable for a rookie. He completed 18th within the collection standings behind 4 top-five and 10 top-10 finishes.

Heading into this weekend’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Gibbs and his No. 54 Toyota crew are far forward of the place he was a yr go and inching ever near that inaugural collection win.

Ty Gibbs, Joe Gibbs Racing, Monster Energy Toyota Camry.

Ty Gibbs, Joe Gibbs Racing, Monster Vitality Toyota Camry.

Photograph by: Danny Hansen / NKP / Motorsport Images

“I feel it’s nearly extra expertise,” Gibbs mentioned of his enchancment from final season. “My crew has extra expertise with this (new Toyota) and with me and the way I like my automobile set-ups for this Subsequent Gen automobile. I feel they’ve accomplished an excellent job and it’s slowly getting higher.

“I feel we undoubtedly have been extra in competition this yr after which I really feel like I’m undoubtedly near profitable, for certain. That’s the largest factor, is the expertise.”

Gibbs’ crew chief, Chris Gayle, agrees.

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“I feel perhaps Ty is a bit more relaxed simply because he simply is aware of the routine and has bought a full yr with us below his belt, so there’s a familiarity,” he mentioned. “There’s a bit bit extra confidence in realizing he can do it, and I feel that builds on itself from this yr, proper?

“Like we each time we go run second or third or knock on the door proper there. He’s like, ‘OK, I belong right here. I do know I can do that.’ We simply bought to execute, you already know?”

Via 13 races, Gibbs has already matched his top-five finishes from all final season and has seven top-10 finishes. He’s additionally led 235 laps up to now – greater than twice as many from final season (112).

Heading to Sunday evening’s race, Gibbs is seventh within the collection standings, 96 behind chief Kyle Larson. That places him in prime place for a playoff berth no matter a win, however the victory continues to be the primary goal.

Previous to final weekend’s All-Star Race weekend, Gayle mentioned he and the No. 54 crew did a bit “self-evaluation” of the primary a part of their season and got here away very happy.

“We have been we have been proper on tempo to some requirements we set at first of the season,” Gayle mentioned. “We appeared on the different three JGR automobiles (Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr. and Christopher Bell) and in contrast the place are these guys actually working.

“These are guys with extra expertise, however they’re the place we all know we need to be. You already know, we have to get to 75 or 80-percent of the place they’re in 12 months 2.”

Closing in on first Cup win

Gayle mentioned Gibbs and the No. 54 have been on tempo to match or exceed practically all of the requirements they set for themselves exterior of a few exceptions.

“We haven’t bought the win but, proper? And there’s nonetheless 12 extra races to do this (within the common season),” Gayle mentioned. “We haven’t bought a pole regardless that we’ve began second twice.

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“Then there have been some markers with just a few driver stuff that he’s doing, like on pit street, like rolling instances and issues like that have been just a bit off. In any other case, I’d say it’s going to plan, so we’ll see.”

Requested if he felt Charlotte was a very good alternative to select up his first win, Gibbs mentioned, “I feel our crew is doing an excellent job. We’re slowly getting higher and I’m getting higher, as nicely.

“We’re going to give it our greatest shot.

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