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Coy Gibbs, son of NASCAR and NFL Hall of Famer and father of Xfinity champ, dies at 49 Brad Keselowski goes winless but more focused on building RFK Racing Winners and losers at Phoenix Raceway Long: Cup title caps a special and bittersweet day for Joey Logano For Kyle Busch, an emotionally wrenching ending with Gibbs: ‘The hardest of it all’

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Avondale, Arizona. Coy Gibbs, son of NASCAR and NFL Hall of Famer Joe Gibbs, has died in his sleep. According to Joe Gibbs Racing release.

Coy Gibbs was 49 years old. He was vice chairman and chief operating officer of JGR and the father of Ty Gibbswho won the 2022 Xfinity Series championship on Saturday by winning the season finale at Phoenix Raceway hours before his father’s death.

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“It is with great sadness that Joe Gibbs Racing confirms that Coy Gibbs (co-owner) went to the Lord in his sleep last night,” the team said in a statement. “The family appreciates all thoughts and prayers and asks for privacy during this time.”

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Coy Gibbs has moved into a larger JGR leadership position since his older brother JD vacated the position of team president while battling a degenerative neurological disease. JD Gibbs died on January 11, 2019 at the age of 49.

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Coy Gibbs also founded and ran the Joe Gibbs Racing motocross team, which was the winner and contender for the Supercross championship.

“We are heartbroken by the tragic death of Coy Gibbs,” said NASCAR Chairman and CEO Jim France. “On behalf of the France family and all of NASCAR, my deepest condolences go out to Joe, Pat, Heather, the Gibbs family, and all of the Joe Gibbs Racing staff for the loss of Coy, a true friend and driver.”

Before becoming a race director, Coy Gibbs was a successful athlete in many sports. From 1991 to 1994 he played linebacker at Stanford University and then began a racing career.

After racing late-model NASCAR series in the late 1990s, he debuted in the Craftsman Truck Series in 2000 and raced at the track full-time from 2001 to 2002. In 58 truck starts, he finished in the top five six times.

After his debut in the Xfinity Series in 2002, he raced full-time for Joe Gibbs Racing in 2003. He retired from driving after the season to focus on his role in race management and the development of Ty’s growing career.

Ty Gibbs was scheduled to compete in Sunday’s Cup Series Final for 23XI Racing but was replaced by Daniel Hemrik.

During the NBC pre-race showanalyst Dale Jarrett, who won the 1993 Daytona 500 with Joe Gibbs Racing, said he was “stunned and devastated” by the news.

“For me, it’s family because of my association and the opportunities they gave me,” Jarrett said. “To get to know this family and see Coy come out of college football, try racing, do whatever it takes to be part of the family business. And take Ty with you and put him in a position of champion.

“If there is any consolation in thinking about it, yesterday he was able to see Tai win his championship. But my heart, my thoughts and prayers are to Joe, Pat, Ty and everyone in the Gibbs family.”

NBC NASCAR analyst Kyle Petty, who lost his son Adam in a 2000 plane crash, said he had many discussions with Joe Gibbs after JD Gibbs’ death.

“We are family in this sport these days,” Petty said. You hurt for this family. There are no words. This is his second son, and I was just crushed when I found out about it. This is the worst thing a parent can go through after losing a child. But Coy was loved and we can see so many positives. That’s what we have to look at, in any situation, you have to look at the positive side.

“Both Joe Gibbs and Pat are strong in their faith. That’s all you have is faith that you will see them again. They are in the best place. This breaks my heart. It really, really brings you back to that moment in your life again. And I know it brings him and Pat back to where they lost JD. This is the sadness that will fall on this place as more and more people come to know about it.”

Joe Gibbs founded his NASCAR Cup Series team in 1993, winning three Super Bowls as coach of the Washington Redskins. Joe Gibbs was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2020 after his fourth Cup Series championship.

Coy Gibbs is survived by his wife Heather and four children.

Avondale, Arizona – As Joey Logano Heading to his second cup championship on Sunday, the rider who paved the way for Logano in Team Penske saw his season go to waste. Literally.

The fire is over Brad Keselowskirace at Phoenix Raceway, which saw him finish in 35th place and end his first winless Cup season since 2010.

This year was to be a test for Keselowski after he left Team Penske where he won the cup, ran 34 races and convinced team owner Roger Penske to hire Logano in 2013 to be the owner/driver of RFK Racing this season.

Only 14 drivers in NASCAR history have had more consecutive seasons with at least one win than Keselowski’s 11, but the former champion said the day before the season finale that the streak’s ending would not be devastating. He had other priorities.

“If I can do what I want with this company – and we’re heading towards that – it won’t mean a damn thing to me,” Keselowski said of the strip. “Part of the risk in taking the opportunity and making the move that I made is giving up on some of those stats that are nice at the moment, but in 10 to 20 years I won’t remember or care.” about these things. .

“What I will remember and worry about is whether I was able to bring this company to where it was a year ago, to where I want it to be next year or so. That’s what will matter.”

Until Keselovsky won, teammate Chris Buescher This succeeded, giving the organization its first Cup win since 2017. Buescher achieved a career-high 10 top 10 finishes, including a play-off win at Bristol, but also failed to finish in six races. Keselowski finished in the top 10 six times and failed to finish in three races.

None of the riders made it into the top 20 in points. Buescher was 21st and Keselowski was 24th.

Keselowski was penalized 100 points in March after Atlanta for modifying a part from one source and was disqualified after a race in Martinsville last month because his car was under the minimum weight. The disqualification cost him 41 points. Without those two misses, Keselowski would have finished 19th in the drivers’ standings.

“I definitely didn’t get as far as I wanted to, but looking at the problem realistically, maybe somewhat on schedule,” Keselowski said.

“I think we have a lot of interesting things waiting for us in the off-season. … We have a lot of things we are doing to progress that have come in the last 6-12 months to understand where the company is and take the appropriate steps so that both racing teams can compete for wins.”

Keselowski said his first year as a Cup winner was a year of hard work.

“This is what it should be. It’s hard, he said. “And I appreciate this challenge.”

Keselowski was asked to compare the difficulties of owning a truck team that competed in the Cup in 2008-2017.

“It’s like (Truck Team problems), it’s just that there’s another zero on every check,” he said. “Things that cost 50,000 are worth 500,000; things that cost 500,000 are worth 5 million.

“Most expensive, but the same values ​​and principles hold true for how you treat your people. How do you develop your car. How do you interact with the company, team, sponsors and all stakeholders on a daily basis. So the basics are still the same, just a little more expensive and a little more competition.”

Take a look at the winners and losers of Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series final at Phoenix Raceway:

WINNERS

Joey Logano Logano rolled into Phoenix with fire in his eyes, seemingly determined to have a good race and win a second championship. He rode much better than “good”, leading 187 laps and winning the race and the title. Only 32, he could win a few more.

Ross Chastain – The best rider of the year could not finish the season with a big trophy, but took a solid third place in the race and second place in the final standings. Would his Martinsville move work in Phoenix on the last lap? We will never know.

Chase Briscoe Briscoe led 11 laps and spent most of the day running ahead of the championship contenders.

Daniel Hemrick Called in at the last minute to replace Ty Gibbs in a difficult situation, Chemrick did a good job avoiding trouble and finishing 17th on the lead lap.

LOSERS

Alex Bowman – Bowman’s comeback race after he was ruled out due to concussion symptoms failed. A late race crash left him 34th.

Brad Keselowski – A fire in the wheel well ended Keselowski’s day on lap 270.

Chase Elliott “It was a tough final day of racing for Elliott, who was considered by many to be the championship favorite in Phoenix. His hopes for the title effectively ended after contact with Ross Chastain.



Source: nascar.nbcsports.com

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