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Ty Gibbs scores emotional victory in Myrtle Beach Icebreaker

The grandson of Coach Gibbs gave his family a win when they needed one the most …

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The Gibbs family needed a lift and young Ty Randall Gibbs gave it to them.
In his first Late Model Stock race for Nelson Motorsports, the grandson of Coach Joe Gibbs and nephew of J.D. parked his No. 18 in victory lane on Saturday night in the Icebreaker at Myrtle Beach Speedway.

It was an emotional victory for Gibbs as his family is still mourning the passing of ‘Uncle JD’ last month. The funeral took place last week and the 16-year-old was able to honor him with a JGR level performance in the season-opening event for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

Per the Fourth Turn’s live report:

With just over 10 laps to go, Gibbs, who started the race in 12th, made his way around Will Burns to take over the lead. Burns had been extremely dominant throughout the afternoon, leading the most laps, but it was Gibbs who saved his tires for the end of the race. After surviving a late-race restart, Gibbs set sail to capture the victory.

Gibbs has won a handful of Late Model Stock races at Hickory when he drove for Greg Marlowe, but this one was special for obvious reasons, as made clear in the report.

“I have a great group of guys who did a great job today talking me through the race and everything,” Ty Gibbs told in victory lane after the race.  “It just means a lot to get this win.  This is for J.D. too.  He’s up there, he’s probably smiling too on some type of racetrack up there.  This means a lot.  I had a blast up there and my guys did a great job.”

Ryan Millington finished the race in second and defending track champion Justin Milliken completed the podium. Both Gibbs and Milliken drove Nelson powered cars in the event.

The 125-lap ordeal was a tire-management game with most drivers conserving their equipment for the first half.

Coach Gibbs was in attendance, and praised his grandson’s effort.

“When your grandson wins something like this, it’s a huge deal,” Joe Gibbs said. “I don’t think there’s any emotion any bigger in sports. I really appreciate everybody, Timothy’s (Peters) team and everybody here today. I just really appreciate them. The Lord has blessed us.”

The complete results from the Icebreaker can be found below.

  1. Ty Gibbs
  2. Ryan Millington
  3. Justin Milliken
  4. Bradley McCaskill
  5. Jacob Heafner
  6. Brody Pope
  7. Luke Sorrow
  8. Mike Darne
  9. Jason York
  10. Peyton Sellers
  11. Sam Yarbrough
  12. Corey Heim
  13. Layne Riggs
  14. Austin Somero
  15. Will Burns
  16. Bob Saville
  17. David Roberts
  18. Brian Vause
  19. Chris Throckmorton
  20. Cameron Bowen
  21. Dillon Houser
  22. Jerry Miracle
  23. Austin McDaniel
  24. Angela Ruch
  25. Matt Cox
  26. Jamie Weatherford
  27. Chad McCumbee
  28. Brian Mundy
  29. Justin Hicks
  30. Lucas Williams
  31. Ed Williams
  32. Melvin Langley
  33. Matthew Linker
  34. Stuart Ricks

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Matt Weaver is the owner and founder of Short Track Scene. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He is also the associate motorsports editor of Autoweek Magazine and its website, which allows him to cover the highest levels of the sport.

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