Ty Gibbs wins the ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond

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When it comes to competition one could argue that this year’s NASCAR Xfinity Series field is more competitive than it ever has been before. Fans are getting an eye full of drivers both young and veteran alike who race hard and create some exciting racing week after week.

So when the Xfinity Series rolled into Richmond Raceway, the ¾ mile track known for its nail-biting short track racing, it should come as no surprise that there was no shortage of drama.

At the beginning of the race all eyes were on the four NASCAR Xfinity Series Dash 4 Cash drivers – last week’s winner at COTA A.J. Allmendinger, Austin Hill, Noah Gragson and Sam Mayer, all vying for the $100,000 bonus. Gragson certainly attracted attention early on, but ultimately faltered due to brake issues and a couple of pit road penalties.

As the race progressed it became obvious that it was going to be a head to head race between Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Ty Gibbs and John Hunter Nemechek, who started one-two. The two racers ultimately swapped the lead seven times. Ironically, Nemechek led the most laps with 135 to Gibbs’ 114. Josh Berry led one lap.

In the closing laps it became a door or door race between teammates Gibbs and Nemechek that ended with Ty doing the bump and run in the final lap to pass the No. 18 car. The win was Gibbs’ third win in seven Xfinity races this season.

Did Gibbs regret his last lap move on Nemechek? Yes and no. “I probably deserve to get bumped back for a win. I doored him, but we were fighting for win and these wins are hard to come by,” Gibbs said. “He could turn through the corners better. I was going to have to hit him anyway. If I had it to do over though, I wouldn’t have hit him as hard,” he added.

NASCAR Xfinity Series Dash 4 Cash went to 18-year-old Sam Mayer who finished third and was the highest finishing Dash for Cash driver. This was Mayer’s third Top 5 this season and qualifies him for next week’s Dash for Cash at Martinsville. A.J. Allmendinger finished in fourth, Austin Hill finished in 18th, and Noah Gragson finished in 21st.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series goes to Martinsville Speedway next Saturday for the Call 811 Before You Dig 250 night race where Ty Gibbs, A.J. Allmendinger and Riley Herbst are set to compete for the second installment of the Dash for Cash. The race begins at 7:30 p.m. and will broadcast on FS1.
Dash for Cash winner Sam Mayer pre-race
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Ty Gibbs wins the ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond Ty Gibbs wins the ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond Reviewed by Carol D'Agostino on Saturday, April 02, 2022 Rating: 5