ELKHART LAKE, Wis. ( Associated Press) – Ty Gibbs overtook NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Larson on the final lap of overtime on Saturday at Road America for his fourth Xfinity Series win of the season.
race featured a major debris Which affected almost a third of the 38-car sector.
Larson, competing in an Xfinity Series event for the first time since 2018, produced a late warning flag overtime due to Cole Custer’s brake failure.
The 19-year-old Gibbs, the grandson of team owner Joe Gibbs, chased Larsen for an overtime session, passed him early on the last lap and remained in front of the rest of the way for his third career road-course victory. Gibbs’ victory margin was 0.858 seconds.
“That’s awesome,” Gibbs said. “I can’t believe it. It’s amazing.”
In order to gain more experience in Road America, Larsen decided to enter the Xfinity event. He won the first two stages and was ahead for most of the race but could not maintain the lead in that final lap.
“He did a great job in the execution, and I didn’t,” Larsen said.
Josh Berry was third, Austin Hill fourth and Brandon Jones fifth.
The race was on lap 25 of its 45 when contact between Noah Gregson and Rishi Karam started a wreck involving 13 cars.
Gragson and Karam had already made contact twice before the right side of Gragson’s car hit the left side of Karma’s vehicle, setting off a chain of events that turned the field.
His Chevrolet eventually ended up sideways on the track as some cars managed to outsmart him, while others were involved in several collisions amid a huge cloud of smoke. Both Landon Cassill and Might Snyder’s Chevys spun on the track at one point. Brandon Brown had a major collision with Tyler Reddick.
“9 (Gragson) literally ran into me in a straight line,” Karam said on the radio after the accident. “He just barely turned into me. What an idiot, man.”
Karam later had more to say about Gregson.
“It’s ridiculous,” Karam said. “I think he tried to take the substitute or whatever into his own hands. You can’t be that hot when you’re running Race Care. Unfortunately, he let his emotions take over today. I put that into his hands.” Seen. He walks around like he’s the big guy on campus and everything he does, and he does that. Not a good role model.”
Gregson cited events from Saturday and the past when Karam began contacting her.
“I take responsibility and hate him for those guys, but we’re here fighting to race a championship,” Gregson said. “I’m getting really run over.”
Brandon Brown slowly exited his car and was down for a few minutes before lifting himself up to receive treatment after the wreck. He was treated at the Infield Care Center and released along with Brett Moffitt, Cassill, Snyder, Karam and Reddick.
“I couldn’t really see anything until I saw 48 of him plowing,” Brown said. “Just a real gut check. I lost my breath.”