Ty Gibbs wrecked teammate Brandon Jones for the Martinsville win; Joe Gibbs comments
Last week, Ty Gibbs and Brandon Jones traded several bumpers in the closing laps of the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Martinsville Speedway. On the final lap, Gibbs shoved Jones hard enough to crumple his front bumper and send Jones backwards into the outside wall.
Hear from NASCAR team owner Joe Gibbs on the incident with Ty Gibbs below.
Gibbs went on to grab the win as the race finished under caution. Jones limped back to the pit lane, Gibbs lit up the front stretch with a tone-deaf burnout celebration.
The move was widely frowned upon. Fans vigorously booed Gibbs throughout his post-race celebrations. Even chanting, “Thank you grandpa.”
For context, Joe Gibbs is the owner of the team. Ty Gibbs is his grandson.
Brandon Jones is a teammate to Ty Gibbs, for one more race. Jones will make the move to JR Motorsports in 2023. Though, some might argue that will actually start this weekend.
Before the Martinsville win, Gibbs was already locked into the championship race at Phoenix. Jones needed a win to grab a spot into the championship race. Now, Gibbs will be the lone JGR car as competes for a championship against three JR Motorsports machines.
Ty Gibbs’ plans for the 2023 season have yet to be announced. The No. 18 seat in the NASCAR Cup Series also hasn’t been filled.
Joe Gibbs comments on his grandson’s move at Martinsville Speedway
“Yeah, I think what’s happened there is we’re working through all of that,” Joe Gibbs stated via Zoom.
“There’s a lot to it. We’re trying to — as a family and as a race team family, we’re trying to work through every single part of that. We’re still going through it because it isn’t easy, everything that happened.”
“We want to go about this the right way, and we are walking — I am, and our family is — with Ty as he walks through all of this.”
“I think that’s it.”
“All of us certainly wish that it had never happened. We think the world of Brandon and his dad, J.R., so we’re just kind of committed to, at this point, go through all of this and try and do it in the right way. That’s what I think we’re all focused on.”
“I think it’s probably hard for me to even say,” Joe said. “I think it is definitely different, and I think everybody out there that’s got kids and grandkids know the feelings, so that’s all part of it.
“Sometimes that’s not easy to kind of walk through all that, but I think it’s just something that we have to — as a family and as a race team family, we have to just walk through this and try and go about it in the right way.”