LONG POND, PA –– Ty Gibbs had the dominant piece on Friday evening, taking victory in the General Tire #ANYWHEREISPOSSIBLE 200 at Pocono Raceway.
Gibbs led 65 laps in the 80 lap show, and held off Chandler Smith and Sam Mayer, along with the rest of the 20 car field, to claim the checkers, his first win in his first start at the Tricky Triangle.
“I can’t describe the feeling,” Gibbs said on the post-race zoom conference. “I just love racing racecars so much, I work my butt off for this.”
It was Gibbs’ first win the in series in 2020 in only two starts, and the third win of his ARCA Menards Series career.
Michael Self started on the pole position, but early in the show, it looked like Chandler Smith could be the man to beat. Smith took the lead early in a three-wide battle with Self and Gibbs.
However, it didn’t take long for Gibbs to muscle back and take control.
The race was slowed five times during the course of the evening, twice for competition breaks. No live pit stops were completed throughout the race, due to personnel restrictions, so teams were allowed two breaks, approximately five minutes each, at laps 20 and 50, to service the car, change tires, add fuel, and make adjustments.
Gibbs led the field to the green on the final restart. Sam Mayer seemed to close in with about 15 laps to go, but Gibbs turned up the heat, and pulled away, winning by over two seconds.
“The young man out of Huntersville, North Carolina would not be denied.”
— ARCA Menards Series (@ARCA_Racing) June 27, 2020
The Friday night ARCA event kicked off the first of five races at Pocono Raceway on the weekend, this particular weekend including the first Pocono doubleheader for the NASCAR Cup Series.
On Saturday, the NASCAR Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series will race for 60 laps, and will be followed by the first of two NASCAR Cup Series races on the weekend.
Sunday will feature the NASCAR Xfinity Series before the second and final NASCAR Cup Series race.
No fans will be permitted to attend this weekend’s events due to COVID-19 restrictions in the state of Pennsylvania.
Columnist / Reporter / Photographer / Webmaster for TheRacingExperts.com