At a track like Talladega Superspeedway, the General Tire 200 was supposed to be unpredictable. ARCA Menards Series points leader Corey Heim said it himself: Even after he won the 2021 season-opener at Daytona International Speedway, Saturday’s race at another superspeedway that produces pack racing was a potential pitfall in his championship push.
The wait is over. More than a month has passed since Ty Gibbs took the checkered flag at Phoenix Raceway in the second ARCA Menards Series race of the 2021 season. The third race, Saturday’s General Tire 200 at Talladega Superspeedway, has arrived.
Ty Gibbs’ father is not much of a talker. Coy Gibbs, the son of NASCAR and Pro Football Hall of Famer Joe Gibbs and the owner of his son Ty’s car in the ARCA Menards Series, generally keeps news to himself until he feels the time for its disclosure arrives. So yes, Ty Gibbs was caught off guard in December when his dad turned a simple television-viewing session into a moment that would change the 18-year-old’s career trajectory as a race car driver.
AVONDALE, Ariz. – Only two challengers had chances to stop Ty Gibbs from winning Friday’s General Tire 150 at Phoenix Raceway in the closing laps. One was Corey Heim. The other was rain, as sprinkles began to fall on the one-mile paved tri-oval in Avondale, Arizona, as the field prepared for the final restart.
The speed Venturini Motorsports cars displayed Saturday in the Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire was no surprise, especially after a pair of them qualified on the front row for the 2021 ARCA Menards Series season-opener at Daytona International Speedway. The surprise came in the way two of the four VMS cars in the race dropped out of contention.