Ty Gibbs turned in the historic debut of the NASCAR Xfinity series Saturday night as the 18-year-old won his first series run, delaying champ Austin Cendrick on the Daytona International Highway Track. Gibbs took the lead in restarting in double overtime and held out 1.726 seconds off the field at the finish line, falling to his knees to contemplate after climbing off Joe Gibbs Racing’s 54th Toyota, a car owned by his grandfather NASCAR Hall of Famer Joe Gibbs . By winning Super Start 188 batteries at Daytona introduced by O’Reilly, Gibbs became only the sixth driver to win his first series, comparable to the feat of the NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt in 1982 and, more recently, Kurt Bush 15 years earlier. Gibbs also became the youngest driver to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series road track event. At the age of 18 years, four months and 16 days, he broke the record that Cendrick (20) held. More: The start of the Trophy Road Series race lineup of course, by all accounts, was an emotional triumph after an intense and exciting race on a 14-lap, 3.61-mile road track. Cendrick topped the most laps – 29 out of 56 – but couldn’t catch up with Gibbs in the end. “I can’t thank everyone now, really, it’s like a dream come true for me, it’s amazing,” said the younger Gibbs, who made his first laps in the car and stopped on his first trip in his career on Saturday night. He said of the intense racing at the end: “I really didn’t think I had there.” You resisted and we won. Gibbs’ teammates Daniel Himrick and Brandon Jones finished third and fourth, followed by Jeb Burton and another of the JJR family, Harrison Burton. Miguel Paludo, Brandon Brown, Justin Haley and Jeremy Clements finished in the top ten, with Cindrick’s win being his second in many races in 2021, then back strong to the front to compete for a win. He and AJ Allmendinger – another road track racing star – collided during the first and second sprinting on their way to Stage 1 the checkered flag. The Allmendinger’s car was badly damaged and ran for long periods the rest of the race, Penske Ford’s # 22 team was also damaged, but the team made repairs and Cindric went to work. He returned to the race after multiple stops in 33rd place, but is still on the first lap. His road racing skills and team strategies ultimately put him in a competitive position to win. “Obviously I don’t want to race to a stage hard, I’d love to see a replay, and I hope we can avoid something like that because it’s clear that AJ and I were going to fight for the win later,” Cendrick said. So much damage to PPG Ford Mustang at the time. It looked like he was trying to prevent it, I don’t know if he knew I was there or not. It’s over, and we saved a good ending. Congratulations to Tay. “Joe Gibbs got down from the box. He stood behind him to watch the final moments of the race. Tai’s victory was clearly an emotional achievement for the whole family, during the late-race hiatus, the teenager asking his team for a peanut butter cookie. An hour later, he was lifting the biggest cup of his young career. He said, “I don’t even know how to feel.” “This is something difficult for me to explain. After my uncle [JGR president JD Gibbs] Died, it was hard for me. It’s just a dream come true. I’m just surfing. I’m excited. Mixed feelings for sure. that’s cool. “From his close-knit family, Gibbs wipes away tears again. He said,“ Family is everything to me, they do a lot for me. ”“ I just can’t thank them enough, that’s just amazing; This is a dream come true. All the guy above, I’m sorry, I’m a wreck, I didn’t think this would happen at all. That’s cool, I can’t thank everyone enough watching and last week I had a terrible interview. I want to apologize to everyone, I can’t thank everyone enough. that’s cool. Holly Kane writes for NASCAR Wire Service.