NASCAR Xfinity Series race final stage at Richmond, on Saturday saw Joe Gibbs Racing teammates John Hunter Nemechek and Ty Gibbs engaged in a ruthless battle for the win.
Ty Gibbs bumped his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate John Hunter Nemechek for the lead on the final lap in the ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond Raceway to earn his third Xfinity Series race victory of the season just by .116-seconds.
From Nemechek postrace media interview he’s was clearly not happy about what happened on the last lap.
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“I was fine with getting run into, getting my back bumper beat off, hit in the left rear or whatever, moved out of the way, packing air, that’s just racing, that’s hard racing, short track racing,” Nemechek told FOX Sports’ Bob Pockrass.
“When you flat out miss a corner and pretty much drive through someone, I wouldn’t call that racing.”
It was a bump from teammate Gibbs to Nemechek exiting turn 2 on the final lap, that allowed the No. 54 to get alongside the No. 18, which enabled Gibbs to make the move to take home the win.
“I definitely deserve one back,” Gibbs told Jamie Little in a post-race interview. “We’re racing for wins and they’re hard to come by, so you know, I had to take it. We were just fighting tight all day, just couldn’t hold the bottom, John Hunter [Nemechek] was a little faster and we had a great race.”
“Just got in there deep and had to bump him out of the way up the track,” Gibbs said. “We’re just short track racing, but thank you to Monster Energy, what a great car, this is awesome for Toyota, cool to get our third win, so hopefully we can keep it rolling.”