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Coy Gibbs, father of Xfinity Series champion Ty Gibbs, dies at 49

Coy Gibbs, father of Xfinity Series champion Ty Gibbs, dies at 49

AVONDALE, ARIZONA - NOVEMBER 05: Ty Gibbs, driver of the #54 Toyota Monster Energy, poses with his father, Coy Gibbs and mother, Heather Gibbs after winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship at Phoenix Raceway on November 5, 2022 in Avondale, Arizona.  (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)

AVONDALE, ARIZONA – NOVEMBER 05: Ty Gibbs, driver of the #54 Toyota Monster Energy, poses with his father, Coy Gibbs and mother, Heather Gibbs after winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship at Phoenix Raceway on November 5, 2022 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)

Coy Gibbs, father of Xfinity Series champion Ty Gibbs and son of NASCAR Cup Series team owner and former NFL coach Joe Gibbs, died Sunday. He was 49 years old.

The death of Coy Gibbs was announced shortly before Sunday’s Cup title race in Phoenix. Ty Gibbs won the Xfinity Series title on Saturday and was scheduled to compete in the Cup Series race on Sunday. He is not participating in Sunday’s Cup Series race and will be replaced by former Joe Gibbs Racing Xfinity Series driver Daniel Hemric.

Co-owner of Joe Gibbs Racing, Coy Gibbs was an integral part of the team, especially after the death of his brother JD in 2019. JD Gibbs died at the age of 49 from a degenerative neurological disease.

Coy Gibbs was in Phoenix and part of Ty’s championship celebration Saturday night. Joe Gibbs Racing driver Christopher Bell is one of four drivers competing for the Cup Series title on Sunday.

Before moving into the administrative side at Joe Gibbs Racing, Coy Gibbs drove for the team. He competed in 58 Truck Series races from 2000 to 2002 and also led the entire Xfinity Series season in 2003. He had six top-five finishes in the Truck Series and two top-10 finishes in 39 Xfinity Series starts.

Coy Gibbs was also part of the Washington Commanders coaching staff during Joe’s second stint at the helm of the franchise.

Ty Gibbs, 20, won the Xfinity title after beating three JR Motorsports drivers in a championship race that takes it all. Gibbs’ title came a week after he toppled teammate Brandon Jones for the win at Martinsville, and his father’s death is an incredibly tragic end to a tumultuous week that was ultimately to be one of the highlights of his career.

Ty was booed after leaving his teammate in Martinsville. Had Jones won the race, JGR would have had two of four drivers competing for the championship on Saturday. Instead, Gibbs was the team’s only title contender and spent the week apologizing for his actions after initially appearing unapologetic in the moments after punching Jones.

Ty is expected to take over the No. 18 car at JGR in place of Kyle Busch in 2023. Gibbs has 11 wins in 51 Xfinity Series starts and 33 top-10 finishes.



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