The ARCA Menards Series took on Iowa Speedway Saturday night (July 24) and Ty Gibbs won the Shore Lunch 150.
Gibbs led the majority of laps from the pole with his grandfather Joe Gibbs in attendance.
It was the second consecutive win at Iowa for the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing driver and the first time someone won more than one ARCA race there.
“I feel like you’re almost a painter here, you’re just working the brush here on a canvas, an open canvas,” Ty Gibbs told the MAVTV broadcast after the race. “There’s so much room to work with. It’s a Phoenix (Raceway), it’s an Atlanta Motor Speedway, there’s so many places to go the top, the bottom, you get everywhere. And all the little bumps, so much characteristics to this place. Really well done racetrack. I can’t thank Toyota enough and TRD for everything they do for my race team and for me, they help me out so much.”
It’s his sixth victory of 2021 and 14th of his career. This race was also the first of three combination races with the ARCA Menards Series East. As a result, it is his second East victory and fourth of his career.
.@TyGibbs_ does it again
Make that SIX wins in the ARCA Menards Series this season
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Berlin Raceway winner Daniel Dye recovered from an early pit stop to end second. Taylor Gray finished third and snagged his third top-five finish in only four starts this year.
Corey Heim, who was the points leader coming into this event, finished fourth after Venturini Motorsports made changes to all three cars prior to the race. ARCA rookie Nick Sanchez came home fifth, his sixth top five of the season.
There were several incidents that brought out the yellow flag throughout the event, including on lap 2 when Mason Diaz got loose and spun around. Daniel Dye was called to pit road during this caution to make sure everything was OK under the hood. Though he restarted in the back, he quickly worked his way up through the field.
A couple more cautions came within the next 30 laps, more notably one for ARCA East regular Joey Iest who spun and crashed hard into the outside wall. He was out of the car and done for the night.
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Connor Jones’ No. 42 car also got into the wall.
Right after the restart, Sammy Smith smacked the wall but was able to limp the No. 81 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota into the garage. Smith was leading the East Series points coming into this race. He later returned back to the track after the scheduled break on lap 50, but encountered more trouble and took it back behind the wall.
After another caution, Smith came out of the garage once again, about 32 laps down in 18th. He eventually retired in the closing laps.
Meanwhile, Gibbs held strong on each restart to maintain the lead for most of the 150-lap race and stayed there to take his sixth victory of the season.
The sixth race of the Sioux Chief Showdown and 12th of the ARCA season comes next Saturday, July 31 at Winchester Speedway. Coverage will begin at 8 p.m. ET on MAVTV and TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold.
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