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Ty Gibbs Driving No. 54 in Cup Series in 2023

Ty Gibbs will move to the NASCAR Cup Series in 2023 with Joe Gibbs Racing, JGR announced Nov. 15.

Gibbs will drive the No. 54, his number he used in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2021 and 2022.

Chris Gayle is set to work with Gibbs as his crew chief.

The No. 54 for Gibbs replaces the No. 18, long the organization’s flagship number and team and most recently piloted by the since-departed Kyle Busch. According to JGR, it plans to use the number again in the future.

Sponsorship for Gibbs’ effort has not yet been announced.

See also
Xfinity Breakdown: Ty Gibbs — For Better or for Worse — Wins it All

Gibbs is the defending Xfinity champion, scoring seven wins, 16 top fives and 23 top 10s en route to the title.

He also made his Cup debut in 2022 while filling in for the injured Kurt Busch at 23XI Racing. In 15 starts, he earned one top 10.

Gibbs’ replacement in the Xfinity Series is not yet known, nor is JGR’s lineup in the series as a whole for 2023.

Gibbs joins a JGR Cup roster that also includes Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr. and Christopher Bell.

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If the 54 is a Reverend Joe car, which we all know it is, is the 23 Hamlin’s only car now?

Kevin in SoCal

He still has the 45 with Tyler Reddick.

Tom B

Ty Gibbs appears to be a talented, winning race car driver from the series he has completed. He also appears to be a race car driver you love to hate. The former done through hard work and talent, the later through instinct, try doing the opposite of your instinct.

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