Coy Gibbs, whose father was in the NFL and NASCAR Halls of Fame, was the vice chairman of Joe Gibbs Racing. He died early Sunday morning, just a few hours after his son won the Xfinity Series championship on Saturday. He was 49.
Tay Gibbs will not be at the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series Finals in Phoenix because he has a family emergency.
Gibbs, who is 20, drove for his grandfather’s Joe Gibbs racing team on Saturday and came in second place in the Xfinity Series. He drove in the Cup Series for 23XI Racing in place of Kurt Busch, who got a concussion at Pocono this summer and missed the rest of the season.
Tajgibbs didn’t drive today because there was an emergency in his family. Who will drive the car is still up in the air.
Daniel Hemric, who used to drive for Joe Gibbs Racing in the Xfinity Series, could take over for Gibbs in the No. 23 car on Sunday.
On Saturday night, Gibbs won the Xfinity Championship by beating three JR Motorsports drivers in a winner-takes-all race. Gibbs won the championship a week after beating teammate Brandon Jones in Martinsville to take first place.
After Martinsville sent teammates away, the crowd booed Gibbs. If Jones wins the race, two of the four drivers from JGR will be in the running on Saturday. Instead, Gibbs, the only title contender on the team, spent a week saying sorry for what he did, even though he didn’t seem sorry at first when he bumped into Jones.
Most people think that Gibbs will take over JGR’s No. 18 car in 2023 when Kyle Busch leaves. Gibbs has won 11 races in the Xfinity Series and placed in the top 10 33 times in 51 races.