Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Ty Gibbs and Brandon Jones shared time at the front of the field in Friday night’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the half-mile Martinsville Speedway, but Jones would take the checkered flag in an eventful final lap. Jones picks up his first win of 2022 and secures a spot in this year’s Playoffs for his Menards GR Supra.
Toyota Racing Post-Race Recap
NASCAR Xfinity Series
Race 8 of 33 – 131.5 miles, 250 laps
TOYOTA FINISHING POSITIONS
1st, BRANDON JONES
2nd, Landon Cassill*
3rd, AJ Allmendinger*
4th, Austin Hill*
5th, Sam Mayer*
7th, RYAN TRUEX
8th, TY GIBBS
21st, DEREK GRIFFITH
31st, JJ YELEY
BRANDON JONES, No. 19 Menards/Lyons Toyota GR Supra, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 1st
What does it mean to battle your teammate for the win here at Martinsville?
“What a day. I can’t say that we could have called it any better. We made the call to stay out for stage points and drove the thing all the way from the back to the front. We had older tires than all of the guys at the end. Have to thank Lyons, Menards – our GR Supra was certainly as fast as Xfinity internet is. This is a driver’s race track here. I’ve won at a lot of different places now, but this is one that you really have to get after it. Ty (Gibbs) ran a really hard racee. He cleared me really early there in stage three and he had a strong GR Supra as well. It was fun to beat him. He’s hot right now and tough to beat. This was a good one.”
How were you able to battle in the closing laps with older tires?
“I think that one, they didn’t fall off maybe as much as some people thought and two, we just knew how to use our tools and we have a lot of different things to tune with. I don’t know, couldn’t have played it out any better and just really happy with the way it ended.”
Do you have a place for that Grandfather clock?
“I do, I have an awesome barn I just bought and I know right where it’s going to go.”
TY GIBBS, No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota GR Supra, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 8th
What happened between you and Sam Mayer after the race was over?
“I tried to talk to him (Sam Mayer) and then he got up in my face and at that point you have to start fighting. We got put in a bad position there and the only thing I’m mad about is that the 1 (Mayer) didn’t have anything or wasn’t going to get past the 16 (AJ Allmendinger) there and then I got hit in the left rear. It’s just frustrating and I got drove in the fence again, but I was on the other side of it last week. It’s just part of it.”
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