By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The worst-kept secret in the NASCAR Cup Series has finally come true. It took longer than expected.
Ty Gibbs is headed to the NASCAR Cup Series next season. He will drive for Joe Gibbs Racing.
Gibbs will replace Kyle Busch next season with the team. He will drive for his grandfather Joe Gibbs.
Busch will start a new journey next season after spending 15 seasons with Job Gibbs Racing. He will drive for Richard Childress Racing next season and beyond following a free-agent deal.
Busch drove the No. 18 car for Joe Gibbs Racing throughout his career. This number will not be used by Joe Gibbs Racing next season.
But the team plans to use the No. 18 at a later date.
Gibbs will drive the No. 54 Toyota entry. He drove the No. 54 entry in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.
He won the NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship earlier this month. Gibbs won the Championship just hours before his father Coy passed away.
Gibbs was expected to drive in the season-finale at Phoenix Raceway. However, due to his father’s death, he stepped out of the car. He was replaced by Daniel Hemric.
The 20-year-old Gibbs won 11 NASCAR Xfinity Series races in 51 attempts since 2021.
Chris Gayle will serve as Gibbs’ crew chief. The two were together in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, as Gayle was his crew chief when they won the Championship this year.
Now the duo will move up to the NASCAR Cup Series together. Joe Gibbs Racing hopes that the duo will bring a top-tier championship to the team in the future.