‘Worst saved secret’ lastly confirmed for 2022

Simply occasions earlier than the start of the 2022 NASCAR 12 months, the “worst saved secret” of silly season has lastly been verified.

For the earlier many months of the 2021 NASCAR interval and through fairly considerably the whole offseason, it was thought that Ty Gibbs would develop to be a complete-time driver for Joe Gibbs Racing within the Xfinity Sequence.

Gibbs competed part-time for his grandfather’s staff powering the wheel of the “star automotive”, the #54 Toyota, in 2021, and accomplished in thirteenth put within the championship standings.

He completed optimum amongst all non-playoff motorists, regardless of the truth that he skipped 15 of the 33 races on the plan, and skilled he been championship certified, he would have been not solely a playoff driver however a title contender.

Gibbs acquired in his sequence debut on the Daytona Worldwide Speedway freeway examine course. He completed up happening to earn three much more races in the middle of the interval.

Within the meantime, Joe Gibbs Racing’s three whole-time drivers mixed to win only a single race in 99 begins  Gibbs quadrupled that total in fewer than one-fifth the collection of begins.

All alerts have lengthy pointed to Gibbs, who gained the 2021 ARCA Menard Assortment championship with 10 wins in 20 races, beginning to be a whole-time Xfinity Collection driver in 2022, nevertheless there was by no means ever a official affirmation.

The one one of many staff’s a couple of complete-time motorists set to return in 2022 is Brandon Jones powering the wheel of the #19 Toyota. 2021 winner Daniel Hemric has vacated the #18 Toyota for Kaulig Racing to swap the Cup Assortment-sure Justin Haley guiding the wheel of the #11 Chevrolet, and Harrison Burton has vacated the #20 Toyota to shift to the Cup Sequence with Wooden Brothers Racing to vary Matt DiBenedetto driving the wheel of the #21 Ford.

However now that formal affirmation has arrived, and Gibbs is formally established to pilot the #54 Toyota in the middle of the 33-race 2022 season.

Listed here’s what the 19-yr-old Charlotte, North Carolina indigenous needed to say in a workforce launch.

“I’m thrilled to get happening the 2022 time. Chris Gayle and the crew fellas from the 54 have been nice previous 12 months and hopefully we will have even much more achievements this yr. Of system, I simply can’t thank each particular person at Toyota and TRD greater than sufficient for all their assist as correctly. I’m simply all set to get going within the No. 54 Toyota GR Supra.”

Established to supply because the crew chief for Gibbs and the #54 workforce is Chris Gayle. Gayle was Gibbs’s crew chief for his 18 Xfinity Collection begins previous calendar 12 months after returning to the gathering subsequent a four-12 months run within the Cup Assortment with Erik Jones.

In the meantime, Joe Gibbs Racing’s “star automotive” is ready to be the #18 Toyota in 2022. The one confirmed drivers for that vehicle so considerably are Trevor Bayne for seven races and Drew Greenback for 4. Joe Gibbs Racing actually would not have any designs to run the #20 Toyota in 2022.

The 2022 time is scheduled to get underway this Saturday, February 19 with the Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. 300 at Daytona International Speedway. The race is established to be broadcast dwell on Fox Sports activities 1 beginning at 5:00 p.m. ET.