Should Ty Gibbs run in Cup full-time in 2023?

Ty Gibbs. Regardless of how you feel about him, one thing is for sure. The boy is an extremely talented runner. Take last Saturday (July 2) for example.

At Road America, Gibbs went out and beat defending NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Larson on a road course, proving that his talent is not only real, but versatile. He’s done whatever it takes to move up to the Cup Series, so we’re asking if it’s time for Joe Gibbs Racing to move Gibbs to the Cup Series in 2023.

Stephen Stumpf and Michael Nebbia debate.

wait until 2024

From the moment he won his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut, it was clear that Gibbs had the potential to be a Cup Series star.

He’s already racked up eight Xfinity wins in just 34 career starts, and he’s coming off a win at Road America, where he passed Larson on the final lap of overtime.

At just 19 years old, Gibbs already has an impressive list of accolades, but that shouldn’t be the reason to rush him to the Cup just yet.

For starters, Martin Truex Jr. returns for 2023. No. 19 was the most likely landing spot for Gibbs, but that ship has sailed. The rest of the Joe Gibbs Racing lineup should also return next year unless Kyle Busch can’t find a sponsor or the team decides to make a sudden driver change in the No. 20 car. For now, there’s no room for Gibbs. unless JGR loans it to another team.

Second, JGR should remember what happened after taking one of his old prospects to the Cup.

Hailed as the greatest thing since sliced ​​bread as a teenager, Joey Logano initially lived up to the hype by winning in his third Xfinity Series appearance. But after just one part-time season on the Xfinity Series in 2008, Logano was sent to the Cup in 2009 at age 19. While he had two wins in four seasons, Logano struggled to find his footing and failed to meet the lofty expectations that were set. He was out of JGR after 2012, only becoming a star in 2013 after a change of scenery at Team Penske.

The same story applies to Erik Jones.

He had two full seasons of experience in the Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series before moving on to Cup, also earning just two wins in his first four seasons. And like Logano, Jones was kicked out after the fourth year.

Perhaps the same story is unfolding today. Bell was also highly anticipated after winning a Truck title and 16 Xfinity races in a three-year span, but now it’s his third year in Cup and he’s earned a win. To his credit, Bell has been in the top 10 for most of the year; but he is still far from contending for wins on a consistent basis.

Given that JGR’s local talent has historically had hit or miss results after being promoted to Cup, JGR might be better off erring on the side of caution and giving Gibbs another season at Xfinity. Having Gibbs compete in the Cup Series at age 20 would be too soon, especially when the number of successful 20-year-olds in the Cup can be counted on the fingers of one hand.

An extra year would not only give him more experience, but also help him mature as a driver.

Gibbs has been involved in several incidents this season, and he made headlines for all the wrong reasons after his post-race fight with Sam Mayer at Martinsville Speedway. That behavior won’t sit well with Cup veterans, and Gibbs will have a few lessons to learn before he steps up to the next level.

However, the Cup talent is clearly there; now it’s up to JGR to get the Gibbs Cup ready in the next year and a half. -Stephen Stumpf

Move it up!

Look, Gibbs not only has the team, but he has the talent to back it up.

I don’t see why he shouldn’t make the jump to the Cup!

There have been many who have done less in the Xfinity Series who have made the jump to Cup and have had successful runs in the Cup Series. Also, he has won on different types of race tracks, which really shows how good he is. it is.

He has won on 1.5-mile tracks (Charlotte Motor Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Kansas Speedway), short tracks (Richmond Raceway) and road courses (Daytona International Speedway, Watkins Glen International and Road America). Not many drivers have been successful on all types of tracks this early in their careers. Generally, versatility comes after a few years in the Cup.

Not with Gibbs.

There’s a catch, though: Who is Joe Gibbs Racing moving to put Gibbs in a Cup car?

Truex, driver of the No. 19 car, has already stated that he will return for the 2023 season.

Christopher Bell is also under contract until 2023, as is Denny Hamlin. Possibly the only one on the bench is Kyle Busch, whose sponsor M&Ms will pull out of the sport at the end of the season. However, removing Busch from a trip due to lack of sponsorship would be a decision the team would regret, even bringing in a talent like Gibbs.

However, there is one organization Gibbs could go with and that is 23XI Racing. They are a two-car operation and have a lot of potential to grow with the deep pockets of team owners Michael Jordan and Hamlin.

Hamlin has hinted at a desire to make the team a major force and adding the maximum number of teams to his organization would accomplish that.

Could there be a seat at 23XI Racing for Gibbs in 2023?

That’s possible not only in a third car, but also by replacing Kurt Busch. It was announced that Busch signed a multi-year deal with the organization before this season, but he is NASCAR’s longest-tenured driver and may change his mind after a not-so-great season on the track.

Gibbs would be a great replacement if Busch decides to hang them up after 2022. – Michael Nebia

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