Ty Gibbs earned his fifth NASCAR Xfinity Series win in 2022 at Michigan International Speedway

BROOKLYN, Mich. — Ty Gibbs won his Xfinity Series-high fifth race this year and ninth in his two-year career Saturday at Michigan International Speedway.

The 19-year-old grandson of team owner Joe Gibbs, at No. 54 Toyota, led 54 of 125 laps on the 2-mile oval.

“I had an amazing time in this series,” Gibbs said. “I work as hard as I can to be the best I can. I don’t really have any other hobbies.”

Justin Allgaier finished second, followed by Noah Gragson, who won the pole and the first two stages in the New Holland 250.

Gibbs will start Week 6 of the NASCAR Cup Series race in the No. 45 Toyota for 23XI Racing, filling in for Kurt Busch, who is missing his third straight race with concussion-like symptoms.

AJ Allmendinger is aiming for his second straight Xfinity Series win this season and second in a row at Michigan. He led seven laps before finishing seventh. Allmendinger has a 19-point lead over Allgaier in the standings.

Gragson led 39 laps, including late in the second period when he passed Allmendinger in the final turn. Allmendinger was not happy about that and expressed his displeasure to his team on the radio.

In the second stage under caution, Gragson chose to stay on the track instead of pitting and that could have hurt his chances of winning.

“We just need caution at the end,” he said. “The approach put us very far even with our pace all day.”

Allgaier was upset about cars a lap or more down blocking him.

“They grabbed us and it’s annoying, especially when you see the leader pulling away,” he said. “At the end of the day, it’s my job to pass them, though.”

In the end, Gibbs was as good as he’s been all season. No one else in the series has more than three wins.

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