Donuts are not always sweet. That was the theme of the recent Xfinity race at Sonoma Raceway. The highlight of the race was Shane van Gisbergen (SVG) taking the checkered flag. The highlight of the race was an impressive run by Joe Gibbs Racing’s Ty Gibbs, leading laps and showing dominance until the day was marred by a multi-car crash. This crash, caused by Gibbs’ teammate Chandler Smith, led to Gibbs’ dramatic withdrawal from the race.

Amidst this chaos, SVG managed to secure the victory, further cementing their prowess in the series. Now the focus turns to the consequences of Gibbs’ actions on the track and criticism from Bubba Wallace’s camp.

A strong beginning and a controversial ending

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Ty Gibbs started the Xfinity race at Sonoma with a bang. Gibbs led for many laps and even overtook Supercar Champion Shane Van Gisbergen to qualify for stage two. Remember that SVG was in pole position that day. However, in the final stage the race took a dramatic turn.

However, the situation deteriorated before the end of the race. After a missed pit stop, Gibbs found himself in the middle of the pack, a dangerous position in the high-stakes final stage. That’s when disaster struck. Trying to cope with the chaos of the 14-car collision caused by Jeb Burton’s contact with Chandler Smith, Gibbs’ frustration culminated in a series of reckless actions.

This includes doing donuts on the track. This angry action resulted in significant damage to his vehicle and the car of teammate Chandler Smith. Despite this, Smith managed to finish a commendable seventh place, and Gibbs, plagued by the consequences of his actions, finished 35th.

Door Bumper Clear’s Freddie Kraft, Bubba Wallace’s spotter, and Brett Griffin then discussed the incident in detail. “It was interesting to say the least– Freddy said. “Ty was able to win the race. When I went back and watched the replay… Ty was just… obviously he was frustrated, and we’ve seen that with Ty before.” He added, “It looked like a little tantrum”, reiterating the opinion that Gibbs’ actions were the result of frustration and a lack of self-control.

This isn’t the first time Gibbs has been involved in this type of controversy. His behavior on the track, especially when things aren’t going his way, has been a topic of discussion among NASCAR insiders and fans alike. That Sonoma incident must have helped him gain more haters in the NASCAR world.

A story of hot moments

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Joe Gibbs’ grandson has recently gained fame for two reasons. One for being Joe Gibbs’ grandson and the other for having temper problems. One notable incident occurred at Martinsville Speedway in 2022 when Gibbs knocked his teammate Brandon Jones off the lead. All the while knowing that Jones needed a win to qualify for the Xfinity Series championship.

Another notable event involving Mr. Donut is that of Sam Mayer in Martinsville. After losing his $100,000 Dash4Cash race bonus due to Mayer’s aggressive driving, Gibbs took revenge by crashing into Mayer’s car in the pits! Something he probably should have done on the track. The situation escalated into physical blows, resulting in Gibbs being fined $15,000.

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However, it still appears that the 2022 Xfinity champion realizes his mistakes. In a post-race interview after the Sonoma 250, Gibbs sounded apologetic. Gibbs noted, “I think we need to make some adjustments to be a bit more strict in the big sections, but I just made a mistake and it knocked us out of the day. In some places the wall pops out just because it’s not perfectly round compared to the temporary walls. I just made a mistake and hit them.

But the question remains: Will Ty Gibbs be able to curb his impulsive tendencies and use his talent constructively, or are we likely to see more of them? “tantrums” in the future? Can Gibbs keep his anger and love for Donuts out of the race? Grandpa probably needs to take him to Dunkin Donuts more often.