Ty Gibbs loves to learn

CONCORD, NORTH CAROLINA - MAY 25: Ty Gibbs, driver of the #20 He Gets Us Toyota, waits on the grid prior to the NASCAR Xfinity Series BetMGM 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 25, 2024 in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Logan Riely/Getty Images)

Clearly, Ty Gibbs is a quick study.

In his first full season in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (2022) he won seven races and the series championship. In 60 career Xfinity starts, Gibbs has won 12 times, a stellar 20 percent.

Last year, in his first full-time season in the NASCAR Cup Series, the grandson of team owner Joe Gibbs scored four top fives and 10 top 10s. In 13 races this season, Gibbs already has matched his top-five total from the previous season, with a best finish of second at Darlington in his most recent start.

With a strong work ethic, Gibbs enjoys the process of improvement as he seeks his first career Cup victory. To prepare for Saturday’s Xfinity race, Gibbs didn’t do simulation work but relied on other sources of information to prepare for his double-duty stint.

“I really enjoy the practice of getting better and learning and gaining more knowledge and learning my craft more,” Gibbs said on Friday after winning the pole for Saturday’s BetMGM 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race. “I really enjoy that, and I think that’s what makes my weeks so much more fun than others.

“I feel like I enjoy getting better and working at it. Like I said, I didn’t run the Xfinity sim, which was nice. It was a different approach, but to be honest, depending on your car, I feel like all of the answers are out there.

“We have film. We have SMT (data). I can watch everybody in this sport. We have all the advantages to do it. If you really want to get better, you can get better, and that’s what I’ve experienced myself.”