The ARCA Menards Series kicked off a packed schedule on Saturday with the Dutch Boy 150. The NASCAR race at Kansas Speedway started with a crash and featured several wild moments packed into only 100 laps. Ultimately, Ty Gibbs turned in a dominant performance in the No. 18 Toyota and won his second race of the season.
Gibbs started on the pole Saturday afternoon, giving him an early advantage over his fellow drivers. He led the field to the green flag and then proceeded to maintain his lead for all 100 laps. Though Gibbs did not simply just hold a simple line. He had to navigate around his fellow drivers with some nifty moves and avoid slower cars.
It was the @TyGibbs_ show today at Kansas!
— Kansas Speedway (@kansasspeedway) May 1, 2021
This dominant victory gave Gibbs his third top-five finish in four races and his second win of the season. The 18-year-old also rebounded from a mid-race crash that ruined his trip to Talladega Superspeedway for the General Tire 200 last week.
A violent collision sent two drivers to the infield care center
Shortly after the green flag waved, the ARCA Menards race came to a halt. Two drivers collided in Turn 2 on the first lap, destroying their stock cars and bringing out the red flag. They both went to the infield care center for further examination but avoided injuries.
Red flag is out for track cleanup
— ARCA Menards Series (@ARCA_Racing) May 1, 2021
The incident occurred after Bret Holmes’ No. 23 began to spin on Turn 2. He went sideways as drivers navigated around him, but Scott Melton was unable to avoid him in the No. 69. He slammed into Holmes’ driver’s side and destroyed both race cars. Holmes later explained that he lost air after being stuck in the middle of the pack.
“I’m fine. Just kind of what happens. You get stuck in the middle three-wide. You’ve got no air on the side of your car, and you get sucked around real quick,” Holmes said after the crash, per the ARCA Twitter account. The FS1 broadcast team added that the middle lane on Turn 2 is the worst place to be as a driver.
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