Gibbs Wins Memphis, Mayer Is ARCA Showdown Champ

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Gibbs Wins Memphis, Mayer Is
Sam Mayer won the ARCA Sioux Chief Showdown championship on Saturday. (Barry Cantrell/ARCA photo)

MILLINGTON, Tenn. — It’s rare when a one-two finish can produce celebrations from two different drivers, but Ty Gibbs and Sam Mayer did just that Saturday evening.

Gibbs collected his sixth ARCA Menards Series win of the season in the Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200, but runner-up Mayer was also in a joyous mood, as he wrapped up the Sioux Chief Showdown championship.

Gibbs’ No. 18 Monster/Terrible Herbst/ORACLE Toyota finished .662 seconds ahead of Mayer.

Mayer, however, finished five points ahead of Gibbs in the Sioux Chief Showdown — a 10-race series designed to bring the best of the ARCA Menards Series, ARCA Menards Series East and West together.

Mayer became the youngest national or touring series champion in NASCAR history with his East title last year and has now added an ARCA trophy to his collection.

He can make it two in October, as he holds a sizable lead over Gibbs in the ARCA Menards Series East standings.

Gibbs holds the edge, six to five, in wins in the ARCA Menards Series. For the second straight week, he was fastest in practice, won the General Tire Pole Award and then won the race. He has three wins, a second, a third and a fourth in his last six series starts.

The three races he didn’t win? Mayer did.

Bret Holmes finished third in a race he led a race-high 135 laps. However, he lost the lead to Gibbs on the restart following the lap-150 break, and eventually second place to Mayer.

Holmes, however, does leave Memphis with the ARCA Menards Series point lead by one over Michael Self with two races remaining. Holmes’ bonus points for leading the most laps combined with his finish, and Self’s sixth place, pushed him back in front.

Thad Moffitt and Chandler Smith finished fourth and fifth, right in front of Self, in a three-way battle on the final lap.

Hailie Deegan, Drew Dollar, Taylor Gray and Kris Wright completed the top 10.