Coy Gibbs

The NASCAR world was shocked by news Sunday that Coy Gibbs has died.

According to a Joe Gibbs Racing tweet, the team’s co-owner died in his sleep overnight. He was 49.

In addition to his role as the team’s co-owner with his father, Joe Gibbs, Coy also served as COO and vice chairman.

The news comes hours after Gibbs’ son, Ty, won the NASCAR Xfinity Series championship, capping a tumultuous week that saw him wreck teammate Brandon Jones at Martinsville, earning the taunts and social media wrath of fans.

Coy Gibbs made 97 starts between NASCAR’s Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series in the early 2000s. He played college football at Stanford and later served several years as an assistant coach under his father with the Washington Redskins (now Commanders).

In addition to his father, Coy Gibbs is survived by his wife, Heather, and four children, sons Ty, Case, and Jett, and daughter Elle.

Joe Gibbs’ oldest son, J.D., died in 2019, also at age 49.

The NASCAR community expressed their shock and sorrow over Gibbs’s unexpected death.

“Words can’t describe this day,” tweeted NASCAR star Kyle Busch, a longtime driver for Joe Gibbs Racing. “Today was already going to be tough enough but it’s even more gut wrenching now. Heartbroken.”

[Joe Gibbs Racing]

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