Avondale, Arizona – Joey Logano He held his 4-year-old son’s hand as they brought the square flag back together on Sunday at the Phoenix Raceway. the night before Ty Gibbs He celebrated with his father his victory.
Parents and children are the cornerstone of NASCAR. Alison. Bitez. Garrett. Elliots. Earnhardts. Their bond grew as they enjoyed fathers and sons in the stands for years.
“I’m definitely proud of him,” Coy Gibbs said Saturday night of Tay. “I’ve always got his back as his dad.”
After hours, Coy Gibbs died in his sleep. He was 49 years old.
“It’s sad,” Lugano said. “I have no words. … I feel thai more than anything.”
Lugano spoke as a two-time Cup Champion recently After winning Sunday’s season finale at Phoenix Raceway. Celebrate with Hudson, the eldest of Lugano’s three children.
They walked side by side to get the square flag. A NASCAR official gave it to Hudson, who skipped the track while still holding his father’s hand.
Hudson was later loaded into the No. 22 hot rod which led his father to victory. They went on a short father-son road trip, making cakes on the way to Victory Pass.
““Like a little car guy. It was a special moment to ride together,” Lugano said, referring to the Harvick ride given to his son Keelan after his Michigan win in August 2019.
Having this moment was so memorable for Lugano, who says that Hudson is “just a little bit me. I see a lot of me in him.”
Car affinity is a bond they share.
“Every night before he sleeps, he wants to talk about racing cars, he wants to talk about his kart in the backyard,” Lugano said. “We have a connection… We read car magazines. This is his bedtime story. He wants to browse classic car magazines.”
Hudson will have a lot to talk about with his dad before bed the nights to come after his victory celebration.
These moments are precious. This week, Bill Elliott reflected on his victory 20 years ago at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Celebrating with his son Chase, who was 6 years old at the time.
“I’m on Victory Lane in Indy in 2002 and now you’re here 20 years later and he’s growing up doing his own thing,” Bill Elliott said.
“Life goes by very fast.”
While Hudson may only remember bits and pieces of this day, as he gets older, he’ll have plenty of photos and videos to see how he celebrated with his dad. It’s something the 32-year-old Lugano will never forget.
“I’ve always dreamed of winning with him here because I’ve always wanted to take him on tour,” Lugano said.
“If you have children, you understand the love you have for them. It truly is unconditional love. To see him smile and celebrate the moment together is truly the most beautiful feeling.”
“And the fact that we could talk about it. The first time I won (the 2018 championship), he was nine months old. He didn’t know which way to go up, he could barely raise his head. Now to see him run up there and grab the flag and go for a ride with me, He couldn’t have chosen a better race to do it for the first time.”
But even at such a moment, Lugano could only imagine what Ty Gibbs and his family were going through.
“For the whole sport, it’s a sad day,” Lugano said. “For me, it’s a bittersweet thing because here we are winning the championship, and here we are one of the pioneers in our sport and someone I’ve known for a while is gone, and I’m not really winning. You know how to explain that and how difficult it is.
“Obviously our thoughts and prayers go out to the Gibbs family and everyone at JGR. …I couldn’t imagine how Joe[Gibs]is feeling right now.
“I don’t really know what to say. It’s hard. I can’t imagine. I don’t know what it’s like. But for Tae to lose his father, it’s just hard.”