Riley Herbst

Stewart Haas Racing
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Herbst was the big winner in the Xfinity Series free agency shuffle. The 21-year-old Nevadan moves from Joe Gibbs Racing to Stewart Haas Racing in 2021. Herbst will take over the strong No. 98 Ford. This team propelled Chase Briscoe last season to nine victories and 16 Top-15 finishes. While they pulled up short in the chase for the championship, the No. 98 team was one of the more dominant entries in the 2020 season. Herbst will attempt to keep this team racing at a high level. He'll have his work cut out for him. Herbst compiled 17 Top 10's and no wins in his first full season of Xfinity Series action last year. He is talented, but a bit unproven to this point in his NASCAR career. It would be overly ambitious to expect Briscoe-like numbers out of Herbst in 2021. However, this strong race team will bring out the best in him. We expect multiple wins, 20+ Top 10's and an outside run at the championship. Read Past Outlooks
Returning to Stewart Haas
November 16, 2021
After finishing 11th in the 2021 Xfinity Series championship standings, Herbst will return to Stewart-Haas Racing in 2022 to drive the No. 98 Ford, Stewart-Haas Racing PR reports.
It was a modest campaign for Herbst in his first season at SHR. He earned five Top-5 and and 13 Top-10 finishes en route to an 11th-place finish in the final driver standings. SHR is committed to keeping Herbst in the team's No. 98 Ford next season and setting higher goals. Monster Energy will continue to be the chief primary sponsor for the driver and team in 2022.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
After two seasons of part-time, preparatory racing in the Xfinity and Gander Truck Series, Herbst is ready to go full-time in 2020. He will be a Rookie of the Year candidate and make a strong bid to claim those honors. Herbst has spent the majority of his time racing in the K&N and ARCA Series the last four seasons, while he only has 17-combined starts in the Xfinity and Gander Truck Series. The lack of seat time in NASCAR's upper divisions is a bit concerning. However, Herbst did show some flashes in his nine Xfinity Series starts last season. The youngster will be guided by veteran crew chief Dave Rogers and two will look to hit the ground running in the upcoming season. Herbst still has a lot to learn, so inconsistency could be an issue for this driver and team well into 2020 campaign.
Signed to race with Joe Gibbs Racing in the No. 18 Toyota this season. Herbst will make eight starts in the team's powerful Toyota Supra. The 19-year-old driver is a rising talent, and should make good impact in his handful of starts.
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Third at Bristol
September 17, 2021
Herbst finished third in the Food City 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway Friday night.
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Done for the day
June 27, 2021
Herbst is done for the day after spinning in the tunnel turn during Sunday's XFINITY Series race at Pocono, Jim Utter of reports.
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Wins Xfinity Pole at Charlotte
May 29, 2021
Herbst won the pole for the Alsco Uniforms 300 Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway Saturday morning. He turned a fast lap of 183.986 mph.
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Fast Xfinity Series Practice
May 28, 2021
Herbst was fastest in Friday practice for the Alsco Uniforms 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He turned a fast lap of 178.436 mph.
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Signs with Stewart Haas
December 10, 2020
Stewart-Haas Racing has announced that Herbst will drive its No. 98 Ford Mustang during the 2021 NASCAR Xfinity Series season with primary sponsorship from Monster Energy, Stewart Haas Racing PR reports.
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