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
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.
Hebst makes the switch from Toyota to Ford in 2021 with his move to Stewart Haas Racing. The 21-year-old prospect will take over the car that Chase Briscoe drove to nine victories and 22 Top-10 finishes this past season. Herbst is coming off a 17 Top-10 finish campaign with Joe Gibbs Racing that saw him finish 12th in the points last season. This team will give him the opportunity to win races and potentially challenge for the championship.
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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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Runner-up Finish at Kentucky
July 9, 2020
Herbst finished second in the Shady Rays 200 Xfinity Series race at Kentucky Speedway Thursday night.
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Runner-up Finish at Fontana
February 29, 2020
Herbst finished second in the Production Alliance Group 300 Xfinity Series race at Auto Club Speedway Saturday afternoon.
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Captures Truck Series Pole at Daytona
February 14, 2020
Herbst won the pole for the NextEra Energy 250 Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race at Daytona International Speedway Friday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 181.657 mph.
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Full-Time Xfinity with JGR
November 6, 2019
Joe Gibbs Racing announced that Herbst would join its NASCAR Xfinity Series operation full time in 2020. Herbst will pilot JGR's No. 18 Toyota in his first full Xfinity season, reports.
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Third at Talladega
Gander Outdoors Truck
October 12, 2019
Herbst finished third in the Sugarlands Shine 250 Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Talladega Superspeedway Saturday afternoon.
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