Riley Herbst

Riley Herbst

25-Year-Old Driver  
Stewart Haas Racing
Stewart Haas Racing
2024 Fantasy Outlook
The journeyman driver had one of his more successful campaigns last year with SHR. Herbst piloted the team's No. 98 Ford to his first-career win (Las Vegas), 17 Top-10 finishes and he ended the season on a heater. The 24-year-old driver would conclude 2023 on a five-race Top-5 streak and leave a great impression heading into the new season. It was announced last October that Herbst would be returning to the No. 98 team and to seek bigger goals in 2024. He'll look to secure his first multi-win season and penetrate the Top 10 in the driver points. Championship contention is not likely in the cards just yet, but Herbst's 142 starts of Xfinity Series experience are starting to stack up. It's time to strike while the iron is hot and to secure some higher ground. Herbst has a great team and great support around him, so he should continue his growth trajectory. Read Past Outlooks
Runner-up FInish at Iowa
XFINITY Series
June 15, 2024
Herbst finished second in the Hy-Vee Perks 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Iowa Speedway Saturday afternoon.
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Herbst started 12th on the grid and raced in-and-out of the Top 10 in the early going. The driver of the No. 98 Ford moved forward and claimed an eighth-place finish by the close of stage 2. Herbst would use that good track position to penetrate the Top 5 late and even into the lead in the closing laps. However, a late caution and restart would see Sam Mayer get by for the win and Herbst would have to settle for the impressive runner-up finish. It was his third Top 5 of the season.
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Herbst resigned with Stewart Haas Racing in November of last year. He's coming off a career-best campaign of eight Top-5 and 20 Top-10 finishes, however, no victories. Consistency wasn't an issue at all and it led to a career-best average finish of 13.0 for Herbst. With now over 100 starts of experience in this division of NASCAR and turning 24-years-old in February, he's becoming a seasoned young driver. Herbst returns to the same No. 98 SHR team and crew as last season and will look to break through for that first-career win as well as possibly throw his hat in the ring for the championship. He has a lot of unrealized potential to this point in his NASCAR career and a lot of room to grow. The presence of a new teammate, Cole Custer, could also help in that development.
Herbst returns for season two at Stewart Haas Racing. He piloted the No. 98 Ford in 2021 and grabbed five Top-5 and 13 Top-10 finishes in what was admittedly a campaign that fell a bit short of expectations. Other recent drivers have won in this car, but Herbst failed to scratch the win column last season and only led 57 laps for the full 33-race schedule. He'll look to take things up a notch in 2022. Herbst will once again be paired with crew chief, Richard Boswell, and the two will look to build on their performance. At just 21-years-old and with only 76 Xfinity Series starts to his credit, he has some learning and seasoning still ahead. The good news is that this team is capable of propelling him up the driver standings if Herbst puts in the work.
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.
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 Talladega
XFINITY Series
April 20, 2024
Herbst finished second in the Ag-Pro 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Talladega Superspeedway Saturday afternoon.
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Daytona 500 with Rick Ware
NASCAR Cup
February 2, 2024
Herbst will contest the 66th Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway for Rick Ware Racing with support from longtime partner Monster Energy. Herbst will pilot the No. 15 Monster Energy Ford Mustang in the Great American Race, Rick Ware Racing PR reports.
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Runner-up Finish at Homestead
XFINITY Series
October 21, 2023
Herbst finished second in the Contender Boats 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway Saturday afternoon.
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Wins the Alsco Uniforms 302
XFINITY Series
October 15, 2023
Herbst won the Alsco Uniforms 302 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Saturday afternoon.
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Racing No. 36 car at Daytona
XFINITY Series
August 21, 2023
Herbst will drive the No. 36 Ford for Front Row Motorsports in Saturday's NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona, Bob Pockrass of Fox Sports reports.
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