Riley Herbst to compete for NASCAR Xfinity championship with Joe Gibbs Racing



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November 05, 2019 04:04 PM

Riley Herbst to compete for NASCAR Xfinity championship with Joe Gibbs Racing

The 20-year-old has raced for Gibbs across several divisions since 2017

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Riley Herbst will chase the NASCAR Xfinity championship in 2020 with Joe Gibbs Racing.

Riley Herbst will compete full time for Joe Gibbs Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series next season.
This is the culmination of a long journey for the 20-year-old, who began driving for the team in 2017 in ARCA Racing, competing part time across three different divisions over the past two seasons with various Toyota teams.
He becomes the third full-time driver in the stable, joining Harrison Burton and Brandon Jones.
“I’m very excited to compete full time next season in the Xfinity Series in the iconic No. 18,” Herbst said in a press release. “I’ve enjoyed the transition to the Xfinity car this season, learned a ton and look forward to continuing to learn next season and improve each and every week. I’m eager to get started and have Monster Energy back with me and can’t wait for Daytona.”
In addition to Monster, Herbst’s No. 18 will carry sponsorship from ORCA Coolers and Terrible’s—his family’s Southwestern gas station chain.
Herbst has 17 Xfinity Series appearances over the past two seasons with a best finish of sixth last year at Iowa Speedway. He has one ARCA victory in 47 starts.
In seven Truck Series appearances for Kyle Busch Motorsports, he posted a best finish of third at Talladega Superspeedway last month.
“Riley has been a part of Joe Gibbs Racing for three years through the ARCA program and now the Xfinity Series,” said Steve DeSouza, executive vice president of Xfinity Series and development for Joe Gibbs Racing, in a press release. “Each week Riley shows improvement and growth, whether it is in the Xfinity Series Supra, the ARCA Series Camry or even the Toyota Tundra’s at KBM. Riley continues to work hard on gaining experience and becoming more comfortable behind the wheel, and I think next year will be no different as he competes full time for Rookie of the Year, race wins and the Xfinity Series championship.”

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