Riley Herbst Replaces Chase Briscoe at Stewart-Haas Racing for the 2021 NASCAR Xfinity Series

Published 12/11/2020, 3:14 AM EST
Sep 5, 2020; Darlington, South Carolina, USA; NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Brett Moffitt (02) hits the wall above Denny Hamlin (54), Riley Herbst (18), Austin Cindric (22) and Noah Gragson (9) during the VFW 200 at Darlington Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


After three years with Joe Gibbs Racing, Riley Herbst will move to Stewart-Haas Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. In essence, he replaces Chase Briscoe, who graduates to the Cup Series.

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According to the Stewart-Haas Racing team, Herbst will pilot the #98 car with Monster Energy as his official sponsor. Riley Herbst is in good hands, as the team clinched a series-best nine race wins in 2020.

Being on a team with such a strong run of success is the kind of opportunity every driver wants,” Herbst said. “Expectations are definitely high, but the highest expectations are the ones I’ve set for myself. I’m proud to be a part of Stewart-Haas Racing, and I can’t wait to climb into that No. 98 Monster Energy Ford Mustang next year.”

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Herbst will be keen to achieve his maiden NASCAR Xfinity win with SHR

The 21-year-old boasts of 43 NASCAR Xfinity starts with Joe Gibbs Racing, right from the 2018 season. With JGR, he recorded four top 5 and 21 top-10 finishes. Additionally, he finished second in California and Kentucky, a career-best, in the 2020 NASCAR Xfinity season.

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Concord, North Carolina, USA; NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Noah Gragson (9) hits the wall after being spun by NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Riley Herbst (18) during the Drive for the Cure 250 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Delving into his racing career, Herbst set the ball rolling when he raced go-karts at the age of five. Before long, Riley Herbst had begun to explore the world of off-road racing in 2006. He hails from a rich off-road pedigree, with his grandfather, uncles and father being Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame inductees.

However, Herbst decided to forge his own path elsewhere, on the tarmac. After plenty of stints in other series, he soon caught the eye of a few NASCAR teams. This set him up for a K&N Pro Series debut in 2016 before graduating to the ARCA series in 2017.

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Now, after three years with JGR, he is ready to take the next step, with Stewart-Haas Racing. Hopefully, he will be able to pick up where Briscoe left off in 2020.

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