VIDEO: NASCAR Driver Riley Herbst Has a Heavy Accident After a Brake Failure at the Phoenix Raceway

Published 03/13/2022, 9:50 AM EDT
AVONDALE, ARIZONA – MARCH 12: Riley Herbst, driver of the #98 Monster Energy Ford, spins after an on-track incident during the NASCAR Xfinity Series United Rentals 200 at Phoenix Raceway on March 12, 2022 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Logan Riely/Getty Images)

Earlier, the NASCAR Xfinity race concluded with Noah Gragson winning the race. However, there was a fair bit of action unfolding behind him. Fairly early in the race, Riley Herbst endured a hefty accident that ended his day. As it turned out, his car suffered a brake failure and he was helpless.

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According to reports, his brake pedal went right to the floor. Luckily, he was able to extricate himself from the wrecked #98 Ford. Eventually, he made his way to the infield medical centre for a precautionary check-up. Before long, Herbst was given a clean bill of health and was released from the medical centre.

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What did Riley Herbst say about the accident?

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He said, “I am okay, I am thankful to NASCAR and everybody for that. That was probably one of the hardest hits I have taken. I thought we had a pretty good Monster Energy Ford Mustang. I went into 3 and hit the brake and it hooked a hard right and went to the floor. I don’t know what happened. I am really bummed because I thought we had a decent west coast swing and now we are going to be 37th here and have to go to Atlanta, a new race track. Hopefully we can grab some points there. But yeah, that hurt.”

TALLADEGA, ALABAMA – OCTOBER 12: Riley Herbst, driver of the #51 Monster Energy/Advance Auto Parts Toyota, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series Sugarlands Shine 250 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 12, 2019 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

At the time of his accident, he was running in a relatively decent 12th place on the track. This would have been a great result for the driver, considering that he qualified in a disappointing 21st place. This also snapped a three-race streak of Top 15 finishes, which included a best finish of 4th at Daytona.

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Now, all that Riley Herbst can do is rue what could have been and recover. Then he can try again for a strong finish at the Atlanta Motor Speedway next weekend.

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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