INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 4, 2017) -- In less than a week, we'll all get to see what Las Vegas, Nevada's Riley Herbst looks like all dressed up in a tuxedo as he will officially be crowned as the 2017 SCOTT Rookie of the Year this Saturday night during the national championship awards banquet. While he has already earned the Rookie points title, defeating Gus Dean by just 4 points, Herbst must fulfill one more duty before he goes in the record books as an ARCA Rookie of the Year.
While we have no doubt he'll get there, for the record, the ARCA Rookie of the Year must also maintain a positive example of demeanor, conduct, character and code of ethics to best represent the series. In addition to the honor, Herbst will receive a $10,000 payout as the SCOTT Rookie of the Year.
"We set out to win the Rookie of the Year and we accomplished that goal," said Herbst. "We wanted more out of this year but, all in all, it was a successful season. We take what we learned and move onto next year. As I get more up to speed, I know we can win more races. Big thanks to SCOTT for the Rookie of the Year…appreciate what they do for ARCA."
Herbst will also be recognized on stage as 5th driver in the national championship standings.
Herbst joins an elite group of former ARCA Rookies of the Year reaching back to 1957 when Bill Granger was the first recipient. Dalton Sargeant won the SCOTT Rookie of the Year in 2016. In between is a remarkable list of drivers who have earned the honor, many of whom would go on to be national champions.
The banquet festivities get underway at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis Saturday, Dec. 9 with a hosted reception from 4 to 5:15 p.m., sponsored by K&K Insurance and Sunoco. The banquet doors swing open at 5:15. The show starts promptly at 5:30 and honors the 2017 ARCA Racing Series champions as well as other top series drivers and special award winners. Attendees will also enjoy a very nice sit-down dinner to be served at their tables.
Herbst already announced that he'd be returning to the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards tour full-time in 2018 in the No. 18 NOS Energy Drink-UFC Gym Toyota with Joe Gibbs Racing. The 18-year-old driver made headlines in 2017, winning at Pocono Raceway in his first Pocono attempt.
ARCA SCOTT Rookies of the Year
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