Rookie Riley Herbst is definitely on the move. The 18-year-old Las Vegas, Nevada racer, in only his 6th ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards start, drove the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 NOS Energy Drink-UFC Gym Toyota to the winner's circle at Pocono Raceway in his first-ever Pocono attempt. After finishing 7th at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville in his series debut, Herbst fell back a few paces at Salem where he finished 12th. From there, it only got better -- finishing 8th at Talladega, 5th at Toledo, 3rd at Elko (plus winning his first General Tire Pole), and the win at Pocono. Despite missing the Daytona opener -- he wasn't old enough -- he has risen to 3rd in national championship standings after 7 events. NASCAR veteran chief Shannon Rursch serves as Herbst's crew chief in the ARCA Racing Series.
Herbst is also coming off a successful 2016 season of competition in the K&N NASCAR Pro East and West series. Under Bill McAnally Racing and Napa Automotive, Riley completed 17 races, recording seven top-five and 13 top-10 finishes in the K&N East and West. Herbst also competed in the super late model division, under the Fury Racing banner, with crew chief Jeff Fultz and the guidance of Tony Eury Sr./Jr. He also did double duty as a rookie at Irwindale Speedway in 2015, winning the track championship in the Irwindale Speed Trucks.
HometownLas Vegas, Nevada
Rookie Riley Herbst is on a roll. From 8th at Talladega, to 5th at Toledo, to 3rd at Elko (plus the General Tire Pole), to the winner's circle at Pocono, the Las Vegas, Nevada rookie has risen to 3rd in championship standings after seven events.
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
DOB: Feb 24, 1999