Get To Know: Riley Herbst

10-10_2018_GTK_Riley_Herbst_Hero.jpgGet To Know: Riley Herbst

Nineteen-year-old Riley Herbst is already living his dream as a full-time ARCA Racing Series driver for Joe Gibbs Racing, where he’s competing in his second season with the team.

Earlier this year, Herbst had the experience of a lifetime when he was called to make three starts for his childhood idol’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team, Kyle Busch Motorsports. After opening the three-race stint with a top-10 finish at Gateway Motorsports Park, Herbst also made his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut, capturing a sixth-place finish at Iowa Speedway in June.


“The NASCAR national series experience was a dream come true for me, especially with the Truck Series,” said Herbst. “I never thought I would drive for one of my childhood heroes - Kyle Busch - and his team. We had solid debuts in both of those series and I was happy with how they turned out. I was honored to be a part of it.”

Like Busch, Herbst is also from Las Vegas, Nevada. He grew up in a racing family – perhaps one of the biggest off-road racing families. Herbst’s father Troy, grandfather Jerry and uncles Ed and Tim were all inducted into the Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame in 2014. They raced buggies and off-road trucks and competed in some of the biggest races, including the Baja 500 and Baja 1000.

When Herbst was only five years old, he started his own racing journey after his family gifted him a vehicle of his own.

“My fifth birthday I got a go-kart and it was the greatest gift of my life,” Herbst said. “My family has been into racing and off road racing. I’ve always had a passion for racing and it started with that kart.”

From karting to stock cars, Herbst’s immediate sights are now set on his final ARCA Racing Series event in Kansas next week. In 19 starts this season, Herbst has seven top-fives and 14 top-10s. He currently sits third in the ARCA points standings.

And after ARCA?

“I want to make it to the Cup Series one day and consistently be a winner at that level,” he said. “That’s my ultimate goal and I am going to do whatever I can to make that happen.”


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