After an up-and-down weather situation throughout the day leading up to Friday night’s ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond Raceway, Toyota Supra driver Riley Herbst scored his second career NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) top-10 finish in only his second career start.
The 18-year old Las Vegas-native scored a sixth-place finish in his 2018 start at Iowa Speedway and finished ninth in tonight’s race.
“We started on the pole and led a few laps in the beginning,” said Herbst. “The whole first stage we just rode in third and fourth – we were cruising. We had a really good Toyota Supra. I made a lot of mistakes tonight – at the end of the stage I spun my tires and that brought me back down to the mid-teens and 20s. Then I missed my pit box on pit road and had to start at the tail end and we just battled our way back through the field to somehow come away with a top-10. Definitely learned a lot every single lap tonight and Richmond is definitely a difficult race track, but it’s fun.”
Supra driver Christopher Bell took his turn up front leading 32 laps (of 250) in stage one of the race, but contact with another car caused damage to his Toyota. Bell spun and rebounded to the top-five, but a late-race caution left Bell on older tires and he fell to 16th when the checkered flag flew.