LAS VEGAS – Joe Gibbs Racing will add an ARCA Racing Series team for the 2017 season, fielding a full-time entry for Las Vegas native Riley Herbst.
The 17-year-old racer is coming off a season where he competed in both 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 finishing spots in the K&N East and West.
Herbst also entered select super late model races under the Fury Racing banner, with crew chief Jeff Fultz and the guidance of Tony Eury Sr. and Tony Eury Jr. He formerly did double duty as a rookie at the California speedway in 2015, winning the track championship in the Irwindale Speed Trucks.
Herbst grew up watching his father and grandfather compete in off-road racing classics such as the Baja 500 and Baja 1,000. After starting his racing career with go-karts at the age of 5, he progressed to trophy karts, legends cars, speed trucks, and super late models.
“I grew up watching my dad compete in races like the Baja 500, so I’ve always wanted to be a racer myself,” said Herbst. “I’m so appreciative of Bill McAnally and his entire racing crew. They were an incredible group of people to work with and learn from. They were an instrumental part of my career. Having the opportunity to join Joe Gibbs Racing will take me to the next level.”
In addition to the new ARCA program, the organization also boasts four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championships and five NASCAR XFINITY Series championships.
2017 will mark JGR’s first foray into the ARCA Racing Series.
“It’s great to have Riley join Joe Gibbs Racing,” said Steve deSouza, JGR’s executive vice president of XFINITY/Development. “He has experienced success in a variety of racing venues and we want to provide him the opportunity to continue that success at this level of competition.”
Herbst’s will drive the No. 18 Toyota Camry in the ARCA Racing Series, with his sponsor and crew chief to be announced at a later date.
CREDIT: Joe Gibbs Racing