Riley Herbst Returns to Iowa Speedway

Riley Herbst & Tyler Ankrum

No. 18 Monster Energy Toyota Supra News and Notes:

  • HERBST AT IOWA SPEEDWAY: Riley Herbst returns to Iowa Speedway, the track where he made his NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) debut one year ago. In his debut, Herbst qualified ninth and finished sixth behind the wheel of the No. 18 for Joe Gibbs Racing. Also in 2018, Herbst raced in the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) Series race where he qualified second, led four laps and finished 17th due to a late crash. Earlier this summer, Herbst raced at Iowa Speedway in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) where he finished 15th. 
  • IOWA HISTORY: Herbst made his first start at Iowa Speedway in 2016 in the K&N East/West combined race. Herbst started second and finished third in the race. In 2017, Herbst finished in the 12th position in the ARCA Series race at the .875-mile oval.
  • EIGHT IN 18: After Iowa Speedway this weekendHerbst will pilot the No. 18 Toyota Supra in one more race this season for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (September 14). In his most recent race at Kentucky Speedway, Herbst qualified in the seventh position and finished 11th. Herbst’s first start of the 2019 NXS season came at Richmond Raceway where he started from the pole and finished ninth. Herbst’s next two starts were at Dover International Speedway where he finished 15th and Michigan International Speedway where he placed 37th due to an early accident. At Daytona International Speedway, Herbst placed 19th and at Chicagoland Speedway, Herbst finished in the 10th position. 
  • EARNING SEAT TIME: This season in addition to his eight Xfinity Series starts, Herbst will also compete in several other series as he continues to grow as a driver and learn various tracks around the country. Herbst will compete in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, the ARCA Series and NASCAR K&N Series, as well as late-model and Trans-Am races.
  • JGR AT IOWA SPEEDWAY: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) has 55 total starts at Iowa Speedway in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. In those starts, the team has earned seven wins, 22 top-five finishes, 35 top-10 finishes and eight pole starting positions. The team has led 1,714 laps, completed 13,667 of 13,840 attempted laps (98.8%), earned an average start of 6.5 and an average finish of 9.6. JGR teammate, Christopher Bell, won the first Xfinity race of the year at Iowa Speedway earlier this summer and has one other win at the track. Other wins at Iowa Speedway have come with Kyle Busch, Erik Jones, Sam Hornish Jr. (2) and Ryan Preece. Harrison Burton drove the No. 18 in the first race at Iowa Speedway this summer and finished in the fourth position. 
  • NEW HAMPSHIRE RECAP: Harrison Burton piloted the No. 18 Xfinity car for JGR this past weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Burton qualified seventh for the race and ran in the top-10 throughout the day. An incident with another car caused suspension issues in Burton’s car, forcing him to go to the garage. Burton was scored in the 29th position, 31 laps down at the conclusion of the race.
  • THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 18 SUPRA: This week, Monster Energy will serve as the primary partner for the No. 18 Toyota Supra team.  
  • RACE INFO:The U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, July 27, 2019. Coverage will begin at 5:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN Radio and the NBC Sports app. 

No. 18 Toyota Supra 2019 Season Stats: 

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Herbst 2019 Season NASCAR Xfinity Series Stats: 

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From the Driver’s Seat: 

Riley Herbst: “Iowa is my favorite race track of all time, so I’m excited to get another Xfinity race in there. You can run anywhere form the bottom to the top because it’s worn out. The track has good passing lanes and it isn’t very aero-sensitive. I raced Xfinity at Iowa last year and did pretty well, so I have a little bit of experience with our cars. I feel pretty good about this weekend because I have good experience and results at Iowa and it’s a fun track to run.”


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