Riley Herbst will drive the No. 18 Xfinity Series car full time in 2020, Joe Gibbs Racing announced Tuesday, Nov. 5.
Herbst’s Xfinity debut came last season at Iowa Speedway. He has since run in eight races in 2019, with a season-best finish of ninth at Richmond Raceway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
“I’m very excited to compete full time next season in the Xfinity Series in the iconic No. 18,” Herbst said in a team release. “I’ve enjoyed the transition to the Xfinity car this season, learned a ton and look forward to continuing to learn next season and improve each and every week. I’m eager to get started and have Monster Energy back with me and can’t wait for Daytona [International Speedway].”
— Joe Gibbs Racing (@JoeGibbsRacing) November 5, 2019
Monster Energy, ORCA Coolers and Terrible’s will continue to sponsor Herbst next year.
“Riley (Herbst) has been a part of Joe Gibbs Racing for three years through the ARCA program and now the Xfinity Series,” Steve DeSouza, Executive vp of Xfinity Series and development for Joe Gibbs Racing, said. “Each week Riley shows improvement and growth, whether it is in the Xfinity Series Supra, the ARCA Series Camry or even the Toyota Tundra’s at KBM. Riley continues to work hard on gaining experience and becoming more comfortable behind the wheel and I think next year will be no different as he competes full time for Rookie of the Year, race wins, and the Xfinity Series championship.”
Herbst’s crew chief has not yet been announced.