NASCAR: Riley Herbst to drive for Stewart-Haas Racing in 2021

Riley Herbst is set to move to the Stewart-Haas Racing NASCAR Xfinity Series team as the replacement for Chase Briscoe in 2021.

After having been tipped to make the move to Stewart-Haas Racing’s NASCAR Xfinity Series team, Riley Herbst was confirmed by the team for the 2021 season on Thursday.

The 21-year-old Las Vegas, Nevada native is set to replace Chase Briscoe behind the wheel of the #98 Ford next year after being replaced by Daniel Hemric behind the wheel of the #18 Toyota at Joe Gibbs Racing.

Briscoe has been promoted from the Stewart-Haas Racing Xfinity Series team to the Cup Series team as the replacement for Clint Bowyer behind the wheel of the #14 Ford.

Here is what Herbst had to say about the opportunity to drive for Stewart-Haas Racing next year in a team release.

“Being on a team with such a strong run of success is the kind of opportunity every driver wants. Expectations are definitely high, but the highest expectations are the ones I’ve set for myself. I’m proud to be a part of Stewart-Haas Racing and I can’t wait to climb into that No. 98 Monster Energy Ford Mustang next year.”

Here is what Stewart-Haas Racing co-owner Tony Stewart had to say.

“We built the Xfinity Series program to develop talent and ultimately win with that talent. It’s a proven path to the NASCAR Cup Series, and we feel that Riley has the ability to win and grow within our race team.”

Here is what Stewart-Haas Racing vice president of competition Greg Zipadelli had to add.

“Riley has really just scratched the surface of his potential. Riley has the talent to emulate what Cole and Chase did in our equipment and we’re going into 2021 with the expectation that we’ll celebrate his first Xfinity Series win together.”

In his first full season in the Xfinity Series, Herbst finished in 12th place in the championship standings, worst among the playoff drivers, with four top five finishes, 17 top 10 finishes and an average finish of 16.0 in 33 races. He finished in a career-high second at Auto Club Speedway and Kentucky Speedway.

Entering the 2020 season, he had competed in 10 races for Joe Gibbs Racing in 2018 and 2019 and recorded four top 10 finishes, including a top finish of sixth place at Iowa Speedway, and an average finish of 15.8.

The NASCAR Racing Experience 300 is scheduled to open up to the 2021 Xfinity Series season on Saturday, February 13 at Daytona International Speedway, with live coverage provided by Fox Sports 1 beginning at 5:00 p.m. ET.