NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Overview
Location: Gateway Motorsports Park (GMP) in Madison, Ill. (1.25-mile oval)
Date/Broadcast: June 23, 2018 at 8:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR 90
What You Need to Know
- Herbst will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) debut this weekend at Gateway Motorsports Park. The Las Vegas native made his first NASCAR Xfinity Series start last weekend at Iowa Speedway for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) where he finished sixth.
- He currently races full time for JGR in the ARCA Racing Series – in nine starts this season, he has three top-five and five top-10 finishes and has led 27 laps. Herbst will be pulling double duty this weekend, racing for JGR in the ARCA Series event on Friday night before competing in the Truck Series race on Saturday night.
- Herbst began racing karts as a five-year-old. He progressed through Legends, Speed Trucks, and Super Late Models. In 2015, he raced weekly at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway in Super Late Models as well as winning the track’s Speed Trucks championship. In 2016 and 2017 he combined to run 20 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West races, recording eight top-five and 16 top-10 finishes.
- A third-generation racer, Herbst’s father and grandfather raced desert off-road racing trucks including the Baja 500 and Baja 1000.
- Herbst will make his second Truck Series start for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway in September in the No. 46 Tundra.
- Advance Auto Parts will sponsor Herbst in both of his races with KBM. Founded in 1932 by Arthur Taubman and headquartered in Roanoke, Va., Advance Auto Parts, Inc. is a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider that serves both professional installer and do-it-yourself customers. As of April 21, 2018, Advance operated 5,044 stores and 131 Worldpac branches and employed approximately 71,000 Team Members in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The company also serves approximately 1,225 independently owned Carquest branded stores across these locations in addition to Mexico and the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, British Virgin Islands and Pacific Islands.
Riley Herbst, Driver Q&A
What is it like making your first Truck Series and Xfinity starts within a week of each other?
“It’s really cool. Usually you make your Truck Series debut before your Xfinity Series debut, but for me it was reversed which is kind of weird. Luckily, I get to make both within a week’s span, so I’m really excited.”
What have you heard about racing at Gateway?
“Gateway is really cool. It’s another short track like Iowa, but completely different being flat on both ends. I know that it’s good racing and I’m really looking forward to it this weekend.”
What is your goal for your first Truck Series start since you finished sixth in your Xfinity debut?
“My goal for my first truck start will be to just complete all the laps, learn as much as I can and hopefully we’re there at the end to pounce on ‘em.”
Riley Herbst Career Highlights
- Named the 2017 ARCA Racing Rookie of the Year after posting one win, one pole, 203 laps led, six top-five and 10 top-10 finishes for Joe Gibbs Racing. The 18-year-old finished fifth in the ARCA championship standings despite missing the season-opening race at Daytona due to age restrictions
- Picked us his first ARCA win last June at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa., when he led a race-high 45 laps
- The NASAR Next product competed full-time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West in 2016 and finished seventh in the championship standings after recording seven top-five and 10 top-10 finishes across 14 starts
Riley Herbst’s No. 51 Advance Auto Parts Tundra:
KBM-033: The No. 51 Advance Auto Parts team will race KBM-033, for Saturday’s Eaton 200 at GMP. This Tundra was last raced by Harrison Burton at Dover where he finished fifth in May.
KBM Notes of Interest
- KBM drivers have collected two wins, 265 laps led, three top-five and six top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 13.9 across 12 starts at Gateway
- KBM’s Christopher Bell was victorious in 2016 and Darrell Wallace Jr., won in 2014
- After Iowa, the No. 51 team has one win (Kyle Busch) and two poles (Kyle Busch and Harrison Burton), four top-five and eight top-10 finishes. The team is ranked second in the owner’s championship standings.
- KBM holds the NCWTS records for most career wins (67) and most wins in a single season (14 in 2014). In addition to collecting a series-record six Owner’s Championships, the organization has produced two championship-winning drivers; Erik Jones (2015) and Christopher Bell (2017).