Riley Herbst and Stewart-Haas Racing have some unfinished business to tend to. On Thursday afternoon, the race team announced that it had reached an agreement for Herbst to return to the team’s No. 98 Ford Mustang for the 2024 NASCAR Xfinity Series season.
— Stewart-Haas Racing (@StewartHaasRcng) October 12, 2023
The 24-year-old from Las Vegas, has racked up 67 top-10 finishes in 138 NASCAR Xfinity Series starts. Herbst started his NXS career with Joe Gibbs Racing part-time in 2018, and 2019, before going full-time with the team in 2020.
In 2021, Herbst moved to Stewart-Haas Racing and he finished 11th in the championship standings that season, and he was 10th in the standings in 2022.
Herbst, who narrowly missed the 2023 NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs, had reached as high as second in the championship standings earlier in the season. Then, bad luck struck, and continued to strike down the stretch.
After a three-race-stretch holding down the runner-up spot in the championship standings, Herbst suffered six DNFs leading up to the Playoffs cutoff, which dashed his championship hopes.
Now, Herbst will look to hit the track next year to run for wins and a championship with SHR to avenge the tough luck that they suffered in 2023.