Herbst made his debut in the Xfinity Series; Finds out that competitors will push you into speeding violations
Herbst made his debut on Sunday in the NXS. With just 50 laps to go in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Iowa Speedway, Riley Herbst was running 7th.
Chad Finchum got into the wall. That brought out the caution and sent the leaders to the pit lane for a short shootout to the finish.
Herbst entered pit lane with Matt Tifft on his bumper. At pit road exit, Herbst lost three positions. But it got worse from there. Despite losing three positions, he was also caught speeding.
Competitors can be evil. With 17 cars on the lead lap, Herbst restarted 17th.
“That was kinda frustrating cause I feel like we got pushed into that speeding road penalty,” Riley Herbst said from the Iowa Speedway media center.
He did say ‘speeding road penalty’. I could assume he meant pit road speeding penalty. But, it was a hot day in Iowa.
“I’ve never done anything like this in this series. But, I guess that’s what you do kinda to get other people to speed. I was on the brakes but I could see I was going faster than he was.”
“I knew that we sped. Driving back up to 6th, in 47 laps. That was just a testament to our team and how good the car was all day.”
Herbst drove through the field in the closing laps. He came home with a 6th place finish.
It was a 90 degree day in Newton, Iowa. On top of the pit road speeding penalty challenge, the weather was a challenge as well.
“That was definitely the hottest I’ve ever been in a race car. We just stayed hydrated all day and tried to save ourselves for the end.”
Riley Herbst is a NASCAR Next recipient. Previously, he’s been a strong contender on the NASCAR K&N Series step of the motorsports ladder.