HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. – NOS Energy Drink will sponsor the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry piloted by Riley Herbst in the ARCA Racing Series this season.
“NOS Energy Drink is all about horsepower, speed and energy and Kyle Busch certainly reinforced the NOS high performance message with his winning way during the 2016 XFINITY Series,” says Lauren Albano, NOS Energy Drink senior brand manager. “In keeping to our pedal to the metal approach to doing things, NOS Energy Drink is full-on thrilled to welcome Riley Herbst to the NOS Energy Drink Family. Just like Kyle Busch was when he began his incredible ascent in stock car racing, Riley is a highly regarded up and comer and one we believe will rise to the occasion as part of the new Joe Gibbs Racing ARCA Racing Series program. Just like Kyle, Riley will compete in a No. 18 Toyota Camry, and we fully look forward to running up front throughout the 2017 ARCA Racing season.”
Herbst is a 17-year-old that is part of the JGR driver development program. In 2016 Herbst competed in the K&N NASCAR Pro East and Pro West series with Bill McAnally Racing and NAPA Automotive. Herbst raced in 17 races and posted seven top-five finishes and 13 top-10 finishes. He also competed in select super late model races with Fury Racing.
“I am very excited and extremely thankful to be driving for JGR this upcoming season in the ARCA Racing Series. To drive underneath the JGR banner means a tremendous amount to me as they have had a huge amount of success in every series of racing that they have entered. I am just hoping to add to that success and hang up some banners this upcoming year,” said Herbst.
JGR has assembled a new team to work on the No. 18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota Camry. The crew, led by veteran crew chief Shannon Rursch, is looking forward to getting the JGR ARCA Racing Series program off to a hot start.
“The goal for this year is for the team to give Herbst the best equipment possible so he can compete for wins week in and week out. If we can do that, Herbst should be able to race for the Championship,” said Rursch.
“We are excited to see NOS Energy Drink extend the relationship with Joe Gibbs Racing through the ARCA Racing Series,” said Steve DeSouza, executive vice president of XFINITY Series Operations and Development. “Herbst (Riley) has partnered with NOS Energy Drink before and it is great to see that relationship grow and continue on here at JGR. Riley is a huge part of our driver development group and I look forward to his success in the ARCA Racing Series.”
Due to Herbst’s age and ARCA regulations, JGR XFINITY Series driver Matt Tifft will pilot the No. 18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota Camry at Daytona Int’l Speedway during the ARCA season opener. Herbst will pilot the No. 18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota Camry for the remainder of the season.