• Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway will host the second NASCAR Xfinity Series race on the road course. After failing to run the series at the Watkins Glen (New) World Series due to COVID-19 restrictions, the track ran its first race in 14 laps, 3.61 miles. This will be the start of the second Xfinity Series on Riley Herbster on the Ritona road course. He finished seventh last year.
• Herbst will play Monster Energy’s usual colors this weekend. At last week’s season opener at Daytona 2.5 Miles, he finished fourth in terms of ownership points after 2020 after a rainy season. In the first round, he competed for 12 rounds and won the stage, just behind Brandon Jones .004 seconds. Even after falling on the field, Herbst No. 30 monster energy has pushed Ford Mustang to the top-10 in the last 30 rounds. In the end, Herbst was reduced to 26th in a two-lane car accident.
• The 22-year-old Herbst, who turns 22 on February 24, will start with a 44 Xfinity Series consisting of four top-five and 21 top-10s. He has had his views on the success of his first career Xfinity Series, alongside his youth and recent history. Consider:
▬ In the last two road courses, the Dotona and Charlotte (ACC) motor speedway rolls, Herbst did not finish beyond the top 12.
▬ Eight of the last 12 road course winners were under the age of 29.
▬ Chase Brisco, 23, won the 2018 Ford Mustang Xfinity Series victory over Charlotte Roval in 2018.
▬ Ford has won seven of his last 12 road course competitions. The two victories came from the No. 98 team.
▬ Herbst’s best road course results (seventh) came at the start of Daytona Road course last August.
▬ Starting with 10 road courses, No. 98 Ford Mustang has won two, three top five and eight top-10s.
• Herbst had only a limited road course start, and was a fast-paced Las Vegas native. An accident on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway course last July reduced Herbst to 33rd in the first Xfinity Series. One month later, he finished seventh in the Daytona Road course. It starts with only four consecutive sections on road courses, with one top-10 and two top-15s.
• Herbst will launch two more road courses in the K&N Pro Series East and West. He finished fifth in 2016 at Sonoma (California) Raceway and 12th in 2019 at Watkins Glen.